Reunion Island seeks builders for 445-kW Bellevue, 220-kW Maniron

The government of Reunion Island invites applications for pre-qualification to build and equip two small hydropower projects on Reunion Island, a French overseas department off the east coast of Africa. Responses are due November 3.

The Department of Reunion seeks firms to build and equip the 445-kW Bellevue project and the 220-kW Maniron project on reservoirs of the same names of the irrigation network of Departemental d’Irrigation du Bras de Cilaos.

By 2025, the French territory wants to use renewable energy sources to produce 100 percent of its electricity. In June, Electricite de France awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro to supply a turbine-generator and other equipment to expand the 60-MW Riviere de l’Est hydroelectric project on Reunion Island. (HNN 6/13/08)

Work for Bellevue and Maniron is to include civil construction, single Pelton turbine-generators, other hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment, automation, and remote monitoring. Valued at 1.45 million euros (US$2.07 million), the work is expected to take 18 months.

Qualification documents may be obtained from the address below or from the Internet site It also is possible to submit a pre-qualification application via the website.

The government plans to compile a short list of about five candidates to be invited to tender. A site visit will be organized for selected candidates who request it.

Applications for pre-qualification, in French, are due by noon November 3 to Direction Technique de la SAPHIR, at Departement de la Reunion, 4, route Ligne Paradis, Attn.: M. Choux Gerard, F-97410 Saint-Pierre, Reunion; (33) 262-961920; Fax: (33) 262-250336; E-mail:

Hard copy applications are to be sealed, addressed Saphir, 4 route Ligne Paradis, F-97410 Saint-Pierre, and labeled �Appel d’offres pour: Projet ENERGIO – microcentrales hydroelectriques de Bellevue et Maniron – ne pas ouvrir avant la s�ance d’ouverture des plis.�

For information or documents, contact SAPHIR, 4, route Ligne Paradis, Contact: Service Ingenierie, Attn.: M. Plantecoste Mathieu, F-97410 Saint-Pierre, Reunion; (33) 262-961925; Fax: (33) 262-250336; E-mail:; Internet:


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