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Grand Paris Express, Completion of the Common Section of Lines 16 and 17 by Bantan

Grand Paris Express Bantan TBM Breakthrough

Breaking through the wall of the Canal shaft, on 1 March 2022 the Bantan tunnel boring machine concluded its journey in Aubervilliers, while the commencing site of its drive was the depths of La Courneuve to excavate the common tunnel for lines 16 and 17.

Considering as the final stage of the digging process of this colossal machine, is also the completion of the common tunnel for lines 16 and 17, between the Saint-Denis Pleyel and Le Bourget RER stations. In order to complete the second part of this tunnel, following the construction of a first section by Sarah among the Canal shaft and the Finot structure in Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, the Bantan tunnel boring machine started its operation. The machine thus part of the Verdun work in 2020, located at the crossroads of La Courneuve and Le Bourget, achieved a total of 3.8 over the 6.4 km of the section.

Bantan TBM Cutterhead

The next step is to disassemble the parts at the bottom of the shaft and raise them to the surface and remove them from the site by workers.

Bantan TBM Breakthrough in Grand Paris Express

For more details, please watch the below video:

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