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Twin tunnels supplement Singapore canal
05 November, 2018
Singapore – Herrenknecht recently released a report on the successful completion of a drainage tunnel in Singapore. The project, which broke through in December 2017, required the construction of 1,000m-long twin tunnels with an excavated diameter of 5,250mm and a minimum distance between the tubes of 2.46m.
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CREG TBMs accepted for Dubai stormwater tunnel
Thursday, August 16, 2018 UAE – Two China Railway Engineering Equipment Group (CREG) EPB TBMs are due to arrive at the Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System (DTSWS).
Progress of Nepal’s first TBM
Monday, July 30, 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.
Mumbai Metro machine arrives on site
Friday, July 27, 2018 India – One of two TBMs headed for Lot 3 of the Mumbai Metro arrived in port last month. The 6.65m Robbins XRE machine (hard rock single shield to EPB mode) will bore contract UGC-01 for Larsen & Toubro, which is in JV with Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co.
Jilin breakthrough
Tuesday, July 03, 2018 China – The TBM mining the tunnel for the Jilin Yinsong Water Supply Project Lot 3 broke through in mid-May. The 24.3km tunnel forms a key part of the 736km scheme to divert water from a reservoir in the upper Di’er Songhua River to the drier regions of central Jilin Province in northeast China.
Leighton Asia awarded North-South Transportation Corridor contract
Monday, June 11, 2018 Singapore – A joint venture of Leighton Asia and Yongnam Engineering and Construction has been awarded the USD 410M tunnel contract N103 for the North-South Transportation Corridor project.
LTA treads carefully for Cross Island Line
Monday, June 11, 2018 Singapore – The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced in June that it had completed the SI work for two alignment options for its proposed 50km-long Cross Island Line (CRL). The field work took place in a nature reserve between May 2016 and September 2017.
Childom Cable Tunnel project accepts TBM
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Thailand – Factory acceptance for the Childom Cable Tunnel’s TBM took place in April. The 4.27m-diameter Terratec machine will bore the tunnel for a new high voltage cable tunnel in Bangkok.
TBM passes halfway point at Jilin
Friday, March 02, 2018 China - The TBM boring lot three of the Jilin Yinsong Water Supply Project has excavated more than 50% of the tunnel. The tunnel will be 24.3km long when complete and contractor Beijing Vibroflotation Engineering had excavated 14 km of the tunnel as of January 2018.
North Sitra Sewage Scheme microtunnel breakthrough
Thursday, February 08, 2018 Bahrain - Joseph Gallagher successfully installed its first microtunnel of 2018 in Bahrain. The project was to install a short drive, some 35m, of 600mm steel pipe underneath a road to form part of a new sewer network, the North Sitra Sewage Scheme.
Mae Tang-Mae Ngad TBMs to face challenging geology
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Thailand - Two 4.74m-diameter hard rock double shields have recently undergone factory acceptance.
Tight Bangkok cable tunnel breakthrough
Monday, December 18, 2017 Thailand - On 22 September the first drive for the Phra Khanong Cable Tunnel Project broke through. The project, carried out by contractor Nawarat Patanakarn called for a 32m-radius curve as the TBM exited the launch shaft to avoid some existing piles. The TBM used was a 3.2m Terratec EPBM, which is now excavating the second drive.
Guangxi Liugong Machinery buys into piling foundation business
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 China - Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co., Ltd announced on November 30 an RMB 546M (USD 85.24M) acquisition of 51 per cent shares in Shanghai Jintai Engineering Machinery Co., Ltd., which was formerly held by Guangxi Liugong Group Corp.
CCCI to buy Canadian contractor
Thursday, November 23, 2017 China/Canada - Aecon has announced that it will be bought by CCC International. The agreement will see the Chinese company purchase all issued and outstanding Aecon shares for a total value of CAD 1.51bn (USD 1.2bn).
TBM Completes third bore for Chennai metro project
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 India - On October 31 a 6.65m diameter Robbins EPBM broke through at Chennai Metro, making this the third tunnel the machine has bored for the project and for contractor Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
First TBM breakthrough in Lucknow
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 India - Crews celebrated breakthrough on the first TBM-driven tunnels in the capital of Uttar Pradesh. A Gulermak-Tata Projects JV was the contractor for the project, which is part of the 22,88km Phase 1A of the Lucknow Metro North-South Line.
Two more TBMs for Mumbai Line Three
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 India - The first of two slurry machines destined for the UGC03 contract of Mumbai Metro Line Three underwent factory acceptance in September.
Four groups in contest for Zojila Tunnel
Friday, June 16, 2017 India - Local media has reported that four teams are in the running for the Zojila Tunnel contract in Jammu & Kashmir, northern India. These are: a JV of Reliance Infrastructure and Dogus Construction; Larsen and Toubro; IL&FS Engineering and Construction; Jaiprakash Power Ventures
Thai river diversion scheme accepts TBMs
Friday, May 05, 2017 Thailand – April saw factory acceptance for the two 5.7m-diameter Terratec EPBMs that will bore the Bueng Nong Bon to Chao Phraya River Diversion Tunnel Project in Bangkok. These will be the newly-branded ‘Terratec Tight Radius Shields’ alluded to in a previous news article.
TBMs ready for Lucknow Metro project
Thursday, November 03, 2016 India - The TBMs set to bore the Lucknow Metro are in transit. The two 6.52m-diameter Terratec EPBMs will bore the city’s Phase 1A north-south line. The project consists of twin 1,812m-long tunnels. The TBMs will be launched and received at ramps.

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