Surat, India (Metro Rail Today): The leading TBM manufacturer, TERRATEC today announced the delivery of another Tunnel Boring Machine for construction 3.56-km underground section from Surat Railway Station to Chowk Bazar Ramp of Corridor 1 of Surat Metro Rail Project.
"This unit is a new 6.61m diameter Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machine (EPBM) that will be used on Phase I of Surat Metro Rail Project in India following successful factory acceptance earlier this month. This indicates all the machines for Phase 1 of Surat Metro Rail project will be from TERRATEC," said the company.
TERRATEC has secured all machine orders for Surat Metro Rail project: A combination of both brand new and refurbished EPBMs will be used. For Package UG-01, Gulermak will use a brand new EPBM and a refurbished TBM and for Package UG-02, JKumar will use two refurbished TBMs. TERRATEC provides all spare parts, onsite technical assistance and a key field service engineer for the whole refabrication. TERRATEC is proud to be the sole provider of all the TBMs for the project.
The Surat Metro is an under-construction rapid transit rail system for Surat in Gujarat, India. Two corridors with a combined length of 40.35 kilometers are under construction since January 2021. The project is expected to be completed by December 2023. The new TBM will now be transported to India. Then reassembled on-site with the help of TERRATEC field service team.
The geological conditions along the tunnel alignments will be sand, clay, gravel and silt. A twin bored underground tunnel will be built between the Northern ramp and Surat Railway Metro station, using all cut and cover method across 6 underground stations. Under Package UG-01, it will cover Kapodra, Labheshwar Chowk and Central Warehouse stations while under Package UG-02, it will cover Chowk Bazar, Maskati Hospital and Surat Railway stations.
This latest new TBM will be used by Gulermak-Sam India JV for Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited to complete the tunnelling works for Phase-I of Surat Metro Rail Project. Package UG-01 and Package UG-02 consist of a 7km underground tunnel and six underground stations.
The versatile TERRATEC EPBM units have robust mixed-face dome-style cutterheads designed to work effectively in the soil composed of sand, clay, gravel and silt. As the TBMs progress, they will install 1,500mm wide by 275mm thick pre-cast concrete lining rings, which consist of five segments plus a key.
For added versatility, TERRATEC has designed the CutterHead to allow the cutting tools to be exchangeable for 17’’ disc cutters, allowing the TBM to be able to bore through the D-walls and cope with the presence of any unexpected obstacle on its way, such as old wells or foundations.
As the TBMs progress, they will install 275mm thick x 1500mm long, reinforced concrete Universal-style, pre-cast lining rings – comprising six segments + key. Muck removal, segment transport and logistics supply will be via locomotive and muck cars.
Surat is a city in the Western Indian state of Gujarat and is one of the world's fastest growing cities. In Phase 1, 20 metro stations will be built on the first corridor from Sarthana to DREAM City route and 18 metro stations will be built on the second corridor from Bhesan to Saroli.