Raiva Dam (Portuguese: Barragem da Raiva, also known as Barragem do Coiço) is a concrete gravity dam on the Mondego. It is located in the municipality Penacova, in Coimbra District, Portugal.

Raiva Dam
Raiva Dam is located in Portugal
Raiva Dam
Location of Raiva Dam in Portugal
Official nameBarragem da Raiva
Locationmunicipality Penacova, Coimbra District
Coordinates40°18′34.1″N 8°14′55.8″W / 40.309472°N 8.248833°W / 40.309472; -8.248833Coordinates: 40°18′34.1″N 8°14′55.8″W / 40.309472°N 8.248833°W / 40.309472; -8.248833
PurposePower, flood control
Opening date1981
Owner(s)Companhia Portuguesa de Produção de Electricidade
Operator(s)Energias de Portugal
Dam and spillways
Type of damConcrete gravity dam
Height (foundation)36 m (118 ft)
Height (thalweg)34 m (112 ft)
Length200 m (660 ft)
Elevation at crest64.5 m (212 ft)
Dam volume85,000 m3 (3,000,000 cu ft)
Spillway typeOver the dam
Spillway capacity2,000 m3/s (71,000 cu ft/s)
Total capacity24,110,000 m3 (19,550 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity14,710,000 m3 (11,930 acre⋅ft)
Surface area2.3 km2 (0.89 sq mi)
Normal elevation61.5 m (202 ft)
Operator(s)Energias de Portugal
Commission date1982
Hydraulic head18 m (59 ft) (max)
Turbines2 x 13 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity24 MW
Annual generation44.9 GWh

The dam was completed in 1981. It is owned by Companhia Portuguesa de Produção de Electricidade (CPPE). The dam is used for power generation and flood control.[1]


Raiva Dam is a 36 m tall (height above foundation) and 200 m long gravity dam with a crest altitude of 64.5 m. The volume of the dam is 85,000 m³. The spillway with 2 radial gates is part of the dam body (maximum discharge 2,000 m³/s). There is also a bottom outlet.[1]


At full reservoir level of 61.5 m the reservoir of the dam has a surface area of 2.3 km² and a total capacity of 24.11 mio. m³. The active capacity is 14.71 (12)[2][3] mio. m³.[1] The reservoir of Raiva Dam serves as lower reservoir for the Aguieira pumped-storage power plant, which is located about 10 km upstream of Raiva dam.[4]

Power plantEdit

The hydroelectric power plant was commissioned in 1982[2][3][4] (1981).[5] It is operated by EDP. The plant has a nameplate capacity of 24[2][4][5] (20)[1][3] MW. Its average annual generation is 44.9[2] (44,[3] 44.8,[1][5] or 46[4]) GWh.

The power station contains 2 Francis turbine-generators (horizontal shaft)[4] with 13 MW (13 MVA) in a dam powerhouse located on the left side of the dam. The turbine rotation is 200 rpm. The minimum hydraulic head is 12 m, the maximum 18 m. Maximum flow per turbine is 80 m³/s.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "RAIVA DAM". APA Barragens de Portugal. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Raiva Informação Técnica" (in Portuguese). Energias de Portugal. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  3. ^ a b c d "Hidroelectricidade em Portugal memória e desafio" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A. p. 30 (28). Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  4. ^ a b c d e "DECLARAÇÃO AMBIENTAL 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Energias de Portugal. pp. 44–45 (42–43). Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  5. ^ a b c "Raiva Hydroelectric Power Plant Portugal". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
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