Azores seeks 1.66-MW Alem Fazenda rehab, new 1.1-MW Ribeira Grande

Utility Empresa de Electricidade e Gaz (EEG) bids for rehabilitation of the 1.66-MW Alem Fazenda hydroelectric project and construction of the new 1.1-MW Ribeira Grande project in the Portugal-owned Azores Islands. Bids are due October 28.

EEG briefly issued then canceled a solicitation to build Ribeira Grande in 2008. Both projects are located on the Azores island of Ilha das Flores in the mid-Atlantic.

Rehabilitation of Alem Fazenda is to involve canal repair and heightening of a section, supply of two replacement turbine-generators of 510 kW each, and refurbishment of a third unit of 640 kW. Work also is to include automation of the plant, which is to generate 5.28 GWh annually upon completion.

The Ribeira Grande project includes construction of three dams on Ferreiro River, Grande River, and a tributary, plus an intake on a second tributary on Flores Island. The work includes construction of a powerhouse including two 550-kW turbine-generators, other electro-mechanical, and hydro-mechanical equipment, and automation. The project is to generate 5 GWh upon completion.

The total work is valued at 8.5 million euros (US$11.6 million).

Bid documents may be obtained until 5 p.m. October 28 from the address below for 1,000 euros (US$1,364) by cash, check, or bank transfer to Empresa de Electricidade e Gaz.

Bids, in Portuguese, are due by 7 p.m. October 28. For information, contact David Luis Ramalhinho Estrela, Empresa de Electricidade e Gaz, Rua Francisco Pereira Ataide No. 4, 9504-535, Ponta Delgada, Portugal; (351) 296-202137; Fax: (351) 296-202297; E-mail:

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