Enowa, Neom’s energy and water company, has piloted helicopter-aided construction for the installation of high-voltage transmission line towers.
The transmission towers are part of Enowa’s mandate to build a 100 per cent renewables-based energy system.
Neom is a new urban giga-project being built in Saudi Arabia’s northwestern Tabuk Province.
A first for Saudi Arabia, the initiative strengthens Enowa’s credentials as a pioneering regional player in the implementation of ecologically friendly construction methods, said Neom.
The individual tower parts are airlifted to the base of the transmission tower in the Neom mountains, where they are assembled, removing the need to build carbon-intensive access roads for trucks, cranes and other heavy equipment, it said.
Thorsten Schwarz, Enowa’s Executive Director of Power System Engineering, said: “Building the power grid transmission towers in the mountains of Neom is an opportunity for Enowa to set a standard for using this world-class method of construction, helping to offset environmental impact and preserve the integrity of the natural environment.”
Notably, the project was led by a Saudi engineer, a testament to Enowa’s dedication to nurturing and championing leading talent from across the kingdom, it said. Jumanah Almurdhi, Project Engineer, said: “In addition to allowing us to build Neom’s infrastructure in harmony with nature, helicopter-aided construction will also be important for projects where the speed of delivery is a critical factor. It will minimise the time taken to deliver transmission towers, as well as the manpower and additional work that we normally re-quire when building transmission towers using cranes.”
Enowa delivered the project in partnership with Saudi Electricity Company, Al Sharif Group Holdings, Helicopter Express, and Al Rushaid Group.