Pylons of Cadiz

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The Pylons of Cádiz, also known as the Towers of Cádiz, are two tall pylon supporting a double-circuit 132 kV three-phase AC powerline over the bay of Cádiz, Spain starting at Puerto Real Substation at to the substation of the former Cadiz Thermal Power Station situated on the peninsula upon which the city of Cádiz stands at .The crossing consists of 14 pylons: 2 158 metres tall suspension pylons carrying the line over the Bay of Cadiz and two groups of 6 small strainers, which are at both ends the next support structure of the line.The strainer group at the end of Cadiz is situated close to Cadiz Substation at and that on the other site at Matagorda at . Both strainer groups are fenced-in.The huge suspension towers are situated in Cádiz near Fort Puntales and the Puntales Naval Station at and at Matagorda quarter near the commercial wharves at .The rest of the line consists of pylons with 3 crossbars carrying 6 conductors. An interesting feature is, that the powerline crossing does not use a ground conductor.

The huge suspension towers were conceived and designed by the Italian engineer, Alberto Toscano, and they are of a very unconventional construction.

Each is a hollow mast resembling a truncated cone (or frustum). The frustum tapers from a base 20.7 metres in diameter to a crown six metres in diameter. The towers rest on reinforced concrete plinths, and they are crowned by transverse members (or crosspieces), rhomboid in profile, that hold the insulators and...
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