Our tunnelling machine arrived safely at Wilton International in mid-February 2019, after its long journey on river, land and sea. Assembly started immediately, ahead of operations commencing in April.
Once fully constructed, it will dig the first 8 mile section of our 23 mile mineral transportation tunnel.
The machine was built by tunnel engineering specialists, Herrenknecht, in Schwanau in south western Germany, before sailing to Rottderdam via barge on the Rhine river – a journey of around 500 miles.
The TBM was then lifted from the barge onto a ship before setting sail on its 250 mile journey to Teesside.
The TBM was lifted from the ship at AV Dawson’s port facility and loaded onto heavy haulage trucks before departing for Wilton.