French department seeks operation, maintenance of dams, hydro plants

Pyrenees-Orientales Dam Map

The Pyrenees-Orientales Department of France seeks bids for operation, monitoring and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric plants in the department. Bids are due June 11.

Electricite de France took bids last year to rehabilitate the 34-MW Sabart hydroelectric project in the area of Pyrenees-Orientales, in southern France on the Spanish border. In 2010, France's energy ministry called for bids to renew concessions for several hydro projects in the area.

The governing body of the department, Conseil General Pyrenees-Orientales, now seeks bids for operation, monitoring and maintenance of the department's hydraulic works including Vinca, Escoumes and Agly dams, dams and water supply system of the village of Villeneuve de la Raho, hydroelectric plants and associated structures for provision of raw water and electricity. The contract is expected to cover 96 months.

Tender documents may be obtained from Conseil Departemental des Pyrenees-Orientales, - DGAS Economie et Territoire – Direction Eau et Environnement – Pole Barrages – Hydraulique, 24 Quai Sadi Carnot – BP 906, 66906 Perpignan Cedex, France; Fax: (33) 468858239; Internet:

Bids in French are due by 5 p.m. June 11 to Mme la Presidente du Conseil Departemental des Pyrenees-Orientales – Service des Marces Publics, 150 Avenue de Milan – MI Saint-charles – BP 906, 66906 Perpignan Cedex, France; Internet:

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