Enowa, the energy and water company of NEOM, has introduced a clever construction method using helicopters to install high-voltage transmission line towers. Trade Arabia and other news outlets announced this innovative approach on the 19th of September. It's an approach that aligns with the company's mission to create a 100% renewable energy system.
NEOM: SAUDI ARABIA'S SHOWCASE GIGAPROJECT
NEOM, in Saudi Arabia's Tabuk Province, is a massive urban project. Enowa's recent work in NEOM is a big step in using eco-friendly construction methods in the region.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Helicopters bring parts to NEOM's mountain base, where they are assembled. This stops the need for building roads for trucks and cranes that harm the environment. Thorsten Schwarz, Enowa's Executive Director of Power System Engineering, says it's vital to set new standards in construction to help the environment and protect the natural surroundings.
NURTURING LOCAL TALENT & EXPERTISE AT ENOWA
Led by a Saudi engineer, the project shows the business' dedication to supporting and developing Saudi talent. This approach aligns with the company's commitment to develop homegrown expertise.
A QUICK AND EFFICIENT PROCESS
Project Engineer Jumanah Almurdhi underlines the effectiveness of building using helicopters. It not only speeds up project timelines but also harmonises infrastructure development with nature. This method reduced the time, labour, and extra work involved in crane-based tower building, according to the Trade Arabia and other news reports.
The Saudi Electricity Company, Al Sharif Group Holdings, Helicopter Express, and Al Rushaid Group are a few of the significant companies Enowa has collaborated with. Together, they were successful in completing this innovative initiative.
The company's use of helicopters for construction in NEOM serves as a new example of sustainable development in Saudi Arabia. It shows how innovative techniques may minimise negative environmental effects while meeting crucial infrastructural needs. This success demonstrates Enowa's commitment to excellence. It also shows the company's efforts to enhance sustainable construction practices in the Kingdom.
Photo credits: Erickson Inc (the same helicopters used by Enowa)