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TBMs make double breakthrough on Follo Line 11 September, 2018
Norway – Two TBMs made the first breakthroughs on the 22km Follo intercity rail line in Oslo today. There are a total of four Herrenknecht TBMs excavating the project, as well as drill and blast work.
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Sirius Minerals announces updates to York Potash costs
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has signed a design and build contract with Strabag for the remaining mineral transport system (MTS) drives on the York Potash Project. Ground and risk assessments will see the cost increasing by USD 400-600M.
Breakthrough at Whangaparaoa
Friday, September 07, 2018 New Zealand – The sea outfall project at Whangaparaoa broke through on 2 August after four months of excavation. The 1,930m-long drive was undertaken by McConnell Dowell using a Herrenknecht AVN 1000DP with an excavation diameter of 1,220mm. The drive is the longest yet for the German manufacturer’s Direct Pipe system.
Crossrail services to begin in late 2019
Monday, September 03, 2018 Great Britain – The central London portion of Crossrail will begin service in autumn next year. The schedule slip of almost a year is necessary to “complete the finl infrastructure and extensive teting required to ensure the Elizabeth line [as it will be called] opens as a safe and reliable railway.”
Hong Kong high speed rail services to begin in September
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Hong Kong – Passenger services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed rail link will begin on 23 September 2018. The opening will connect Hong Kong with 25,000km of high speed rail network on mainland China.
VIP wins further Thames Tideway gasket contracts
Thursday, August 30, 2018 Great Britain – VIP Polymers has increased its involvement on the Thames Tideway project. The UK-based seals and gaskets manufacturer has been awarded three further contracts for cast-in gaskets, covering the east section of the main tunnel, the Greenwich connection tunnel and the Frogmore connection tunnel.
Boreas launches tunnelling division
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 The Netherlands – Boreas Maritime has launched a new tunnelling division. The new company, Boreas Tunnelling will supply personnel to projects or companies.
Night Tube bigger success than predicted
Friday, August 24, 2018 Great Britain – Transport for London (TfL) has announced that research has shown that the Night Tube has been more successful than expected. A report by London First and EY shows an increased ridership and a positive impact on businesses within the city.
Boyneburg tunnel contract awarded
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Germany – Züblin has been awarded the contract to build the Boyneburg tunnel. The tunnel is part of the 6km-long third section of the A44 highway in central Germany, which was let in July for EUR 183M.
Filder Tunnel western breakthrough
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Germany – The TBM boring the western tube of the 9.5km twin tube Filder Tunnel broke through in late July. As Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press, the 120m-long, 10.82m-diameter Herrenknecht multi-mode machine is being disassembled and turned around inside a 120m-long cavern. In autumn it will bore a 3.4km section of the eastern tube to complete the tunnel.
CREG TBMs accepted for Dubai stormwater tunnel
Thursday, August 16, 2018 UAE – Two China Railway Engineering Equipment Group (CREG) EPB TBMs are due to arrive at the Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System (DTSWS).

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