– The Brazilian-Colombian CCC Ituango consortium has started work on altering the course of the Cauca River as part of the construction of the Ituango hydroelectric power station.

The river’s course will be diverted between the Colombian municipalities of Ituango and Briceño, located in the Antioquia department, through two 14 metre-wide tunnels.

According to Julio Zuluaga, who is part of Empresas Publicas de Medellín’s (EPM) project team, the tunnels will carry the water of the Cauca through the mountains of Antioquia for just over a mile before returning it to its natural course.

EPM has confirmed it is committed to delivering the project by December 2018.

The hydropower plant will comprise eight hydro turbines and have an installed capacity of 2400 MW.

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