EDF – SERRE- PONCON HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT AND DAM

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La Maison de l’Eau et des Energies du barrage EDF de Serre-Ponçon

A unique visitor site at the foot of one of the largest gravity dams in Europe! Discover the heart of a major industrial site to find out all there is to know about hydroelectricity and renewable energies. Free, fun, interactive spaces for all the family!

  • La Maison de l’eau et des énergies : un espace multimédia

Interactive modules, touchscreens and videos tell the energy and hydroelectricity saga: the first renewable energy source. Relive the building of the Serre-Ponçon dam and the Canal de la Durance, an adventure which shaped the Provence of today. An educational tour for all the family.

  • La visite de la centrale : exploration souterraine

Your guide will take you into an industrial area usually closed to the public. The tour of the Serre-Ponçon underground hydroelectric power plant machines room is a unique experience. Discover behind the scenes at this veritable electrical cathedral! Prior booking required.

  • Le sentier extérieur : entre balade et découverte

This trail invites you to observe the local biodiversity and the surrounding landscapes. Information panels are dotted along the way as you walk through the countryside, offering a surprising view of this exceptional natural setting.

 

  • Le belvédère : une vue à couper le souffle

End your tour with one of the best view points over the dam and the Serre-Ponçon reservoir.


To visit the Serre-Ponçon power plant

Tours by prior booking only on +33 (0)4 92 54 58 11 and subject to availability. The tour is subject to strict access conditions. No dispensations possible:

  • enfant acceptés à partir de 8 ans
  • carte nationale d’identité ou passeport en cours de validité pour les personnes majeures (permis de conduire, titre ou carte de séjour non acceptées)
  • chaussures fermées sans talon pour tous (type basket ou randonnée)
  • visite de la centrale non adaptée aux personnes à mobilité réduite

 

The Serre-Ponçon dam

Built in 1955, the EDF Serre-Ponçon dam and all the hydroelectric developments on the Durance and the Verdon are behind the unified management of water in the Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur region.
The EDF hydroelectric development at Serre-Ponçon, an immense reservoir containing 1.2 billion m3 of water (the equivalent of 600,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools) was designed to collect and store the water resource in order to share it out among all the needs: production of renewable energy, drinking water, agriculture, industry and also the economic life and attractiveness of the area thanks to tourist activities around the reservoirs.
A unique structure in France, it safeguards regional water management, protecting Provence against drought and regulating the terrible floods the Durance experienced in the past.

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Individuals

Individual visit: Oui

Times of self-guided tours:

Self-guided tour of the Maison de l'Eau et des Energies:
1st July to 31st August , free access from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays): 9 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
The rest of the year, group bookings only.

Self-guided tour comments:

The self-guided tour only concerns the Maison de l'Eau et des Energies



Guided tour: Oui

Times of guided tours:

Guided tours of the Serre-Ponçon hydroelectric power plant:

Tours by prior booking only and subject to availability.
The tour is subject to strict access conditions. No dispensations possible.
- Children accepted from 8 years old
- Valid national ID card or passport for adults (driving licences and residence permits not accepted)
- Closed flat shoes for all (trainers or walking boots)
- Tour of the power plant not suitable for people with reduced mobility


Guided tour booking info:
Guided tour comments:

Guided tours concern the power plant’s facilities.
The tour can be combined with that of the Maison de l'Eau et des Energies.


Kid rates: Free of charge
Adult rates: Free of charge

Groups

Restrictions for group visits: Visite sur rendez-vous

Group visits booking info:

Tours for groups can be arranged all year round by prior booking.
Please contact us on +33 (0)4 92 54 58 11 to book your visit.



Minimum number of people: 10

Maximum number of people: 30

Group rate: Free of charge
School rate: Free of charge

General information

Length of the visit: 2 hours

Tasting: Oui

Activity: Oui

Activity comments:

Outdoor Discovery trail
Viewpoint overlooking the dam



Shop: Oui

Cash payment: No
Payment by cheque: No
Bank card payment: No
AMEX payment: No

Disabled access: Yes

Disabled visitor comments:

Only the Maison de l'Eau et des Energies. This area is Tourism & Handicap certified.
However, the tour of the power plant is not suitable for the disabled.



Car parks: Yes
Coach parks: Yes

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