Odebrecht Infrastructure - Africa, Arab Emirates and Portugal

Odebrecht Infrastructure - Africa, Arab Emirates and Portugal provides engineering services and builds transport, sanitation, housing, energy, agroindustry and mining infrastructure in five countries through its own units, subsidiaries and joint ventures. Understanding the specific demands of each country and developing projects that respect the unique characteristics of these different cultures are challenges assumed by the Business.

Serving both public and private Clients, Odebrecht has been present in Angola for 30 years, where it is the largest private employer, for 26 years in Portugal, more than 20 years in Mozambique, 11 years in the United Arab Emirates and it recently began operating in Ghana. More than 14,000 members of different nationalities work in these countries. 

The Group’s commitment to these regions extends beyond construction work and includes important social-environmental actions designed to generate work and income opportunities. 

In Angola, Odebrecht is building the Laúca Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest in Africa, with a power capacity of 2,057 MW. This is the largest development to be undertaken by the Group in the country. The teams are also responsible for the civil construction and electro-mechanical work at the Cambambe Hydroelectric Power Plant (photo); for the Lobito Refinery earth leveling work and for the construction of the Namibe Airport, Benguela-Baía Highway and Belas Business IV Building. The Business also operates in synergy with Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Odebrecht Ambiental.

The company is investing in Ghana to mobilize the construction work for the Eastern Road Corridor, the Group's first project in the country. 

Also on the African continent, Odebrecht is present in Mozambique, where it is working to expand the industrial installations of the Moatize coal mine as part of an alliance agreement with Vale. In the city of Nacala, Odebrecht is completing the new runway at the Nacala International Airport and will soon begin the BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) project – considered pioneering in the country and which will help promote more efficient rapid transit – and installing the Industrial Free Trade Zone, with infrastructure designed for the region's investors..

In the United Arab Emirates, it is building the world’s deepest and most complex sewage pump station through the Pump Station project (photo) in Abu Dhabi. 

In Portugal, Odebrecht is moving forward with the work to install the Baixo Sabor Hydroelectric Power Plant (video) in the country's Northern region, applying innovative engineering solutions.

Belas Business IV Building, in Angola
Cambambe Hydroelectric Power Plant, in Angola
Capanda Hydroelectric Power Plant, in Angola
Pump Station project, in the United Arab Emirates
Vasco da Gama Bridge, in Portugal

Awards and Distinctions

Odebrecht's excellence was recognized in Angola with the following distinctions:

  • Exemplary Environmental Management Award and Best Participation Award, granted during the 3rd edition of the International Environment Fair;
  • Sustainability Award, granted by the 11th edition of the International Fair for Equipment and Materials for Civil Construction, Public Works, City Planning and Architecture (PROJEKTA); Prêmio da Fundação Lwini, pela contribuição em obras sociais;
  • Lwini Foundation Award for its contribution to social projects;
  • Tribute by the Association of Brazilian Executives in Angola (AEBRAN) for its entrepreneurial contributions to the country. 

In Portugal, Odebrecht was recognized as the Best Company in the Civil Construction sector by the Exame magazine. A pioneer on the Iberian Peninsula, it has earned certifications in Workplace Safety and Health (OSHAS 18001), Environment (NP EN ISO 14001), Social Responsibility (SA8000) and Quality (NP EN ISO 9001).


The Capanda Hydroelectric Power Plant (photo) in Angola was the first project on the African continent to be taken on by Odebrecht. With 520 MW of installed power, the plant was considered crucial for the recovery of the Angolan economy during the 1980s.

The Capanda construction project began in 1987, undertaken by the consortium formed by Odebrecht and Technopromoexport. The project generated job opportunities for hundreds of Brazilians and more than 3,000 Angolans. Odebrecht was the first company to operate in the country, starting in 1984.

In 1988, the Group entered the European market when it acquired Bento Pedroso Construções (BCP) – one of the best-known Portuguese companies in the field. At the start of the 1990s, construction began for the Vasco da Gama Bridge to resolve the problem of carrying traffic over the Tejo River. Inaugurated in 1998, the project was the first Public-Private Partnership undertaken in Portugal. 

Odebrecht participated in the construction of the East Station, the subway tunnels and stations in the downtown zone of Lisbon and also final stretch of CRIL (Lisbon Internal Regional Ring Road), among other projects. Over a period of 35 years of internationalization, it has also operated in Gabon, South Africa, Botswana, Djibouti, Kuwait, Libya, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry.