Portugal utility seeks bids to expand 259.2-MW Alqueva

Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal (EDP) seeks bids to build a new powerhouse to expand the 259.2-MW Alqueva hydroelectric project on Portugal’s Guadiana River. Bids are due March 17.

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. (HNN 10/25/07) 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.

The utility seeks bids for construction of a new powerhouse at the multipurpose Alqueva, including a water intake, tunnels, and related works.

Bid documents may be obtained from the address below for 2,500 euros (US$3,695). Documents will be supplied in digital format.

Bids are due by 5 p.m. March 17. For information, contact Director do Projecto Arturo Oscar Mendes Liberal, EDP � Gestao da Producao de Energia S.A., Rua do Bolhao 36, 3 andar, P-4000, 111 Porto, Portugal; (351) 220-013366; Fax: (351) 220-013509; E-mail: oscar.liberal@edp.pt; Internet: www.edp.pt.

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