China exports largest tunneling machine to Bangladesh

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The machine with a diameter of 12.12 meters weighs 2,400 tonnes. It will be used for opening a 3,4000-meter road tunnel under Karnaphuli River.

The upcoming tunnel is expected to shorten the ride between Chittagong Airport to a planned industrial park, from 4 hours to 20 minutes.

NANJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese firm on Tuesday rolled off China's largest shield tunneling machine for export, which is destined for Bangladesh to assist with a river tunneling project.

The export of the machine produced by Tianhe Mechanical Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. based in east China's Jiangsu Province will break the monopoly of ultra-large tunneling equipment by developed countries in the exports, according to Zhou Jun, chief engineer with the Chinese firm.

"The tunnel construction has been a dream for Bangladesh people, as we want to develop Chittagong Port as good as China's Shanghai," said Kabir Ahmed, chief engineer of the Bangladesh Bridge Authority.