French hydro operator seeks turbine runners for Rhone plants

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) invites applications for pre-qualification to supply turbine runners and hubs for its hydropower plants on France’s Rhone River. Responses are due July 25.

CNR owns 18 hydro plants on the Rhone ranging from 40 MW to 400 MW and totaling 2,937 MW. (HNN 4/30/08) CNR said it plans to develop a list of pre-qualified companies to supply the hydro-mechanical equipment over an unlimited period.

The hydro operator seeks manufacture of machine components including runners and hubs for Kaplan, bulb, and Francis turbines. Units are between 30 MW and 70 MW with diameters of from five to eight meters.

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

Applications are due by noon July 25. For information, contact Muriel Loquet, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, 2 rue Andre Bonin, F-Lyon, France; (33) 47-2006933; Fax: (33) 47-2106660; E-mail:; Internet:


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