The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project has recorded a major milestone as it achieved a tunnel breakthrough at the 871-metre single-bore Terowong Dungun in Terengganu six months ahead of schedule.
Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, Chairman of Malaysia Rail Link (MRL), said the teamwork of some 100 ECRL personnel paved the way for the breakthrough at Terowong Dungun to be ahead of schedule, reported The Edge Markets.
He noted that the overall infrastructure works for the tunnel is slated to be completed by the second quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022).
The final blast at Terowong Dungun on 29 May 2021 broke through the final barrier some 12 metres from the entrance portal of the tunnel, said MRL and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL) in a joint statement.
The achievement is a culmination of about 641,520 man-hours as well as the adoption of the drill-and-blast method of tunnelling, according to the statement.
They noted that the achievement was made more significant since Terowong Dungun served as the event site for the rail project’s relaunch ceremony on 25 July 2019.
The breakthrough also occurred less than two months after the inaugural breakthrough at Terowong Paka in April.
Upon completion of the ECRL project, the state of Terengganu will house five tunnels. ECRL will feature 58 tunnels across various section of its 665-km alignment.
Meanwhile, Bai Yinzhan, Managing Director of CCC-ECRL, is confident that the project team is adjusting well in working under the tightened SOPs.
“Our team has made tremendous efforts to coordinate with our local contractors and Bumiputra project partners to ensure resources such as manpower, materials, and machines are available where we need them,” he said as quoted by The Edge Markets.
“We are grateful for the support and understanding given by our subcontractors. Special thanks also go to our team in Section 4 for achieving two remarkable milestones within the short span of two months.”