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January 10, 2022

Pierre Benite, France

By Carmen

Pierre Benite is a 92.2MW hydro power project. It is located on Rhone river/basin in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. The project is currently active. It has been developed in multiple phases. Post completion of construction, the project got commissioned in 1966.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 92.2 92.2 Active Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France Compagnie Nationale du Rhone


The project is developed and owned by Compagnie Nationale du Rhone. The company has a stake of 100%.

The gross head of the project is 9m. The project generated 528 GWh of electricity.

Pierre Benite (PCH de Pierre Benite) consists of 1 unit of bulb turbine with 0.8MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

The project got commissioned in 1966.

Contractors Involved

Pierre Benite (PCH de Pierre Benite) is equipped with GE Renewable Energy turbines. The phase consists 2 turbines.

Pierre Benite (Usine de Pierre Benite) is equipped with GE Renewable Energy bulb turbines. The phase consists of 4 turbines with 20MW nameplate capacity.

LEROY SOMER Marbaise supplied 2 electric generators for the Pierre Benite (PCH de Pierre Benite). The generator capacity is 4.09 MVA.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 4 electric generators for the Pierre Benite (Usine de Pierre Benite). The generator capacity is 20 MVA.

About Compagnie Nationale du Rhone

Compagnie Nationale du Rhone SA (CNR) a subsidiary of Engie SA, is a renewable energy company that produces electricity through renewable energy sources. The company designs and operates river and industrial facilities, including dams, hydropower plants, small hydropower plants, mini hydropower plants, wind farms, solar power plants, dikes, locks, and business parks. It also develops industrial and port sites, marinas, mooring points and leisure areas on the river. CNR offers engineering services related to hydroelectric development and development of waterways. The company has operations in Condrieu, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Bourg-les-Valence cedex, and Paris, France. CNR is headquartered in Lyon, France.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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