Major parts of tunnel boring machine for Manila Subway Project now in Philippines

As proof of his determination to push through with the “project of the century” — the Metro Manila Subway Project, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade unveiled to the media and the public the major parts of Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) today, 24 February 2020, in Pasay City.

DOTR photo

Together with representatives of the Japanese contractor, Shimizu Corporation, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a presentation was made showcasing the TBMs timeline and how it will help accelerate the construction of MMSP.

“The Boring Machine is manufactured per specific designs. This is designed to what they found on the soil that is to be bored. Hindi ‘to ‘yung pupunta ka lang sa hardware at bibili ng dalawang boring machine. Hindi ho ganun ‘yan. That’s why it takes a little bit of time. But the moment it comes and it is assembled, the boring becomes fast and more efficient,” said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade the briefing.

“We at the JICA are very much honored to be able to support the DOTr’s effort to achieve the comfortable life for Filipinos under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte Administration. This project is really PROGRESSING VERY FAST. And this is one of the quickest projects progressing,” said JICA Senior Representative Kiyo Kiwabuchi.

Major parts of the TBMs that were showcased in the unveiling include its Shield Jack, Cutter Reduction Gear Motor, Main Bearings and Articulation Jack for its tunneling machine. DOTR