New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International Third DC TBM ready to launch USA - DC Water hosted a ceremony on April 14 to name and christen the third TBM in its fleet, which will mine the First Street Tunnel, part of the 13.1-mile long Anacostia River Tunnel system. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:40:12 GMT Tijuana drugs tunnel halted by officials MEXICO – Soldiers have apprehended nine amateur tunnel engineers excavating an alleged drugs tunnel in Tijuana, Mexico. The eventual alignment would apparently stretch into California, USA. Some 150m had already been excavated. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:45:31 GMT Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy TBM starts work Laos – March saw the start of TBM tunnelling works on the 11.8km-long, low-pressure headrace tunnel for the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Project. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:44:07 GMT Young tunnellers at forefront of achievement awards GREAT BRITAIN – Two past chairs of the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) have been shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Joanne Sui and Anita Wu, both of London Bridge Associates have been nominated for the awards, which were launched over 15 years ago to celebrate the achievements of successful Asian women in British society. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:42:35 GMT MTA approves Judlau rebuild contact USA - New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced March 23 that the MTA intends to award a four-year, USD 236.5M contract to rebuild the Queens Midtown Tunnel, which was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy and since has been operating with temporary repairs. The contract – which would be with Judlau Contracting Inc. – was approved by the MTA Bridges and Tunnels Committee on March 23, and sought full MTA Board approval on Wednesday. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:19:32 GMT International Tunnelling Association launches awards GLOBAL - The International Tunnelling Association (ITA) has launched its own independent awards. Starting this year, the first ceremony will be held in the Hagerbach Test Gallery in Switzerland. It will include a conference and banquet, registration for which will open in July 2015. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:57:46 GMT Western powers flock to new Asian investment bank GLOBAL – The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has drawn several western countries into its fold. The China-led venture is an international financial institution that aims to marry Asia’s vast financial reserves with its dire need for ever-higher infrastructure funding. The startup capital is USD 50bn. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:31:54 GMT Worker killed on KL MRT MALAYSIA – One worked died while another was injured in an accident at the Semantan Portal Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) construction site last month. A spokesman said the incident involved three Bangladeshi workers. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:24:51 GMT Keller wins Koralm ground engineering contract AUSTRIA – UK-based ground engineering specialist Keller has received an EUR 31.2M (USD 3338M) contract on the Koralm link between Graz and Klagenfurt, Austria. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:23:21 GMT HATS 2 team announces substantial completion HONG KONG – The LLNS JV that has been working on the HATS Stage 2 project for over four years, has marked the substantial completion of HATS this month. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:21:49 GMT