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Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority backs Enbridge tunnel
24 December, 2018
Canada/US – Enbridge announced December 19 that it had reached an agreement with the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) on the future of Enbridge's Line 5 light oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac. The three-person panel supported the project unanimously.

CATT awards 2018 Roger Crawford honor
24 December, 2018
Canada – The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) announced December 20 it has awarded Nayandeep Maan, a third year Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo student, the 2018 Roger Crawford Award.

HNTB announces new hires in tunnelling group
24 December, 2018
US – HNTB announced December 20 two new hires, Kenneth Xu and Raghu Bhargava, joined its national tunnel group.

Inquiry criticises WestConnex project transparency
19 December, 2018
Australia – The government of New South Wales has published the results of an inquiry into the WestConnex road project in Sydney. The inquiry findings were critical of the project on grounds of poor transparency, value and a number of other issues.

Jennmar announces new joint venture
18 December, 2018
US – Jennmar announced December 13 the formation of a joint venture between Calandra Group, LLC and ABC Technology Group USA, Turnstone Industrial Solutions, LLC.

Normet announces exclusive southern Ontario deal with Dynamek
18 December, 2018
Canada – Normet announced December 14 it has signed a five-year sales representative agreement with the Toronto-area company, Dynamek Group Ltd., as its exclusive sales representative in southern Ontario for its line of TBM chemical products for the tunnelling industry.

Lead design contract awarded for North Bristol Relief Sewer
14 December, 2018
Great Britain – Aecom has secured a contract with J Murphy & Sons as lead designer for the North Bristol Relief Sewer, a new 6.5km tunnel for Wessex Water that will reduce flood risk and increase stormwater storage capacity to accommodate ongoing and future developments in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Siemens Mobility to deliver Stockholm bypass communications
14 December, 2018
Sweden – The Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has announced that it has awarded Siemens Mobility an EUR 75M contract to deliver communications, control and monitoring for the Stockholm Bypass tunnel.

Crossrail delays could cost two billion pounds
11 December, 2018
Great Britain – The British government has announced that reviews into Crossrail’s finances have shown that costs related to the delayed opening of the central section could be as high as GBP 2bn (USD 2.5bn). The figure includes GBP 300M already contributed by the Department for Transport in July and GBP 1.3-1.7bn in expected additional costs. The overall cost of the project at the time of writing is GBP 17.6bn (USD 22bn).

Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
10 December, 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.

BASF appoints VP to admixtures role for US and Canada
05 December, 2018
US --BASF announced December 4 Bruce Christensen, vice president, will take over the responsibility of the Admixture Systems business in the US and Canada, effective immediately. In his new position, he will operate from the regional business unit headquarters in Beachwood, Ohio. Christensen succeeds Juan Alfonso Garcia, who was named head of Construction Chemicals Latin America in October.

Nordnes Tunnel opens
29 November, 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.

Roadheader excavation begins on Metro Tunnel project
29 November, 2018
Australia – The first roadheader was due to being excavation on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to press. Premier Daniel Andrews was on site to see the assembly of the 118t machine at the bottom of a 30m shaft.

MTR chair re-appointed during CEO search
29 November, 2018
Hong Kong – The MTR Corporation has announced that its chair has been re-appointed for a period of six months. Frederick Ma Si-hang will continue to serve in the position until 30 June 2019.

Factory acceptance for Klong Daan Cable Tunnel TBM
28 November, 2018
Thailand – The TBM bound for the Klong Daan Cable Tunnel project underwent factory acceptance at the end of November. The event was attended by representatives of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Thai contractor See Sang Karn Yotah (1979).

Sydney Metro M&E contract awarded to CPB-UGL JV
28 November, 2018
Australia – The New South Wales Government has awarded an AUD 1.376 billion (USD 955M) contract to the joint venture between CPB Contractors and UGL to deliver the Line-wide works package in support of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, Australia’s biggest public transport project.

GHD reorganises its tunnels management team
22 November, 2018
Australia – Consultant GHD has added to its tunnelling management team in Australia.

Hungarian government issues decrees for new tunnels in Budapest
14 November, 2018
Hungary – Proposals for new underground infrastructure in Budapest have been accepted for more study according to documents released on November 10 by Magyar Közlöny (Hungarian Gazette), which documents the official text of any newly issued piece or amendment to Hungarian legislation.

Osha announces crane operator final rule
14 November, 2018
USA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha) published a final rule November 7 that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.

California votes to retain transportation fees designated for road repairs
09 November, 2018
US – The midterm elections saw California voters defeat ballot measure Proposition 6, which would repeal the 2017 transportation laws taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation. The fiscal impact concerns ongoing revenues of USD 5.1bn from state fuel and vehicle taxes that mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs.