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East Side Access milestone

On June 2, 2010, one part of New York City’s famed “Tunnel to Nowhere” came closer to reality. A Robbins Main Beam TBM, for the Dragados/Judlau JV, was the first of two machines to finish a series of short rail tunnels below Manhattan’s Grand Central Station. Altogether, the Robbins machine has excavated 5.2km of tunnel since its 2007 launch, averaging 16m per day in the last month of boring. Read more

Roar Myrdal joins Normet

Dr Roar Myrdal has been appointed Technical Director, Chemicals, Mining and Tunnelling, as of September 15, 2010. He will be responsible for R&D of mining and tunnelling chemicals at Normet International Ltd. Myrdal will report to Director, Tunnelling and Chemicals, Odd-Bjørn Kleven. Read more

Budapest Line 4 breakthrough

Tunnelling contactor JV, Bamco, for the US$1.6bn Budapest Metro Line 4 Phase 1 has broken through the first of its two 6m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs at Keleti Station, completing the 7.4km long south running tunnel, with the second EPBM due to complete boring of the north tunnel at the same station in just over a week’s time. Read more

Hong Kong MTR and Abu Dhabi sign Railway agreement

Hong Kong’s MTR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport, to provide consultancy services in railway development, programme and knowledge management to assist in its ambitious plans to build 131km of metro lines and 200km of light rail over the next 10 years. At the same time MTR has announced the appointment of Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui as Operations Director following the retirement of Mr Andrew McCusker who leaves the Corporation after 22 years. Read more

Niagara TBM two thirds through

June 2010 has seen the world’s largest hard rock TBM complete more than two-thirds of its headrace tunnel beneath Niagara Falls. The 14.4m diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM has excavated 6.8km of the 10.4km long conduit for Canada’s Niagara Tunnel Project in Queenston, Ontario. Read more

Niagara TBM two thirds through

June 2010 has seen the world’s largest hard rock TBM complete more than two-thirds of its headrace tunnel beneath Niagara Falls. The 14.4m diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM has excavated 6.8km of the 10.4km long conduit for Canada’s Niagara Tunnel Project in Queenston, Ontario. Read more

Station visit shows government Crossrail support

UK Transport Secretary, Phillip Hammond further demonstrated the new Government’s intention to proceed with Crossrail, albeit with a firm eye on costs when he visited what will be the project’s first station at Canary Wharf yesterday. Hammond said, “I came to visit the Crossrail project today to signal my intention to press ahead with the major improvements in our transport system that business and passengers need. The work being carried out at Canary Wharf is an excellent example of how this can be done in an innovative and efficient way, so that we get value for taxpayers’ money.” Read more

XRL Station call for interest

Hong Kong’s MTR has invited Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified contractors wishing to tender for the Express Rail Link – West Kowloon Terminus Station North Contract C810A. The Construction Contract covers the northern portion of the West Kowloon Terminus at West Kowloon and includes the bulk excavation of some 1Mm3 of spoil, and 150,000m3 of rock. Read more

Meyco’s Hong Kong hat trick

MEYCO Global Underground Construction, part of BASF’s Construction Chemicals business, has secured three lucrative contracts totaling some US$8.7M to supply a range of products to three tunnelling projects in Hong Kong. Read more

Crossrail release Cable Tunnel contract

Crossrail has tendered the US$51M contract C503 construction works for the Broadgate ticket hall at Liverpool Street Station, that includes the construction of a three storey power substation, and the excavation of a 56m long, 4m diameter SCL cable tunnel to take power lines under LU’s Circle Line. The deadline for expressions of interest for the approximate 25-month contract is 14th July. Read more

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