New routes to the Sinai – final breakthrough at the Suez Canal
On the Christmas weekend, Egyptian President H.E. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rang in a new era for the Sinai Peninsula: on Saturday, December 23, 2017, S-960 (Ø 13,020 mm), the third of four Herrenknecht Mixshields, completed tunnelling for the first of two new twin-tube road tunnels under the Suez Canal at Ismailia. The tunnels at Port Said and Ismailia, designed to link the Sinai Peninsula more closely to the Egyptian heartland in future, will open up new economic opportunities. Instead of spending up to 5 days in long car queues for the ferry, crossing the Suez Canal via the efficient tunnels will only take 10 minutes in future.
January 5, 2018 Ismailia, Egypt / Schwanau, Germany. On the 2017 Christmas weekend, Egyptian President H.E. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated very significant development projects at the Suez Canal. These included two gigantic twin-tube road tunnels under the international trading artery. A total of four tunnel tubes were driven in about 1.5 years for the new, efficient transport links under the artificial waterway. The shells are now almost completed: two road tunnels were built north of Ismailia and run under the old and new Suez Canal. Two more cross beneath the canal south of Port Said. With this key large-scale project, Egypt is expanding infrastructure immensely important for world trade. The efficient connection of the canal cities to the waterway's eastern shore will simplify trade activities, facilitate traffic and support economic development of the region.
Machine- / Project data S-958 - S-961 Ismailia / Port Said Road Tunnels
- Machine type: 4x Mixshield
- Shield diameter: 13,020 mm
- Drive power: 3,500 kW
- Torque: 16,779 kNm
- Tunnel length: 2x 4,800 m, 2 x 2,800 m
- Geology: heterogeneous ground, clay, sand
- Customer: Government of the Republic of Egypt
- Construction companies: Tunnel Joint Venture Road Tunnel Port Said Arab Contractors / Orascom and Tunnel Joint Venture Road Tunnel Ismailia Petrojet / Concord / CMC