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Scotland submits plans for massive new hydro project

SSE Renewables, SSE’s renewable energy development division, has submitted an application to the Scottish Government for consent to construct a new US$1.3bn pumped storage hydro electric scheme to the north-west of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. The scheme will include significant underground works and tunnel construction to excavate some 450,000 cubic meters of rock and would be the largest hydro project in Scotland and the first brand new pumped storage scheme to be developed in Great Britain since the Dinorwig scheme in Wales in 1974. Read more

German Minister visits Panama City Tunnel

Germany’s Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle, accompanied by the German ambassador to Panama, Michael Grau, has visited the subway construction site in Panama City where the first of two 9.7m diameter Herrenknecht EPBMs has begun tunnelling on the city’s first subway line. During a walk around the site and an inspection of the TBM inside the tunnel, the Foreign Minister was briefed about the overall project and the machine technology. Read more

Prime Ministers visit Crossrail TBMs

UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited Crossrail’s Westbourne Park site in west London to view the TBMs ahead of Crossrail tunnelling commencing next month. The Prime Minister was joined by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to meet engineers and construction workers and to hear more about tunnelling preparations for Europe’s largest civil engineering project. Read more

Rio Tinto announce boring trials

As part of its Mine of the Future™ programme, Rio Tinto is expanding trials of new shaft and tunnel boring systems, aimed at significantly reducing the time taken to excavate underground, with the announcement of a second tunnel boring trial. Read more

Going loco down in Acapulco

At least 13 consortiums will tender to build and operate a tunnel and toll highway in Mexico’s Guerrero state capital Acapulco, said State Cabinet Chief Carlos Mateo Aguirre, at a Mexican infrastructure summit today, Wednesday, February 15. Read more

Vancouver Island hydro RFQ approaches

BC Hydro is likely to issue a Request for Qualifications for its proposed CA$1.35  billion John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, on Vancouver Island, Canada, this spring. The project will include the replacement of three 1.8km (5,900ft) long pipelines with a 2km (6,500ft) long, 8m (26ft) diameter tunnel, as well as the construction of a replacement generating station beside the existing six-unit 126MW John Hart station, a new water intake at the John Hart Spillway Dam and a new water bypass facility. Read more

Hanlan Water Project grows

A contractor outreach meeting/prequalification process planned for early 2012 has been delayed slightly on the Hanlan Water Project, in the Region of Peel, Ontario, due to the consideration for more tunneling. Read more

VTC progresses at Lake Mead

This week, Las Vegas Tunnel Constructors (VTC) – a joint venture of Impregilo and SA Healy – is gearing up to push out and lower the intake structure for Southern Nevada Water Authority’s third raw water intake tunnel at Lake Mead. Read more

Tunnelling Journal Exclusive

Hong Kong’s Geotechnical Engineering Office has recently issued the GEO Report No. 249, “Ground Control for Slurry TBM Tunnelling.” Download your free copy of this ‘must read’ paper from the Civil Engineering and Development Department website, using the link below:  http://www.cedd.gov.hk/eng/publications/geo_reports/geo_rpt249.htm

Chancellor Merkel visits Herrenknecht China

On February 3 German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, together with Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People’s Republic of China, visited the Herrenknecht plant in Guangzhou as part of her trip to China.Dr Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG, presented the company to Federal Chancellor Merkel and Premier Wen, and talked about important international reference projects. In addition, he introduced a 6.95m diameter EPBM to be used on Metro Line 2 in Dongguan. Read more

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