News Archive

Thiess wins Chevron microtunnel

Thiess has won a $60M contract to deliver infrastructure for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project in Western Australia. Thiess will construct a 1.2km long tunnelled shore crossing under the ocean which will connect two offshore gas reserves with Chevron’s greenfield LNG plant at Ashburton North near Onslow in the state’s north west. Read more

Sany buys Putzmeister

Putzmeister Holding GmbH and SANY Heavy Industry Co., Ltd have announced the signing of an agreement on the merger of both companies. Sany, together with the Chinese Private Equity company CITIC PE Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited as a minority shareholder, thereby acquires 100 per cent of Putzmeister. The final closing of the deal is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the customary closing conditions. Both parties agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction. Read more

HS2 appoints CH2M Hill development partner

HS2 Ltd has announced the proposed appointment of CH2M Hill, parent company of leading UK consultancy Halcrow, as its development partner for the next phase of engineering, design and environmental work on the London to the West Midlands line. CH2M Hill beat shortlisted companies Turner & Townsend, Mace, and Parsons Brinckerhoff to scoop the approximate US$110M contract. Read more

AECOM secures Bangkok MRT work

AECOM has been appointed by Ch. Karnchang Public Company Limited (CK), one of the largest civil contractors in Thailand, to be its design consultant for the underground civil infrastructure works of the Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit Blue Line Extension: Contract 2 – Sanam Chai to Tha Phra Section, Underground Civil Works and Contract 5 – Hua Lamphong to Lak Song & Tao Pun to Tha Phra Sections, Trackwork System. The extension will add 4km underground and 23km twin-track elevated railway, including a further 19 new stations. Read more

Robbins opens subsidiary in South America

A new Robbins office is now operating in Santiago, Chile to support the local tunnelling market and to grow business in the region. Robbins South America is led by Managing Director, Rolando Justa with support from Project Coordinator, Esther Zerrer. Read more

Pre-Qualification call for Tel-Aviv Metro works

The Israeli government body, the NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd (“NTA”) has issued a call for pre-qualification for tenders for the construction of Tel Aviv Metro’s 23km long Metro Red and 35km long Green Line. To be built under a design build contract the Red Line features 8km of twin bore 6.5m i.d TBM driven tunnels, and the Green line 3km of twin 6.5m i.d, TBM driven tunnels. Read more

Atkins wins in Qatar

Atkins has been awarded a three-year contract worth in excess of US$107M by the Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to support delivery of its multi-billion dollar transport and infrastructure programmes. These programmes underpin Qatar’s 2030 vision for world class infrastructure development. Under the contract, Atkins will establish a Central Planning Office (CPO) to co-ordinate current and planned road, rail, metro and other major transport and infrastructure projects, including elements associated with the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Read more

HS2 gets the go ahead – with additional tunnelling

The UK Government has today approved HS2. In her speech, Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening announced that recent changes to the high speed rail line incluce: A longer, continuous tunnel from Little Missenden to the M25 through the Chilterns, A new 4.4km bored tunnel along the Northolt Corridor to entirely avoid major works to the Chilterns Line, a longer green tunnel past Chipping Warden and Aston Le Walls, and a longer green tunnel to significantly reduce impacts around Wendover, and an extension to the green tunnel at South Heath.

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Olmos breakthrough

After four years of extreme excavation through high cover and volcanic rock conditions, TBM tunnelling on Peru’s Olmos Trans-Andean tunnel is complete. The 5.3m diameter Robbins Main Beam machine broke through to fanfare and an elaborate ceremony on December 20, 2011. Government officials, contractor Odebrecht Peru Ingenieria y Construccion, and the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, were among those in attendance. Read more

Impregilo/Astaldi win Italian Highway contract

Impregilo in association with Astaldi has been awarded a US$1bn contract tendered by ANAS, the Italian highways authority, for the construction work on the third mega-lot of the Jonica state highway (the SS-106). The new road will be 38km long, from the junction with state highway 534 (SS-534) to Roseto Capo Spulico (Cosenza) and includes the construction of 13km of tunnels. Read more