The joint venture Vandenberg-Jan De Nul-K Boringen has begun building a microtunnel under the Meuse and the Albert Canal at the Cheratte viaduct, under Elia’s supervision. This structure will enable the interconnector to continue its route towards Germany by passing beneath the two waterways. It will take two years to build the microtunnel.
“The teams have finished preparing the ground for the shaft on the east side (Meuse, Mercury site),” explains Els Celens, project manager at Elia. “They can now start drilling for the intersecting foundation posts, which will form the upper part of the shaft’s watertight wall. Preparatory work on the shaft on the west side (behind the Carrefour supermarket) will begin in mid-March.”
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