French town offers hydropower concession to rebuild Paicherou Dam

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The town of Carcassone seeks bids for a concession to reconstruct Paicherou Dam and design, finance, construct, operate and maintain a hydropower project and fish passage structure at Carcassone in France's Aude Department. Bids are due June 2.

Other recent hydro activity in France includes requests for bids by May 11 to Hydrostadium to supply gates to the Saint-Pierre-en-Faucigny hydro project and turbines to the 1.86-MW Hautefage project. A French hydro operator sought bids by May 5 to install a second turbine-generator at the 1-MW Aya project on the Ardalos River.

Commune de Carcassonne offers the concession as a way to accomplish reconstruction of Paicherou Dam, believed to be built in the 1600s and in need of reconstruction to comply with modern regulations including a requirement for fish passage.

It seeks bids for a concession for design, permitting, financing, construction, operation and maintenance for 30 years of Paicherou. The plant will be connected to the public electricity grid in return for the concession. The concessionaire will be remunerated by revenue from commercial sale of electricity and other ancillary revenues.

Tender documents may be obtained until May 22 from the address below. Tenders may be submitted to the address below or via the Internet at

Bids in French are due by 6 p.m. June 2. For information, contact Mairie de Carcassonne, Service des Marches Publics, 32 Rue Aime Ramond, 11835 Carcassonne Cedex 9 France; (33) 468777427; Fax: (33) 468777426; E-mail:; Internet:;

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