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VSM record depth at York Potash
12 June, 2019
Great Britain – The Herrenknecht vertical shaft sinking machine has finished its work at Woodsmith Mine, excavating the access shaft for Sirius Minerals transport system to 115m and setting a new VSM world record in the process. The previous record was 84m. The shaft will now be excavated using traditional techniques to the full 360m depth.
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Wimmer launches new tunnel excavator
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Austria – Wimmer showcased a new compact tunnel excavator at WTC 2019 in Naples. The ‘Blue Badger’ is designed to work in smaller tunnel cross-sections, from 3.5m upwards.
Westpile fully merges with Bachy Soletanche
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Great Britain – Bachy Soletanche has announced that it has consolidated its Westpile business under the Bachy Soletanche name as of 22 March “in order to simplify its operating structure and add efficiency”.
Crossrail outlines plan to complete Elizabeth Line
Friday, April 26, 2019 Great Britain – Crossrail has released an action plan to bring the project to a conclusion. The project has encountered delays and overspend in its final stages. The project will not be fully complete until 2021.
Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.
New cement-free TBM backfill grout
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Germany/Austria – MC Bauchemie and Porr have developed a new TBM backfill grout based on a geopolymer that is suitable for use in swelling rock formations. The companies stated that the cement-free filler is sulphate resistant and adequately prevents swelling pressures while providing the usual bedding for securing the tunnel ring.
Herrenknecht wins Bauma Innovation Award
Friday, April 12, 2019 Germany – Herrenknecht scooped the Bauma Innovation Award for its E-Power Pipe installation method. The award was granted in the ‘machine’ category, and was presented on Sunday.
HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
IS Cambridge 2020 calls for papers
Friday, March 15, 2019 Great Britain – The 10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground has issued its call for papers. The event will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge from 29 June to 1 July 2020.
TAP project secures funding
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Italy – The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), an EUR 3.9bn (USD 4.43bn) natural gas pipeline project in the eastern Mediterranean, has been granted full funding. Mott MacDonald was the lenders’ technical advisor on the project and performed technical due diligence on TAP’s design, construction and operational plans.
Two Terratec TBMs delivered for Istanbul’s Halkali airport metro connection
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Turkey – Two new Terratec 6.56m diameter EPBMs have been recently delivered to the Halkali-Yeni Havalimani Metro JV on the Halkali-Istanbul new airport metro line, which was awarded to a consortium comprising Özgün Yapı and Kolin by the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (AYGM).
Porr wins Hirschhagen fit-out contract
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Germany – Porr will provide electrical fit-out worth EUR 31.5M (USD 35.5M) for the Hirschhagen road tunnel, which is due to open to traffic in spring 2022. The tunnel forms part of a new 5.2km-long section of the A44, it is a twin tube installation that stretches for 4,147m in the north tube and 4,204m in the south.
Herrenknecht nominated for Bauma award
Thursday, February 07, 2019 Germany – TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht has been nominated for an innovation award at Bauma, the world’s largest construction equipment trade show. Engineers at the company’s factory in Schwanau will have their fingers crossed at the event in Munich this April.
Humber Tunnel TBM passes halfway point
Friday, January 11, 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.
Finans Merkezi- Göztepe TBMs arrive in Istanbul
Tuesday, January 08, 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.
Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
Monday, December 10, 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.
Nordnes Tunnel opens
Thursday, November 29, 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.
TBMs make double breakthrough on Follo Line
Tuesday, September 11, 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
Tuesday, September 11, 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.
Crossrail services to begin in late 2019
Monday, September 03, 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.”

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