New LOVSUNS TBMs Sold to Istanbul Water Transfer Project

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On December 21, 2018 LOVSUNS finalized a new contract of supplying two 4.8m EPB TBMs to the Turkish client GMK Tunnel Insaati Adi Ortakligi Ticari Isletmesi (GMK JV).

Istanbul Su ve Kanalizasyon İdaresi İSKİ GENEL MÜDÜRLÜĞÜ (ISKI) awarded the contract to GMK JV for the construction of the Avrupa Bolgesi Icmesuyu Tunnel Insaati Project on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey.

Two LOVSUNS TBMs will be used to mine two drives total of 21.5 kms with a tunnel ID (Internal Diameter) of 4.8m. This will be a portable water transfer project taking fresh water from the Mellen River, eventually integrating into the existing water distribution system and providing an alternative feeding system in Istanbul.  Once the tunnels are finished, a 3m ID steel pipeline will be installed inside the tunnel to carry the water.

This new contract marks the 9th TBM LOVSUNS has sold to Istanbul, ranging between 3.9m and 6.5m. Previous LOVSUNS TBMs were used in mining sewage and metro tunnel projects in Istanbul.

These machines will be engineered by LOVSUNS’ Canadian team based in Toronto, Canada.  After which, they will be manufactured and assembled at LOVSUNS’ parent company, LNSS, in Liaoyang, China.

For more information, please contact:

Benny Lau – LOVSUNS Tunneling Canada Ltd.
Territory Sales Manager

Istanbul Water Transfer Project Layout