French utility seeks modifications to 187-MW Kembs

Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids for excavation and civil construction to add a second powerhouse and make environmental modifications to the 187-MW Kembs hydroelectric project on the Rhine River in Alsace Province. Bids in separate solicitations are due September 4, 2009.

EDF agreed to environmental modifications to Kembs as part of the renewal of its concession for the hydroelectric project. (HydroWorld 4/28/08) Work is planned to allow release of additional minimum flows, construct new fish passage, and add a second powerhouse of 8.4 MW at the foot of the dam to generate power from flow releases.

The utility seeks bids for excavation work including access roads, removal of demolition debris, and removal of the existing fish passage facility. In a separate solicitation, EDF seeks bids for civil construction of the project including a water intake, feeder canal, new powerhouse, new fish passage, conduits, dissipation works, access roads, and a bridge.

Solicitation documents, in French, may be obtained from the address below. Bids in each solicitation are due by 4 p.m. September 4.

For information, contact Joanna Meger, EDF — CIH — Service Technique Genie Civil, EDF-CIH-Savoie Technolac, F-73373 Le Bourget du Lac, France; (33) 479-606346; E-mail:

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