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In April 2017, a ceremony was held to celebrate the commissioning of the Dariali Hydropower Project in the Republic of Georgia, announced TBM manufacturer Robbins.
Canada - Aldea Services announced May 12 the appointment of Angel Del Amo Moreno as senior tunnel engineer in its Toronto office. Angel brings nearly 15 years of engineering and tunnel design experience to his new position, having most recently served as the lead designer on the Istanbul Metro in Turkey.
Great Britain - Omar Mohammed was awarded the 2017 Harding Prize. The Transport for London engineer was recognised for presenting the best paper, as chosen by BTS judges, at the May meeting of the society.
US - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office declared an emergency at the Hanford Site at approximately 8:30 a.m. May 9 after a cave-in of a 20ft (6m) section of a tunnel used to store contaminated materials.
Great Britain - Work on Glasgow’s Shieldhall project is halfway complete, according to Scottish Water. In an announcement in early May, the client said that the milestone was reached as the TBM passed under Pollok Park. The project will be the longest wastewater tunnel in Scotland when complete.
Great Britain – The Code of practice for the safe use of explosives in the construction industry (BS 5607) is currently out for consultation. The period began on 19 April and public comment ends on 20 June.
Thailand – April saw factory acceptance for the two 5.7m-diameter Terratec EPBMs that will bore the Bueng Nong Bon to Chao Phraya River Diversion Tunnel Project in Bangkok. These will be the newly-branded ‘Terratec Tight Radius Shields’ alluded to in a previous news article.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, called for a tenfold improvement in the cost per mile of tunnelling.
Great Britain - Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing in April. The new crossing will create a new link between the A2 and the M25 and ease the burden on the busy Dartford Crossing.
Australia – The bids for the Melbourne Metro tunnel and five stations were gathered in April. The project will be the largest public transport scheme in Victoria’s history.