As part of its objective to develop a 100% renewables-based energy system, ENOWA, NEOM's energy and water firm, has led helicopter-assisted construction for the installation of high-voltage transmission line towers that transport electrical power from one location to another
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.
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 minimize the time taken to deliver transmission towers, as well as the manpower and additional work that we normally require when building transmission towers using cranes.”
ENOWA delivered the project in partnership with Saudi Electricity Company, Al Sharif Group Holdings, Helicopter Express, Inc., and Al Rushaid Group.