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19.01.2018 - In late July 2117, Coleman Microtunnelling, a subsidiary of Bothar Group Australia, successfully completed tunnelling for two power plant cooling water lines in Ghana with a Herrenknecht utility tunnelling machine. The new oil-gas power plant puts the supply of electricity for people and business for the country on the West African Atlantic coast on a more solid foundation.
15.09.2017 - The WARR (German acronym for Scientific Work Group for Rocketry and Space Flight) Hyperloop Team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, on August 28, 2017. The Munich student group’s prototype reached sensational 324 km/h on the 1.25 kilometer test track. This is the fastest speed ever measured in the field of hyperloop...
26.07.2017 - Los Angeles is a vibrant center of international film art and innovation – not just on the surface. The area below ground is the scene of state-of-the-art engineering achievements. German high-tech machines from Herrenknecht are creating underground arteries for the American city. Tunnel boring machine (TBM) »Harriet« successfully completed her drive for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit ...
14.07.2017 - The shell of the Belchen rehabilitation tunnel has been completed. Tunnelling ended successfully in Eptingen in the Swiss canton of Basel-Country on June 21, 2017, three months ahead of schedule. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) (diameter 13.91 meters) designed and manufactured specifically for this purpose at the Herrenknecht plant in Schwanau, Germany, excavated 3.2 kilometers of tunnel through c...
23.01.2017 - In the fall of 2016, drilling contractor PPI Chrobok S.A. installed two new gas pipelines in Poland. The alignment runs along existing gas lines and through geologically challenging terrain. With the laying of the 700 and 464-meter-long pipelines, Herrenknecht's Direct Pipe technology was used in Poland for the first time.
19.12.2016 - Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht accepted the Werner von Siemens Ring – one of the most prestigious technical engineering awards – on December 13, 2016 in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Werner von Siemens Ring Foundation highlighted Martin Herrenknecht’s inexhaustible innovative strength in the development of tunnel boring machines and honored his...
18.11.2016 - Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht accepted the "ITA Lifetime Achievement Award" in Singapore on November 11, 2016. With this award the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is honoring the life of the engineer and entrepreneur from Schwanau.  
04.11.2016 - Sigmar Gabriel, the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, took the time on November 3 to inspect construction progress at one of the currently most important inner-city tunnel projects in Hong Kong – powered by high-tech Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines. The Minister and his delegation were fascinated by how top German technology is being used to develop groundbreaking infrastr...
11.10.2016 - September 25, 2016, 10.44 a.m. local time in Doha, Hamad International Airport: unstoppable and precisely a 7 meter tunnel boring machine pierces the final target wall of the "Red Line South". It is the last of 76 breakthroughs in the gigantic milestone project Doha Metro. The TBM breaking through marks the spectacular finale of one of the most ambitious tunnel structures in the world. C...
03.11.2015 - Upon reaching its final position at the Brandenburg Gate on 10/14/2015 the Mixshield >>Bärlinde<< has successfully completed its mission in Berlin. Behind the tunnel boring machine (TBM) are two 1,620 meter long parallel tubes, built through the historic center of the capital. The undercutting of the river Spree and the Spree Canal with overburdens of sometimes only five meters wa...
24.09.2015 - 2 EPB Shields from Herrenknecht have provided first-class work during tunnel excavation of the large scale >>Abu Hamour Southern Outfall Project<<. After just about 5 kilometers of tunnelling each, both high-tech machines broke through the target shaft precisely to the millimeter in quick succession of each other. The segmental lining method has proven successful in the smaller diamete...
31.08.2015 - When attacking great challenges in tunnel construction no one ever did before, state-of-the-art technology is one thing. Much more decisive is an unshakeable pioneering team spirit and trust in each other – especially when things get really tough. Tunnelling crews at the Eurasia Tunnel have proven that impressively when breaking through in Istanbul on August 22, 2015 in the presence of Prime...
14.08.2015 - Kuala Lumpur's karst soil riddled with fissures and crevices is a real challenge for tunnel builders. Herrenknecht, the global market leader in mechanized tunnelling technology, developed for Klang Valley MRT Project in Malaysia´s capital in collaboration with MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture a new type of machine. The Variable Density tunnel boring machine can be operated in four different tunnelli...
19.06.2015 - With the breakthrough of Herrenknecht tunnel borer >> Victoria<< on May 23, 2015, eight Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines magnificently completed a unique mission at Europe's largest infrastructure construction project. In just three years construction crews from three UK and European consortia navigated the high-tech borers from Schwanau through the center of London. Citizens and po...
13.04.2015 - Two projects in which microtunnelling machines from Herrenknecht are driving new sewers have been awarded the "GSTT Award 2015" by the German Society for Trenchless Technology e.V. (GSTT). The special award "International Project" was given to the National Water Company of Saudi Arabia. At their unusual construction site in Mecca two Herrenknecht EPB shields with an individual ...
09.04.2015 - Herrenknecht's newly developed semi-trenchless method for pipeline installation has completed its third successful mission. South of Stockholm, using Pipe Express® Züblin Scandinavia AB installed a water pipeline more than a kilometer in length within twelve days. Groundwater lowering was not required despite a water level just below the terrain's surface. Compared to conventional open-cu...
12.02.2015 - The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, visited Herrenknecht AG in Schwanau/Baden-Württemberg, the global market leader for tunnel boring machines. Company founder and Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht introduced the Vice Chancellor to the company and its global project business. The subjects of retirement at 63, youth d...
09.01.2015 - In mid-December, one of the world's largest tunnel boring machines started its second drive for the large-scale "Waterview Connection" project in Auckland, New Zealand. The first 2.4 km long tunnel was completed in September after only eleven months. In the heart of the metropolis, the Herrenknecht EPB Shield S-764 is creating the shell for a road tunnel that will link two of the main St...
06.01.2015 - In the U.S. state of Nevada, a machine from Herrenknecht has bored a tunnel for the Las Vegas water supply. In the process, new world records were set: the high-tech boring machine (Ø7.2 meter) had to withstand water pressure of 15 bar. The city draws its water from Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country. But its water level is dropping, the existing water intakes are at risk. In o...
16.12.2014 - Breakthrough by a micro-tunnelling machine from Herrenknecht in a pipe-jacking project near Hamburg has closed a decisive gap in the construction of two new gas pipelines. The 1.5 kilometer route runs up to 35 meters under the Elbe through various, partially complex geological zones. This demanding technical challenge was competently mastered by the long-term Herrenknecht contractor A.Hak Drillcon...
14.07.2014 - Weighing in at 2,000 metric tons, the Herrenknecht AG tunnel boring machine is to commence work on excavating two single-track tunnel tubes through the Filder Plateau extending along the south of the Baden-Württemberg capital of Stuttgart. Each tube is 9,468 meters in length. The Filder Tunnel will link Stuttgart's new central railway station with the Filder Plain and Stuttgart Airport. Excav...
20.05.2014 - With growing demand for raw materials, mines are applying increasing effort and expense to open up deep and difficult to access resources. With this in mind, the new Herrenknecht product portfolio of Raise Boring Rigs allows the optimal drilling of shafts with larger diameters at depths of up to 2,000 meters. In the new and further development of Raise Boring Rigs, Herrenknecht draws on proven tec...
09.05.2014 - Herrenknecht Vertical is supplying the first deep drilling rig – known as the "Innovative Hydraulic Rig" – to China. The rig's high level of automation allows precise and safe drilling to a depth of 6,000 meters with maximized working safety and small crews. With its hydraulic supports the entire rig can be skidded and multiple wells drilled from a single drilling site.
28.04.2014 - In the course of the visit to China by the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, a contract was signed on April 23, 2014 in Kunshan (Jiangsu Province) for the delivery of two tunnel boring machines for a large multifunctional tunnel in Wuhan (central China).
19.03.2014 - Top performances can be achieved with the trenchless installation method, even in icy temperatures well below the freezing point. A Swedish drilling team demonstrated this last winter. Using a horizontal drilling rig from Herrenknecht, the team installed three pipelines under a frozen lake within a very short period of time and as a pleasant side effect – set a Scandinavian long distance rec...
27.02.2014 - The State of Qatar is pursuing a large and ambitious vision destined to provide the highest standards of living to the country and its citizens by the year 2030. An important component for this is a modern transport infrastructure. Consequently the capital Doha, chronically plagued by congestion, is to receive a completely new, very efficient metro system. The company Herrenknecht was charged with...
16.12.2013 - A smooth success right from the beginning: For the first time, a Canadian construction company has installed a pipeline using the Direct Pipe® technology from Herrenknecht. Crossing beneath the Beaver River in the province of Alberta with a 42 inch pipeline (1,067mm) was successfully completed in two weeks.
09.12.2013 - With an extremely strong drive of 1,400kW, the Herrenknecht S-800 tunnel boring machine excavated a new headrace tunnel for the "Bärenwerk" hydropower plant in Fusch in record speed. In just six months it drilled through 2.8km of solid rock in the Austrian Alps.
25.10.2013 - For the second time in a row, Herrenknecht occupies the top position among star brands of German world market leaders in the medium-sized business sector. This is the result of the most recent brand study commissioned by the renowned business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. Herrenknecht was able to further increase its brand and corporate performances over the past two years, and is the most valuable b...
16.10.2013 - Herrenknecht Pipe Express® is an innovative procedure for installing pipelines in the semi-trenchless construction method underground, while saving costs and reducing impact on the environment. This innovative technology developed by Herrenknecht has now been awarded the internationally renowned "IPLOCA New Technologies Award" as the jury sees it as a significant advance in the pipel...
24.09.2013 - The unshakable will of clients, powerful construction companies and innovative tunnelling technology made it possible to deal with even the greatest challenges in tunnel construction. This is demonstrated by the successful completion of tunnelling work at the Hallandsås Tunnel in Sweden. At the beginning of September 2013, tunnelling on one of the world's most complex and, due to the geologi...
09.09.2013 - “Martina”, the largest tunnel boring machine manufactured by Herrenknecht so far, finished her large-scale project in Italy with final breakthrough. The EPB Shield with a diameter of 15.55 meters produced the shell of the twin-bore Sparvo Tunnel between Bologna and Florence in about two years. This will relieve Autostrada A1 considerably from traffic in the future.
28.08.2013 - Two high-tech Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines completed an endurance test with bravura during long-distance tunnelling through the Pyrenees. After a total of 8.2 kilometers tunnelling through hard rock, the target line was reached with the final breakthrough in April 2013. The resulting cross-border tunnel project will be used for a high-voltage line to connect the French and Spanish electrici...
15.08.2013 - A large-diameter road tunnel will cross beneath the strait in Istanbul and expand the infrastructure bottleneck between Europe and Asia. The technical planning of the tunnelling operations poses complex challenges. Therefore, the construction consortium ordered a specially adapted tunnel boring machine from Herrenknecht. The 13.6 meter giant, a Mixshield, was completed in early July 2013 in Schwan...
05.08.2013 - The tunnel boring machine (TBM) "Harriet" successfully completed the second tube of the "Port of Miami Tunnel" at the beginning of May 2013. The TBM with a diameter of 12.86 meters mastered complex geological and hydrogeological challenges when crossing under the harbor twice. A machine concept was employed that Herrenknecht developed in collaboration with the client specifical...
18.06.2013 - Preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are already in full swing. Russian infrastructure developers are relying on trenchless tunnelling technology made by Herrenknecht to install pipelines for an efficient wastewater system. An AVN machine excavated the first two sea outfall tunnels in Russia. Within only 100 days, a Herrenknecht AVN2000 installed a total of 2,014 meters of pipeline w...
03.05.2013 - The new "Herrenknecht Approved" certificate offers construction companies additional security when buying used tunnelling equipment. The seal is given to used machines after they have been thoroughly checked in line with proven Herrenknecht quality standards and the original functional state has been restored.
17.04.2013 - "Pipe Express® has significantly less impact on the environment compared to the conventional open-cut construction method, while simultaneously minimizing costs," said VDMA President Thomas Lindner in his speech at the presentation of the bauma Innovation Award 2013 in the machine category. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG, ac...
11.04.2013 - On March 13, 2013 a tunnel boring machine from Herrenknecht successfully completed excavation of the second headrace tunnel for the new pumped storage power plant at Limmern (Switzerland). Equipped with a new safety concept for securing the machine, the Gripper TBM was able to cope with the 40 degree gradient of the two tunnels without incident.
14.01.2013 - Herrenknecht AG responds to the high demand for micromachines and comprehensive services in the Gulf region by opening a full-service branch in Abu Dhabi in November 2012. The new company, Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems LLC, offers top level machine overhauls, Field Service and supply of spare parts.
12.10.2012 - Herrenknecht AG is supplying a tunnel boring machine with a diameter of 11.46 meters for the construction of the new metro line 4 in Rio de Janeiro. It will contribute to relieving the traffic routes in the metropolitan area. At the company's headquarters in southern German Schwanau the first tunnel boring machine to be used in Rio de Janeiro was accepted by the customer in late September 2012...
09.10.2012 - Herrenknecht supplies a tunnel boring machine with a diameter of 12.56 meters for the construction of a road tunnel under the Vistula in Gdansk. In the middle of September 2012, in the presence of the Gdansk City President, the customer OHL and the project owner GIK (Gdańskie Inwestycje Komunalne) accepted the machine at its production site in south German Schwanau.
06.09.2012 - Two months earlier than planned, tunnel boring machine Charlotte reached the west side of the Vosges Mountains, concluding excavation for the first tube of the »Tunnel de Saverne«. A newly developed high-tech machine from Herrenknecht is being used, which can be converted inside the tunnel and adjusted for different soil conditions. The twin-tube rail tunnel is part of the section on the TGV Paris...
24.08.2012 - In June 2012 the Bernese energy supply company Energie Wasser Bern (ewb) began with the gradual commissioning of the new Forsthaus energy center. The production concept of district heating, steam and electricity is unique in Switzerland and implements the federal capital's sustainable energy strategy. A tunnel boring machine from Herrenknecht (AVND, diameter 3.6 m) excavated two utility tunnel...
20.08.2012 - On the Indian subcontinent there is a great need to improve the infrastructure in the areas of transport and supply. In the rapidly growing large cities, Herrenknecht technology is heavily involved in the expansion of both the water supply and the metro systems. This year an Indian record of 525 meters of drilled and secured tunnel in one month was achieved in the Veligonda water project (state of...
16.07.2012 - The 35-year company anniversary and his own milestone birthday gave Herrenknecht AG Chairman of the Board of Management Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht a good reason to celebrate in style. More than 2,000 guests from politics, the customers, the tunnel industry and his company's workforce joined him to enjoy a high class evening gala in the Baden-Arena in Offenburg.
01.03.2012 - On February 3, 2012, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, together with Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic of China, visited the Herrenknecht plant in Guangzhou as part of her trip to China. The delegation included, among others, 20 high-level representatives of German industry. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG, presented the ...
22.10.2010 - The innovative one-pass "Direct Pipe®" pipeline installation method from Herrenknecht celebrated its successful debut in the US on August 29, 2010. After only 3 days of drilling, the "REM Directional Inc." jobsite team had successfully installed a 215-meter (705 ft) pipeline under Highway 70 in Arcadia (Florida). The 30" pipeline (76.2 cm) was laid in a single step using the Direct Pipe® method.