On 26th August 2016, TERRATEC successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Tests of a new Microtunnelling System in its assembly plant in Guangzhou, China. The testing was attended by representatives of Drill-Tech Thailand Co., Ltd, who will use the equipment to construct a Cable Project in Bangkok for the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA).
The MTBM System can push standard DN1800 concrete pipes and it can be expanded to work with DN2000 pipes, the length of each pipe being 3000mm. TERRATEC scope of supply includes the Shield, the Main Jacking Station, Intermediate Jacking Stations, the Slurry Transport System, a digital Guidance System and a Control Container with the Operation Panel and Power Pack.
The system was designed by TERRATEC in its Engineering Centre in Australia. The production and assembly were done in TERRATEC’s plant in Guangzhou with key components coming mainly from Australia and Japan. The machines are to bore in the typical Bangkok soil composed of clay, stiff clay and very stiff clay. Some state-of-the art features include a Cone Crusher integrated into the CutterHead structure, the Enzan-Terratec laser guidance system or the data recorder and remote access for the complete tunnelling system.