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March 2023


SSE makes £100m “down payment” on Coire Glas hydro project
21 March 2023 Energy company SSE is providing a £100m investment boost to Coire Glas, Britain’s biggest pumped hydro storage scheme for 40 years.

WTC 2024 - Call for Abstracts
21 March 2023 ITA-AITES and the China Civil Engineering Society are calling for abstracts for the World Tunnel Congress 2024 (WTC2024) which will be held in Shenzhen, China, 19-25 April, 2024. The theme of WTC2024 is Tunnelling for a Better Life.

Tunnelling on the Hampton Roads-Bridge Tunnel Expansion expected to start next month
20 March 2023 TBM assembly is under way on the Hampton Roads-Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project (HRBT) – the largest construction project ever awarded in the state of Virginia – and tunnelling is expected to start next month.

Professor Marc Panet to deliver Muir Wood Lecture at WTC2023
17 March 2023 Professor Marc Panet will deliver the 12th Muir Wood Lecture at this year’s World Tunnel Congress in Athens in May.

Implenia wins second Fornebu Line contract
16 March 2023 Implenia has won a second tunnelling package on Oslo’s Fornebu Line.

TAC gears up for 2023 conference
15 March 2023 The Tunnelling Association of Canada (TAC) will hold this year’s conference – TAC 2023 – in Toronto from September 24-26.

London Power Tunnels completes first underwater breakthrough
14 March 2023 A TBM working on National Grid’s London Power Tunnels (LPT) has completed its drive in a flooded shaft in south-east London.

Rail research centre to trial hyperTunnel techniques
13 March 2023 A project to build an underpass, trialling advanced technology from hyperTunnel, has been awarded funding from Europe’s first purpose-build rail innovation facility.

Breakthrough celebrated on Lima Metro
13 March 2023 The TBM boring Line 2 of the Lima Metro has broken through at Buenos Aires Station in the port of Callao.

HS2 and Lower Thames Crossing face two-year delays
10 March 2023 The Birmingham to Crewe leg of HS2 is being delayed for two years to improve government cash flow.

EPBM breaks through on Macau pipeline
08 March 2023 Breakthrough has been achieved on the Macau New Port Area sewage interception pipeline project.

Rescue under way for micro TBM in Toronto
07 March 2023 The City of Toronto has issued an emergency contract for retrieval of a micro TBM that has been stuck underground for nine months after it became tangled in steel wires.

National Grid seeks planning approval for Wiltshire tunnel
06 March 2023 National Grid plans to replace 4.6km of overhead electricity line and 13 pylons with underground cable in Wiltshire.

Eiffage and NGE win second Toulouse Metro contract
03 March 2023 A consortium of Eiffage and NGE has won a contract €233m (US$247m) to build Lot 1 of Toulouse’s third metro line. It is the second Toulouse contract for the two companies.

HS2 TBMs pass Amersham shaft
03 March 2023 The two TBMs digging HS2’s longest tunnels have completed more than half of their 16.1km drive.

Investigations continue after Snowy 2.0 TBM stalled
01 March 2023 Snowy 2.0 has confirmed the TBM remains stalled on the Australian hydro project after a surface depression appeared above the tunnel.

February 2023


BTS lecture to explore low-carbon concrete
28 February 2023 Ultra low-carbon concrete is the focus of the British Tunnelling Society’s (BTS) March lecture.

Contract notice issued for Devon district heating interconnector
27 February 2023 East Devon District Council has issued a contract notice for the pipeline design and construction of the Cranbrook-Monkerton District Heating Interconnector.

First bore completed for Silvertown Tunnel
27 February 2023 The first bore on London’s Silvertown Tunnel has been completed.

ISTSS 2023 early bird registration closes soon
24 February 2023 Early bird registration for the 10th International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS) closes on February 28.