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Two Terratec TBMs delivered for Istanbul’s Halkali airport metro connection
13 February, 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).
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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.”
Boyneburg tunnel contract awarded
Thursday, August 23, 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
Thursday, August 23, 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.
Herrenknecht holds vocational training day
Friday, July 27, 2018 Germany – Herrenknecht hosted its third career open day earlier this month. The TBM manufacturer set up 15 stations to show each apprenticeship task within the company. Some 300 young people, plus parents, visited Schwanau for the event.
Rokycany-Pilsen line completes
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Czech Republic – Twin 9.89m-diameter 4.15km-long tunnels were successfully mined by a Herrenknecht multi-mode TBM (EPB to open single shield). Breakthrough took place in October 2017 and the tunnels form part of the Rokycany-Pilsen rail line.
Heritage organisation attacks Stonehenge Tunnel proposal
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Great Britain – The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has sent a letter to the UK’s Highways Agency objecting to the proposed Stonehenge Tunnel. The condemnation comes after the Highways Agency wrapped up its formal consultation for the 2.9km tunnel near the famous monument.
First female Harding Prize winner
Monday, April 30, 2018 Great Britain – After 32 years the Harding prize has been awarded to a female young tunneller. “I am also proud to be the first woman to win since 1986, which is actually the year I was born,” said Leah Jacobs, who works for London Bridge Associates. Jacobs won the competition bringing her paper on “Changing the safety Culture” based on her contribution to the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand.
Verloop to lead ITACUS Young Talent Program
Monday, April 23, 2018 The Netherlands – Rosanne Verloop has been chosen lead the new ITA Committee for Underground Space (ITACUS) Young Talent Program. The announcement is due to be made on 24 April by ITACUS executives Han Admiraal and Antonia Cornaro.
Breakthrough on Dudullu-Bostanci
Friday, April 06, 2018 Turkey – The first of four TBMs boring the Dudullu-Bostanci metro line in Istanbul broke through in early March. Contractor Senbay Madencilik-Kolin-Kalyon JV used a 6.56m Terratec EPBM, equipped with 17” disc cutters, to complete the 3.98km-long bore. The teams ended on a high, forming 19 rings in a single final shift, which translates to 26.6m of excavation in 12 hours.
Terratec delivers a further four TBMs for Istanbul
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Turkey – Terratec has manufactured four 6.56m EPBMs for the ongoing expansion of Istanbul’s metro system, for a total of seven from the Australia-based manufacturer.
Whiteball Tunnel to be refurbished
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Great Britain – Murphy has been awarded a GBP 2.4M (USD 3.33M) contract for tunnel maintenance on the Whiteball Tunnel in Somerset.

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