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“We have made quite a lot of progress,” said Victor Belisario, a topographer of the La Barrancosa dam, part of the China-Argentina hydroelectric mega project in the remote southern province of Santa Cruz, reports BSS/Xinhua.
Little more than a year since breaking ground on the Condor Cliff and La Barrancosa dams along the Santa Cruz River, the mega project comprising two sub-projects has gone through several initial construction phases, including excavation, earthwork and filling.
“Workers have prepared concrete and are ready to place the tower cranes needed,” Belisario said.
Spearheading the project is engineering and construction giant China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), which recently led Xinhua reporters to the two sites, located 65 km apart and some 2,000 km south of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.
The energy cooperation project, once completed, is expected to generate 4.95 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) of additional power for the South American country, boosting power output by more than 6 percent, according to the CGGC.
The La Barrancosa dam will be equipped with three propeller-style Kaplan turbines able to generate an annual power supply of 1,903 gigawatt hours (gwh), whereas the Condor Cliff dam will feature five Francis turbines capable of producing an average of 3,268 gwh. The joint project will cut reliance on fossil fuels, “enormously improving Argentina’s energy structure,” the CGGC said. “Annual savings on imported fuel will reach 1.1 billion US dollars.”