French hydro operator seeks equipment for two more small plants

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) invites applications for pre-qualification to supply electro-mechanical equipment for two small hydropower plants to be built on the CNR system on France’s Rhone River. Responses are due July 27.

CNR seeks study, manufacture, installation, and startup of all electro-mechanical equipment for the Donzere-Mondragon and Montelimar small hydro plants. CNR already operates the 354-MW Donzere-Mondragon and 270-MW Montelimar plants.

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.

Earlier this year, CNR invited pre-qualification for electro-mechanical equipment and civil works construction of two other small plants on the Rhone, Chautagne and Belley small hydros. (HNN 3/7/07) CNR already operates larger Chautagne and Belley plants of 90 MW each.

Prospective bidders must register on the Verticalnet Internet site of the Suez group at If there is difficulty with the system, 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:

Applications, in French, are due by 4 p.m. July 27. For information, contact Alain Schaeffer, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, 2 rue Andre Bonin, F-69316 Lyon, France; Fax: (33) 42-6231936; E-mail:; Internet:

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