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Single Delta tunnel to start environmental review 17 January, 2020
California-- Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, announced January 15 the California Department of Water Resources issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) initiating the environmental review process for a single-tunnel conveyance solution in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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GHH adds to equipment range
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Germany – Mining and tunnelling machinery manufacturer GHH announced a major increase in its range. Some 18 machine types were announced in November 2019, due to an alliance with Titan.
Barbco announces new patent
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Ohio – Barbco announced January 12 the co-owner and CEO Anthony Barbera was granted U.S. Patent #10465460 for the Barbco FlexBor tooling and technology on November 5, 2019.
Tunnelling starts under Toronto highways
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Ontario – Metrolinx announced tunnel work has begun under highways 401 and 409 for its new train tunnel. Considered one of the busiest sections of highway in North America, according to Metrolinx, which released a video on December 16 showcasing the SEM construction below 21 live lanes of traffic.
Jennmar rebrands to Xcal Tools
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 Tony Calandra, group president of Frank Calandra Inc. and Calandra Group, LLC., announced January 6 Jennmar McSweeney's, Jennmar Sanshell, Cuda Tools Inc., and Jennmar Construction Tools will be re-branded and changing their names to Xcal Tools.
FIDIC endorses infrastructure transparency initiative
Monday, January 06, 2020 International – The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) stated that it will endorse the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST), a global initiative to ‘improve transparency and accountability in public infrastructure’.
Monark buys Epiroc’s handheld drilling business
Monday, January 06, 2020 Norway – A rock drilling tools manufacturer has bought Eprioc’s handheld drilling business and factory. The facility, based in Ockelbo, about 200km north of Stockholm, was part of Epiroc’s Rock Drilling Tools division. The approximately 40 employees who work at the facility will be offered to transfer to the new owner.
AMT-II TBM ordered
Monday, January 06, 2020 India – Patel Engineering has ordered a Terratec TBM for the AMT-II water transfer project in Maharashtra, western India. The project calls for a 3.2m hard rock gripper TBM to complete the two drives that form the 5.5km transfer tunnel.
National Grid awards LPT2 tunnels contract
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Great Britain – National Grid has signed a GBP 400M contract with Hochtief-Murphy JV to deliver the tunnels and shafts for the London Power Tunnels (LPT2) project. The overall scheme will cost GBP 1bn (USD 1.3bn) and take six years to complete. This is the second phase of the LPT project.
Bekaert takes full control of the Underground Solutions brand
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Belgium – On 31 October Bekaert concluded the buy-out of Maccaferri's 50% share in Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions (BMUS) and as a result, the Underground Solutions team will work under the Bekaert name from January onward.
City of Toronto launches TBM for Coxwell bypass project
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Ontario – Toronto mayor John Tory and councillor Jennifer McKelvie, vice-chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee and the mayor's resilience and environmental champion, officially marked the beginning of tunnel boring for the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel on December 14.

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