Lisbon Terreiro do Paco tunnel

Project description

The bored tunnel section is 350 m long and has a diameter of 9.5 m and is a part of the so-called Blue Line. The bored tunnel is running from the Poço de Marinha (Marinha shaft) to the existing station Santa Apolonia. In the alignment of the bored tunnel a new metro station (Estação do Terreiro do Paço) was planned. During the construction of the station a section of the tunnel collapsed and was filled with water. The tunnel section is located beneath the River Tagus.

Scope of work

TEC has advised in relation to inspection of the structural condition of the tunnel and of the dry pumping. After examination, statements were made on the residual strength and the expected durability of the tunnel. Subsequently, a draft was made to take constructive measures to sufficiently secure the use of the tunnel. As Lisbon is located in a major earthquake area seismic issues and measures are in the design involved. The contract has been extended to create a final design, specification of technical requirements on specification level and provide a monitoring plan based on a GIS for the implementation phase. In addition, the implementation guidance was provided. To reduce the movement of the tunnel by earthquakes which can occur, simultaneously with the reconstruction of the tunnel, the land in the area around the tunnel was strengthened.

Specification sheet 2 page(s) - 285 KB


Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.

In co-operation with

MOPTH - Minitério das Obras Públicas, Transportes e Habitação; Ferconsult; - LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil

Type of project

Bored Tunnels





Project duration


Project phase


Construction cost

Appr. € 12.000.000,= (excl. VAT)

Consultancy fee

Appr. € 1.400.000,= (excl. VAT)