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Turbine runner sought for Soulom Basse, France

Pre-qualification bids are sought by 1 April for the supply of a Francis turbine runner to the hydro scheme.

SHEM (Société Hydro-Electrique du Midi), a hydropower producer in the southwest of France and subsidiary of French multi-utility Engie, invites pre-qualification bids by 1 April for the design, supply and installation of a stainless steel Francis turbine runner for the Soulom Basse Chute nº 4 (Soulom Low Head nº 4) plant in the Hautes-Pyrénées department.

The contract calls for the study, design, manufacture and supply of a 17 MW Francis turbine runner, to operate under a net head of 113 m, and its attachment to the shaft, according to a tender notice published on 17 March on the EU’s procurement website TED. The runner must be able to be operated across the widest possible power range (2 to 17 MW). The minimum and maximum power and the weighted average yield will be guaranteed in a continuous operating range, free from vibration and cavitation, according to the tender notice. The contract, which will also entail associated hydraulic and mechanical studies, is expected to begin on 1 May 2020 and be completed by 31 December 2021.

The diversion plant is supplied with water by the Gave de Pau and Gave de Cauterets.

Tenders or requests to participate 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, Website: