Eguzon

Eguzon dam

Straddles the municipalities of Cuzion and Eguzon, this dam was one of the largest in Europe when it was built between 1917 and 1926. The dam and hydroelectric plant was commissioned in 1926. The Valley Creuse was drowned about 17 Km in its most picturesque part. On 17 June 1926, Paris was supplied with electricity Eguzonnaise! This is the first time in France that a city receives its electricity from as far, and from a hydraulic plant. It is a work of type “weight-curvilinear” which has a crest length of 300 m to 61 m high, 54 m thick at the base and 5 m peak. It holds 57 million cubic meters of water. The center includes 6 groups (turbine + alternator) that annually produce the equivalent of the consumption of a town of 41,000 inhabitants, almost like the city of Chateauroux. In case of flood, EDF gives the highest priority to the flow of water at the expense of power generation in any case it aggravates the flood. Discover the plant and the hydroelectric dam Eguzon with a free visit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on booking (15 people max.). Find out 05 34 39 88 70 Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 18h or by mail to: visites.edf.eguzon@manatour.fr.


Badecon-le-Pin

Roche Bât l’Aigue dam

If the existing dam in 1977, it was here that was built in 1907 , the first hydroelectric dam on the valley. It sounded the death knell for the reproduction of salmon in this river. A fish ladder was to be built but never born… Its name comes from a large rock that was present there, and against which water (or ” acute ” in Occitan ) had to throw. The stone of this rock was used to build the dam.


Gargilesse

Roche aux Moines dam

Located in the communes of Baraize and Gargilesse , this small weight straight – type dam was commissioned in 1933. It measures 18.50 meters high , with a length of 125 m. Its name comes from a nearby rock that looks like a hooded monk. Located 8 km downstream from Eguzon dam , the dam of the Roche aux Moines is used to control the Creuse and electricity production . The dam created a water reservoir , the Lac de la Roche aux Moines , lake of 70 hectares , popular with anglers .

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