French operator seeks construction of Montelimar small hydro

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) seeks bids to construct the Montelimar small hydropower plant on France’s Rhone River. Bids are due October 30, 2009.

CNR already operates the 270-MW Montelimar plant. In 2008, it first called for construction of the Montelimar small hydro and another small hydro plant at the 354-MW Donzere-Mondragon project on the Rhone. (HydroWorld 1/11/08)

In the current solicitation, CNR seeks civil construction of a feeder canal, powerhouse, outlet channel, and fish passage. The Montelimar small hydro plant is to total 4 to 8 megavolt-amperes, featuring two turbine-generators of between 2.5 and 4 MVa, valves, trash racks and cleaning systems, controls, and related equipment. Montelimar (at Rochemaure) is to have maximum flows of 75 cubic meters per second and a head of 10.75 meters.

Solicitation documents may be obtained from the address below. Applications, in French, are due by noon October 30.

For information, contact Sandrine Dubut, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, 2 rue Andre Bonin, F-69316 Lyon, France; (33) 47-2001836; Fax: (33) 47-2106660; E-mail:; Internet:

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