Vila do Bispo municipality has received approval for a €522,000 project to provide electricity to 19 rural roads within five parishes.
In a ceremony at Vila do Bispo Câmara on December 9, Mayor Adelino Soares thanked Energias de Portugal (EDP) representatives led by the Director of Customer Network for the South, José António Marmé, for agreeing to deliver a total of 7km of electricity in response to the requests from residents.
All works are due to be completed in late 2012.
This project was the subject of an application to PRODER (programme for the rural development of mainland Portugal) in relation to “structural projects” and has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.
PRODER is a project of AICEP Portugal Global, a government business agency that brings foreign investment to Portugal.
Only 25% of the total cost is to be paid by the local city council.
The works taking place will also take into account nature conservation as requested for by the Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Biodiversidade (ICNB), the institute for nature and biodiversity conservation.
Providing electricity to rural parts of the municipality the city council aims to revitalise the economy and sustainability of those areas.
Further details are on the Vila do Bispo Municipal website www.cm-viladobispo.pt (only available in Portuguese).