Terratec announces it has secured orders for the supply of six TBMs to projects in Thailand, India and Turkey during the first six months of 2016, with more supply deals due to be finalised in the coming weeks and months.
The tunnelling equipment manufacturer, which is headquartered in Australia but has factory facilities in China, has two 6.56m diameter EPBMs currently under manufacture for the new section of the Istanbul Metro between Dudulli and Bostasnci. The order is placed by the Turkish Senbay/Kolin/Kalyon Joint Venture, and the machines are almost identical to the EPBM that excavated successfully through the similar mixed geology of the Mecidiyekoy–Mahmutbey section. The TBMs are due for final factory testing in the last quarter of this year (2016).
In Thailand, and in support of the city of Bangkok’s rapid expansion of its underground cable and water infrastructure, Terratec will supply a 3.2m EPBM for the Pra Khanong Cable Tunnel Project to Thai Contractor Nawarat Patanakarn PCL. The machine will be delivered from the factory in September this year (2016). In addition, two further EPBMs of 5.7m diameter have been ordered by Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction PCL for excavation of the Nong Bon Drainage Project. This pair are due for delivery to the client in the first quarter of 2017.
In India, where Terratec has previously supplied a number of machines for construction of the Delhi Metro, the company has secured the order for the supply of two 6.52m EPBMs for Contract LKCC-06 of the Lucknow Metro. Procured by the Tata (India)/Gulermak (Turkey) JV, selection of Terratec was based on the previous performance of its machines in India and previous experience of Gulermak with Terratec EPBMs. The latest machines for the Indian market will be similar those that excavated successfully the CC-34 Contract of Delhi Metro, and are expected to commence underground construction in early 2017.
A Terratec spokesman said: “More TBM orders are being finalised in the coming months, and, together with several orders for the company’s other product lines – including raise boring machines, micro-TBMs and conveyor systems – will ensure that Terratec will continue to be very busy during 2017.”