French hydro operator seeks construction of two small plants

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) seeks bids to construct two small hydropower plants on the CNR system on France’s Rhone River. Responses are due February 11.

CNR seeks construction of feeder canals, powerhouses, outlet channels, and fish passage for the Donzere-Mondragon and Montelimar small hydro plants. The work is valued between 15 million and 18 million euros (US$22 million and US$26 million).

CNR already operates the 354-MW Donzere-Mondragon and 270-MW Montelimar plants. CNR previously pre-qualified firms to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the two small plants. (HNN 7/9/07)

The small plants are to total 4 to 8 megavolt-amperes each, with each plant featuring two turbine-generators of between 2.5 and 4 MVa, valves, trash racks and cleaning systems, controls, and related equipment. Donzere-Mondragon is to have maximum flows of 72 cms and a head of 7.65 meters; Montelimar (at Rochemaure) is to have maximum flows of 75 cms and a head of 10.75 meters.

Prospective bidders must register on the Verticalnet Internet site of the Suez group at

Applications, in French, are due by 4 p.m. February 11. For information, contact Philippe Magherini, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, Service Achats, 2 rue Andre Bonin, F-69316 Lyon, France; (33) 47-2006973; Fax: (33) 47-2106660; E-mail:; Internet:

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