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Vigo assembly and board to Angola the first floating electric power station built in Spain

The first floating electric power station built in Spain has the brand of Vigo. Freire sends today to Luanda (Angola's capital) one of the most ambitious and innovated infrastructure made by the shipyard. It is about a 1.206 meters long steel vessel which is 4 meters high in which there are established a electric power station with enough power to supply energy to a 70.000 inhabitants town. The Project was awarded by the Ministry of Energy and Waters of the Angola Republic to the joint venture composed by the company from Zaragoza Soluciones de Gestión y Apoyo a Empresas, and the company from Madrid Comercial Cueto 92. The brand that counts on the collaboration of the prestigious company from the Basque Country Idom, ordered the 42MW turbine to the multinational General Electric. It ordered Freire the construction of the floating platform and the assembly of the power station. After more than 17 months of work, the vessel will leave today to Luanda's port, where it will arrive in two weeks after travel 6.500 kilometres from Vigo to the Angola's capital.
The platform is made completely in steel. This characteristic made it unique in the world, according the managers of the construction. "The ones that we know were made over a cement base installed over the floating steel pontoon. This was the initial project that we have ordered. Freire propose us to build it completely in steel. The idea surprise us, and we accept because it solves the problem of crack and reduces the weight of the structure", explains the technical manager of the Join Venture Cueto-Soluciones, Enrique Ibáñez.
The managers of the shipyard from Vigo, worked side by side with the General Electric technicians for the installation of the electric power station over the platform. "Not only is the first floating power station that we build, but also the firs pontoon. We are experts in steel, and that's why we thought that this was the best solution for the cement. The decision has been a success" says Guillermo Freire, the shipyard manager.
The structure is divided in deck and hold. Inside there are some diesel oil tanks of 2.500 m3 and the pumps room. Angola is one of the biggest world producers of this fuel, that's why its government decide to use it to stoke the turbine that, together with the main station, a transformer and a water treatment plant, is located in the top.
The power station will be connected from the sea with a substation in Luanda and also with a gas pipeline through which the fuel will be supplied. 2the intention is that its location was permanent, but as it floats it could be transported to anywhere if it was necessary", explains Oscar Bella, Idom's project manager.
If the construction of the floating power station becomes a milestone in Vigo, the manoeuvre to load it will not be less. The 1700 tones that it weighs will be board today on the cargo vessel Eagle that belongs to the prestigious Norwegian company Offshore Heavy Transport in a unknown operation in the sea of Vigo.
The brand that carries on its vessels big oil platforms, was hired even by the government of the United States to transport a military vessel totally wreck because of a terrorist attack in the Gulf War.
The vessel that can submerge until 20 meters, begun this early morning the process to descend 5. This morning it will be mostly under the water and we can only see the bridge and the bow. "although because of the dimensions of the pontoon it is an easy manoeuvre, it is spectacular and maybe the first time that we can see it in Vigo", says the Combalia Agencia Maritima manager, Daniel Taboada.
Two tug boats will carry the power station from Bouzas at eight in the morning and they will put in over the sheet of water over the Eagle. Once it is stabilized, the vessel will emerge and hook the platform, that later will be anchored. The vessel will leave tomorrow at nine o'clock in the morning. (Source: FARO DE VIGO)

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