In Good Company

In Good Company: Herrenknecht - that German mole in Singapore

The famed tunneller who turned down Elon Musk, on the challenges and thrills of his craft, including building S'pore's deep sewer system

Had Dr Martin Herrenknecht been the older of his parents' two sons, he'd have been the one running the little upholstery shop in the picturesque Rhineland town of Allmannsweier in Germany.

Instead, that responsibility fell to his brother Dieter, who, in the tradition of the people who populate the Black Forest, inherited the family business. Martin was sent to university, where he studied engineering.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Herrenknecht - that German mole in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe