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ACCIONA Construction exhibits innovation at the Intermodal South America Trade Fair in São Paulo (Brazil)

  • This is the most important logistics, freight transport and foreign trade fair in South America.
  • ACCIONA Construction showed visitors its technological innovations for port projects, such as the Kugira caisson floating dock.

Once again this year, ACCIONA Construction has taken part in the Intermodal South America Trade Fair, held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 13 to 15 March. This major international event has brought together several leading companies from the logistics, transport and foreign trade sectors.

During this 24th edition of the fair, ACCIONA Construction was present once again as one of the exhibiting companies at the State Ports stand, an entity of the Ministry of Public Works.

ACCIONA Construction is currently one of the largest construction firms for ports and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) storage systems in the world. As such, its primary task at the trade fair was to show visitors the technological innovations in this sector. One example shown was the Kugira caisson floating dock, which was key in the recently completed works on Terminal Two (T2) at the Port of Açu, located in São João da Barra, (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). This terminal was the first to be built with prefabricated concrete blocks in Brazil.

A total of 42 floating blocks were built to construct 2,800 metres of seawall were built using the Kugira's concrete caisson technology.

Meanwhile, thanks to this novel technology system, ACCIONA has managed to fulfil its commitment to sustainability. Some of the benefits of this method include a reduced use of raw materials and lower CO2 emissions in the material transport phase. In addition, the Kugira technology prevents the use of 1 million tonnes of rockfill, it is more resistant to weathering, it offers greater mooring depth and its walls act as breakwaters.

The use of Kugira has led ACCIONA to win several awards, such as the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment, in the “Products and/or Services for Sustainable Development” category.

ACCIONA Construction has extensive experience in building port infrastructure internationally using prefabricated caissons, with references such as the over 2 km-long dock built at the Port of Algeciras, Spain, or the 430-metre extension of Los Mármoles Dock, near Arrecife, on the island of Lanzarote, Spain.

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