Portuguese government to build 10 new dams at total cost of 1.14 billion euros

5 October 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 5 Oct – The Portuguese government plans to build 10 new dams in the country in order to raise the country’s use of hydroelectric power to 70 percent of total capacity, the Portuguese economy minister said in Lisbon Thursday.

Manuel Pinho noted that the aim of building the new dams was to obtain 7,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

These new dams are part of a proposal that will be under public discussion for a month until November.

The proposal implies investment of 1.14 billion euros.

The government has chosen hydroelectric power as one of the priorities for the energy sector as Portugal currently has 54 percent of its hydroelectric potential as yet to be used, with installed capacity of 4,800 megawatts. (macauhub)