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Bids sought for hydro-mechanical works at Fabrèges dam, France

Bids are sought by 19 October to replace the head valves of the supply channel at Fabrèges dam.

SHEM (Société Hydro-Electrique du Midi) Engie, a hydropower producer in the southwest of France and subsidiary of French multi-utility Engie, invites bids by 19 October for the replacement of the head valve of the supply channel at Fabrèges dam in the commune of Laruns in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department.

The 51 m-high concrete gravity dam, which was commissioned in 1947, impounds a reservoir with a storage capacity of 6.7 x 106 m³. The contract calls for the replacement of the valve and associated components necessary for its operation, according to a tender notice published on 21 September on the EU’s procurement website TED. The contract, which includes the study, design and manufacture of a butterfly valve Ø 2250 mm, H = 39 m CE, a hydraulic control unit,  bypass piping and suction cup piping, as well as replacement of the Ø 300 mm manual bypass, is expected to begin on 1 March 2021 and be completed by 3 October 2022.

Reservoirs impounded by the Fabrèges, Artouste and Bious dams supply water to six plants with a combined installed capacity of 87 MW and annual output of 128 GWh.

Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at: Bids must be submitted electronically via:

For further information, contact: Camille Frazza Lignières, SHEM Engie, 1 rue Louis Renault, Balma 31133, France. Email:; Tel: +33 5 61 17 15 98.