New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New Lake Mead contracts to be awarded in 2015 USA—The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) board of directors adopted in December a recommendation to design and construct a new Low Lake Level Water Pumping Station (L3PS) at Lake Mead, “within the swiftest feasible timeframe.” Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:38:48 GMT Mesaimeer tunnel approaches halfway point QATAR - Almost 50 per cent of works on the first phase of the Mesaimeer tunnel project in Doha have been completed, according to local media. The project will discharge surface and groundwater into the sea once it has been completed. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:19:56 GMT Rotten ceiling beams culprit in hydropower collapse VIETNAM - Rotten ceiling beams caused the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower tunnel collapse according to a project investor. The chairman of the plant’s board of investors apologised to Lam Dong Province authorities for the collapse last month. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:18:11 GMT Investment deals signed between Russia and India RUSSIA/INDIA – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Indian financial services company IDFC will each invest USD 500M in infrastructure projects in the two countries. The agreement was signed during a state visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin last month. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:16:44 GMT Petition forces Gotthard referendum SWITZERLAND - Opponents of plans to build a second road tunnel through the Gotthard in central Switzerland have gained enough signatures from the public to force a referendum on the issue. A Swiss public-owned media agency reported that the country’s parliament had approved the CHF 2.7bn (USD 2.65bn) needed to build a second tunnel and renovate the existing bore later this year. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:15:21 GMT Bheri Babai project finally begins NEPAL – Tunnelling work on the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project will begin in Q1 2015. Funding for the combined irrigation and hydropower scheme was halted three years ago amid concerns over the effect of drill and blast work on the environment. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:13:49 GMT India to build second longest tunnel INDIA – State-owned national rail operator Indian Railways has proposed the construction of the country’s second longest tunnel. The 8km tunnel would form part of the Kolhapur to Rajapur link close to the country’s west coast, south of Mumbai. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:06:19 GMT Geneva in second lake tunnel vote SWITZERLAND – Residents of Geneva are set to vote on a road tunnel under the city’s lake. The vote comes just a few months after a 1.5km tunnel was rejected by 63 per cent of ballots. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:57:19 GMT WestConnex Tunnel grows by a kilometer AUSTRALIA – Plans for the WestConnex Stage Three motorway tunnel in Sydney have been revised to include a 1km extension. Australia’s minister for roads and freight Duncan Gay revealed the changes last month. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:55:47 GMT Revised BaT tunnel reference design to eliminate eyesore AUSTRALIA – Brisbane’s Bus and Train Tunnel project plan has been updated to eliminate an existing ‘eyesore’ in the city. The Australasian Tunnelling Society reported last month that an underground station, previously to be located next to the Roma Street Parklands, will now be housed beneath a redeveloped Brisbane Transit Centre. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:53:29 GMT