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Breaking News – SELI and Kawasaki sign 5-year collaboration agreement

Italian tunnelling specialist SELI has signed an agreement for a global collaboration with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd of Japan.

In accordance with the agreement, SELI and Kawasaki will combine their resources and experience in engineering, manufacturing, field services, and operation of TBMs focusing on EPBMs from subway tunnel diameter to super-large diameter TBMs, an area the companies say will be an ever growing market in both European and North/Latin America countries. Read more

Niagara tunnel fire proves TBM and worker safety capabilities

Local news reports are coming in of a fire at 5.30am (US time) on Tuesday 27th, some 5.3km into Canada’s 10.4km long Niagara River Diversion Tunnel Project. Four tunnellers working for Austrian contractor Strabag were taken to hospital, purely as a precaution, after some 30 workers were forced to take refuge until 10am (US time) inside two emergency containers installed on the 14.4m diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM, after a diesel compressor caught fire. Read more

Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Line Hung Hom Station design revealed

Atkins has revealed preliminary designs for the new Hung Hom Station on the 17km long, US$4.6bn Shatin to Central Link for Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR). The international consultancy is currently undertaking detailed design work for the mostly tunnelled project.

The line will form part of a link between Hong Kong Island and Mainland China. Spilt into two phases, the complete alignment runs from Tai Wai in the north to Admiralty on Hong Kong Island. Read more

No-dig loses a pioneering figure – Donald Frank Rees 1918-2010

It is with sadness that we must report the death of Donald Rees OBE, who recently died in the Algarve at the age of 91. He was a much-acclaimed engineer and businessman and pioneer of the No-Dig (trenchless) industry. Ironically, many of his innovative engineering achievements remained hidden. Not so his devotion to his family, which throughout his career was always paramount. Read more

Brisbane Northern Link Tunnel gets the government nod

Brisbane City Council has been given state approval to proceed with the US$1.6bn, 4.7km long twin tube Northern Link Tunnel, with the winning bidder for the PPP concession set to be announced next month.

In the running are; Northern Direct, a JV of Bouygues Travaux Publics/Laing O’Rourke/Transfield Services; Transcity, a JV of Acciona/Ghella/BMD; and the Leighton Contractors Pty Limited/Baulderstone/Razel JV.

Construction of the toll road tunnel connecting the Western Freeway and the Inner City Bypass is due to start in December this year for completion in 2014, and will utilize a mix of TBMs, drill and blast and cut and cover construction. Read more

TBM assembly at NY’s Second Avenue Subway

S3 Tunnel Constructors, a JV of Skanska USA Civil/J.F. Shea Constructors/Schiavone Construction, is due to start tunnelling next month on its US$337M, 2.4km twin tube section from 96th to 63rd streets on the US$3.8bn Phase 1 of New York’s 2nd Avenue Subway Project. The team is currently assembling the 7.2m diameter Robbins TBM in the 240m long x 25m wide cut and cover launch shaft between 96th and 92nd streets. The hard rock machine will start work in a southerly direction towards 63rd Street on the western tunnel in May. Read more

NFM scoop double 14m EPB order

NFM Technologies has won the contract to supply two 14m diameter EPBMs to the two Spanish JV’s, OHL/Sando/Azvi and Copisa/Aldesa/Bruesa, constructing the 2,180m long twin tunnels under the Guadalquivir River, as part of the 450M euro SE-40 ring road project in Seville, Spain.

The EPBMs will be used to bore 1,900m twin tunnels through sand, gravel and marl, and have been designed to withstand pressures of 5bar. The variable ground conditions will be controlled using four injection systems of bentonite, limestone marl, foam and polymer. Read more

BAUMA Innovations Awards announced

At the opening ceremony of German mega construction exhibition ‘BAUMA’ the winners of event’s ninth Innovation Awards were revealed, and included a victory for Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH, for its SL 750 EiControlPlus shearer loader in the Machinery category.

Also scooping awards relative to the underground sector were Clausthal University of Technology for its Acoustic Geo Scanner, and the Technical University of Dresden for a new drilling procedure using high electro impulses. Both were under the Research Category. Read more

First issue of Tunnelling Journal in the mail!

The launch issue of Tunnelling Journal has been mailed out, so if you’re a subscriber, expect a hearty thump on your doormat next week! Inside you’ll find 90 pages crammed with all things tunnel. We’ve got part one of our in-depth look at Hong Kong’s booming tunnelling scene, including a review of the ambitious HATS 2A Tunnels, an interview with ITA President Martin Knights, a complete guide to SCL by Alun Thomas, an explanation of dispute review boards (in plain non-lawyer English), and a host of other articles to keep you in the know. Add to this the flip side North American Tunneling Journal and hopefully you’ll agree, it was worth signing up for! Not signed up yet? No problem, go to the subscribe now button on the homepage (top right hand corner) and fill in your details. It’s still free for the next few issues! And if you want to have a read before subscribing, check out the digital issue, it’s free for now too! OK, enough from me, welcome to the Tunnelling Journal team, and enjoy your issue! Tris

Australia’s two largest ever TBMs now in Brisbane

The second of the two largest TBMs ever to be used in Australia has arrived in Brisbane and is currently being transported to site in preparation for a July launch on the city’s Airport Link Tunnel Project, the county’s biggest road infrastructure scheme to date.

The brace of 12.45m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs will be used to drive the 2.4km long twin bore section of the 6.7km toll road tunnel, currently being constructed by the PPP concession winner BrisConnections, with design and construction in the hands of the Thiess/John Holland Group JV. Read more

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