Saturday, July 6, 2013

CROSSING THE AMAZON

CREATING OR DESTROYING FOR THE FUTURE OF MANKIND? mj



Isolux Corsán has been awarded the sole tender for building and running 1,191 kilometres of 500 kV and 230 kV high voltage lines connecting Manaus, the capital of the State of Amazonas (Brazil), with the country's national grid and will allow the electricity produced by the Tucuruí hydro-electric power station to be fed into it.

This project, funded by the Banco de la Amazonía, is one of the most complex projects that Isolux Corsán has taken on, both because of its dimensions and because of the difficulties of the terrain, in the heart of the Amazon.

More than 4,000 professionals, mainly Brazilians, participated in the building works, living in the 14 camps that have been built to house the site workers for however long their mission takes.

One of the features of this project is that Isolux Corsán built two 295 metre high, 2,500 tonne pylons to cross the Amazon River. Another 70-kilometer stretch is in an area of swamp. The company built the necessary components to raise the pylons that will carry the electricity transmission lines, from rafts built for the purpose. These are just some of the complex solutions that have allowed to overcome the difficulties of construction of this project in the jungle.

The new infrastructure has all the environmental permits, as well as an endangered flora and fauna rescue plan that is being rolled out by a team of biologists.