NSW Ports is proud to play a part in driving sustainable energy solutions for NSW. This week, we welcomed the arrival of the first of three massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) at Port Kembla for the Snowy 2.0 project – the largest committed renewable energy project in Australia.
Arriving onboard the AAL Shanghai, the TBM components – some as large as 174 tonnes - were lifted from the vessel and onto a trailer to be transported to storage within the AAT terminal ready for transport to the project site at Lobs Hole in the Snowy Mountains, where it will be rebuilt and will commence tunnelling by the end of this year.
This TBM is custom-built for Snowy 2.0’s tunnel dimensions and the dozens of rock types the TBM will encounter during its time underground. This ‘hard rock’ TBM has a diameter of 11m and is about 137m long. The Snowy 2.0 project is set to underpin the nation’s secure and stable transition to a low-carbon emissions future at the lowest cost for consumers.
Read more about the Snowy Hydro project: https://www.snowyhydro.com.au/