In central Rio de Janeiro of Brazil lie the remains of a former harbor area. It's the Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site that came to light in 2011.
First built in 1811, the area was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. In 2019 State Grid Corporation of China (State Grid) joined hands with the National Cultural Relics Bureau of Brazil to launch an archaeological site protection project in the area.
State Grid's branch in Brazil installed lighting equipment and signals around the area and initiated a series of education activities to publicize the history and need for protection of the site to people living in affected areas and others in the city.
The company held a three-month online seminar which invited archaeological researchers in October 2020, introducing the history of the site and highlighting the importance of its archaeological protection to local teachers, staff members of museums and workers in the tourism industry.
State Grid's Brazilian company started its business in the country in 2010 and has been participating in power infrastructure development.
Its power transmission equipment can be seen in 14 states and the company has power lines stretching about 16,000 kilometers, giving it a crucial role in Brazil's backbone power grid.
It had never ignored its role in social responsibility fulfillment while concentrating on its power construction duties. It has sponsored and supported hundreds of public welfare programs in such fields as education, medical care, culture and sports.
For example, the company recently invested and built the ±800kV Brazilian Belo Monte Hydropower UHV DC Transmission Project, aiming to provide power lines with the highest voltage and the most advanced technology in South America.
During the construction, the company helped villages in affected areas develop a fruit processing industry and built two wells to meet local and commercial water demands.
The fruit processing plant is now in operation and has an annual output of 5,000 kilograms.
(Executive editor: Wang Ruoting)