Breaking Trough in Hong Kong
After successfully delivering Hong Kong’s largest earth pressure balanced tunnel boring machine with a diameter of 14.1 metres, to tackle the challenges of excavating the geological area with multiple faults and mixed ground conditions, the local team was invited to witness the ground-breaking ceremony of the southbound tube of the tunnel for the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point project. The tunnel boring works for the southbound tube commenced in November 2015 and lasted 16 months.
Officiating at the breakthrough ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Hon Chi-keung, said that the project is one of the major projects of co-operation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau in the National 12th Five-Year Plan. The border crossing will be the seventh land-based crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Together with its connecting road, the new border crossing will significantly reduce the travelling time between Hong Kong and eastern Guangdong, Fujian and Jiangxi. This will not only make a better connection between the economic hinterland of Hong Kong and the Mainland, but also further reinforce the status of Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta regional development.