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Lead design contract awarded for North Bristol Relief Sewer 14 December, 2018
Great Britain – Aecom has secured a contract with J Murphy & Sons as lead designer for the North Bristol Relief Sewer, a new 6.5km tunnel for Wessex Water that will reduce flood risk and increase stormwater storage capacity to accommodate ongoing and future developments in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
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Siemens Mobility to deliver Stockholm bypass communications
Friday, December 14, 2018 Sweden – The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced that it has awarded Siemens Mobility an EUR 75M contract to deliver communications, control and monitoring for the Stockholm Bypass tunnel.
Crossrail delays could cost two billion pounds
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Great Britain – The British government has announced that reviews into Crossrail’s finances have shown that costs related to the delayed opening of the central section could be as high as GBP 2bn (USD 2.5bn). The figure includes GBP 300M already contributed by the Department for Transport in July and GBP 1.3-1.7bn in expected additional costs. The overall cost of the project at the time of writing is GBP 17.6bn (USD 22bn).
Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
Monday, December 10, 2018 Great Britain – Work on a new tunnel under the River Thames project in Battersea Park is nearing completion. Costing GBP 18M (22.9M USD), the 330m-long tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in West London. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure in the UK’s capital.
BASF appoints VP to admixtures role for US and Canada
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 US --BASF announced December 4 Bruce Christensen, vice president, will take over the responsibility of the Admixture Systems business in the US and Canada, effective immediately. In his new position, he will operate from the regional business unit headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio. Christensen succeeds Juan Alfonso Garcia, who was named head of Construction Chemicals Latin America in October.
Nordnes Tunnel opens
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Norway – The Nordnes road tunnel has opened to traffic. The tunnel is located in the remote Lyngen Alps and forms part of Statens Vegvesen’s E6 motorway between Nordnes and Skardalen.
Roadheader excavation begins on Metro Tunnel project
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Australia – The first roadheader was due to being excavation on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press. Premier Daniel Andrews was on site to see the assembly of the 118t machine at the bottom of a 30m shaft.
MTR chair re-appointed during CEO search
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Hong Kong – The MTR Corporation has announced that its chair has been re-appointed for a period of six months. Frederick Ma Si-hang will continue to serve in the position until 30 June 2019.
Factory acceptance for Klong Daan Cable Tunnel TBM
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Thailand – The TBM bound for the Klong Daan Cable Tunnel project underwent factory acceptance at the end of November. The event was attended by representatives of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Thai contractor See Sang Karn Yotah (1979).
Sydney Metro M&E contract awarded to CPB-UGL JV
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Australia – The New South Wales Government has awarded an AUD 1.376 billion (USD 955M) contract to the joint venture between CPB Contractors and UGL to deliver the Line-wide works package in support of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, Australia’s biggest public transport project.
GHD reorganises its tunnels management team
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Australia – Consultant GHD has added to its tunnelling management team in Australia.

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