Andritz Hydro has received a contract from the Spanish energy utility Iberdrola Generación to supply the electro-mechanical equipment and the penstock for the new pumped storage hydropower plant Gouvães in Portugal.

The total value of the contract is nearly €140m.

The contract includes design, manufacturing, supply, and installation supervision for the complete electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment for the hydropower plant.

The scope of the contract also includes design, manufacturing, supply, and complete installation of a penstock (including three bifurcators) with a total weight of about 12,000 tons.

Gouvães plant will feature four pump turbines with each having a capacity of 220MW.

The plant become a key part of the country’s new hydroelectric generation and storage scheme, which finally comprises three power stations with a total power production of almost 1,200 MW.

Andritz said in a statement: “Gouvães will cover the need for peak-load energy and provide fast-responding regulating power.

“Together with the base load generation from the other two power stations of smaller size, this scheme will ideally complement the volatile electricity generation from wind power, which has been growing significantly in recent years.

“Additionally, the project will have a very positive impact on the employment situation in the region.”

The latest contract is the third between Iberdrola Generación and Andritz Hydro on the Iberian Peninsula.

The two firms signed contract for San Pedro II hydropower plant and the Aldeadávila hydropower plant in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

 In February, Andritz Hydro received a contract to equip three hydropower stations in Brazil and Nicaragua with new technologies and carry out extensive modernization work.