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TBMs approved for Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro Breakthrough

Two tunnel boring machines have received the tick of approval for the new Sydney Metro West, with both completing factory acceptance tests.

The factory acceptance tests involved a detailed inspection and formal approval of the TBMs, which are suitable in softer ground conditions and high-water pressures.

This means they are ideal for tunnelling beneath the harbour.

The two TBMs will carve out the 3.5km twin tunnels from The Bays, to Hunter Street in the Sydney CBD as part of the 24km Sydney Metro West Project.

Construction of the twin metro tunnels from The Bays to Sydney Olympic Park is part of the Central Tunnelling Package awarded in July 2021 to the Acciona Ferrovial joint venture.

The news follows the announcement of a new tunnelling and infrastructure academy, managed by Sydney Metro West delivery partners Gamuda and Laing O’Rourke Consortium.

The training facility is located in Western Sydney and specialises in the delivery of training in civil construction, safety and tunnelling.

It is expected up to 10,000 people will benefit from the training programs on offer at the facility, with 260 people currently participating across 19 programs.

For more information about the project, visit here.

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