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Tunnel works at flagship pumped hydro facility have a golden heritage
21 January 2022 Tunnelling work has started in Far North Queensland, Australia on the Kidston Pumped Hydro Project which involves the world’s first conversion of a disused gold mine into a pumped-storage hydroelectric power facility.

NSW awards contract for Sydney Western Harbour Tunnel
20 January 2022 Construction of Sydney’s Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) will begin within months, following the award of a US$522m contract for the first stage of tunnelling, announced the New South Wales government.

Traylor-Sundt JV wins Dallas water tunnel contract
20 January 2022 Traylor-Sundt Joint Venture has been awarded a contract by Tarrant Regional Water District to construct the IPL Section 19 Long Tunnel Crossings project in the Dallas area, Texas.

Action group seeks halt to Fehmarnbelt Tunnel dredging
19 January 2022 Following ‘urgent’ concerns raised by an environmental group, a federal court in Leipzig, Germany has recommended a suspension of dredging work at contended reef areas on the German side of the Fehmarnbelt fixed link.

Drilling and blasting completed at Oslo water tunnel project
18 January 2022 Following a final blast on 13 January, Switzerland-based Marti Tunnel has completed a 3,585m excavation through mainly hard Precambrian basement rock at the Skullerud–Enebakkveien tunnel project in Oslo, Norway.

Genting Tunnel TBM nearing full assembly for launch
17 January 2022 Tunnelling on the Genting Tunnel which will form part of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is ramping up as the first of two Chinese-made TBMs nears full assembly and is expected to be launched by March.

NGS 2022 abstract deadline extended…but time running out
13 January 2022 Abstracts for the Nordic Grouting Symposium (NGS 2022) can now be submitted up to 21 January 2022, following a deadline extension by the organiser.

Herrenknecht wins twin TBM order for Sydney Metro West tunnels
13 January 2022 Following a global tender process, the Acciona Ferrovial Joint Venture has contracted Herrenknecht to design, build and deliver two tunnel boring machines to excavate rail tunnels on the Sydney Metro West project, Australia.

Breakthrough marks completion of Singapore Circle Line 6 tunnelling
12 January 2022 Tunnelling works on Singapore’s Circle Line 6 have been completed following the breakthrough of a TBM at Cantonment station on 12 January, announced the country’s Land Transport Authority (LTA).

TBM makes first breakthrough on Mumbai Coastal Road project
11 January 2022 India’s largest-diameter TBM has holed through on the first of two tunnels which will form part of the US$1.6bn Coastal Road Project – a roughly 29km freeway running alongside Mumbai’s western seafront.

Uncontrolled groundwater inflows the subject of BGA webinar
11 January 2022 ‘Thinking conceptually about groundwater problems’ is the British Geotechnical Association’s (BGA) next annual John Mitchell Lecture to be presented online on 18 January by T&T contributing author Dr Martin Preene.

TGV-style off-site techniques inspire HS2 tunnel designs
07 January 2022 HS2 will use lessons learnt from the construction of French high-speed lines (‘TGV’) to build around 7km of tunnels using an off-site modular approach.

Axel Nitschke passes away, aged 54
07 January 2022 Tunnelling professionals globally are mourning the premature passing of US-based Dr Axel Nitschke, who died on December 26 and who was a much-valued contributor to Tunnels and Tunnelling International (T&T).

Smallest CREG slurry TBM breaks through in China
06 January 2022 November saw the breakthrough of a 2.845m-Ø CREG slurry TBM in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

China opens its longest underwater road tunnel
06 January 2022 China has opened its longest underwater highway tunnel after only four years of construction below one of the country’s largest freshwater lakes – Lake Taihu in the Yangtze Delta.

Robbins XRE TBM breaks through in the Andes
06 January 2022 Having bored through challenging variable ground with rock strengths of up to 60MPa UCS, a Robbins Crossover XRE TBM has broken through in the mountainous southern Maule region of Chile.

BTSYM invites presentations for March conference
05 January 2022 BTSYM – the group for the British Tunnelling Society’s Young Members – has announced a call for presentations for its 2022 conference that is scheduled to take place on 18 March at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, UK.

Work ramping up on India’s first regional rapid transit project
04 January 2022 Following the delivery of three Terratec EPB tunnel boring machines, tunnelling works are gearing up for India’s first regional rapid transit project which will connect Delhi and Meerut, via Ghaziabad.

December 2021

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Former tunnel tiger sets off on charity odyssey around Ireland
24 December 2021 An 80-year-old former ‘tunnel tiger’ is driving around the coast of Ireland on a two-month charity mission which will see him swim at as many of the country’s piers as possible, despite icy, wintry seas.

Young tunnellers invited to enter new industry award
24 December 2021 The British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM) is inviting entries for the very first Doug Allenby Memorial Medal, to be awarded at the BTSYM Conference in 2022.