The Company

COBA, SA is an environmental and engineering company with more than 50 years of international and national activity, and is currently the biggest Portuguese company in this specialty.  

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Our History

COBA is a multidisciplinary firm of Engineering and Environmental Consultants. We develop studies & designs and provide assistance in management and construction supervision in the field of storage and use of water for hydropower generation, drinking water supply, for agricultural development through irrigation...

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Strategy & Quality

Our ultimate goal is the complete satisfaction of our clients’ expectations, by providing services of excellence within agreed deadlines and costs, and thus contribute to the prestige of Portuguese engineering in the country and abroad. Drawing from it experience and aware of the demanding nature associated with engineering design...

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Organizational Structure

COBA relies on the collaboration of approximately 250 employees that integrate its permanent staff, including graduates, mid-level technicians and support staff. Multidisciplinary teams cover almost all of the company’s sectors of activity, which allows the permanent availability and prompt intervention of all required areas of expertise...

 

 

Our History

 

 

Multidisciplinary firm of Engineering and Environmental Consultants, we develop studies & designs and provide assistance in management and construction supervision in the field of storage and use of water for hydropower generation, for drinking water supply, for agricultural development through irrigation, in the field of rainwater and wastewater drainage networks and wastewater treatment, and in the field of road, rail & air transport infrastructures and cartography & cadastre.

We develop our activities in an integrated manner, ensuring their environmental viability through the necessary environmental studies, valuing their effects on economic and social development and minimizing negative impacts via Geographic Information Systems that support their management and operation, through the creation of Monitoring and Safety Systems and by carrying out the rehabilitation projects of works.

COBA is today one of the largest Portuguese companies in the field of engineering consulting with activity developed in Portugal and in 45 foreign countries spread across all continents, presently with approximately 150 permanent employees.

COBA is registered with the main international funding agencies, namely: European Union; World Bank; African Development Bank; Asian Development Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Inter-American Development Bank; UN - United Nations.  

COBA Portugal is registered with several national and international associations of the specialty

 

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Strategy & Quality

 

 

COBA’s ultimate goal is the complete satisfaction of its clients’ expectations, by providing services of excellence within agreed deadlines and costs, and thus contribute to the prestige of Portuguese engineering in the country and abroad.

Drawing from it experience and aware of the demanding nature associated with engineering design, particularly with regard to knowledge, technical execution capacity, reliability and safeguard of quality standards, COBA has been applying these concepts and procedures through the use of "Internal Operation Standards ", and the implementation of a Quality Management System based on Standard NP EN ISO 9001.

COBA is a certified "Quality Manager of Construction Projects" from the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering of Portugal since 1993, with the highest mark in all categories (Hydraulic Undertakings, Transportation Infrastructures and Buildings and Monuments).

COBA's Quality Management System has been formally certified since 2000 by APCER – Associação Portuguesa de Certificação (Portuguese Certification Authority), within the Portuguese Quality System, which was officially implemented in June of the same year.

Given the fact that each project is a specific case with unique features, the corresponding Quality Plan is prepared upon the award of each new contract, in order to provide the staff involved with all the necessary and relevant information for its development, as well as to accommodate internal quality control procedures and account for audits carried out by the Client.

 

QUALITY MANAGEMENT, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

COBA - Consultores de Engenharia e Ambiente, S.A., established as its main objective the development of its services to meet the excellent quality and the full satisfaction of the Client's expectations, with the maximum respect for Occupational Health and Safety and the Environment.

For this purpose, COBA's Board of Directors compromise to maintain and promote continuous improvement of their Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, and their main objectives are as follows:

  • Promote the fulfilment of the requirements and expectations of clients, shareholders, employees and other relevant interested parties, as far as the highest professional and ethical standards are concerned.
  • Ensure a continuous improvement of services, as established in ISO 9001:2015, by defining Quality objectives adequate to the company's purpose and context, and taking into account risks and opportunities that may affect the quality of products and services provided by COBA.
  • Consider all society and environmental requirements and comply with all legal obligations applicable to the company's activities.
  • Increase the efficiency of services resorting to the progressive improvement of productivity.
  • Implement technologies, good working practices and rules of conduct that promote optimization measures in order to achieve a continuous improvement of the environmental and occupational health and safety systems' performance, as well as the rational use of the natural resources and the prevention of environmental impacts and accidents and damage to the health of its employees.
  • Promote a strategy for the company's expansion and sustained development based on the socio-professional development of their employees and on the high social value of the services it provides.
  • In order to meet the established objectives, COBA relies above all upon the competence, the knowledge, the loyalty and the commitment of its employees, suppliers and partners.

     

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    Organizational Structure

     

     

    COBA relies on the collaboration of approximately 150 employees that integrate its permanent staff, including graduates, mid-level technicians and support staff. Multidisciplinary teams cover almost all of the company’s sectors of activity, which allows the permanent availability and prompt intervention of all areas of expertise required for the development of studies and designs. From these numerous experts, several act as permanent consultants of the firm, who offer their rigorous and impartial technical expertise whenever deemed necessary.

    To support its own human resources, in very specific matters COBA resorts to the know-how of external consultants, usually from lecturing boards of several educational institutions or researchers, and maintains cooperation protocols with some research centers.

    COBA's production is fundamentally based on complementarity and staff interaction, which in practice results in comprehensive discussion of all the technical issues associated with a given project - on an integrated and sustained basis - ensuring high working standards and that no technical detail is neglected.

    Governing Bodies

     

    Shareholders’ Meeting Board

    Engº José Cruz de Morais - Chairman
    Engº Sérgio Fernandes Rodrigues – Vice-President
    Drª Sílvia Celina dos Santos Meirinhos – Secretary

    Board of Directors

    Engº Fernando Baltazar Clara Prioste – Chairman/CEO
    Engº Alexandre Candeias Simão Portugal – Board Member
    Engº António Pereira da Silva – Board Member
    Drº Tiago Carvalho Santos – Board Member/CFO
    Engº Rui Pedro Gomes – Board Member

    Statutory Auditor

    Sole Auditor: Oliveira Rego & Associados represented by Manuel de Oliveira Rego
    Sole Auditor’s Substitute: Pedro Miguel Bastos Antunes Bastos

     

    Activity

    Initially dedicated to the study and design of hydroelectric facilities, namely dams and hydropower plants, water intake and conveyance structures, over the years COBA extended its range of activities to cover diversified areas, such as: distribution of drinking water and water for irrigation, potable water and wastewater treatment, irrigation and drainage networks, rural development, road and rail infrastructures, geotechnical works and environmental impact studies.  

    57

    Years serving Engineering

    2500

    Projects worldwide

    47

    Countries

    Some Highlighted projects

    CONTACTS

    General
    coba-pt@cobagroup.com
    (351) 210 125 000
    (351) 217 925 000

    General Directions

    Production: (351) 217 925 053 International : (351) 217 925 043 Algeria: (351) 217 925 043