Portugal switches on 520 MW hydropower plant

The Aqueva II hydropower plant, powered by Alstom, was inaugurated in Portugal. The hydropower project is the extension of the Alqueva I plant located in the South of Evora in the vicinity of Beja, Alentejo, Portugal in operation since 2004.

The plant's installed capacity has been doubled to 520 MW.

In 2008, to meet the need for network regulation because of the booming growth of wind power in southern Portugal, Portuguese utility EDP — Gestão da Produção de Energia SA signed a contract around $126.4 million with Alstom and its consortium partners EFACEC Engenharia S.A. and SMM, to extend the Alqueva hydropower.

Alstom supplied, delivered and installed two additional reversible pump turbine-generator units of 130 MW each, together with other mechanical equipment. This project is in line with the Portuguese government's objective to reach 7,000 MW in hydropower by 2020.

Alstom previously supplied two reversible pump turbine-generator units of 130 MW each, in operation since 2004 to Alqueva I pumped hydro storage plant.

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