LEISTER en la construcción del primer túnel de carretera de Túnez

Túnez es el país más septentrional de África, con una línea de costa a lo largo del mar Mediterráneo en el norte y este del país, y dos países limítrofes: Argelia al oeste y Libia al sudeste. Abarcando unos 163,610 km², es aproximadamente el doble del tamaño de Austria. Túnez cuenta con una economía altamente competitiva y una población de más de diez millones de habitantes.

Primer proyecto de túnel de carretera: sellado con geosintéticos

En un esfuerzo por estimular su desarrollo económico y social, la República de Túnez está haciendo inversiones en su infraestructura vial. Por primera vez en la historia del país, se trata de la construcción de un túnel de carretera con un trabajo de sellado de última generación que utiliza geosintéticos.

Over a total length of 3 km, the intention is to link the GP10 and X thoroughfares in the Tunis and Ariana regions by means of four tunnels – with four lanes. The tunnels in this case are covered trenches whose length stretches over 1.2 km in total. Construction is scheduled to be completed within 30 months.

El aeropuerto internacional de Túnez-Cartago (que se muestra aquí en Google Earth) es donde se localiza uno de los cuatro túneles.

PERLA Group Engages LEISTER for Tunnelling Work

The PERLA Group is Tunisia’s leading company in the field of sealing work and new solutions for property and infrastructure projects. Anis Samara, Technical Director and partner in the PERLA Group, knows that it can rely on LEISTER: “PERLA is executing the sealing work for all four tunnels simultaneously. To ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained consistently, we are using LEISTER automatic machines and tools for welding and sealing the PVC membranes.” 

TWINNY T – TWINNY S and TRIAC ST Playing a Role

PERLA teams are using the TWINNY T and TWINNY S automatic welders, plus TRIAC ST tools, to weld 30,000 m² in total of translucent PVC membranes measuring 2 mm thick, as well as 1.9 mm protective membranes. To seal the tunnel walls, the LEISTER automatic welders and hand tools will be used in both vertical and horizontal positions.

TWINNY T – For Welding Any Kind of Tunnel

LEISTER automatic welders ensure that stability remains constant and parameters are consistently monitored during the welding process. For that reason, PERLA has opted for LEISTER’s TWINNY T automatic welder to carry out its tunnelling projects – a sound choice, as the TWINNY T has already proven itself in dozens of tunnels the world over. The most famous application in which it has been used is Switzerland’s Gotthard Tunnel, which is more than 50 km long and opened to rail transport in 2016.

The TWINNY T is fully controlled and ensures that both temperature and welding speed remain stable under changing site conditions. In Tunisia, these come in the form of significant temperature fluctuations: The country experiences heat of up to 40°C in summer, but a somewhat frosty average of 0°C in winter.

Testing Leak-Tightness With Compressed Air

Leak-tightness is being tested using compressed air testing equipment in the inspection duct between the two edges of the welding seam.

Conducto de inspección con equipo de prueba de aire comprimido

Tunisia – A Leading Light in Africa

With the high standards of construction it delivers in its infrastructure projects, Tunisia is setting the bar high – so there is little question why it has become one of the African nations’ leading lights.

LEISTER is proud to play a role in implementing these infrastructure projects.

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