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Salini starts Seattle ship canal tunnel 19 November, 2019
Washington – A new stormwater tunnel will be built in Washington within a dense urban area where unexpected ground conditions might happen.
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Epiroc and Orica announce semi-automatic explosives initiative
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Global – Epiroc announced November 14 it has entered a partnership with Orica to jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines.
Strabag to build Ashbridges Bay feeder tunnels
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Ontario – The City of Toronto awarded Strabag a CAD 120M contract for the second section of the Ashbridges Bay project, the contractor announced November 18.
Boring Company starts tunnelling in Las Vegas
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Nevada – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced November 16 tunnelling has started for it's underground people mover.
Central Interceptor project’s TBM ordered
Thursday, November 14, 2019 New Zealand – The Central Interceptor wastewater project has ordered a 5.45m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB for its main 13km tunnel. The tunnel depth will vary from 15-110m, with a harbour crossing 15m below the seabed. The finished diameter of the tunnel will be 4.5m.
Protan hires personnel for move to tunnelling
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Norway/Turkey – Protan has hired Ardnt Hedtkamp to lead its tunnel business in Central Europe and Simen Aaserud as its business development manager. The Norwegian industrial group had acquired Turkish tunnel membrane manufacturer Multiplan in August.
Leaked HS2 cost review says proceed
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Great Britain – The High Speed 2 (HS2) project in the UK should go ahead, according to a leaked draft of the review into the project. Seen by British newspaper ‘The Times’, the report highlights the benefits to the North of England, despite significantly rising costs and falling estimates of the final return on investment.
Progress update from Isarco River Underpass
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Italy – Salini Impregilo, Strabag, Consorzio Integra and Collini Lavori have completed 70% of the excavation work on the southernmost lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel project. This amounts to 3,800m of excavation as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press.
Bechtel opens Melbourne office to target infrastructure pipeline
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Australia – Bechtel has opened an office in Melbourne. It stated that the move was to pick up work from the Victorian Government’s AUD 100bn infrastructure pipeline.
First two TBMs gear up for Pune Metro
Thursday, November 07, 2019 India – Two Terratec EPBMs have been completed and shipped to the underground works on Line 1 of the 16.56km Pune Metro. The TBMs have already been despatched from the factory in China and are currently being shipped to the port of Mumbai. Both machines are expected to arrive in November and will be transported to Pune where they will be assembled and then tested on site in mid-December.
Metro Vancouver greenlights Massey tunnel option
Thursday, November 07, 2019 BC – Metro Vancouver's board of directors approved the tunnel option suggested last month by a committee. The November 1 vote endorses the proposed eight-lane, immersed tube tunnel for the Massey tunnel replacement. Two lanes would be reserved for transit.

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