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Chinese engineers build world's tallest power towers

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The 500-kilovolt pylon was successfully commissioned in Taizhou on Wednesday and became the world's tallest power pylon.

Chinese engineers build world's tallest power towers

Two 385-meter power transmission towers were erected on Wednesday in east China's Jiangsu province. According to the Jiangsu branch of the China National Electricity Corporation, the builders set a new world record for the height of the facility.

The giant high-voltage towers are located 2.6 km apart on both banks of the Yangtze River, in the county cities of Taizhou and Wuxi, respectively. They turned out to be five meters higher than the former "record holders" that were built in the neighboring province of Zhejiang in 2018.

The total weight of the two supports is about 13 thousand tons. They are expected to be put into operation in June this year after the installation of attachments and electrical wires is completed.

The towers are part of the Taizhou-Wuxi 500 kV transmission line project, which will annually transfer 28.9 billion kWh of electricity from the left bank of China's largest river to the right bank and provide electricity to 8 million households.

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