Posted On 28 May 2014
The Coca – Codo Sinclair opens in 2016, despite the problems that have been reported during the construction process. Thus said the Vice-President of the Republic, Jorge Glas, after being consulted on the subject.
With an advance of a 64%, the main problem of the construction process of the project was the stoppage of the two drills (known as topos or TBMS) used for the excavation of the 24.5 km long tunnel, which is part of the infrastructure, and currently has a 73% advance.
Glas acknowledged the stoppage of the drills, but said that these projects always have a geological component that represents a risk, that does notmodify the term.
During the event, which featured a lunch, giant screens and Fireworks, Cepeda said that closure of the natural bed of the Coca River and its temporary diversion will allow to complete the construction of two cofferdams: concrete infrastructure to protect the works of the project from the river floods.He also added that the diversion of the Coca river will remain until 2016, when the River will return to its normal bed.
Glas pointed out that the project, with an installed capacity of 1 500 megawatts of power, will generate a 36% of the country’s electricity in 2016.