SBI commands a rich pool of technical resources and a fleet of sophisticated construction equipment. Its ability to blend technical advancement with human skills is the hallmark of the company. These qualities have allowed SBI to expand beyond its traditional areas of activity and meet all challenges with commitment, quality and creativity. Power plant construction requires a skillful blend of power and precision. SBI's power derives from its experience in the industry, its sizeable labor force and resources and its financial stability and flexibility. SBI's cutting-edge technology and logistical know-how supply the essential precision.
The Takoradi Thermal Power Plant at Takoradi, Ghana
SBI Group through its subsidiary SONITRA Ghana constructed in 1996-1998 the Civil Works for the 300MW combined cycle Takoradi Thermal Power Plant at Takoradi, Ghana under a subcontract to Stone & Webster (U.S.A), for the Volta River Authority of Ghana. The works included all reinforced concrete and building works for the fuel tanks, switch yard, main control building, turbines foundations, by-pass stack, step-up transformers, overhead cranes, plant maintenance warehouse, garage, laboratory and administration building, industrial service building, fresh water storage reservoir, fuel treatment building, steel structure pipe rack, site development and external works. The total civil works constructed by SONITRA amounted to about 23 million dollars.
Hydroelectric Power Plants in Guatemala
The El Canada Hydroelectric Power Plant
The El Canada Hydroelectric Power Plant of 46MW was commissioned on December 19, 2003. The Project is located in the mountains near Quatzaltenango in Guatemala. SBI. was the EPC Contractor for the Project and General Electric together with ABB were the subcontractors to Solel Boneh International S.A, a subsidiary of SBI The Project includes a small Concrete Dam on the Samala River with an extension by an inflatable Rubber Dam, a long Concrete De-sander for sand
settling, a 3.10m diameter tunnel 1,200m long, an artificial operational reservoir holding 250,000m3 of water, lined with polyethylene geo-membrane, a 1.85-2.10m diameter steel penstock, 2,300m long, a power station with two Pulton Turbines producing about 46MW, a Transformer Substation and 69KV high voltage Transmission Line, 4.1km long.
Project description The Dam is raising the water in the river by about 7m. The water flows into the De-sander through three units of trash-rakes and gates. After sand settling, the water flows through the Tunnel into the Operational Reservoir. From the Reservoir the water drops about 370m through the Steel Penstock to the Power Station, where 46MW of electric power are produced by the two hydraulically driven turbines. The Project includes about 5km new, asphalt paved mountainous roads. A total of 24,000m3 reinforced concrete was poured in the construction of the Project. All the elements of the project are controlled by a computerized control system, connected also to the control center in Guatemala City. The total project cost was US$ 41 million and it was completed within a record time of two years. The client was “Energia Global de Costa Rica”, which belongs to ENEL – The Electrical Company of Italy.
SBI's outstanding reputation and goodwill, as well as its innovative undertaking of new challenges, attracted the attention of developers of hydroelectric power plants that invited SBI Guatemala to construct:
El Canada 45MW Hydroelectric Power Plant, complemented by the Monte Cristo 12MW Hydroelectric Power Plant;
Xacbal 94MW (US$ 100 million), currently under construction by SBI Guatemala;
Palo Viejo 84MW (US$ 150 million), currently under construction by SBI Guatemala.