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Vestfold upgrade work commences 17 October, 2019
Norway – Some 14km of new double-track railway is being constructed in eastern Norway for the upgrade of the Vestfold Line. The project calls for the construction of three single-bore tunnels, each with a cross-section of 123m3.
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Hatta pumped storage project contract awarded
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 UAE – A Strabag-led consortium will design, build and commission the Hatta pumped storage project (PSP) in Dubai. Strabag, along with partners Andritz of Austria and Ozkar Insaat of Turkey will build the EUR 340M scheme for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
Lane secures Seattle ship canal contract
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Washington – Lane, part of the Salini Impregilo Group, announced October 9 it has won a USD 255M contract to build a water storage tunnel to help reduce polluted overflows into the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Washington.
Stakeholders reject working conditions as cause of Bond Street deaths
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Great Britain – Two workers on Crossrail’s Bond Street project passed away in their sleep in the same week. Various media have reported that working conditions relating to air quality or stress were to blame, but this has been rejected by stakeholders. Reports of further investigation, or further details of the illness were not forthcoming from the contractor or client.
The Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre is under construction
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Australia - The construction of the Victorian Tunnelling Training Centre (VTC) is set to start in Melbourne. The VTC will be located at Holmesglen Institute’s Drummond Street campus in Chadstone and will take the first students during Semester 1 over the next year.
Metro Vancouver committee recommends tunnel for Massey crossing
Monday, October 07, 2019 British Columbia – A committee of Metro Vancouver mayors made its recommendation on October 2 for an eight-lane, immersed tube tunnel for the Massey tunnel replacement. Two lanes would be reserved for transit.
Queen of Denmark opens the Cityringen metro line
Thursday, October 03, 2019 Denmark - The 15.5km-long Copenhagen City Circle Line (M3) was inaugurated at the end of September.
Incimmet completes tough ventilation shaft
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Colombia – Peruvian mining contractor Incimmet has excavated a 30m-deep, 4.1m-diameter ventilation shaft for the Buriticá mine development project. Ground conditions at the Buriticá complex largely consist of andesite-porphyry, diorites and monzodiorites with intrusive hydrothermal gaps within the volcanic and sedimentary sequences.
Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.
Modular data centres displayed underground
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Switzerland – A prototype modular data centre was presented at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in September 2019. The project was led by Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies (SCAUT) and aims to use underground space server storage.
Liebherr heavyweights work in tandem on TBM lift
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Germany – Two Liebherr crawler cranes, an LR 11350 and an LR 11000, worked in tandem to load a TBM onto a barge at the Rhine port of Kehl in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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