Suez Canal overhead powerline crossing
Because the required clearance over the Suez Canal is 152 metres (166 yd), the overhead line has two 221 metres (242 yd) high pylons (one on either side of the crossing) in spite of its small span width of 600 metres (660 yd). The pylons each have four crossarms: three for the conductors and one for catching the conductors in case of an insulator string failure.
Significant developments in the region
The crossing was part of a major drive to develop the areas surrounding the Suez Canal, including other projects such as the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel under the Suez Canal (completed in 1981), the El Ferdan Railway Bridge, and the Suez Canal Bridge (completed in 2001).
It was constructed by a consortium between STFA Enerkom and Siemens.
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