At present, 25,000 concrete tunnel segments are being manufactured in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. After completion of the works, more than 300,000 people will benefit from this: the second flood relief tunnel for the River Vega, passing the metropolitan city from west to east, will double the discharge capacity, hence reducing the risk of flooding considerably.
According to the Environmental Atlas of Buenos Aires, rainfall had tripled between 1980 and 2010 in comparison to records kept from 1900 to 1930. Moreover, events of heavy rainfall taking place in ever shorter intervals prevent water from infiltrating properly. For this reason, the city has initiated the construction of a second flood relief tunnel in August 2016. Apart from the launching shaft with a diameter of 35 m and a depth of 25 m, the project comprises a tunnel with an overall length of 8.4 km, where a section of 5.9 km is excavated with a Herrenknecht EPB Shield (Ø 6,070 mm) and lined with tunnel segments (having an inner diameter of 5,300 mm).
70 tunnel segments produced in 10 hours
The Roggio-Cartellone-Supercemento consortium is manufacturing the tunnel segments on a circulation system of Herrenknecht Formwork, comprising 48 segment molds, reinforcement supply, concreting station and curing tunnel with steam generator. Tailor-made handling equipment provides for perfectly working logistic processes. Thanks to this equipment, the team produced up to 70 tunnel segments in 10 hours, thus exceeding the production specifications.