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.


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.