Recently opened on the Sabor River in northern Portugal, the work of the Baixo Sabor Hydroelectric Power Plant was a benchmark in engineering. Proof of this is the construction of a vault-shaped dam, with a height of 123 meters and thickness ranging from 6 meters to 40 meters. With a storage capacity of a billion cubic meters of water, it is the second largest dam in Portugal.
All this technology resulted in an award. The project, built by Odebrecht Engenharia & Construção – International, won the Secil Award for Civil Engineering, awarded by the Order of Engineers (Ordem dos Engenheiros) of Portugal. Presented since 1992, the award recognizes authors of projects that, in some way, constitute works that are significant to the enrichment of Portuguese engineering.
The Baixo Sabor Hydroelectric Power Plant was also a highlight in terms of conserving the environment and historical heritage. At the locality, one of the largest archaeological projects on the Iberian Peninsula was carried out, with 184 professionals mobilized and 3,000 sites excavated. A commission of 15 organizations from the region was also created for preservation of the local ecosystem, among other actions.
The plant has the capacity to generate 189 MW, and was built to meet 20% of Portugal’s strategic reserves of energy.