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September 2018


TBMs make double breakthrough on Follo Line
11 September 2018 Norway – Two TBMs made the first breakthroughs on the 22km Follo intercity rail line in Oslo today. There are a total of four Herrenknecht TBMs excavating the project, as well as drill and blast work.

Sirius Minerals announces updates to York Potash costs
11 September 2018 Great Britain – Sirius Minerals has signed a design and build contract with Strabag for the remaining mineral transport system (MTS) drives on the York Potash Project. Ground and risk assessments will see the cost increasing by USD 400-600M.

Breakthrough at Whangaparaoa
07 September 2018 New Zealand – The sea outfall project at Whangaparaoa broke through on 2 August after four months of excavation. The 1,930m-long drive was undertaken by McConnell Dowell using a Herrenknecht AVN 1000DP with an excavation diameter of 1,220mm. The drive is the longest yet for the German manufacturer’s Direct Pipe system.

Crossrail services to begin in late 2019
03 September 2018 Great Britain – The central London portion of Crossrail will begin service in autumn next year. The schedule slip of almost a year is necessary to “complete the finl infrastructure and extensive teting required to ensure the Elizabeth line [as it will be called] opens as a safe and reliable railway.”

August 2018


Hong Kong high speed rail services to begin in September
30 August 2018 Hong Kong – Passenger services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed rail link will begin on 23 September 2018. The opening will connect Hong Kong with 25,000km of high speed rail network on mainland China.

VIP wins further Thames Tideway gasket contracts
30 August 2018 Great Britain – VIP Polymers has increased its involvement on the Thames Tideway project. The UK-based seals and gaskets manufacturer has been awarded three further contracts for cast-in gaskets, covering the east section of the main tunnel, the Greenwich connection tunnel and the Frogmore connection tunnel.

Boreas launches tunnelling division
29 August 2018 The Netherlands – Boreas Maritime has launched a new tunnelling division. The new company, Boreas Tunnelling will supply personnel to projects or companies.

Night Tube bigger success than predicted
24 August 2018 Great Britain – Transport for London (TfL) has announced that research has shown that the Night Tube has been more successful than expected. A report by London First and EY shows an increased ridership and a positive impact on businesses within the city.

Boyneburg tunnel contract awarded
23 August 2018 Germany – Züblin has been awarded the contract to build the Boyneburg tunnel. The tunnel is part of the 6km-long third section of the A44 highway in central Germany, which was let in July for EUR 183M.

Filder Tunnel western breakthrough
23 August 2018 Germany – The TBM boring the western tube of the 9.5km twin tube Filder Tunnel broke through in late July. As Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press, the 120m-long, 10.82m-diameter Herrenknecht multi-mode machine is being disassembled and turned around inside a 120m-long cavern. In autumn it will bore a 3.4km section of the eastern tube to complete the tunnel.

CREG TBMs accepted for Dubai stormwater tunnel
16 August 2018 UAE – Two China Railway Engineering Equipment Group (CREG) EPB TBMs are due to arrive at the Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System (DTSWS).

Bangkok Orange Line TBM delivered
14 August 2018 Thailand – Terratec has delivered a TBM for a series of tunnel drives in the Thai capital. The 6.39m-diameter EPBM will work on the first phase of Bangkok’s Orange Line.

Brookville celebrates 100th anniversary
14 August 2018 US – Brookville Equipment Corporation, designer and builder of powered, rail-mounted vehicles for the mining, freight and passenger railroad, and streetcar markets, celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Friday, August 3, with nearly 800 guests, employees, families of employees, friends, suppliers, and industry members in attendance for food, fun and games, equipment expositions, and facility tours.

Bessac to supply safety gallery TBM
09 August 2018 France – Bessac is going to supply a TBM to Vinci (Chantiers Modernes Construction) to construct a safety gallery for a rail tunnel in Meudon, west Paris. The machine, a 4.4m EPBM, will be delivered in September.

VDOT selects bored tunnel for HRBT expansion
06 August 2018 US – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced August 2 the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project will move forward with the bored-tunnel construction method to deliver the next connection across the Hampton Roads harbor.

GSSI announces new hire
03 August 2018 US – GSSI, manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, is pleased to announce the hire of Brett Caldwell to the position of technical applications specialist supporting the geophysical, geotechnical, environmental, and academic markets. Caldwell is a GPR technician with a diverse background in geosciences and construction.

July 2018


WSP to lead high speed rail study for Portland-Seattle-Vancouver
31 July 2018 US - The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) selected WSP to prepare a business case analysis for an ultra-high speed ground transportation system connecting Vancouver, British Columbia, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, the consultancy announced July 30.

Progress of Nepal’s first TBM
30 July 2018 Nepal – The TBM in use on the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP) achieved an advance rate of 1,000m in a month and has averaged 800m since the start of work in summer 2017.

Mapping and monitoring companies merge
27 July 2018 Great Britain – Two laser mapping and monitoring companies have combined. UK-based 3D Laser Mapping and Geoslam announced the merger in late July. 3D Laser Mapping is geospatial technology supplier. It maps working environments. Geoslam produces hand-held mapping devices, used for confined or difficult to access spaces such as the underground, without the need for GPS.

Fugro bags SI contract for Chilterns Tunnel approach
27 July 2018 Great Britain – A GBP 5.2M site characterisation contract has been awarded to Fugro by the Align JV as part of preparatory works for HS2 phase one.