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Hydro-Electric Tunnels

Hydro-Electric Tunnels

Energy. Clean, renewable energy. The cost, conservation and environmental impact of energy have become some of the most significant hot-button issues of this century. In a time when countries invest billions of dollars in development of every possible energy resource, it is not surprising that clean, efficient hydro-electric power is one of the most promising energy sources of our time.

Enormous hydro-electric construction projects involving vast outlays of labor, equipment and financial resources have been launched in the last two decades, yet only less than a quarter of the world’s potential for hydroelectric energy has been tapped. Though highly advanced, a country like the United States has only tapped approximately 43% of its hydro-electric potential. With a population which consumes the highest amount of energy per capita in the world, and a push toward clean and renewable sources of energy, American contractors will no doubt see increasing hydro-electric tunnel work in the coming decade both at home and abroad.

Large diameter tunnels blasted through ancient rock formations are at the heart of many hydro-electric plants. EVEREST has played a crucial part in some of the largest hydro-electric projects in the last quarter century.

EVEREST formwork was chosen for much of the tunnel lining work for a remarkable series of hydro-electric dams known as the James Bay project situated high in the virgin territories of northern Canada. Using efficient management techniques and reliable EVEREST construction forms, James Bay contractors managed to complete this mammoth project significantly under budget.