Hydro-electric power station : compliancy of the upstream and downstream systems
Since 1894 the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has operated a hydro-electric power station on the Gave de Pau river. The concession for the production of electricity, granted by the French State, has now expired.
The renewal of the concession requires bringing the upstream and downstream systems into compliance, which is essential for the ecological stability of the river.
Large-scale work is required and, in parallel, the Sanctuary is researching an optimisation of its electricity production capacities and potentially installing Archimedes’ screw turbines.
- 2022 Launch of the calls for tender for the design and construction phases
- 2022 Launch of project studies and dialogue with the French biodiversity agency
- 2023 Construction phase lasting 4 months
€ 1 100 000 in total
Adour Garonne Water Agency: € 660 000
Donations : € 440 000
For all studies and work to be carried out, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes commits to seeking a minimum of 3 competitive quotes where possible (and at least 2) and to rigorously monitor the budgets. Proof of all expenses will be provided to donors.
The Sanctuary applies 10-15% management and administrative fees to all projects to cover related costs.