Unveiling of the Cutter Head of "Kaunlaran" for the Metro Manila Subway

February 23, 2021

EEI Corporation participated in the unveiling of the Cutter Head of "KAUNLARAN," the first among the six Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will be used for the partial operability section of the Philippines’ first ever Metro Manila Subway, last February 05, 2021.

The Cutter Head is the most substantial part of the TBM, weighing 74 tons. Its main purpose is to break, cut and grind rocks and soil by rotating its 36-piece disc cutter.

The event was organized by the Department of Transportation led by Secretary Arthur Tugade and attended by key officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Finance, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Valenzuela City Government, Japan International Agency, Embassy of Japan, and Shimizu-Fujita-Takenaka-EEI Joint Venture. The Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines and the Presidential Spokesperson were also present in the event.

President and CEO Roberto Jose Castillo of EEI Corporation and representative of joint venture of Shimizu-Fujita-Takenaka-EEI (SFTE)---the contractor of the project, expressed the company’s commitment in expediting the construction of the project.

“We commit to you the best that we can to try to finish this and make it partially operational by December. We will hire as many people, to be able to deliver the project as required by the DOTr and the Filipino people,” Castillo said.

Source: Department of Transportation