17 September 2010 – EDP, the largest electric utility in Portugal, is set to begin a major project that will see the decommissioning and demolition of its largest thermal cogeneration power plant and one of the oldest in the group’s generation portfolio.
 
The project, with the help of UK specialist consulting engineers RVA Group, will involve a full clearance of the 7 hectare power plant site, located in Barreiro, Portugal.
 
The CHP plant operated between 1977 and 2009, and has already been replaced by a modern combined heat and power (CHP) power plant on the same site, enabling EDP to produce cleaner and more efficient energy.
 
RVA, a leading expert in large-scale decommissioning, decontamination, dismantling and demolition project, also helped EDP to prepare a detailed project specification and tender documentation, and will play a key role in the contractor selection programme.
 
The appointment of a contractor is expected to be made at the end of November
 
The project will include the demolition of several large structures including a 1000 metre oil and steam pipeline, engine room, boiler, steam turbines, pumping station and two on-site reservoir tanks, each measuring 7500 cubic metres.
 
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