Espiño Tunnel. Left Branch

Project Information: Excavation of the Espiño Tunnel (Left Branch), belonging to the works on the platform of the Madrid-Galicia high-speed north-northwest corridor. The tunnel is 3,500 m long with an excavation section of approximately 70 m2 and a final section of 52 m2. The following support elements will be used during excavation of the tunnel: Sprayed concrete, TH-29 and HEB-160 type trusses, MN-16 type expansion bolts, 88.9 mm and 101.6 mm self-drilling and micro-pilot bolts.

Country: Spain

Province: Orense

Place: A Gudiña, Vilariño de Conso


  • Cross section: 52 m2
  • Length: 3,500 m

Overburden: Medium-High

Method of Tunneling:

  • NATM (Top-Heading and Bench). Drill and blast.
  • Mechanical excavation

Geology and Geotechnical Data: Siliceous shale, quartzite, Healthy and weathered sands

Tunnel Equipment:

  • Model XL3C 3 boom jumbo
  • Model PM-500 shotcrete robot
  • Manitou MRT 1650
  • Backhoe with pneumatic pick