In accordance with its plans to develop the Amazon River basin and decentralise the country's industries, Brazil has started constructing what will be the country's largest national hydro-electric plant.
GV EXT PAN Site of the dam at Tocantins River
GV PAN FROM River TO work in progress (3 shots)
SV Mechanical digger in operation (4 shots)
GV Bulldozers at work
Brazil's largest hydroelectric scheme, at Itaipu in the south, is a joint project shared with Paraguay. Expected to reach full electrical production capacity of 12.6 million Kilowatts in 1983, it will have the biggest potential of any dam in the world and will be six times that of the Aswan dam in Egypt. Its total cost is estimated at around six billion U.S. dollars.
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Background: In accordance with its plans to develop the Amazon River basin and decentralise the country's industries, Brazil has started constructing what will be the country's largest national hydro-electric plant.
SYNOPSIS: The site of the plant is at Tucuri on the banks of the River Tocantins, 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of the port of Belem, and its inauguration is planned for 1982.
Work has already started on the dam which will be 7.5 kilometres (4???? miles) long and 70 metres (230 feet) high. The eventual plan is to create a plant with a generating capacity of six and a half million kilowatts which will provide power to both Belem in the north and Brasilia, the capital, in the south, as well as serving the needs of the local region.
The construction of the plant is aimed at attracting industry to an area that has previously been underdeveloped. There are vast deposits of natural resources in the Amazon region and plans are under way to establish aluminium and alumina production projects and to ??? Bauxite and iron ore. The ??? is expected to create a ??? kilometre (127 mile) artificial lake, which will enable ??? to reach the inland town of Naraba some 600 kilometres (372 miles) from the Atlantic ocean. When completed, the site will house a city of 32,000 people with a river harbour; an airport, and road systems.