Panxi Expressway Breaksthrough

16 November 2004

The first tunnel breakthrough has been announced on the Panxi Expressway Project in the Sichuan province in south west China.

The 150km long scheme will connect Xichang with Panzhihua. The southern section follows a route through mountainous terrain and necessitates 14 twin tube tunnels to be driven. Currently, there are 40 separate tunnel drives being excavated.

UK consultant, Halcrow, is providing "specialist technical advice and assistance with construction supervision."