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Multifunctional Tunnel for Wuhan

KUNSHAN/CHINA, May 5, 2014 - In the course of the visit to China by the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, a contract was signed on April 23, 2014 in Kunshan (Jiangsu Province) for the delivery of two tunnel boring machines for a large multifunctional tunnel in Wuhan (central China).

signing the contract for the delivery of two Herrenknecht tunnel borging machines to China

Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management Herrenknecht AG, and Mr. Yu Xuanping, General Manager of Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd. (STEC)  together with German Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the German Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Michael Clauss. | photo: Frank Ossenbrink

The 10 million metropolis of Wuhan is the most important transport hub in central China. By 2017 the metro network of 3 lines will be extended to 7, from the current 73 km to 215 km in length. The two Mixshields with an excavation diameter of 15.76 m to be supplied by Herrenknecht will cross under the Yangtze River in Wuhan and create a twin-bore double-decker tunnel. A three-lane road will run on the upper deck, with metro line 7 below. The 2,590 meter long tunnel alignment runs up to 39.5 meters below the water surface in complex soil. On the one hand, a high water pressure of 5.3 bar must be dealt with. In addition, the tunnel runs through varying geological formations, partly completely sand and clay, partly a mixed geology with mudstone, conglomerates and sand.
With its size and multipurpose use the construction represents a major reference project for mechanized tunnelling worldwide.

In the past customer Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd. (STEC) has already realized several large-scale projects very successfully with Herrenknecht equipment, usually months ahead of schedule. These include several large-diameter road tunnels in Hangzhou and Shanghai.