Tunnel boring machine ‘Blanche’ is making good progress

Blanche has already travelled 600 meters underground, a third of its planned journey inside Shakespear Regional Park, in New Zealand.

The Watercare project entrusted to Blanche provides the installation of a new wastewater pipe, cutting through the ground from Watercare’s Army Bay Treatment Plant to the coast. The machine is travelling at 28-35 mm per minute, and has traveled almost  two kilometres. The germany Blanche is in charge of to replace with a larger pipe, the currently outfall pipeline.

The new infrastructure will ensure high quality wastewater and greater reliability of the treatment plant, having also the ability to manage to manage the future growth of some cities nearby, including Orewa, Silverdale and Whangaparāoa.

Galbiati Group builds TBM components such as planetary gearboxes, bearing supports, erectors. The company has recently realized 4 ton-segment erector for a Tunnel Boring Machine designed for a excavation project. For more information visit the website www.galbiatigroup.it.

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