Portugal: Government launches tenders to build dams

2 April 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 2 April – The Portuguese environment minister, Nunes Correia, said Tuesday in Lisbon that tenders for construction of the Pinhosão and Girabolhos dams were scheduled to be launched in mid April and those for the Fridão, Alvito and Almourol dams at the end of the month.

Construction of the five dams, which are part of the National Program for Dams with a High Hydroelectric Potential (PNBEPH), will be attributed by the end of the year and represent an investment of between 700 and 800 million euros.

Tuesday the government launched the tenders for construction of the Gouvães, Padroselos, Alto Tâmega and Daivões dams, worth a total of between 450 and 760 million euros.

Construction of the Foz Tua dam, for which only EDP – Energias de Portugal put forward a proposal, was granted to EDP Monday and its construction is scheduled to begin in 2009.

On 5 October, 2007, the Portuguese government announced that ten new dams would be built in order to boost the country’s use of its hydroelectric potential to 70 percent.

Construction of the new dams, which will lead to electricity production of 7,000 megawatts (MW), represents a total investment of 1.14 billion euros. (macauhub)