Portugal utility evaluates bids to build 240-MW Alqueva 2

Utility Energias de Portugal (EDP) is evaluating five bids to build a powerhouse for the 240-MW Alqueva 2 pumped-storage project, an expansion of the 259.2-MW Alqueva hydroelectric project on Portugal’s Guadiana River.

EDP said it received bids from Opway/Construtora do Tamega, Bento Pedroso-Odebrecht/Lena Construcoes, Zagope/Soares da Costa, Teixeira Duarte/EPOS/Monteadriano, and Motaengil/MSF/Somague in tendering April 7. (HNN 3/6/08)

Artur Oscar Mendes Liberal of EDP Producao said the utility is in the final stage of analysis of the powerhouse construction bids. He said the date of the contract award will depend on the conclusion of the environmental impact assessment process that is under way.

The new powerhouse at the multipurpose Alqueva is to include a water intake, tunnels, and related works. In a separate solicitation, EDP seeks bids by May 30 for turbine-generators and other equipment for the expansion project, which it called Alqueva Central 2. (HNN 4/23/08)

EDP agreed in October to pay a total of 636 million euros (US$907.4 million) to operate for 35 years the Alqueva and 10-MW Pedrogao projects, both on the Guadiana. At that time it said it is investing another 156 million euros (US$222.5 million) to repower and expand the plants. EDP said Alqueva could be expanded another 240 MW with a pump-back feature.

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