Microtunnelling machine begins 25km journey

Launch of Microtunneling Machine in Abu Dhabi
Launch of micrtotunnelling machine in Abu Dhabi

Trenchless Technology supporting high quality and sustainable wastewater services.

Abu Dhabi : Joseph Gallagher International are proud to announce the launch of its ISEKI Microtunnelling machine on its largest trenchless project in Abu Dhabi to date.

Working with Mechanical and Civil Engineering Contractors Company (MACE) L.L.C, the project involves Microtunnelling over 25km of pipe for the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC).

The ADSSC aims to provide high quality, sustainable, safe and cost-effective wastewater services to its customers throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including collection, treatment and disposal of end products.

The new pipeline will service the local residents in two different parts of Abu Dhabi; Baniyas and Shahama, serving the local areas and communities. Abu Dhabi has committed to re-cycling 100% of its municipal waste water by 2019 for agricultural, forestry and golf course irrigation and the pipeline is part of longer-term plans to support population and infrastructure growth in the region.

Specialist microtunnelling set-up and support equipment
Microtunnelling Support System

The specialist microtunnelling machine systems and support equipment will install pipes varying in size from 400DN to 2000DN and at depths from five to 30 metres from the surface as part of this two year contract.

“We at Joseph Gallagher are hugely excited about working with MACE, one of the leading contractors in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The two-year project will use ISEKI and Herrenknecht equipment from the Joseph Gallagher microtunnelling fleet.”

Steve Harvey | Group Managing Director

About Joseph Gallagher International
Joseph Gallagher International has been operating for more than seven years, with microtunnelling machine projects across Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman.
We are leading the way in trenchless technology, carrying out all forms of non-disruptive no dig construction techniques.

About Joseph Gallagher Ltd
Founded in 1982, Joseph Gallagher Ltd is a family owned business that delivers expertise and innovation, putting client satisfaction at the core of the business. Built on a personal reputation for honesty and drive, today Joseph Gallagher Ltd is the largest tunnelling subcontractor in the UK.

About ISEKI Microtunnelling
The ISEKI Microtunnelling machine leads the way in trenchless technology, designing and manufacturing some of the most innovative equipment in the industry. A division of Specialist Plant Limited, part of the Joseph Gallagher group of companies they offer a complete range of microtunnelling equipment for sale or hire.

About the Joseph Gallagher Group
The Joseph Gallagher Group consists of several businesses that complement the core activities of tunnelling and civil engineering. The companies, combined with our exceptional engineering personnel and focus on “The Right Solution” give us the ability to deal with most technical issues that arise on a project using in-house capability, whilst being able to meet and exceed expectations for delivery and value.

About MACE
Mechanical and Civil Engineering Contractors Company (MACE) L.L.C. is based in the United Arab Emirates with its headquarters located in the city of Abu Dhabi. MACE provides a vast range of services to Municipalities and Oil and Gas Companies encompassing all aspects of Oil and Gas Industry, Infrastructure, Construction, Storm Water, Waste Water and Water Supply Networks, Operation and Maintenance, Scada, MEICA etc.

Microtunnelling Projects in 2018

It has been a busy year for microtunnelling projects and the team in the Middle East.

New crane to support microtunnelling project in Middle East
Sumitomo SC700-2 leaving UK in November

Our Sumitomo SC700-2 was shipped to Abu Dhabi in November.

We continue our two year project for MACE, one of the oldest and most respected companies in the United Arab Emirates, providing specialist microtunnelling services. We are using three ISEKI machines and Herrenknecht equipment from the Joseph Gallagher fleet to install 25km of new pipeline from Baniyas to Shahama.

We opened our new office in Abu Dhabi.

Working in the Arabian Gulf, we completed a 81 metre bore in just three days. We were subcontracted by Panorama to complete a water carrier pipe for Dilmunia a resort style luxury island, off the north-east coast of the Isalnd of Muharraq. The tunnel passed under and extremely busy dual carriage way, where we were just three metres from the live road surface. We successfully installed the pipe using an ISEKI TCC1300 machine with no incident of interruption to any of the critical infrastructure we passed under.

Mictrotunnelling project in North Sitra

We had record breaking production rates in Bahrain at the beginning of 2018, microtunnelling a pipeline in North Sitra.

Raquel joins the microtunnelling projects team
Raquel Viray

In 2019, we are also joined by Raquel Viray providing administration support to the team.

The successful completion of these, and our other current projects in 2019, continue to demonstrate our teams capabilities at the forefront of microtunnelling and trenchless technology in the Middle East.

Joseph Gallagher International are mobilising for their largest project in the Middle East to date.

70t Sumitomo Crane going to Abu Dhabi

70t Lattice Crawler Crane is latest edition to the fleet.

Although it’s dark and gloomy in the UK, this Sumitomo SC700-2 is shipping to warmer climates in Abu Dhabi. The 70t crane is part of NRC Plant’s extensive rental fleet.  The Lattice Crawler Crane will join existing microtunnelling and construction plant in the Middle East for Joseph Gallagher International.

Working for MACE, a well established and respected company in the Middle East, Joseph Gallagher International have been contracted to undertake the installing of 24km of microtunnel in Baniyas and Shahama.

Three of the five ISEKI Microtunnelling machines from their Middle East fleet will be running concurrently, boring tunnels of varying diameter from 800mm to 2000mm.

 

Joseph Gallagher awarded key microtunnelling project in Abu Dhabi

Arrival of ISEKI Uncle Mole in Abu Dhabi

Joseph Gallagher are pleased to announce continued growth in the Gulf Region, with the award of a key microtunnelling project for the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC).

Arrival of ISEKI Uncle Mole in Abu Dhabi

Joseph Gallagher have been contracted by MACE Contractors, one of the oldest and most well-respected construction companies in the United Arab Emirates, to provide specialist microtunelling services. The two-year project will use ISEKI and Herrenknecht equipment from the Joseph Gallagher microtunnelling fleet, to install 25km of new pipeline from Baniyas to Shahama. Serving local areas and communities in Abu Dhabi, the pipeline is part of longer-term plans to support population and infrastructure growth in the region.

The specialist microtunnelling systems and support equipment will install pipes varying in size from 400DN to 2000DN and at depths from five to 30 metres.

Abu Dhabi has committed to re-cycling 100% of its municipal waste water by 2019 for agricultural, forestry and golf course irrigation.

Choosing the right microtunnelling machine for ground conditions in the Middle East

Microtunnelling machine for project in Bahrain

For placing pipelines and service routes microtunnelling is increasingly popular in the Middle East, but this is not without complexity and risk. Ground conditions can be particularly challenging, with abrasive soils, higher ambient temperatures and high ground water tables on costal projects all posing potential risks.

The key to successful microtunnelling projects is the correct selection of machine, as borehole surveys and old plans may not give a true picture of what is likely to be encountered. The ISEKI range of machines are made to suit all ground types as was evident on our recent project in North Sitra, Bahrain.

Early into the tunnel drive the ISEKI TCS 600 Rock Machine encountered a mixed face of rock and sand with cobbles and boulders on the tunnel horizon. Although this slowed production slightly, the combination of our experienced operators and the capabilities of our chosen microtunnelling machine dealt extremely well with ground conditions, completing the installation successfully.

Our ISEKI range of microtunnelling equipment sets the standard in terms of versatility and reliability in the Middle East. We own and operate over 30 microtunnelling systems with internal diameters ranging from 250mm to 2800mm and ten of these machines are currently based between Bahrain, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, meaning we can mobilise machines quickly across the region.

First microtunnel of 2018 completed in Bahrain

Joseph Gallagher are proud to announce we have successfully installed our first microtunnel of 2018 in Bahrain, using one of our Iseki TBM’s.

The 35 metres of 600mm steel pipe runs underneath a road in coastal conditions, forming part of a new sewer network. Despite encountering some unexpected ground conditions the brand new TCS 600 Rock machine dealt extremely well with the rock, boulder and sand interface.

This successful completion further demonstrates our team’s capabilities at the forefront of microtunnelling technology in the Middle East.