History

TEIXEIRA DUARTE

A history built up over almost 100 years

In Construction, Teixeira Duarte has built up a long history and vast experience in highly complex engineering projects and services. It is always committed to high quality, continuous customer satisfaction, improving employee quality of life, environmental friendliness and ensuring respect for society.

1921

 

Water Surveys
Alcácer do Sal, Portugal

 

Engineer Ricardo Esquível Teixeira Duarte began his activity as an entrepreneur in his own right in 1921, the year in which he and three other partners set up “Sociedade Portuguesa de Engenharia Lda”, where he held the position of Director of the Hydrology Section. In the photograph, one of the artesian wells drilled in the area of Alcácer do Sal, between 1921 and 1922.

1928

 

Porto de Vila Real de Santo António
Portugal

 

During the first few years of its existence, Teixeira Duarte’s activity went beyond the boundaries of hydrology and geotechnics to include projects in the public works sector.

1934

 

Empresa de Sondagens e Fundações
On January 4, 1934, the Company “Empresa de Sondagens e Fundações, Lda.” was founded. It was set up by Engineer Ricardo Esquível Teixeira Duarte alone, on the margins of his activity, to meet “advertising, commercial relations and official…” needs.

1935

 

Portugal’s National Assembly
Foundations and Columns of the Central Body of the National Assembly Palace, in Lisbon.

 

Innovation was a constant feature of Teixeira Duarte’s activity over time. An example of this is the introduction of technology for casting piles in the ground, instead of piles made from nailed wood. This technology was used in the foundations of the New Central Body of the Palace of Congress (now the Assembly of the Republic) in 1934, in the foundations of Igreja Nova on Av. da Berna (Church of Fatima) and in the foundations of the mint building in Lisbon.

1938

 

Patent for invention of a riveting probe
The first innovation registered by the engineer Ricardo Esquível Teixeira Duarte, under the title “Patent for the invention of a riveting probe”, receiving patent number 19640.
This patent still features on Teixeira Duarte’s logo today.

1941

 

Lisbon Airport
Foundations of Portela Airport, Sacavém – Portugal

1952

 

Cement Injections into the Biópio Dam
Angola

1955

 

Geotechnical Survey of Rivers
India

 

In 1955, Teixeira Duarte carried out geotechnical survey work on the beds of the rivers Mandovi, Zuari and Chaporá rivers, and on the foundations of the Sanquelim and Assolnã-Salcete bridges. The diagram shows, a longitudinal cross-section of the Assolnã for the Municipality of Salcete.

1960

 

Portas do Sol Slope Stabilisation
Santarém, Portugal

 

Stabilisation of a slope in Portas do Sol, in Santarém, above the North Line, in 1965, 1970 and 1983. This was one of Teixeira Duarte’s emblematic projects, due to the innovative solutions implemented to control the main causes of landslides (weathering and land erosion), as well as the ancillary causes (accumulation of groundwater in aquifers or overhangs on the surface of the slope).

1978

 

Entry into Venezuela

 

The start of activity in Venezuela, with the incorporation of “Tegaven – Teixeira Duarte Y Associados, C.A.” and the construction of the “Urbanización Palma Real” real estate development in Valencia.

1979

 

Construction of the Coimbra University Hospital
Portugal

1979

 

Return to Angola

 

After a pause in the 60s and 70s, Teixeira Duarte resumed its activity in Angola with the construction of foundations for the Microwave Telecommunications System in 1979. The photograph shows the construction of the Karl Marx Institute building, in 1988.

1982

 

Entry into Mozambique

 

Activity commenced in Mozambique in 1982, with the venture for the “Consolidation and Positioning of Tower I of the Bridge over the Zambezi River”, in the city of Tete.

1987

 

Bridge over the Guadiana River
Portugal

1987

 

Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.

 

Transformation of the business into a limited company, with a major capital increase and a name change to the current “Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.”, followed by the opening of the capital to employees by transferring shares from family members.

1998

 

Lisbon Stock Exchange

 

Opening of the share capital for public investment, with the listing of the shares for trading on what was known at the time as the “Lisbon Stock Exchange”.

2001

 

Entry into Spain

 

Teixeira Duarte began its activities in Spain in 2001, by carrying out cast concrete wall work within the scope of the Metrosur – Madrid Metro project. In 2003, it acquired a majority stake in the company then known as “GSC – Compañia General de Servicios y Construcción, S.A.”. The photograph shows the construction of piles at the Port of Algeciras in 2005.

2005

 

Entry into Algeria

 

Activity began in Algeria in 2005, with an infrastructure venture contract forming part of the “Drinking Water Supply to the Cities of Mostaganem, Arzew and Oran” (MAO) project.

2007

 

Entry into Brazil
Teixeira Duarte began operating in Brazil in December 2007, through the subsidiary EMPA, S.A. – Serviços de Engenharia, a company founded in 1954.

2013

 

Entry into Colombia
As a result of the geographical proximity to Brazil and Venezuela, where Teixeira Duarte already had a solid presence, activities in Colombia arose from business opportunities in the areas of geotechnics and underground works in particular, in this case through a branch of its subsidiary “E.P.O.S. – Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas, S.A.”.

2016

 

Entry into the United States
Teixeira Duarte began its activity in America in 2016 through a technical assistance contract with the company “EIC Associates, Inc”.

2016

 

Entry into Peru

Teixeira Duarte started to operate in this country through the branch of its subsidiary “E.P.O.S. – Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas, S.A.”, incorporated there in October 2016.

In December of that year, a contract was signed with the M2 Lima Construction Consortium, consisting of the construction of two cut and cover galleries, with a total length of 146m.

2016

 

Entry into the UK
Teixeira Duarte started operating in this country in 2016 in the railway market, through its subsidiary the local company “SOMAFEL – Railway Construction, S.A.”. This company entered into a partnership with a British company, initially for the areas of catenary design and construction. However, it did not rule out the possibility of submitting bids for any opportunities that may be identified in the railway sector.

2018

 

Entry into Ecuador
Operations in Ecuador arose from business opportunities in the infrastructure area. In this case a consortium was set up – led by the branch of “Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.” and with the participation of a local partner – for the construction of a road bridge between Daule and Guayaquil.