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January 2019

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MTA awards contract for an East Access tunnel
18 January 2019

Algiers Metro TBM factory acceptance
17 January 2019 Algeria – A CREG TBM has undergone factory acceptance ahead of delivery to the Algiers Metro Extension project. The 10.5m-diameter EPBM will bore a the 9.5km from El Harrach Station to Houari Boumediene International Airport. The contractor is Seli Overseas.

McNeilly to lead program management and construction management at WSP
17 January 2019 US – Bernard P. McNeilly has been named to lead program management and construction management (PM/CM) at WSP USA, the company announced January 10.

Humber Tunnel TBM passes halfway point
11 January 2019 Great Britain – The TBM boring the 5km Humber Tunnel has completed 50% of the excavation. The contractor, a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine for excavation at a depth usually around 35m below the waterway with a minimum overburden of 12m. No ground treatment is foreseen.

HNTB adds to Seattle staff
10 January 2019 US – Mike Wongkaew, joined HNTB Corporation’s national tunnel group on January 7 as national tunnel practice lead-Northwest and associate vice president. He is based in Bellevue, Washington, and oversees all tunnelling work on the Sound Transit West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension Project. He also serves as an accomplished resource to the firm’s clients and projects across the nation, the company said, adding in his previous capacity, Wongkaew served as chief tunnel engineer for research and development of an innovative underground transportation system.

Finans Merkezi- Göztepe TBMs arrive in Istanbul
08 January 2019 Turkey – The two TBMs set to mine the Finans Merkezi- Göztepe section of the Istanbul Metro have been successfully tested and accepted at the site. The section forms part of the 13km-long Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe line. The contractor is the Gulermak, Kolin & Kalyon Joint Venture.

Epiroc acquires Canadian exploration tools manufacturer
07 January 2019 Canada – Epiroc has acquired Fordia, a manufacturer of exploration drilling tools. The company provides exploration drilling tools such as diamond bits, down-the-hole tools, drill rods and drill casings, as well as water treatment systems and pumps, used by mining houses and drilling contractors.

December 2018

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Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority backs Enbridge tunnel
24 December 2018 Canada/US – Enbridge announced December 19 that it had reached an agreement with the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) on the future of Enbridge's Line 5 light oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac. The three-person panel supported the project unanimously.

CATT awards 2018 Roger Crawford honor
24 December 2018 Canada – The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) announced December 20 it has awarded Nayandeep Maan, a third year Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo student, the 2018 Roger Crawford Award.

HNTB announces new hires in tunnelling group
24 December 2018 US – HNTB announced December 20 two new hires, Kenneth Xu and Raghu Bhargava, joined its national tunnel group.

Inquiry criticises WestConnex project transparency
19 December 2018 Australia – The government of New South Wales has published the results of an inquiry into the WestConnex road project in Sydney. The inquiry findings were critical of the project on grounds of poor transparency, value and a number of other issues.

Jennmar announces new joint venture
18 December 2018 US – Jennmar announced December 13 the formation of a joint venture between Calandra Group, LLC and ABC Technology Group USA, Turnstone Industrial Solutions, LLC.

Normet announces exclusive southern Ontario deal with Dynamek
18 December 2018 Canada – Normet announced December 14 it has signed a five-year sales representative agreement with the Toronto-area company, Dynamek Group Ltd., as its exclusive sales representative in southern Ontario for its line of TBM chemical products for the tunnelling industry.

Lead design contract awarded for North Bristol Relief Sewer
14 December 2018 Great Britain – Aecom has secured a contract with J Murphy & Sons as lead designer for the North Bristol Relief Sewer, a new 6.5km tunnel for Wessex Water that will reduce flood risk and increase stormwater storage capacity to accommodate ongoing and future developments in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Siemens Mobility to deliver Stockholm bypass communications
14 December 2018 Sweden – The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced that it has awarded Siemens Mobility an EUR 75M contract to deliver communications, control and monitoring for the Stockholm Bypass tunnel.

Crossrail delays could cost two billion pounds
11 December 2018 Great Britain – The British government has announced that reviews into Crossrail’s finances have shown that costs related to the delayed opening of the central section could be as high as GBP 2bn (USD 2.5bn). The figure includes GBP 300M already contributed by the Department for Transport in July and GBP 1.3-1.7bn in expected additional costs. The overall cost of the project at the time of writing is GBP 17.6bn (USD 22bn).

Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
10 December 2018 Great Britain – Work on a new tunnel under the River Thames project in Battersea Park is nearing completion. Costing GBP 18M (22.9M USD), the 330m-long tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in West London. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure in the UK’s capital.

BASF appoints VP to admixtures role for US and Canada
05 December 2018 US --BASF announced December 4 Bruce Christensen, vice president, will take over the responsibility of the Admixture Systems business in the US and Canada, effective immediately. In his new position, he will operate from the regional business unit headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio. Christensen succeeds Juan Alfonso Garcia, who was named head of Construction Chemicals Latin America in October.

November 2018

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Nordnes Tunnel opens
29 November 2018 Norway – The Nordnes road tunnel has opened to traffic. The tunnel is located in the remote Lyngen Alps and forms part of Statens Vegvesen’s E6 motorway between Nordnes and Skardalen.

Roadheader excavation begins on Metro Tunnel project
29 November 2018 Australia – The first roadheader was due to being excavation on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press. Premier Daniel Andrews was on site to see the assembly of the 118t machine at the bottom of a 30m shaft.