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Eglinton-Crosstown tunnel is half mined 27 January, 2015
TORONTO – Two TBMs mining the western segment of the Eglinton-Crosstown’s 10km tunnel, officially reached the half-way point of their journey on January 21 as they broke through the headwall at Allen Road.
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New Lake Mead contracts to be awarded in 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 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.”
Mesaimeer tunnel approaches halfway point
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Rotten ceiling beams culprit in hydropower collapse
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Investment deals signed between Russia and India
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Petition forces Gotthard referendum
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Bheri Babai project finally begins
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
India to build second longest tunnel
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Geneva in second lake tunnel vote
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
WestConnex Tunnel grows by a kilometer
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.
Revised BaT tunnel reference design to eliminate eyesore
Monday, January 12, 2015 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.

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