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TBMs leaving site on the Sydney Metro project
25 February, 2020
Australia – The four 7m-diameter Herrenknecht double shields that excavated the tunnels for the City & Southwest phase of the Sydney Metro are being lifted out of construction sites and are leaving the city. Between them they have excavated 30km of twin metro tunnel and only the slurry TBM for the harbour crossing remains.
Herrenknecht completes Barcelona’s third vertical shaft sinking
06 February, 2020
Spain - On February 5 Herrenknecht announced its Vertical Shaft Sinking Machine (VSM) in Barcelona has completed three shafts in extremely confined space conditions.
Sydney Metro finishes city centre tunnels
22 January, 2020
Australia – Four out of five drives for the Sydney Metro’s ‘City and Southwest’ phase have been completed. The most recent breakthrough was into Barangaroo Station. These drives represent the entirety of the city centre tunnels, with only a second tube crossing the harbour still to be completed. As of 21 January, some 97% of tunnel excavation had been completed.
Central Interceptor project’s TBM ordered
14 November, 2019
New Zealand – The Central Interceptor wastewater project has ordered a 5.45m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB for its main 13km tunnel. The tunnel depth will vary from 15-110m, with a harbour crossing 15m below the seabed. The finished diameter of the tunnel will be 4.5m.
Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
01 October, 2019
Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.
Liebherr heavyweights work in tandem on TBM lift
01 October, 2019
Germany – Two Liebherr crawler cranes, an LR 11350 and an LR 11000, worked in tandem to load a TBM onto a barge at the Rhine port of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Tunnelling milestone made on Ottawa CSST
26 September, 2019
Ontario – The TBM excavating two tunnels for Ottawa’s Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project has completed its 4km- east-west journey.
Tunnelling works suspended for East-West Metro project in India
10 September, 2019
India - Following the discovery of cracks and collapsed residences in central Kolkata, the East-West Metro project’s tunnelling works were suspended on 1 September 2019.
Sydney Metro CBD breakthrough
21 August, 2019
Australia – The first TBM has broken through into the Pitt Street metro station in Sydney’s central business district (CBD). TBM ‘Nancy’, a double shield hard rock gripper machine manufactured by Herrenknecht has tunnelled 6km through sandstone and shale since launching from Marrickville in October. TBM ‘Mum Shirl’, excavating the parallel tunnel, is a few hundred metres behind.
Suffolk County TBM unveiled
13 August, 2019
New York – Suffolk County celebrated the TBM for its outfall replacement project on August 7.
SVCW debuts gravity sewer TBM
22 July, 2019
California – Local officials celebrated a major project milestone of the Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) USD 495M Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade (Rescu) Program by gaining a firsthand look at the 16ft- (5m-) diameter EPBM.
Metro unveils Purple Line phase 2 TBMs
21 June, 2019
US - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined elected officials and community members in Century City for a ceremonial naming and unveiling of its second set of TBMs that will dig twin subway tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City, on Monday. Subway tunnelling is expected to begin in early 2020.
VSM record depth at York Potash
12 June, 2019
Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.
Breakthrough on Blacklick
03 June, 2019
US – The first microtunnel drive on the Blacklick Creek Trunk Sewer in Albany, Ohio, made a breakthrough, Aldea Services announced yesterday. It is serving as the construction management team and trenchless design engineers.
Herrenknecht wins Bauma Innovation Award
12 April, 2019
Germany – Herrenknecht scooped the Bauma Innovation Award for its E-Power Pipe installation method. The award was granted in the ‘machine’ category, and was presented on Sunday.
TAP project secures funding
27 February, 2019
Italy – The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), an EUR 3.9bn (USD 4.43bn) natural gas pipeline project in the eastern Mediterranean, has been granted full funding. Mott MacDonald was the lenders’ technical advisor on the project and performed technical due diligence on TAP’s design, construction and operational plans.
Follo line makes final double breakthrough
27 February, 2019
Norway – With a double breakthrough on schedule, the excavation of the longest rail tunnel in the Nordic countries is completed.
First West Gate TBM arrives on site
22 February, 2019
Australia – Assembly is underway on the first of the two 15.6m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs that will build the West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne.
First Sirius Minerals TBM set to arrive
13 February, 2019
Great Britain – The first Herrenknecht TBM for the York Potash Project’s Mineral Transport System (MTS) tunnel is undergoing final checks at the factory is due to arrive in February 2019. The 23-mile (37km) tunnel and will be excavated in three separate drives by Austrian contractor Strabag. The first of which will stretch for 8 miles, with the remaining 15 coming following subsequent TBM launches in 2020.
Herrenknecht nominated for Bauma award
07 February, 2019
Germany – TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht has been nominated for an innovation award at Bauma, the world’s largest construction equipment trade show. Engineers at the company’s factory in Schwanau will have their fingers crossed at the event in Munich this April.