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Portugal awards contract to replace Alto Ceira Dam

Utility Energias de Portugal (EDP) has awarded a contract for replacement of Alto Ceira Dam on Portugal's Ceira River.

The EUR9.6 million (US$12.8 million) contract was awarded to Conduril and Ensulmeci, EDP reported.

Alto Ceira is part of the hydroelectric complex that delivers water to the 24.4-MW Santa Luzia hydroelectric project in the Mondego River Basin.

EDP Gestao da Producao de Energia SA seeks civil engineering and hydro-mechanical equipment for replacement of the dam and construction of an electrical equipment building. Work also includes partial demolition of the existing dam and landscape restoration of the site in Portugal's Coimbra District.

The work is scheduled to start in June, 2010, with an anticipated completion date in 2012.

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