A guided tour of the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant and a tour to two of the company’s protected areas marked the closure, on June 15, of the Global Symposium on Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions, organized by Itaipu and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
During the activity, coordinated by Itaipu’s Communications and Envrionmental Management departments, the participants had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the operation of the plant and conservation actions promoted by the company in the Itabo Nature Reserve (about 60 kilometers from the urban center of Hernandarias), and at the Bela Vista Sactuary (which is located close to the dam).
The tour began with a visit to Elevation 108 of the Production Building, passing by the machinery and the turbine axis. Then, the delegation reached the Charge Dispatch Control Room, where the connections between the power plant and the Brazilian and Paraguayan systems take place.
Next, the participants of the Symposium visited the Central Control Room (CCR) of the hydroelectric plant and the internal structure of the dam, such as Elevation 40, where it is possible to stand at the old bedrock of the Paraná River.
After the Itaipu Power Plant tour, the groups moved to the Itabo Nature Reserve, in Paraguay, or to the Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary, where they learned about the environmental actions carried out by Itaipu Binacional in both margins.
At the Itabo Reserve, they participated in a presentation on the carbon-neutral reserve. Visitors were shown the application of circular economy concepts in waste management, solar generation, energy efficiency campaigns, and biodigesters, among others. The activity culminated with a tour of the “Carayá” Trail and a visit to one of the plots of the “Itaipu Preserva” project.
A similar tour also took place on the Brazilian margin, at the Bela Vista Sanctuary, where a series of initiatives on fauna and flora conservation are carried out.
Also, on Tuesday night, the foreign delegation had the opportunity to appreciate the Monumental Lighting of the dam — a spectacle of lights, sounds, and visual sensations.