French hydro operator seeks replacement turbine runners for 272-MW Mareges hydro project

French hydropower operator Societe Hydro-Electrique du Midi (SHEM) seeks bids to supply four replacement turbine runners for the 272-MW Mareges hydroelectric project on France’s Dordogne River. Bids are due March 27.

SHEM, a unit of GDF Suez, operates 49 hydroelectric plants totaling 773 MW under concession on rivers or dams. Mareges, completed in 1935 in Correze Department, features four 37.5-MW turbine-generators plus a 122-MW unit added in the adjoining St. Pierre plant in 1988.

SHEM-GDF Suez seeks bids to design and manufacturer replacement runners for the four 37.5-MW units. It seeks a firm that can provide studies and calculations to improve the profile of the flow and manufacture the four vertical Francis units. The work is to be carried out from May 2015 to October 2018.

Bidders must respond in electronic format via an Internet platform of the GDF Suez group to which SHEM belongs. To obtain access to the platform, contact the address below.

Bids, in French, are due by noon March 27. For information, contact Camille Frazza Lignieres, SHEM-GDF-Suez, 2 Rue Louis Renault, 31133 Balma, France; (33) 561171598; E-mail:; Internet:

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