French hydro operator seeks equipment for two 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 March 16.

CNR seeks study, manufacture, installation, and startup of all electro-mechanical equipment for the Chautagne and Belley small hydro plants. CNR already operates larger Chautagne and Belley plants of 90 MW each.

The small plants are to have two turbine-generator units each of between 2.8 and 3.3 megavolt-amperes, generators, valves, trash racks and cleaning systems, controls, and related equipment. Chautagne is to have maximum flows of 70 cms and a head of 9.4 meters; Belley is to have maximum flows of 100 cms and a head of 5.7 meters.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from 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: A form entitled �Declaration du Candidat� of reference DC5, available on the Internet at, must be submitted with the pre-qualification application.

Applications, in French, are due by noon March 16. CNR plans to send bid invitations April 20 to a short-list of five to eight firms.

For information, contact Laurent Thareau, Chef du Projet, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, 2 rue Andre Bonin, F-69316 Lyon, France; (33) 47-2006720; Fax: (33) 47-2106653; E-mail:; Internet:

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