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Thames Tideway excavation halfway complete 21 February, 2020
Great Britain – London’s new ‘super sewer’ half excavated. The TBMs boring the Thames Tideway project are 12.5km through the 25km-long, 7m-diameter project. As well as the main tunnel, a 1km-long, 3m-diameter connection tunnel is also currently under construction in Wandsworth at the western end of the project.
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Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility releases construction update
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 South Dakota – Three of the underground construction components are near completion at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) for the far site of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s (Fermilab) Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF).
High Speed 2 given go-ahead, with more oversight
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Great Britain – Britain’s new high-speed rail link between its southern capital and major northern cities has survived a review process and will go ahead. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson approved the project, hailing it as a ‘new spine of British transport’ but said the decision was difficult and controversial.
Stantec makes leadership appointments
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Stantec has announced its leadership group for its Infrastructure business as of January. Susan Walter will be taking over as executive vice president, infrastructure for Stantec’s global operations. Susan’s appointment to the position comes as Stuart Lerner, who has helmed the business for two years, is promoted to chief operating officer, North America.
Funding worth $2.3M earmarked for irrigation tunnel repair
Monday, February 10, 2020 Nebraska – The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced USD 2.3M for the 100-year-old Gering-Ft. Laramie Tunnel repair work, on February 4.
Herrenknecht completes Barcelona’s third vertical shaft sinking
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Spain - On February 5 Herrenknecht announced its Vertical Shaft Sinking Machine (VSM) in Barcelona has completed three shafts in extremely confined space conditions.
Mining Equipment acquires Mühlhäuser
Thursday, February 06, 2020 USA/Germany – Colorado-based Mining Equipment has acquired Mühlhäuser of Germany, in what it said was its first real step into the European market. The company’s first European office in Breuberg, Germany, will manage the company’s operations in the continent.
EIB to fund Pune Metro project
Thursday, February 06, 2020 INDIA - The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced to invest EUR 600M (USD 660M) in the Pune Metro project, located in the western state of Maharashtra.
Winter halts work at Ritom
Thursday, February 06, 2020 Switzerland – Contractor Marti has halted some of the work at the Ritom hydropower project due to wintry conditions. Work is expected to resume after two months, at the end of March.
Atkins to design Varberg tunnel
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Sweden - As member of the SNC-Lavalin Group Atkins has been awarded the detailed design and construction support for the new 3.1km tunnel in Sweden, which is part of an expansion to the country’s 300km West Coast Line between Gothenburg and Lund.
Tunnel features in major jailbreak
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Paraguay – At least 75 prisoners have escaped a prison in Paraguay through a tunnel, according to local media. The men are believed to be part of an infamous 10,000-strong Brazilian criminal organisation called First Capital Command, which deals in drugs and arms trafficking.

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