Blockades affecting Hidroituango

Company News    May 11, 2021 5:18 PM

EPM commented on the roadblocks near Hidroituango.

The company warned that roadblocks near Hidroituango cause more risks to the communities near this megaproject, Valora Analitik reported.

EPM explained that risk mitigation and technical progress require a constant work team.

“For this reason, the blocking of its access roads prevents the developing of these tasks and puts the project at risk,” EPM said.

The firm is developing the definitive process for plugging the right diversion tunnel and this requires staff 24 hours a day. This is one of the most delicate and important works for reducing the risks for the populations that live downstream of the dam.

The company said that it is impossible to transport the personnel to the place and return the crews to the camps for their rest day due to the blockages.

EPM said that the operation of the landfill, which regulates the flows that go down the Cauca River to the reservoir and are discharged downstream of the dam, also requires having operators available 24 hours a day. Otherwise, it is impossible to close or open its four gates in a timely manner.

“EPM respects the right to peaceful protest that is developed in the country. But it makes a restrained call to the people who are protesting so that, please, avoid any damage to the infrastructure of the Ituango Hydroelectric project, as it could cause serious risks for the inhabitants of the region,” the company highlighted.

Bottom-Line: Authorities must accompany EPM in the transport of employees, to avoid a tragedy related to the project.

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