Portugal awards concession for 72-MW Girabolhos

Portugal’s water agency, Instituto da Agua (Inag), has awarded a concession to units of Spanish utility Endesa to design, build, and operate the 72-MW Girabolhos hydroelectric project on the Mondego River.

Inag took bids in 2008 for concessions to build both Girabolhos and 77-MW Pinhosao on the Vouga River. (HNN 8/6/08) No bids were received for Pinhosao. (HNN 7/25/08)

The water agency said the Girabolhos concession was awarded to Agrupamento Endesa Generacion Portugal SA and Endesa Generacion SA. The Endesa units are to pay a bid of 35 million euros (US$46.8 million) upon contract signature.

Girabolhos is among ten new projects, and five hydro project expansions, included in Portugal’s national program of dams with high hydropower potential, Programa Nacional de Barragens com Elevado Potencial Hidroelectrico.

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