Elisabeth AYRAULT, Chairwoman and CEO of CNR and Dr Chansaveng BOUNGNONG, Director General of the Department of Energy Policy Planning (DEPP) at the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) signed a contract today in Vientiane to carry out a feasibility study for the implementation of a Coordination and Monitoring Center (CMC) for Hydroelectric Power Projects (HPP) development on the Mekong. CNR, which has assisted the Government of Laos (GoL) in the sustainable development of hydroelectricity on the Mekong for nearly 25 years, will perform this feasibility study over 18 months, from January 2018 to June 2019. The study will allow defining the objectives, needs and future operation of the CMC. The feasibility study is mainly financed by the French Development Agency (AFD).
The objective of the plan is to define and implement a sustainable development programme around the Rhone and the Soane that takes into account all the uses, by way of labelling and funding projects driven by the actors of these territories (local authorities, associations, enterprises, etc.).
Today, Laurent Tonini, CNR Regional Director and Régis Petit, Mayor of Bellegarde sur Valserine, inaugurated the fast charging station for electric vehicles which continues the electric corridor deployed by CNR from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean.
Today, Philippe Armand, Regional Director of CNR Valence and Bernard Brottes, Mayor of La Voulte sur Rhône, inaugurated the municipality’s new landing stage. Part of CNR’s Missions in the General Interest and bearing the Rhone Plan label, this construction contributes to boosting the development of tourism on the river and in the municipality.
At the end of the first session of the IFGR held from 13 to 15 October in Lyon, Erik Orsenna, Chairman of this international multidisciplinary observatory founded by CNR a year ago, presented the first initiatives to make rivers strong levers for energy transition and the combat against climate change. These works, focusing on 14 of the world’s rivers, demonstrated the need for managing this water resource well through dialogue and exchanging experiences.