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Severomuksky Tunnel TBMs ordered
06 December, 2019
Russia – Two 10.37m-diameter Robbins Crossover (XRE) machines have been chosen to bore the second Severomuysky Tunnel. The tunnel is a 15.5km-long drive that will form part of a new rail line that will supplement the existing Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM).

Two Kowloon Peninsula road contracts awarded
06 December, 2019
Hong Kong – Contracts for the Central Kowloon Route (CKR) and Trunk Road T2 have been awarded to Bouygues Construction. These projects form part of a new trunk road known as Route 6. When completed, Route 6 will provide an east-west link in the region with three lanes in both directions.

Felix Amberg awarded Stuva prize
06 December, 2019
Switzerland – Amberg president Felix Amberg was awarded the Stuva prize last month. The award, presented at the German research group’s biennial conference, was given for a lifetime of achievement in the industry.

Aecom to provide technical assistance for the Lyon-Turin high-speed rail line
03 December, 2019
France – Aecom has been awarded a framework contract to provide technical support for the design and construction stages of the Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line, which includes 57.5km twin bored base tunnel between St Jean de Maurienne, France, and Chiomonte in Italy.

TfL finalises Silvertown contract
27 November, 2019
Great Britain – The contract for the Silvertown Tunnel project has been finalised. The contract had been delayed by legal challenges, but the Riverlinx consortium, comprising Ferrovial’s Cintra, Bam PPP PGGM, Macquarie Capital, Aberdeen Standard Investments and SK E+C has taken the work.

Tideway launches TBM tracker
27 November, 2019
Great Britain – Thames Tideway has launched a web-based tracking tool to allow users to view the progress made by the TBMs working on London’s new ‘super sewer’.

Stuva revises gasket recommendations
27 November, 2019
Germany – The research organisation Stuva has published an update to its gasket recommendations at its 2019 exposition and conference in Frankfurt. The document, ‘Recommendation for gasket frames in segmental tunnel linings’ combines two previous documents: ‘Testing and application of gasket frames in segmental linings (2005) and ‘Use of gaskets for sealing segmental linings’ (2006).

FIDIC appoints legal head
26 November, 2019
International – The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has appointed Daduna Kokhreidze as its new head of legal and compliance. The role for includes advising the chief executive and president on FIDIC by-laws and statutes, risk management and compliance requirements for the organisation and its operations, as well as contribution to drafting development to FIDIC’s contracts and management of relevant FIDIC committees.

Enbridge completes core work at Mackinac
25 November, 2019
Michigan – Rock sampling work is finished at the Straits of Mackinac, Enbridge announced November 21. The samples will be used for the final design of the gas company's Great Lakes Tunnel.

Salini starts Seattle ship canal tunnel
19 November, 2019
Washington – A new stormwater tunnel will be built in Washington within a dense urban area where unexpected ground conditions might happen.

Epiroc and Orica announce semi-automatic explosives initiative
19 November, 2019
Global – Epiroc announced November 14 it has entered a partnership with Orica to jointly develop a semi-automated explosives delivery system, enabling safer and more productive blasting operations in underground mines.

Strabag to build Ashbridges Bay feeder tunnels
19 November, 2019
Ontario – The City of Toronto awarded Strabag a CAD 120M contract for the second section of the Ashbridges Bay project, the contractor announced November 18.

Boring Company starts tunnelling in Las Vegas
19 November, 2019
Nevada – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced November 16 tunnelling has started for it's underground people mover.

Central Interceptor project’s TBM ordered
14 November, 2019
New Zealand – The Central Interceptor wastewater project has ordered a 5.45m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB for its main 13km tunnel. The tunnel depth will vary from 15-110m, with a harbour crossing 15m below the seabed. The finished diameter of the tunnel will be 4.5m.

Protan hires personnel for move to tunnelling
14 November, 2019
Norway/Turkey – Protan has hired Ardnt Hedtkamp to lead its tunnel business in Central Europe and Simen Aaserud as its business development manager. The Norwegian industrial group had acquired Turkish tunnel membrane manufacturer Multiplan in August.

Leaked HS2 cost review says proceed
14 November, 2019
Great Britain – The High Speed 2 (HS2) project in the UK should go ahead, according to a leaked draft of the review into the project. Seen by British newspaper ‘The Times’, the report highlights the benefits to the North of England, despite significantly rising costs and falling estimates of the final return on investment.

Progress update from Isarco River Underpass
07 November, 2019
Italy – Salini Impregilo, Strabag, Consorzio Integra and Collini Lavori have completed 70% of the excavation work on the southernmost lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel project. This amounts to 3,800m of excavation as Tunnels and Tunnelling goes to press.

Bechtel opens Melbourne office to target infrastructure pipeline
07 November, 2019
Australia – Bechtel has opened an office in Melbourne. It stated that the move was to pick up work from the Victorian Government’s AUD 100bn infrastructure pipeline.

First two TBMs gear up for Pune Metro
07 November, 2019
India – Two Terratec EPBMs have been completed and shipped to the underground works on Line 1 of the 16.56km Pune Metro. The TBMs have already been despatched from the factory in China and are currently being shipped to the port of Mumbai. Both machines are expected to arrive in November and will be transported to Pune where they will be assembled and then tested on site in mid-December.

Metro Vancouver greenlights Massey tunnel option
07 November, 2019
BC – Metro Vancouver's board of directors approved the tunnel option suggested last month by a committee. The November 1 vote endorses the proposed eight-lane, immersed tube tunnel for the Massey tunnel replacement. Two lanes would be reserved for transit.