Federal railway Chemins de Fer Federaux Suisses CFF Infrastructure, Energie awarded the contract to VA Tech Hydro to perform the first major refurbishment of pump No. 1 at Chatelard.
The contractor was chosen without competition because it is the successor to the original supplier of the equipment and had the necessary drawings and knowledge for the work.
Additionally, VA Tech Hydro already was working on site, replacing Pelton turbine runners under a 1.15 million franc (US$944,800) contract awarded last year. (HNN 5/17/07)