Gouvaes is an 880MW hydro power project. It is located on Torno/Tamega river/basin in Vila Real, Portugal. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2015 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 880 880 Active Vila Real, Portugal Ferrovial Construction; Iberdrola; MSF Engenharia


The project was developed by Ferrovial Construction, Iberdrola and MSF Engenharia. The project is currently owned by Iberdrola.

Gouvaes is a pumped storage project. The gross head of the project is 660m. The penstock length is 2,500m. The penstock diameter is 5.4m. The project cost is $1,716.871m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2015 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2021.

Contractors Involved

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 220MW nameplate capacity.

Andritz Hydro supplied electric generator(s) for the project.

About Ferrovial Construction

Ferrovial Construction, a division of Ferrovial SA, is an engineering and construction service provider. The company offers services such as civil engineering construction, building, and industrial projects. It designs and builds infrastructures such as intelligent toll systems, tunnels, bridges and viaducts, port and airport infrastructures, and unique buildings. The company also carries out the construction of historic and energy restoration, water treatment plants, aqueducts, desalination plants, thermal drying plants, digesters, chimneys and silos. It has projects in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, the UK, and the US. Ferrovial Construction is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

About Iberdrola

Iberdrola SA (Iberdrola) is an energy utility. It constructs, operates and manages power generation plants, transmission and distribution facilities and other assets. The company produces electricity using conventional and renewable energy sources. It also trades electricity and gas in wholesale markets; and retails electricity, gas, and other related products and services. Iberdrola retails energy to residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and other customers. In its transition to a sustainable energy model, the company makes considerable investments in smart grids, renewable energy, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, Iberdrola operates in Europe, North America, South America and other regions. Iberdrola is headquartered in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain.

About MSF Engenharia

MSF Engenharia SA (MSF Engenharia), formerly Moniz da Maia Serra e Fortunato Empreiteiros SA is a construction service provider. The company offers services such as civil construction, contracting, planning, acquisition, engineering, installation, transportation infrastructure construction, site preparation, demolition, earth moving, and project management services. It also provides design and implementation, general and industrial construction, hydraulic works, buildings construction and rehabilitation, pipeline construction, and others. MSF Engenharia constructs and develops roadways, railroads, airports, warehouses, commercial buildings, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, underpasses, and pipelines, among others. The company has operations in Moldova, Malta, Senegal, Ghana, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Angola, and Portugal. MSF Engenharia is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.


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