First TBM for Malaysian MRT ready5 December 2012
The first TBM for the MRT Sungai-Buloh-Kajang project is now ready for delivery to Malaysia, local news reported earlier today. The machine, which is expected to be in use by May 2013, took nine months to be put together and is now being dismantled and prepared for shipping to Malaysia from Germany.
The TBM will undertake tunnelling works from the Cochrane, Kampung Pandan area to Pasar Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur under the MRT project. It is one of 10 machines worth MYR 450M (USD 148M) to be used for boring a 9.5km underground tunnel between Jalan Semantan and Taman Maluri, covering seven underground stations. Six of the 10 TBM are variable density TBMs and the rest are EPBMs.
The MRT project is expected to be completed in 2017 and covers 51km from Sungai Buloh to Kajang with 31 stations and the underground route with seven.