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This Is How You "Fly" Trucks Up a 6,500-Foot Mountain With No Roads

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How do you move a fleet of 48-tonne trucks to the top of a 6,500-foot mountain with no roads? With cables, of course.

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That's what the consortium Groupement Marti Implenia is doing at Nant de Drance, in the Swiss Alps. They needed these Astra HD8 480hp 8x6 trucks to build a pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant at the summit. The only problem is that the only way to reach the peak is by helicopter or using a heavy duty cable crane. They opted for the latter.

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The pumped-storage plant will generate 600 megawatts of electricity. It will be built inside the mountain at 5,577 feet above sea level. Workers will be able to reach the plant through a 3.5-mile tunnel (5.6 km). Hopefully, the company will also build hot jacuzzis on the top for them.

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mr-wilson
Mr. Wilson, Reluctant Pumpkin King Incarnate

They coulda' saved themselves a lot of time if they just installed these babies.

Certainly no money, but a lot of time.