The Ministry of Environment has launched the tender to award the hydroelectric use of the Rules Reservoir’s dam on the Guadalfeo river, located in the municipality of Vélez de Benaudalla (Granada). The initiative, which is up for public tender, will allow energy exploitation of this reservoir, supplying the towns of the Granada’s coastal area, irrigation and controling Guadalfeo river floodings.
According to the Ministry of Environment, the development of this dam for green energy production will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of about 11 million kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, also enabling the canon that users have to pay for water supply and irrigation to be cheaper, by part of operating costs being assumed by the contractor.
In addition, the adoption of this measure will allow to produce at least about 22 million kilowatt hours (kWh), enough to meet the electricity needs of 7,250 households in the province.
For the award of the hydroelectric use of this dam, the Andalusia’s Regional Government will assess, among other factors, the adequacy of the project, the maximization of energy use, the best canon and the concession period of exploitation, which may not exceed 50 years.
In addition to the fee to be paid to the Administration, the contractor shall assume all hydraulic works related the the water use and those required to operate the facility for the best energy efficiency, both in its production, processing and transport phases.
The presentation of the project drafts and proposals shall be made over a period of thirty days from the publication of the resolution and statement of the basis of this tender in the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Board (BOJA).