Hydroelectric Plants in France - Rhone-Alpes
Allement Dam
Location: Ain
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 15 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1960
T/G supplier: Sulzer Escher Wyss, Alsthom-Jeumont

Photograph courtesy of Ministre de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie (FR)
Posted 4 Jul 2003

Belley
Location: Ain
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 2 X 45 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1982
T/G supplier: Neyrpic
EPC: CNR, Quillery

Photograph courtesy of www.patrimoine.rhonealpes.fr
Posted 2 Mar 2016

Bourg-les-Valence
Location: Drome
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 6 X 31 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1968
T/G supplier: Alsthom
EPC: CNR, Billiard, Borie
Quick facts: Average annual production is 1,100 GWh and the plant is connected to the grid at 225kV.

Photograph courtesy of Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Posted 13 Sep 2008

Baix le Logis-Neuf
Location: Drome
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 6 X 35 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1961
T/G supplier: SFAC, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: CNR, GTM, Joya, Chabert
Quick facts: This complex includes the Pouzin Dam and a lock system with hydroelectric powerhouse. Development began in 1957. Annual production is about 1.2 GWh. The power station is also known as Josephe-Bethenod.

Photograph courtesy of www.binnenvaartinbeeld.com
Posted 21 Feb 2010

Bregnier-Cordon
Location: Ain
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 2 X 35 MW bulb
Operation: 1985
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: CNR, Spie-Batignolles
Quick facts: This HPP is supplied from a 8km diversion canal from the Champagneux Dam in Savoie.

Photograph by Stephane Batigne (wikipedia)
Posted 30 Mar 2016

Calypso
Location: Savoie
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 2 X 9.75 MW Pelton
Operation: 1948
T/G supplier: Voest, Alsthom
Quick Facts: This plant is in Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte.

Photograph by dwg (Panoramio)
Posted 14 Aug 2011

Chautagne
Location: Ain
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 2 X 45 MW bulb
Operation: 1981
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: CNR, Grossen, Bianco
Quick facts: Chautagne HPP is on the Rhone in Serrieres-en-Chautagne, 5km downstream of Motz Dam. Annual production is about 450 GWh.

Photograph by B Decrock and courtesy of patrimoine.rhonealpes.fr
Posted 30 Mar 2016

Combe d'Avrieux
Location: Savoie
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 1 X 131 MW Pelton
Operation: 1972
T/G supplier: Neyrpic
Quick Facts: This plant is in Avrieux.

Photograph by dwg (Panoramio)
Posted 14 Aug 2011

Cusset
Location: Rhône
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 66 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1899
T/G supplier: CEM
Quick facts: The Cusset complex on the Jonnage Canal of the Rhone River was started around 1894 by Société Lyonnaise des Forces Motrices du Rhône. In 1899, a 7-MW power station was completed, one of the largest in the world at the time. Other facilities built then or over the next two decades included a small thermal power plant, a ship lock, and housing for plant workers. The hydro plant was rebuilt in the mid-1930s and 15 Kaplan T/G sets remain in regular operation at this time. EDF took over electric operations in 1946. The building is being considered for Monuments Historiques designation.

Photograph courtesy of www.binnenvaartinbeeld.com
Posted 29 May 2011

Donzère-Mondragon
Location: Drôme
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 6 X 59 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1952
T/G supplier: Sulzer Escher Wyss, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: Zschokke, GTM, Joya Chabert
Quick facts: Also known as André Blondel. Annual production is about 2,100 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Posted 12 Aug 2007

Drac Inférieur
Location: Isere
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 6 X 2 MW Francis
Operation: 1932
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This urban power station is built near the confluence of the Drac and Romanche rivers. Upstream is the Saut du Moine Dam. Water is diverted into a 2.6km open canal, and then to a 1.09km penstock. A 1.08km canal returns water to the Drac.

Photograph courtesy of Ville Echirolles
Posted 1 Dec 2010

Léon Perrier (Genissiat)
Location: Ain
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 6 X 66 MW Francis
Operation: 1948
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Voest, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: CNR, SGE, GTM
Quick facts: Genissiat was the first significant dam built on the French reach of the Rhone River. The work began in 1937 and excavations were completed in 1939, but work stopped in 1940 and did not resume until 1946. The 104m tall dam and associated hydropower plant were completed in 1948, at which time it was said to be the largest dam in Europe. It was designed by Albert Laprade and Leon Bazin. CNR was created to manage the facility.

Photograph by Chriusha (wikimedia)
Posted 9 Mar 2013

Monteynard
Location: Isere
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 4 X 91 MW
Operation: 1962
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: Coyne et Bellier, EDF, SGE, CIT, Fougerolle, Intrafor
Quick facts: This 153m single-radius concrete arch dam is on the Drac River 25km south of Grenoble and replaced the silted-up Avignonnet dam. Monteynard is the 4th highest dam in France.

Photograph courtesy of Ministre de l'Economie, des Finances et de l'Industrie (FR)
Posted 12 Aug 2007

Pierre-Benite
Location: Rhone
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 4 X 20 MW Bulb
Operation: 1966
T/G supplier: Creusot, Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: CNR, GTM

Photograph courtesy of Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Posted 13 Sep 2008

Roselend La Bathie
Location: Savoie
Operator: Electricite de France
Configuration: 6 X 91 MW Pelton
Operation: 1959
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: Coyne, EDF, Truchetet Tansini, EITP, Pascal
Quick facts: Roselend Dam is 806m long and up to 150m tall. Construction started in 1955 and the project was completed in 1960. A 13km pressure tunnel runs from the Roselend Dam to the La Bathie powerhouse. The location is not far from Albertville, a famous winter sports destination.

Photograph by Pierre Berenger and courtesy of EDF
Posted 20 Jun 2007

   
Seyssel
Location: Ain
Operator: Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Configuration: 3 X 15 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1951
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Le matériel électrique S-W
EPC: CNR, Schneider, Joya-Chaber
Quick facts: Seyssel is 10km downstream of the Genissat dam and is used to regulate the river flows as well as produce hydroelectricity. The 86m long powerhouse is on the left bank. Albert Laprade was again centrally invoved in the design.and Leon Bazin. Construction began in Sep 1946.

Photograph courtesy of Compagnie Nationale du Rhone
Posted 9 Mar 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 30-Mar-2016

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