LOVAT TBM excavating Metro Milano Nov 2008
- Ghella S.p.A., under contract to the Astaldi/Torno JV, has started excavation on the bored tunnel portion of the Metro Milano Linea M5 project in Milan, Italy.
- The LOVAT RME370SE Series 19601 EPBM will excavate a 3,541m tunnel on a maximum 1.4% slope. The anticipated geology consists of gravel and sand with some weak silts. The alignment is predominately above the water table and under a cover of 8-12m.
LOVAT TBM ready to launch
- The 9.4m diameter mixed face TBM is equipped with LOVAT ripper teeth and scraper cutting tools. The cutterhead is powered by a 2,700kW hydraulic main drive consisting of water-cooled electric motors coupled to variable displacement pumps, generating a maximum torque of 24,940kNm at 1 rev/min.
- LOVAT supervised the refurbishment of the machine and continues to provide on-site technical services and spare parts support.