One of the largest civil engineering projects in France is using Tsurumi pumps while a 14km metro rail line is built in the city of Rennes.

Six pumps are being used to clear water and sediment during the building work itself, with a further eight dewatering a mobile facility that supplies concrete to the site.

The project is to build the city’s second metro line, line B, and it is being partially funded by the European Union as well as by regional and national government bodies.

The line B project began in September 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2019. It will connect the south-west and north-east of the city, in Brittany, serving 15 stations and intersecting with the existing line A in the city centre.

It will include an 8 km tunnel, covered galleries and a variety of secondary structures such as ventilation shafts and relief wells.

“This is a major project that represents an important opportunity,” says Christophe Eginer, general manager of CE2A-Tsurumi France, Tsurumi Europe’s French subsidiary.

“We have provided pumps to meet a variety of requirements on site. Due to the nature of the site, these pumps must be robust and effective to ensure the project meets strict deadlines.”

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