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Crossrail awards Farringdon and Whitechapel Stations

Crossrail has today officially announced that it has awarded the main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. C435 – Farringdon station has been awarded to the BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman (UK)/Kier Construction JV, whilst C512 – Whitechapel station has been won by the Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering/Morgan Sindall/Vinci Construction UK JV. Intensive construction for both stations will get underway next year. Read more

Bank Station works up for tender

London Underground has today issued a call for expressions of interest in the US$391M – US$782M Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project. Works for the ambitious re-modelling of one of London’s busiest tube stations include the constructing a 570m long new section of the southbound Northern Line tunnel and the transformation of the existing southbound platform and running tunnel area into a new concourse and passage area. Read more

Vinci mobilises on tunnels at the El Teniente mine in Chile

Following the award of a US$400 million tunnel construction contract by Codelco, Chile’s national copper company, in early September, Vinci is currently mobilising on site at the world’s biggest underground copper mine, El Teniente. Read more

SELI partnership with GEZHOUBA

On November 9, SELI directors and top management of the Chinese group, GEZHOUBA, met at the government palace in Beijing to sign a partnership agreement for a collaboration between the two companies as well as the initial supply contract for a TBM DSU Compact. Read more

Andes mega tunnels deemed priorities by Chile and Argentina

Chile’s Minister of Public Works, Laurence Golborne, and the Argentinian Minister of Planning, Julio de Vido, met on Monday, November 7, to discuss advancing border projects planned by the two countries. They defined three crossing-points of priority: the Túnel de Aguas Negras in the Coquimbo Region, the Corredor Bioceánico Aconcagua (Túnel de Baja Altura) in the Valparaiso Region and Paso de Las Leñas in the O’Higgins Region. Read more

Commons backs High Speed Rail

There is a good case for a high speed rail network, linking London and the major cities of the Midlands, the North and Scotland says the UK’s Commons Transport Committee. Launching High Speed Rail – the report of the inquiry into high speed rail, including the Government’s proposal for HS2 – committee chair Louise Ellman said, ”A high speed rail network, beginning with a line between London and the West Midlands, would provide a step change in the capacity, quality, reliability and frequency of rail services between our major cities.” Read more

EA adds support for Thames Tunnel

The UK’s Environment Agency has added its voice to the Government’s support for the 32km long Thames Tunnel project. The agency, which is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body which plays a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of the UK central government, has identified 34 “unsatisfactory” Combined Sewer Overflow points built into the existing sewer network that the proposed tunnel needs to address. Read more

Thames Water statement on damning Thames Tunnel report

A recent report by Lord Selborne’s Thames Tunnel Commission fails to provide a viable, economic or timely alternative to tackle the annual 39M tonnes of untreated sewage that overflows into the River Thames from London’s Victorian sewers, Thames Water, client for London’s planned 32km long mega sewer tunnel, has said. Read more

Crossrail Bond Street landmark

The Costain Skanska JV has recently completed the construction of the first two of five compensation grout shafts as part of the advanced works for Crossrail’s Bond Street station. Compensation grouting will be carried out from the shafts to help ensure that nearby properties are protected from ground settlement during tunnelling works and box excavation for the new Crossrail Bond Street station. Read more

More Toronto tunnels as the Region of Peel announces the Hanlan Feedermain

The Region of Peel, in the Greater Toronto Area of Canada, has announced a forthcoming informational meeting for contractors interested in its Hanlan Feedermain Project. The proposed 2.4m (7.9ft) i.d. pipeline will run from the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant on the shoreline of Lake Ontario, in Mississauga, approximately 14km (8.7-miles) northward to the Hanlan Reservoir and Pumping Station. The major tunnel component is a 6km (3.73-mile) long, 3.6m (11.8ft) diameter, TBM driven tunnel in shale under major highways and rail bridges. This will be tendered as a separate contract in mid-2012. Read more

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