French Fiberglas plant linked to 156-MW Caderousse

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) has completed a 1.5 million euro (US$2.3 million) investment to build a direct transmission line between its 156-MW Caderousse hydroelectric project and an Owens Corning Fiberglas factory at Ardoise, France.

Sensitive to a need for reliable electricity for its glass fiber manufacturing plant, Owens Corning approached CNR, operator of 19 hydroelectric projects on the Rhone River, in 2004. CNR proposed the direct connection of Caderousse in France’s Vaucluse Department to the Owens Corning plant at Ardoise in Gard Department.

After four years of development, CNR directed Ineo — like CNR, a subsidiary of Suez Group — to install a transformer and 20,000-volt underground power line from the hydro plant to Owens Corning.

Since the line was energized in January, CNR said, it has made the power supply safe, improved power quality, complemented the existing power line, adapted to increases in power to the customer, and conveyed renewable energy.

Owens Corning committed to purchase 100 percent certified renewable energy from CNR for ten years.

Since 2002, the 15.7 billion kWh produced annually by CNR has been certified as 100 percent renewable. CNR said it is the first French producer of 100 percent certified renewable energy.

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