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Kpone power plant drives complete
Ghana – Cooling lines for a new oil and gas power plant close to Accra called for a microtunnelled solution. Two tunnels, one for sea water intake and the other for outfall were constructed by Coleman Microtunnelling (a subsidiary of Australia’s Bothar Group) using a 2.5m-diameter Herrenknecht AVND2000AB utility tunnelling machine.
Bergen Point tunnel contract moves forward
US – Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW) in New York awarded the Bergen Point WWTP outfall replacement contract to low bid contractor OHL/Posillico/SELI Overseas in January.
Versaflex merges with Raven
US - Versaflex and Raven Lining Systems announced this week that the two companies have merged, effective January 1.
SAK Construction announces Slipptech deal
US – Sipp Technologies CEO/CTO Kent Weisenberg announced 17 January an agreement with SAK Construction for exclusive installation rights of its Sipp Steel robotic lining technology. Pursuant to the agreement, SAK is the sole national installation contractor for Sipp Tech’s multidimensional, robotically installed, composite pressure pipe lining system.
German young professionals group launched
Germany - December’s Stuva conference hosted the launch event for the Stuva Forum for Young Engineering Professionals (Stuva YEP). Approximately 150 young engineers attended the launch event and currently the organisation is loose, with updates and announcements being distributed by email.
Fugro bags E39 geotechnical contract
Norway – Geotechnical investigation company Fugro has been awarded a year-long contract to carry out seabed investigations at four fjord locations in Norway. The work will inform foundation designs for the bridge and tunnel sections of the major E39 Coastal Highway project.
Minova secures cold weather approval for Tekflex DS-W
Norway - Minova has received approval for the specification and application of Tekflex DS‐W in Bane Nor tunnel projects. Bane Nor is the approving authority for waterproofing materials for any railway or road project in Norway so their approval is required before a spray applied waterproofing membrane is used on said projects.
Ismailia TBMs break through after Suez drives
Egypt - Two breakthroughs for the new Ismailia road tunnel project took place in December 2017. The first was on 4 December, while the second machine met daylight on 23 December.
John Holland and CPB to build West Gate Tunnel
Australia – A joint venture of John Holland and CPB has been chosen to build the West Gate Tunnel project in Victoria. The Aurecon Jacobs joint venture will carry out engineering design for the project.
East Ayrshire water supply tunnel complete
Great Britain - The Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) has successfully tunnelled beneath the A77 road and River Irvine in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
Breakthrough on West London gas tunnel
Great Britain - A 330m-long tunnel from London’s Chelsea to Battersea Park has broken through. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure.
Site C project announces preferred proponent for civil works
Canada - BC Hydro announced December 21 it selected the Aecon (30 per cent), Dragados Canada (27.5 per cent), Flatiron Constructors Canada (27.5 per cent), and EBC (15 per cent) partnership as the preferred proponent to move to the next procurement phase for the Site C generating station and spillways civil works contract in northeast British Columbia.
Rio Tinto issues NTP on second Kemano tunnel
Canada – A Frontier-Kemper Constructors and Aecon Group JV announced December 19 it has received notice to proceed from Rio Tinto for a contract valued at approximately CAD 337M (USD 274M) to complete the construction of the remaining 7.6km section of a 16km second tunnel at the Kemano Generating Station in British Columbia.
Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau/NCC to build West Link's Korsvägen section
The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has selected Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG - the German tunnelling specialist of Royal BAM Group nv - in joint venture NCC to build the 3.2km long Korsvägen phase of the West Link tunnel project in Gothenburg, Sweden. The agency made the announcement December 19.
VDOT announces Hampton Roads bridge-tunnel RFQ
US - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has formally initiated procurement and will begin searching for a private sector partner to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project, it announced December 15.
British tax system to change for contractors
Great Britain - In an attempt to tackle VAT fraud in the construction industry, the Government announced on the day of its latest budget that it will introduce a domestic reverse charge’ VAT scheme for construction services.
Armstrong made BGA honorary secretary
Great Britain - Nick Armstrong, a site characterisation and geoconsulting manager for geotechnical expert Fugro, has been appointed honorary secretary of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).
Mae Tang-Mae Ngad TBMs to face challenging geology
Thailand - Two 4.74m-diameter hard rock double shields have recently undergone factory acceptance.
Geocomp appoints COO
USA - Geocomp has appointed Gary Torosian as its chief operating officer (COO). Torosian will be responsible for improving the operational efficiency of our companies and providing support to the execution of Geocomp’s corporate strategy.
CBE appoints new CEO
France - Philippe Samama has replaced Didier Lefebvre as CEO of segment mould manufacturer CBE. The company made the announcement in October and said that Lefebvre would continue to work with CBE for a few months to provide continuity.
Subsurface workshop tackles transport
Great Britain - On 30 November Think Deep UK (TDUK) hosted a workshop in London to explore future transportation, with an interactive programme of presentations and working in small groups to consider future development of urban underground space with cities’ transportation requirements in mind.