DOTr presents actual tunnel boring machines for Metro Manila Subway Project

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) today, September 4 presented during a virtual event the actual tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to be used for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP).

Screengrabbed from DOTr photo

The presentation was held during the Virtual Media Factory Tour and Factory Acceptance Test of the actual TBMs held in Japan.

“Included in the live demonstration are the main body and Cutter Head with rotating Cutter Disc of the completed and powered TBM,” DOTr said.

According to DOTr, a total of 6 TBMs manufactured by JIM Technology Corporation in its factory in Tsurumi Prefecture, Japan, will be used to build the country’s first ever underground mass transport system.

“These will be delivered to the Philippines beginning January next year, to commence with the construction of the partial operability section. Playing a fundamental role in building the subway, these TBMs will be used to dig underground and lay the tunnels. They can excavate through a variety of ground conditions, from hard rock to sand,” DOTr said.

“The subway, dubbed as the ‘Project of the Century,’ will stretch across 36-kilometers, connecting Valenzuela Depot to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and FTI. The project aims to reduce travel time from the Valenzuela Depot to NAIA Terminal 3 to just 45 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes,” DOTr said.