Swiss operator seeks engineer to expand 14.4-MW Farettes

Hydropower operator Hydro Exploitation SA seeks bids for an engineering firm to oversee construction of a new water supply conduit at the 14.4-MW Farettes hydroelectric project in Switzerland’s Vaud Canton. Bids are due October 19, 2009.

Hydro Exploitation, which operates the project for Romande Energie, said it plans construction of the new water conveyance from an existing intake to the Farettes powerhouse. Farettes has two 7.2-MW Pelton turbines, but is listed as having total power of 6.7 MW. It has average annual generation of 52.4 gigawatt-hours.

The company seeks services including design of the project, assistance with permitting, development of tender documents, assistance with tendering, and project execution. Work is to be performed from January 2010 through December 2014.

Tender documents in French may be obtained from the address below through September 17 for 1,000 francs (US$962) to Account No. BCV Sion H0864.06.33, IBAN: CH35 0076 5. A site visit is scheduled September 17. Questions may be submitted to the address below through September 18.

Bids, in French, are due by 4 p.m. October 19. For information, contact Hydro Exploitation SA, rue des Cruesets 41, Attn: D. Blatter, CH-1950, Sion, Switzerland; (41) 27-328441; Fax: (41) 27-3284412; E-mail:; Internet:,


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