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Transfield-Kumagai joint venture BHP Port Hedland Harbour Tunnel (1997)
To: Evan Stamatopoulos
Subject: Port Headland Habour Tunnel – Groundwater inflow after emulsions Grouting

The groundwater inflow into the head was measured on Wednesday 18/06/97 at 2:00pm by Steve Rheeder, Dave Roch and Johan Ehrke of “Hydroseal Australia” and myself.

The measurement was carried out by timing the duration to fill a 44 gallon drum (200 litres) from 1 bebo pump discharging from the TBM head maintaining static water level. Hydroseal and myself entered the TBM head and inspected the pumps and water level. The water level was about 500 mm below the rotary coupling.

Three measurements were taken. Results were 67.33 seconds, 73.56 seconds and 71.26 seconds, giving an average of 70.7 seconds.

Groundwater flowrate into the head is calculated to be 2.83 litres/second. This represents a flow reduction of 66% after 3 no. 12 hours shifts of emulsions grouting.

Regards,

Patrick Whelan
Shift Engineer
Transfield-Kumagai joint venture
Port Hedland Harbour Tunnel Project
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