Portugal utility seeks reconstruction of 231-MW Picote

National utility Energias de Portugal S.A. (EDP) seeks bids by November 29 for extensive civil work for reconstruction of the 231-MW Picote hydroelectric project on the Douro River.

EDP, which plans to repower the existing capacity of the Picote project, seeks civil construction including a powerhouse cavern; chambers, galleries, and tunnels of the hydraulic circuit, cofferdams, and access tunnels. Work is to require 54 months.

Bidding documents may be obtained in digital format from the address below for 2,500 euros (US$3,200).

Bids, in Portuguese, are due by 5 p.m. November 29. For information, contact EDP – Gestao da Producao de Energia SA, Av. Jose Malhoa, Lote A-13, Attn: Eng. Antonio Ferreira da Costa, Project Director, P-1070-157 Lisbon, Portugal; (351) 210-012000; Fax: (351) 210-012320; E-mail: antonioferreira.costa@edp.pt; Internet: www.edp.pt.

Picote among four EDP hydro plant investments

EDP plans to invest a total of 822 million euros (US$1.05 billion) for construction or improvements to four hydroelectric projects.

Pending regulatory approvals, EDP plans to invest 132 million euros (US$169 million) to repower Picote, with commissioning planned for 2011.

It plans similar work on the 178-MW Bemposta project for 131 million euros (US$167 million). It is to be commissioned in 2011 on the Douro River.

EDP plans new construction of two projects. The 170-MW Baixo Sabor project is to go on line in 2011 on the Sabor River for an investment of 322 million euros (US$412 million). The 208-MW Foz Tua project is to go on line in 2014 on the Tua River for an investment of 237 million euros (US$303 million).

EDP received clearance in December 2005 from the Direccao-Geral de Geologia e Energia confirming there will be sufficient grid capacity to allow interconnection of the projects to the transmission network, Rede Nacional de Transporte.

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