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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.
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Western Sydney Metro work to begin in 2020
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Australia – Work on the Western portion of the Sydney Metro project will begin next year. Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian delivered the announcement, saying that work would begin at the Bays Precinct, to prepare for major tunnelling works totalling more than 50km of new tunnel. These will be the longest rail tunnels ever built in Australia and are expected to constitute the largest tunnelling contract in Australian history.
Link Alliance awarded City Rail Link TBM tunnels contract
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 New Zealand – The Auckland City Rail Link main design construction contract (C3) was awarded in July. The NZD 1.7bn (USD 1.12bn) tender was scooped by the Link Alliance, a joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Downer NZm Soletanche Bachy, WSP Opus, Aecom and Tonkin & Taylor.
Cranes supplier details improved lifting plan for Sydney Metro
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Australia – Marr Contracting supplied two tower cranes to the Sydney Metro. The tower cranes were an update to an earlier plan, which anticipated the use of crawlers. However, site congestion made this untenable.
ATS to establish design practice guidelines
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Australia – Due to many developments in tunnel design in Australia over a period of many years, the Australian Tunnelling Society (ATS) has recognised the requirement to establish a guideline of tunnel design practice in Australia.
First West Gate TBM arrives on site
Friday, February 22, 2019 Australia – Assembly is underway on the first of the two 15.6m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs that will build the West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne.
Inquiry criticises WestConnex project transparency
Wednesday, December 19, 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.
Roadheader excavation begins on Metro Tunnel project
Thursday, November 29, 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.
Forrestfield-Airport Link sinkhole stops work
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Australia – On 22 September a leak developed in a cross passage between the two Forrestfield-Airport Link tunnels, causing a sinkhole to form at the surface. No one was hurt in the incident. Safety managers are onsite and measures have been put in place to ensure worker safety.
Tunnelling spurs major archaeological dig in Victoria
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Australia - The largest transportation project in Victoria will result in one of the state’s most impressive archaeological programmes. The Metro Tunnel project has seen surface structures demolished, but tunnelling through the CBD will be held until the historical subsurface has been fully explored.
John Holland and CPB to build West Gate Tunnel
Monday, January 08, 2018 Australia – A joint venture of John Holland and CPB has been chosen to build the West Gate Tunnel project in Victoria. The Aurecon Jacobs joint venture will carry out engineering design for the project.
Cross River Rail to partner with industry
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Australia – The Cross River Rail will be a public private partnership (PPP). The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority announced that it is looking to link with the private sector to deliver core components of the project. The decision was presented to 500 ‘industry leaders’ at a briefing on 30 August 2017.
John Holland names COO
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 Australia – John Holland has appointed Rod Heale as its new chief operating officer (COO), a new position at the company. Heale is due to join from CPB in September. CEO Joe Barr said the appointment comes off the back of recent changes to the John Holland Executive team, reflecting a new strategic approach to grow the business and establish “an integrated offering across infrastructure and property”.
Queensland fully backs Cross River Rail
Wednesday, July 05, 2017 Australia - The on-again, off-again Cross River Rail project will go ahead with or without federal support according to the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk. In a budget pledge last month, the State of Queensland committed the full AUD 5.41bn (USD 4.12bn) required to deliver the project after failing to receive an immediate pledge from the federal government.
Sydney harbour crossing awarded
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Australia – A JV of CPB Contractors, John Holland and Ghella has been awarded the new metro crossing below Sydney Harbour. Ghella takes a 10% share, with CPB (a CIMIC company) and John Holland splitting the remainder equally.
Gomes joins SMEC in key tunnel role
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Australia – SMEC has appointed Alexandre Gomes as chief technical principal Tunnels and Underground. Based in SMEC’s Sydney office, the company said Gomes brings knowledge and global experience in the field of underground engineering to generate innovative, economical and practical engineering solutions.
WestConnex plays it safe with dedicated personnel cranes
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Australia - Five jib cranes supplied by Ranger have been deployed to the WestConnex road tunnel project in Sydney to facilitate man riding and evacuation. Originally the specification also covered general lifting requirements, however following discussions with the crane supplier it was decided to limit the use of the jibs to personnel movement.
Longer Yarraville tunnel option selected
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 AUSTRALIA - The reference design for Melbourne’s second river crossing was released on 10 July. The design opted for the longer of two tunnel proposals, a 1.6km twin tunnel at 15.5m diameter. Public opinion against the destruction of surface green space in the Yaraville neighbourhood prompted the decision.
Final TBM removed from Australia’s largest transport project
Friday, February 12, 2016 AUSTRALIA – The last of four TBMs to be dismantled after boring the Sydney Metro Northwest project has been removed from its pit. It was the machine dubbed ‘Florence’, which had bored 9km from Bella Vista to Cherrybrook, completing its journey on 14 January.
NRT consortium reaches contractual close on PPP Australian deal
Friday, September 26, 2014 AUSTRALIA - The Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium, which consists of John Holland, Leighton Contractors, MTR Corporation, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group, has reached contractual close on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New South Wales Government to deliver the AUD 3.7bn (USD 3.2bn) Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) package for the North West Rail Link (NWRL) in Sydney.

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