OVER THE LAST 45 YEARS, COLEMAN TUNNELLING HAS EVOLVED TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN TUNNELING SOLUTIONS.
NOTES FROM MR SIMON RHODES, CONTRACTS MANAGER.
Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Simon Rhodes, Contracts Manager at Coleman Microtunnelling Africa (Pty) Ltd., about environmentally-friendly micro-tunneling technology, award-winning projects, and leading trenchlesscrossing technologies in Africa. Coleman Microtunnelling specializes in the construction of non-destructive underground crossings, using cutting-edge technology to deliver high-quality performance across South Africa and is now involved in cross-border work in Ghana, Mozambique, and Zambia. “The company was started by John Coleman in Ireland in 1971, a founder member of the Pipe Jacking Association and the Association of Augur Boring 16 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
Specialists”, explains Operations Manager Padraig Smith. Over the last 45 years, Coleman Tunnelling has evolved to become an international leader in tunneling solutions, providing services to major companies in the oil, gas, transportation, and water industries. Multiple trenchless-crossings have been successfully completed in South Africa, beginning with a 480km gas pipeline
from Durban to Johannesburg, and thus establishing a credible business footprint in Africa. One notable project was the Mahatma Gandhi Road Sewer Extension Project, undertaken and completed in 2013 in a record-breaking two-month period. The 230-meter-long and 1200-millimeter-diameter tunnel with sewage-suitable-linings, was South Africa’s first Microtunnelling pro-