SMART breakthrough

21 December 2004

The first tunnel breakthrough has taken place on the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) project in Malaysia.

On 11 December, the 13.2m diameter Mixshield TBM, "Tuah", completed a 737m drive in 24 weeks. In one months time, Tuah will start a second drive covering a distance of 4.5km. A second TBM, "Gemilang", has bored 350m since getting underway in August.

As at 30 November, overall construction progress for the SMART project stands at 37%.