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PRINOTH at the Expoflorestal in Portugal

The RAPTOR 300 was met with enthusiasm - among others by State Secretary Miguel João de Freitas

REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais and BERMARTHOR, presented the RAPTOR 300 at the Expoflorestal exhibition, which caused a sensation as a pioneering machine for forest restoration.

REN has acquired five "RAPTOR 300", which will allow an improvement in forestry and fuel management activities, allowing greater efficiency in defending forests against fires.

According to João Gaspar, head of REN's Servicing and Heritage area, "the use of machines using innovative technologies will result in greater productivity in the clearing of forests". At the same time, "we are enhancing our infrastructure as an asset in preventing and fighting forest fires. By keeping the strips clean, we are enhancing opportunities to address the various civil protection agents, including the fire brigade," he said.

For Tomás Marques, responsible for BERMARTHOR, "this is an opportunity to demonstrate that with machines designed and built with the specific purpose for the cleaning of the forests, it is possible to have a great productivity and a good alternative to more traditional mechanical means". "A machine like this has a productivity of over 60 men," he said.

The RAPTOR 300 was also acclaimed by Miguel João de Freitas, Portugal's State Secretary for Forestry and Rural Development. He inspected the machine in detail and did not miss the opportunity to test sit in the RAPTOR 300.

In the context of REN's policy of protecting forests against fires, several actions have already been implemented, such as donating vehicles to Volunteer Firefighters and to the fire prevention teams of several municipalities in the country.

On top of this, extensive work has been carried out with the help of more than 200 employees - REN's service providers in the forestry area - in an investment of more than 6 million euros in 2018. The result has been the cleaning of more than 22,000 hectares, the equivalent of 22,000 soccer stadiums in the last four years. In a commitment to the future, REN's goal this year is to clear 10 per cent more land than in 2018 and the next few years REN plans to execute a global area always exceeding 7,000 ha/year.