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Boosted by trainees, work is underway on all Metro Tunnel stations 14 February, 2019
Australia – Large-scale excavation is now underway across all five Metro Tunnel station sites in Melbourne. The project has provided political capital for local leaders, with Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan visiting the future Anzac Station site on 31 January. The site involves excavation of a 300m-long, 30m-wide, 22m-deep station box.
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World Bank signs five-year agreement to use FIDIC standard contracts
Thursday, February 14, 2019 International – The World Bank will use six of FIDIC’s standard contracts for infrastructure and construction. The contracts will form part of the bank’s standard bidding documents, and it will also be able to refer to them for all projects it finances.
Normet CEO to leave the industry
Thursday, February 14, 2019 International – Robin Lindahl, President and CEO of mining equipment company Normet has decided to leave the company. The search for a new President and CEO has begun.
First Sirius Minerals TBM set to arrive
Wednesday, February 13, 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.
Two Terratec TBMs delivered for Istanbul’s Halkali airport metro connection
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Turkey – Two new Terratec 6.56m diameter EPBMs have been recently delivered to the Halkali-Yeni Havalimani Metro JV on the Halkali-Istanbul new airport metro line, which was awarded to a consortium comprising Özgün Yapı and Kolin by the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (AYGM).
Mott MacDonald makes high-level changes
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 International – Mott MacDonald has appointed Paul Hammond as global practice leader for its new Infrastructure Development and Economics practice; Anne Kerr as new managing director for Greater China; and Liz King as managing director for Africa.
Porr wins Hirschhagen fit-out contract
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Germany – Porr will provide electrical fit-out worth EUR 31.5M (USD 35.5M) for the Hirschhagen road tunnel, which is due to open to traffic in spring 2022. The tunnel forms part of a new 5.2km-long section of the A44, it is a twin tube installation that stretches for 4,147m in the north tube and 4,204m in the south.
Herrenknecht nominated for Bauma award
Thursday, February 07, 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.
Alan Belfield to take over as Arup chair
Thursday, February 07, 2019 International –Alan Belfield will take over as chair of the Arup Group from 1 April 2019.
California bill would reduce impact statements
Friday, February 01, 2019 US – California senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation last week that would allow more California transportation projects to bypass federal regulatory requirements, a move meant to reduce costs and shorten construction timelines.
Sandvik acquires Californian electric vehicle supplier
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 USA – Sandvik has acquired Artisan Vehicle Systems, a manufacturer of battery-powered underground mining equipment. Artisan is based in California and its main competence is battery packs, electric motors, power electronics, software and control systems.

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