Rodrigo Chittoni, UTC Vice President Central & South America Projects, recounted the group's mounting challenges during this leg of the trip. "The last barge was projected to take four days to transit to Asuncion. In actuality, it spanned three weeks as the convoy had to move slowly. Fortunately, due to the team's preparedness, they could shift plans based on rapidly changing river conditions. These occurrences, along with restrictions caused by COVID, posed challenges. Based on careful risk assessment early on in the planning stages, UTC's team of professionals responded to changing conditions to keep the cargo moving. Focused, in-depth planning is critical for a long term project such as this one. It is not something that just happens; it is strategically thought through and developed based on experience and knowledge."
This project showcases UTC’s extensive expertise and ability to manage OPEX and CAPEX jobs in remote areas when faced with multiple adversities. Large cement projects have successfully been completed in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Rica.