The Herrenknecht service solution
The small tunnel cross-section of only 2.6 meters means unconventional tunnelling, particularly in terms of safety and logistics. This is compounded by the technically complex tunnel routing with several curve radii, some of them tight at up to 200 meters, as well as Emscher marl, a geology comprising clay, sand and grit, which causes very high torques during excavation. Consequently, PORR, a long-term and experienced customer, orders around-the-clock support for the entire tunnelling route. At least one service technician or supervisor is available to offer tunnelling support during each shift. On commencing tunnelling, customer personnel is also trained specially for the project requirements associated with the Emscher Sewage System and there are joint efforts at finding the ideal tunnelling parameters. The construction project benefits tremendously from these measures. Average machine availability over the entire tunnelling route of 20 kilometers is more than 95%, resulting in outstanding top values of up to 177 meters per week and up to 582 meters per month. Accordingly, tunnelling can be completed a year ahead of schedule.
Thanks to good collaboration between the experienced customer and experienced service experts from Herrenknecht, tunnelling runs very smoothly despite difficult project conditions.
Around-the-clock support provided by Herrenknecht ensures optimized tunnelling, very high machine availability and therefore a significantly shorter project term.
Thanks to service support provided by VMT in sections of the route which are difficult to navigate, the extremely small curve radii can be safely overcome.