On July 9, 2015 a delegation consisting of the representatives of power companies and authorities from Kenya, SAR, Rwana and Tanzania visited the Ural Turbine Works (ROTEC Holding). The delegation indlcued Andrew Nyamvumba, Director General of NGALI Holding the Rwanda Energy Company, Sophie Mgonya, CEO of Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd., representatives of the Trade and Industry Derpartment of the Republic of South Africa, etc. The purpose of the visit was discussion of possible supply of the Ural turbines for energy-generating facilities in African countries.
Many African counties suffer from the lack of electric power and are currently implementing energy system development projects. Power industry specilalists, who arrived to Yekaterinburg, were interested in the capabilities of the Ural Turbine Works in design, manufacture and servicing of steam turbine equipment and engineering competency. The delegation became acquainted with the UTW design office, its structure and design scope, the range of turbine and auxiliary equipment designed and manufactured by the plant. They also reviewed the results of implementation of draft detailed design of a geothermal turbine with a capacity of 70 MW, prepared by the design office for a potential customer from Africa. Special attention was paid to the feedback system established between the plant and its customers for turbine operation support. The guests also visited UTW main production shops.
During the meeting with the delegation from Africa, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ural Turbine Works Mikhail Lifshits told the guests about overseas projects and power engineering capabilities. Successfully implemented projects on construction and upgrading of power generating units in Mongolia and Kazakhstan aroused much interest.
Mikhail Lifshits: ‘We hav already been implementing some projects on the continent, particularly in the Republic of South Africa. One of potential cooperation activities involve supply of steam turbine units, particulary for coal generation and geothermal power stations. The Ural Turbine Works is experienced in manufacting turbines that run on reduced steam parameters and is ready to design and manufacture geothermal turbines with required characteristics. For UTW implementation of such projects means extension of the product range and access to a new geographic market.'
Geothermal energy industry is actively developing in Kenya. The country holds the ninth place in the world for the total capacity of operating geothermal stations. The largest power stations – Olkaria I and Olkaria IV with a capacity of 140 MW were constructed. There are other projects on the African continent, in which Russian machine builders are ready to participate.