Portugal utility signs VA Tech Hydro to equip 191-MW Bemposta 2

National utility Energias de Portugal S.A. (EDP) signed a contract March 17 with a VA Tech Hydro consortium to equip the 191-MW Bemposta 2 hydroelectric project on Portugal’s Douro River.

Under a 53 million euro (US$83.1 million) contract, a consortium of VA Tech Escher Wyss, VA Tech Hydro, and Ensul Meci is to supply a complete equipment package for the project, including a 191-MW Francis turbine-generator, command and control systems, and other hydro-mechanical equipment. (HNN 10/19/07)

For a total investment of 130 million euros (US$203.9 million), EDP plans to build a new underground power station to utilize additional hydropower potential near the site of the 240-MW Bemposta project, built in 1964.

In February, it awarded a 41.7 million euro (US$65.4 million) contract to Somague Engenharia for Bemposta 2 civil works including a powerhouse cavern, chambers, galleries, tunnels, and cofferdams.

The work is to require 46 months, with Bemposta 2 entering service in the second quarter of 2011.

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