The first of four TBMs to be used on the 24km of twin tube tunnel for the Copenhagen Metro was inaugurated on 16th November at the Seli factory, 11 months after the company won the tender as part of the Salini Costruttori/Maire Tecnimont/Seli JV.
The EPBM, worth roughly €7M was designed and built in 10 months in collaboration with Kawasaki. The remaining machines for the project are scheduled to be delivered in 2013.
Says President of SELI Spa, Remo Grandori, “The EPB TBM for the Copenhagen metro is the first of the four units that SELI is manufacturing under the industrial and license agreement with Kawasaki. The target of the cooperation with the Japanese giant is to develop and manufacture a new line of EPB TBMs covering the highest segment of the EPB TBM market. These TBMs are dedicated to the most challenging projects in the technologically advanced markets, with a special focus on Europe and North America.”
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The Metro is fully automated and is scheduled to be fully operational by 2018.