Portugal: Luso-Brazilian consortium to build Baixo Sabor dam in northern Portugal

2 July 2008

Picote, Portugal, 2 July – A Baixo Sabor dam, in northern Portugal, is to be built by the Luso-Brazilian consortium made up of Bento Pedroso Construções and Lena Engenharia Construções under the terms of a contract signed Monday in the village of Picote.

The contract, which was signed with the EDP – Energias de Portugal group, is worth a total of 257 million euros.

A second contract, worth some 50 million euros, was signed with teh consortium made up of Zagope Construções e Engenharia and Sociedade Construções Soares da Costa to increase the capacity of the Alqueva dam, in the Alentejo region.

The Baixo Sabor dam will require a total investment of 359 million euros, have an installed capacity of 170 Megawatts (MW) and is expected to start supplying the grid with electricity in September 2013.

Boosting the capacity of the Alqueva dam will require investment of 149 million euros, for an overall capacity of 260 MW and should start producing electricity in December 2011.

EDP – Energias de Portugal is also boosting the capacity of the Picote and Bemposta dams in northern Portugal, which along with Baixo Sabor and Alqueva, represent an investment of 773 million euros and a capacity increase of 860 MW, or 17 percent of current installed hydroelectric capacity. (macauhub)