Ten of the Worlds Tallest Electricity Pylons and Where to Find Them

Ten of the Worlds Tallest Electricity Pylons and Where to Find Them

If you haven’t already do take a look at “Pylon of the Month” this wonderful website likes to celebrate all aspects of electric pylons and this post is in honour of it. Today we take a look at the tallest electricity pylons from around the world and discover where they are located…


Ten of the Worlds Tallest Electricity Pylons and Where to Find Them


 

10 – Elbe Crossing 2, Germany – Pinnacle Height: 227 m

These pylons took 2 years to build and are the tallest electricity pylons in Europe, but only make it to number 10 on this list of the tallest in the world.

HVDC Yangtze River Crossing Wuhu, China

HVDC Yangtze River Crossing Wuhu, China

9 – HVDC Yangtze River Crossing Wuhu, China – Pinnacle Height: 229 m

Built in 2003 in Wuhu they are the tallest electricity pylons used for HVDC (High-voltage direct current).

8 – Pylons of Messina, Italy – Pinnacle Height: 232 m

Built way back in 1957 they are no longer used as pylons and are used as communication towers instead, but their original use is what I am classing them as.

7 – Orinoco River Crossing, Venezuela – Pinnacle Height: 240 m

The first and tallest pylon was finished in 1971 and features an overhead power line crossing for two 400 kV-circuits. That is also a pretty impressive bridge span to the right of it.

6 – Pylons of Pearl River Crossing, China – Pinnacle Height: 253 m

Spanning the Pearl River the powerlines are suspended from 240 metres (790 ft) tall towers, one which is 253 m and the other 240 m.

Nanjing Yangtze River Crossing, China

Nanjing Yangtze River Crossing, China

5 – Nanjing Yangtze River Crossing, China – Pinnacle Height: 257 m

This is the Tallest reinforced concrete pylons in the world can they carry 6 conductors on two levels. The span width of the tallest to the next closest pylon is 2,053 m (6,736 ft).

Yangtze River power line crossing of Shanghai-Huainan Powerline, China

Yangtze River power line crossing of Shanghai-Huainan Powerline, China

4 – Yangtze River power line crossing of Shanghai-Huainan Powerline, China – Pinnacle Height: 269.75 m

This dual circuit, 500 kV AC overhead powerline crosses the Yangtze River at Nanjing and this particular tower is located in Gaogouzhen.

Amazonas Crossing of Tucuruí transmission line, Brazil

Amazonas Crossing of Tucuruí transmission line, Brazil

3 – Amazonas Crossing of Tucuruí transmission line, Brazil – Pinnacle Height: 295 m

Located near Almeirim this is the tallest electricity pylons in South America and yes there is more than one of them, 3 in fact at its max height.

Jiangyin Yangtze River Crossing, China

Jiangyin Yangtze River Crossing, China

2 – Jiangyin Yangtze River Crossing, China – Pinnacle Height: 346.5 m

While this transmission tower is is the only one that spans the river nearby and is, of course, the slightly smaller older brother of the Zhoushan Island pylon.

1 – Zhoushan Island Overhead Powerline Tie, China – Pinnacle Height: 370 m

Built between 2009-2010 on Damao Island they are the tallest pylons on the world and while they resemble those of the Messina Strait, they are in fact steel-tube lattice structures.

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