Swiss utility seeks equipment to redevelop 725-kW Rivaz 2

Swiss utility Romande Energie seeks bids to supply equipment for redevelopment of the 725-kW Rivaz 2 hydroelectric project on Forestay Creek at Forestay Falls in Switzerland's Lavaux District. Bids are due July 4.

Romande Energie, which serves 280,000 electricity customers in 318 municipalities, is expanding its renewable energy portfolio, including hydropower. Recently, work has been commissioned on Romande's 14.4-MW Farettes project.

Romande plans a 5 million franc (US$5.6 million) redevelopment of Rivaz, the site of a historic mill above Lake Geneva, to utilize the full 183 meters of Forestay Falls, compared to 63 meters previously. The new project would increase electricity generation seven times to achieve 2.5 million kWh per year. The new project is to be constructed to minimize its visual effect on the world heritage site.

Romande seeks design, fabrication, assembly, testing, and commissioning of hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment as well as training of operating personnel.

Tender documents may be obtained from the address below. Questions may be submitted in writing through May 17. Bids, in French, are due by noon July 4 in sealed envelope labeled with the name of the sender and "Dossier No. 627433 - Petite central hydraulique de Rivaz II"

For information, contact Stephane Deillon, Service achats, rue de Lausanne 53, 1110 Morges, Switzerland; (41) 218029111; Fax: (41) 218029225; E-mail:; Internet:

For more hydropower tenders, click here.

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