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April 2021


Harding Prize yields another young worthy winner
16 April 2021 Presentations from three promising young tunnel engineers kept an audience fascinated for the best part of two hours yesterday evening during the online Harding Prize final organised by the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM). So, the winner of the 2021 Harding Prize is…

Breakthrough on Hudson Tunnel
15 April 2021 In what must be seen as a green light for the construction of the long-awaited tunnel beneath the Hudson River in New York, the Biden administration has given the go-ahead for a June 2021 completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision for the project.

Orica says new software allows blasting in sensitive areas
15 April 2021 Commercial explosives and blasting systems manufacturer Orica has launched new, predictive software which it claims can allow blasting to take place without affecting sensitive structures.

Delhi Metro inviting bids for Phase 4 tunnelling works
14 April 2021 Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) is inviting bids from parties in eligible countries for the design and construction of twin tunnels by shield TBM on the 20.2km Aerocity to Tughlakabad Corridor of the Delhi Metro Rapid Transit (DMRT) Project Phase 4.

Sandvik launches DT923i drill rig
14 April 2021 “Uncompromised accuracy and productivity” are claimed by Sandvik to be among the benefits of its newly introduced DT923i jumbo rig designed for high-power face drilling in tunnels and caverns.

Early breakthrough achieved on Paka Tunnel
12 April 2021 A first tunnelling breakthrough has been achieved six months ahead of schedule on Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) despite the challenges faced by the project during the past three years.

Tunnelling milestone reached on Sydney’s Rozelle Interchange
08 April 2021 Tunnelling on the Rozelle Interchange – a key component of Australia’s biggest road infrastructure project – has now reached the halfway mark, with 12km excavated.

Three bidders shortlisted for Lower Thames Crossing
07 April 2021 Highways England has named three construction/engineering companies which it has shortlisted to build the proposed Lower Thames Crossing – destined to be the longest road tunnel in Britain and hailed as the most ambitious UK roads project for a generation.

BTS introduces four CPD courses
07 April 2021 Four CPD courses organised by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) in conjunction with the University of Warwick are now available and formulated to increase knowledge of tunnelling within the framework of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

New contracts awarded for Toyo Tunnel project
06 April 2021 Good progress is being marked on Colombia’s Toyo Tunnel project following the award by the country’s national highway institute Invias of two contracts worth a combined US$222m.

Robbins hybrid TBM launched on Pearl River project
01 April 2021 A 9.16m-diameter Robbins Crossover TBM – the largest such machine in China – has begun boring Lot PZH-1 of the 2.5km (1.6mi) Pazhou Line of the Pearl River Delta Intercity Railway Project in Guangzhou.

March 2021


TBM breakthrough completes Bangkok Orange line
31 March 2021 Excavation was completed recently on the east section of the MRT Orange Line when a 6.39m-diameter Terratec S70 EPB TBM finished its 3.3km drive on the eastbound tunnel to hole through at Hua Mak Station.

First Snowy Hydro 2 TBM commissioned
30 March 2021 A milestone has been reached on Australia’s Snowy 2 scheme with the commissioning of the first TBM that is now ready to start mining on the country’s biggest hydropower project.

TBM excavation begins on Swina tunnel
29 March 2021 Tunnelling recently got underway on the US$231m Swinoujscie Tunnel under the Swina Strait between the islands of Uznam and Wola in the northwest extremity of Poland.

AECOM makes two new appointments to its Canada team
26 March 2021 Global infrastructure consultancy AECOM has appointed two international tunnelling experts to its Vancouver practice.

Fugro completes Fehmarnbelt geotechnical investigation
26 March 2021 Geo-data specialist Fugro has completed a nearshore geotechnical investigation for the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel which will connect Denmark and Germany by road and rail and become the world’s longest immersed tunnel.

Webuild wins Gotthard Tunnel contract
25 March 2021 Webuild Group and its consortium partners have won a contract worth around US$94.5m to build a four-kilometre-long access tunnel at the north end of the 1980-completed Gotthard road tunnel.

Implenia wins Norway rail tunnel contract
23 March 2021 Swiss infrastructure provider Implenia has been awarded a US$141m contract for a 2.3km-long tunnel on the Fornebu (Fornebubanen) rail line currently under construction in Norway.

Protan launches new tunnel membrane
23 March 2021 Protan has launched InfraPlan, a new tunnel membrane system designed for easy installation, low lifecycle costs and other environmental benefits.

Bob Ibell awarded BTS James Clark Medal
23 March 2021 Robert Ibell, co-founder and director of London Bridge Associates, has been awarded the British Tunnelling Society (BTS) James Clark Medal for 2021.