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Tunnelling Update - November 2013
Work resumes on the Corrib tunnel.
Work has resumed on the Corrib gas tunnel in Co. Mayo, following the fatal incident on 8 September 2013 which resulted in the death of Lars Wagner (26) from Offenburg in Germany. Mr. Wagner was employed by Herrenknecht, a German company which specialises in the manufacture, supply and maintenance of tunnel boring machines (TBMs).
Lars Wagner’s untimely death was marked at a special service of remembrance at the Church of Christ the King, Aughoose which was president over by the Very Reverend Father Michael Nallen PP, assisted by Canon Neal O’Raw (Church of Ireland, Crossmolina) and the Very Reverend Father Seán Noone PE.
Paying tribute to Lars Wagner, Corrib Project Director Roeland Borsboom said “Everyone who works on the Corrib project was deeply affected by Lar’s death. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Wagner family.”
Tunnelling work at the Aughoose site was immediately suspended following the incident.
A joint investigation, undertaken by BAM Civil, Wayss & Freytag, Herrenknecht and SEPIL into the incident has been concluded and the tunnelling Joint Venture has sent the investigation report with the findings to the Health and Safety Authority. After a stoppage of almost two months, tunnelling operations resumed on 3 November and are expected to continue until mid-2014. Regular stoppages of the tunnel boring machine, known as “interventions” will take place to allow the TBM crew to inspect the cutter head, make adjustments depending on the types of soil being encountered, and perform general maintenance activities.
When complete, the Corrib tunnel, which is 4.9km long, will be the longest tunnel in Ireland and the longest gas tunnel in Europe.