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Murphy wins cable job

Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy) has been awarded a new US$16M contract by UK Power Networks for the partial design, construction and project management of a 1.3km long cable tunnel from Brentfield Park to Willesden in North West London. The tunnel will be used to accommodate additional electricity cables to support the growing demand for energy supplies from UK Power Networks. Read more

Tenders coming for Toronto’s 17.5km Light Rail Transit Tunnel

Metrolinx, a provincial transit agency, is preparing to call tenders for construction of The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Light Rapid Transit Line (LRT). This LRT will run in 17.5km of new twin bored tunnel under Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. A contract for the first segment of tunnel, 6.75km long from Black Creek to Yonge Street, will be tendered in January 2012, with construction to begin in August 2012.  The tenders for two more tunnel segments will follow later in 2012. Read more

Ottawa LRT shortlist announced

The City of Ottawa and Infrastructure Ontario today announced the three consortia short-listed to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project. Read more

MTR awards US$1.2bn Terminus contract

Leighton Asia in joint venture with Gammon has secured a US$1.2bn contract from Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation to construct the West Kowloon Terminus Station North, part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). This is the biggest and final XRL civil contract to be awarded and the fifth MTR Corporation contract secured by Leighton Asia in the past two years, giving a total value of projects of US$2.4bn. Read more

Geothermal grant award for Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco Secoroc LLC and Sandia National Laboratories have been awarded US$3.4M by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a joint research project to develop technology that would significantly increase the speed of drilling deep geothermal wells and reduce the cost of investment in this renewable energy source. Read more

Azerbaijan Metro Line 3 kicks off

Late August saw construction of Azerbaijan’s third metro line get into gear with the launch, by contractor Azerkorpu, of a 6.3m diameter Robbins EPB. The TBM for is one of two EPBMs excavating parallel 3.5km tunnels approximately 15m apart. Read more

Hitachi Zosen cements SR 99 EPBM deal

Hitachi Zosen Corp cemented its role in the SR 99 Tunnel Project on Wednesday by signing a contract with JV Seattle Tunnel Partners to supply the giant 17.5m diameter EPBM that will bore the 2.72km long tunnel beneath downtown Seattle. In July, Hitachi signed a letter of intent with the design-build contractor for the project. The letter of intent allowed the Japanese firm to begin preliminary design of the machine this summer. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will pay Seattle Tunnel Partners approximately US$80M for the machine, an amount included in the tunnel project’s US$1.35bn contract. Read more

UK nuclear report green lights new build

An analysis of the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident by the UK’s official nuclear regulator reveals no fundamental safety weaknesses in the UK’s nuclear industry but concludes that by learning lessons it can be made even safer. The report, which finds no reason to curtail the UK’s new build programme, will be seen as good news for the underground construction industry as a raft of large diameter tunnels will be required for the construction of the next wave of Britain’s Nuclear facilities. Read more

Hong Kong’s WIL TBM launched

Xi Shi, the Herrenknecht slurry TBM being used on the West Island Line project on Hong Kong Island commenced tunnelling on 30 September 2011, reports project client, MTR Corporation. Xi Shi’s will bore the railway tunnels between Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan, connecting the Western District to the existing MTR network. Read more

MVB completes first Lee Shaft

MVB, a joint venture of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche has completed the excavation of the first of three shafts at Beckton to facilitate Thames Water’s 6.4km long, 7m diameter Lee Tunnel project. The US$985M tunnel will capture  discharges from London’s largest sewer overflows and reach depths of up to 75m. Read more

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