Herrenknecht welcomes Federal Minister

Herrenknecht has welcomed the German Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier to its Schwanau plant, where he was introduced to various trenchless tunnelling technologies.

Dr Herrenknecht and Minister Altamaier during the meeting.

During the visit, Herrenknecht Founder and Board Chair Dr Martin Herrenknecht discussed energy transition, the international project world and tunnel boring technology under construction with Minister Altmaier.

The minster then toured the plant, where Dr Herrenknecht introduced him to the company’s E-Power-Pipe® methodology, developed as a new method to install small-diameter cable protection pipes underground, with drive lengths of more than 1,000 m, quickly and securely.

This trenchless technology can be controlled precisely and used with small overburdens, offering a ground conserving option for high-voltage grid expansion.

In spring 2017, Herrenknecht completed a successfully completed its pilot project in Borken, Germany with grid transmission operator Amprion and RWTH Aachen University.

“Around the world, Herrenknecht’s technical achievements are impressive,” said Minister Altmaeir.

“Time and again, the company manages to push the boundaries of what is feasible in tunnelling and also to develop innovative solutions in related business areas.

“As Federal Minister of Economic Affairs, I am committed to ensuring that in our country such successes remain possible in the future too.”

Dr Herrenknecht said there is demand internationally for the company’s sophisticated technological capabilities, despite the challenges facing the industry.

“Given the current isolationist tendencies of many countries and political uncertainties, the global situation is becoming increasingly complex,” said Dr Herrenknecht.

“In China, for example, we have to compete with state-sponsored players in the industry.

“Thanks to our comprehensive technology and service portfolio and global presence; however, we are also well prepared for the future.”

For more information visit the Herrenknecht website.

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