This study tour supported by Alpiq provides World Hydropower Congress delegates with the opportunity to visit some of Switzerland’s most impressive hydropower achievements: the under-construction Nant de Drance hydropower plant and the country’s second largest pumped storage power station Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman.
Delegates can book onto study tours when registering for the Congress. If you have already registered and would like to add a tour to your booking you can do so via your ‘MyArea’ page.
Nant de Drance hydropower plant
The Nant de Drance hydropower plant, currently under construction, will be one of the most important energy infrastructures in Switzerland. It will be able to produce and store electricity using the difference in level between the lakes of Vieux-Emosson and Emosson in Valais.
Currently, work is concentrated in the machine cavern where the six pump-turbines are being assembled. The plant will be commissioned step by step by 2019. With a power of 900 megawatts and very high flexibility, Nant de Drance is perfectly adapted to the new energy context. It will be an essential instrument for the stability of the Swiss and European electricity grid.
The shareholders of the company are Alpiq (39 per cent), SBB (36 per cent), IWB (15 per cent) and FMV (10 per cent).
Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman power station
The 480 MW Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman (FMHL) power station is currently Switzerland’s second largest pumped storage power station. It allows, when the demand for electricity is strong, to turbinate the waters of Lake Hongrin (Canton of Vaud). On the other hand, when electricity supply exceeds demand, the waters of Lake Geneva are pumped 880 meters higher, in the lake of Hongrin.
In 2017, FMHL commissioned a new pumped storage power plant, doubling the capacity of the previously 240 MW facility.
The shareholders of FMHL are Romande Energie (41.14 per cent), Alpiq (39.29 per cent), Group E (13.14 per cent) and the Municipality of Lausanne (6.43 per cent).
• Early morning train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lausanne
• Lunch at the Château of Chillon and visit of the castle
• Visit of Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman power station
• Dinner and night in Martigny
• Visit of Nant de Drance hydropower plant
• Train from Geneva to Paris Gare de Lyon
What is included in the price?
• Flight tickets and transfers onsite (transfers to/from Paris Gare de Lyon must be organised
• Breakfast (2), Lunch (2), Dinner (1)
• 1-night accommodation in Martigny
Exact times and meeting points will be communicated in early April.