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A Robbins 6.15 m (20.2 ft) diameter EPB machine achieved an impressive run on January 13, 2014 in China’s capital. In only three months, the machine for contractor China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) Bureau 5 excavated through 2.3 km (1.4 mi) of soft soils, clay, sand, pebbles, and highly weathered rock. The breakthrough marks the […] Learn More
On January 21, 2014, a Robbins Main Beam TBM completed one of the longest and deepest water supply tunnels in Asia, the Mumbai Water Tunnel. The 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter machine displayed excellent performance throughout the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) bore, and achieved impressive advance rates along the way. Joint venture contractor Unity-IVRCL (UIJV) […] Learn More
On December 20, 2013, an 8.0 m (26.2 ft) diameter Robbins Hybrid Single Shield/EPB TBM was launched to bore the Grosvenor Decline Tunnel for Australia’s Anglo-American Coal Mine. The machine was built using Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA) in order to fit within a tight project schedule. Assembly at the remote jobsite near Moranbah, Australia […] Learn More
In December 2013, a 4.3 m (14.1 ft) Robbins Double Shield TBM emerged triumphant after boring a 9.3 km (5.8 mi) headrace tunnel in Turkey’s Adana Province for the Yamanli II Hydroelectric Project. The hard rock TBM broke through on time, due to excellent advance rates and minimal downtime for the duration of the project. […] Learn More
On November 21, 2013 a cutterhead turning ceremony and champagne celebration marked the return of TBMs to Norway. The 7.2 m Robbins Main Beam Machine, dubbed “Iron-Erna” after the country’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, will bore sections of the Røssåga Hydroelectric Project. Learn More
Near the banks of the Black River, a 7.0 m (23 ft) diameter Robbins Double Shield TBM and continuous conveyor system are starting up. The mammoth machine was built using Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA)–a Robbins-developed method that saves contractors in shipping time, costs, and man-hours worked.
Deep below Mumbai, a Robbins 6.25 m (20.5 ft) diameter Main Beam TBM is excavating for the 8.3 km (5.2 mi) Mumbai Water Tunnel. The hard rock machine, for the joint venture contractor Unity-IVRCL, has been reaching impressive advance rates, including a recent record-breaking rate for tunneling in India. In October 2013, the TBM turned in 870.16 m (2,855 ft) in one month. Learn More
More than 100 m (328 ft) below austin, tx, a Robbins Main Beam saw its first light of day in a year. The 3.25 m (10.7 ft) Main Beam TBM excavated a portion of the 10.5 km (6.5 mi) Jollyville Transmission Main for the Southland/Mole JV. Learn More
As part of Brazil’s massive metro program, Metro Fortaleza will be the first to utilize Robbins TBMs in the country. Four 6.92 m (22.7 ft) Robbins Earth Pressure Balance Machines (EPBs) have been purchased for Line 3 of Fortaleza’s underground transit system. Learn More
A speedy machine in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA recently achieved a new victory in its long career: A world record advance in 24 hours. The record rate occurred on June 12, 2013 when the machine achieved 124.7 m (409 ft) of excavation in 24 hours. Learn More