Three firms to refurbish generating units at Swiss 4.5-MW Charmey

BULLE, Switzerland 11/16/11 (PennWell) -- Swiss utility Gruyere Energie SA has named three companies to refurbish generating units at the 4.5-MW Charmey hydroelectric project on Switzerland's Jogne River.

Gruyere Energie took bids in June to renovate and automate three generating units. The utility produces nearly 12 percent of its electricity from Charmey, which was built in 1893 and relocated in 1957.

Grimsel Hydro, Kraftwerke Oberhasli AG, of Innertkirchen, Switzerland, received a contract worth 1.66 million francs (US$1.81 million) to refurbish the three turbines.

Gruyere Energie awarded a contract worth 953,550 francs (US$1 million) to Gebruder Meier of Zollikofen, Switzerland, to refurbish the three generators.

ABB of Birr, Switzerland, received a contract worth 853,200 francs (US$930,062) for control group, automation, and pipe work.

There were seven bidders for each of the three lots.

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