French utility awards contracts for small hydro project construction

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French utility Synergie Maurienne has awarded three contracts for the construction of the 3.2-MW Encombres a Saint la Porte small hydropower plant in the Savoy region.

The company sought bids for the work in December.

Contracts awarded include:

  • Lot 1, upstream structures and penstock to be built over nine months, to Groupement Truchet/Rampa, US$891,335;
  • Lot 2, construction of powerhouse to be built over 12 months, to Truchet Batiment Locabat, $1 million; and
  • Lot 3, electro-mechanical equipment, to Groupement Andritz Hydro/Dynelec, $1.3 million.

Synergie Maurienne said in its solicitation that upstream structures and penstock to be built over nine months, the powerhouse to be built over 12 months, and supply of electro-mechanical equipment including a Pelton turbine-generator and transformer station to be installed over 14 months.

Several such small hydro projects are under way in France. The town of Saint-Etienne called for bids in December to install the Roche Corbiere micro-hydro project in the municipality of Rochetaillee. Meanwhile, the governing council of France's Haut-Rhin Department took bids in October to supply and install three micro-hydro plants on the Rhone-Rhine canal in the Alsace Region

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