A multi-million pound tunnelling machine is now burrowing its way under the Humber to Paull following a blessing last week.
“Mary”, a 510-tonne, 160m tunnel boring- machine, has started its year-long crossing under the River Humber from Goxhill at a cost of £100m.
The impressive machine is being used by the National Grid to create a 5km tunnel under the river for a new gas pipeline.
It has been named after Mary Fergusson, the first female fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers.
National Grid has awarded the £100m contract to build the tunnel to a joint venture made up of Skanska, PORR Bau GmbH and A. Hak.
The work by National Grid is proving a major boost for the Humber economy, with 250 contractors already on site.
National Grid representatives visited primary schools in Goxhill and Paull last summer to introduce the project to pupils and ask for help in naming the machine.
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