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Xe-Pian Xe-Nammoy Project TBM en route 15 December, 2014
LAOS - A double shield TBM in on its way to the Xe-Pian Xe-Nammoy Hydropower project. The project calls for the construction of two central cored rock fill dams, waterway tunnels with a vertical shaft and a powerhouse generating capacity at 410MW.
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TBM arrives in LA
Monday, December 08, 2014 USA - The TBM cutterhead that will excavate portions of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail in Los Angeles arrived in late November from Germany, according to Metro Los Angeles.
Contractor pleas guilty in Toronto subway Construction Death
Monday, December 08, 2014 CANADA - The 2011 death of a worker and injury to another at a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway construction site in North York has resulted in a guilty plea and a CAD 400,000 (USD 350,000) fine, the Ministry of Labor of Ontario announced on November 28.
Mai Po to Ngau Tam Mei XRL tunnels excavated
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 HONG KONG - The 2.35km northbound tunnel between Mai Po and Ngau Tam Mei in the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link project (XRL) was completed with the successful breakthrough of the TBM last month. Penta-Ocean Construction was awarded the contract four years ago.
Putin favours Crimea tunnel option
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 RUSSIA - The Russian government plans to abolish a project to build a bridge to Crimea via the Kerch Strait and replace it by a tunnel, according to Oleg Savelyev, Russia’s minister for Crimean affairs.
Greek Young Members emerge with Athens Career Day
Monday, December 01, 2014 GREECE - The first activity of the Young Members Group of the Greek Tunnelling Society (YMG-GTS) enjoyed an enthusiastic industry reception. The ‘Career Day for Tunnel and Geotechnical Professionals’ was held on 28 September during the 2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference in Athens, Greece and its attendance of 80 professionals exceeded expectations.
Sound Transit announces second TBM launch
Thursday, November 27, 2014 USA - The TBM mining light rail tunnels from the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle to the University of Washington launched on November 20.
Brierley Associates to investigate tunnel option for Minneapolis LRT
Thursday, November 27, 2014 USA - The Minneapolis Park and Recreation board approved a USD 245,000 contract with Brierley Associates on November 19 to consult on potential tunnel options for the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) project through the city’s Kenilworth Corridor.
Forrestfield-Airport Link procurement begins
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 AUSTRALIA - An industry briefing was held on 14 November as the start of procurement activities for the Forrestfield-Airport Link. The project, to be located in Perth, Australia will create a rail link branching out to the airport and the Forrestfield suburb in the city’s southeast.
Tully to be awarded USD 282.5M repairs contract
Friday, November 21, 2014 USA - MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced on November 17 it plans to award a four-year, USD 282.5M contract to Tully Construction Company for repairs and restoration projects related to damages at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in New York caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Bouygues signs contract for Baku metro
Friday, November 21, 2014 Azerbaijan - Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has signed a design and build contract worth around EUR 147M (USD 184.3M) for the separation of the red and green lines of the 28 May station, part of the metro system in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

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