Microtunnelling and Pipe Jacking

Microtunnelling enables the trenchless installation of small to medium diameter service pipelines in situations where an open-cut solution would be undesirable or impractical.

The system combines the use of remote-controlled tunnel boring machines and pipe jacking - the mechanised process of pushing sections of pipe through the ground to create a tunnel.

Microtunnel boring machines can operate from pits or shafts and can be equipped with different cutting heads to accomodate a variety of ground conditions. The spoil is removed from the cutting face inside the machine either by conveyor belt, or in the form of slurry, depending on the type of machine used. Where pressurised slurry machines are deployed, a slurry separation plant is located adjacent to the launch pit.

A E Yates Trenchless Solutions Ltd are microtunnelling experts and can demonstrate a track record of success on pipework engineering projects throughout the UK and Ireland. We operate a range of state-of-the-art tunnelling equipment suitable for installing pipelines of varying diameters between 600mm and 2000mm. Span lengths of up to 450m are attainable for larger diameter pipes.


A E Yates Trenchless Solutions has a number of Microtunnelling & Pipejacking Case Studies

Micro Tunnelling and Pipe Jacking

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