French hydro operator to seek gates, valves for Rhone plants

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) invites applications for pre-qualification to supply gates and valves for its system of navigation locks and hydropower plants on France’s Rhone River. Responses are due December 13.

CNR owns 18 hydro plants on the Rhone ranging from 40 MW to 400 MW and totaling 2,937 MW. (HNN 4/7/06) CNR said it plans to develop a list of pre-qualified companies to supply the hydro-mechanical equipment over a period from November 2006-November 2009.

CNR seeks supply of lock gates and valves, and valve sets for cofferdams and for new small hydro plants with flows of from 30 to 50 cubic meters per second.

Due to the diversity of installations involved, CNR said it would qualify companies to supply any or all of three lots:
o Lot 1 � gates, valves, and cofferdams for large locks with an average drop of 18 meters;
o Lot 2 � gates, valves, and cofferdams for Freycinet locks with an average drop of 15 meters; and
o Lot 3 � downstream valves and small hydropower plants under 9 meters.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained from the address below. Responses on paper and CD-ROM are due by noon December 13 to the address below.

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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