URIARTE


URIARTE
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25.11.1889 Galdames/E - 2.6.1973 Bilbao/E
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Enrique Uriarte Humarán was born and received his basic education the Viscaya Region. He gained his civil engineering diploma from the Madrid Civil Engineering School in 1916. He then initiated his career as a hydraulic engineer and eventually became famous as a designer of dams all over Spain. The most famous schemes with a major contribution of Uriarte include the Salto del Cortijo of 1916 in the Rioja Region, the Salto de Lindoso on Río Lima, Portugal in 1918 and the Salto Cinca-Cinquenta in the Huesca Region in 1919. Uriarte was appointed chief engineer of the latter work in 1922. From 1930, he acted as the vice-director of Hidroeléctrica Ibérica, the basis of the later Iberduero scheme of Spain after the former consortium and the Saltos del Duero had merged in 1944, with Uriarte as its first director. Once retired, he became interested in the historical development of the Spanish hydroelectricity. He was further an engineer who studied outstanding designs in dam engineering, both from the structural and the architectonic points of view.
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Uriarte directed the dam works of the Salto de la Barrosa in the Huesca Region from 1923 and was involved in the channels of this project, as also in the River Chisagües Canal. Later, he played an important role in the development of hydroelectricity of River Urdiceto and Lake Marboré, the former being a tributary of Barrosa River and the latter belonging to the Cinca. The Barrosa-Trigoniero-Uriceto power plant went into service in 1929. Uriarte participated also in the erection of the Bielsa and Salinas developments from 1923, and he directed the construction of the Bolarque hydraulic scheme on Tajo River, Portugal. He therefore was one of the Spanish pioneers in hydroelectricity working mainly during the first half of the 20th century.
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