First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West

Two huge tunnel boring machines have been ordered to build the city’s next metro rail tunnels as part of the Sydney Metro West project, with the first machine set to be in the ground in Australia before the end of this year.
First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West First mega boring machines ordered for Sydney Metro West

Herrenknecht has been contracted to design, build and deliver two TBM for the Sydney Metro West project in Australia

The two tunnel boring machines (TBM) are part of the AUS$1.96 billion (US$1.41 billion) Central Tunnelling Package awarded in July to the Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture, which has contracted German manufacturer Herrenknecht to design, build and deliver the TBM following a global tender process.

Each TBM will tunnel an average of 200m per week and will be operated by a team of 15 workers per shift as they dig the 11km twin tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park.

These are the first of six TBMs being used to build the 24km tunnels from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta.

The two borers are 1,266t, 165m long double-shield, hard rock, gripper-type TBMs, designed to excavate through sandstone and shale.

The TBM will be specifically built for the conditions they will meet on this job, with design improvements taken on board from the experience of building more than 30km of tunnels for Sydney Metro Northwest and City & Southwest.

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