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Bank Station shortlist announced

London Underground (LU) has announced the four bidding groups shortlisted to go through the new Innovative Contractor Engagement (ICE) procurement process for the US$391M – US$782M Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project. Works 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. The pre-qualified bidders are: Read more

Ferrovial Agroman wins Pardonelo Tunnel

Ferrovial Agroman, a construction subsidiary of Ferrovial, has been awarded a contract to build the Padornelo Tunnel-Lubián section of the Madrid-Galicia high-speed railway line, for US$143M. This section of line, which is 7.6 kilometers long and will have a single-track 8.5m wide bed, crosses the Requejo and Lubián municipalities, in Zamora province. Read more

Monitoring training courses now available

University College London and itmsoil, a UK manufacturing and monitoring services provider are establishing training courses to give practicing engineers a sound understanding of monitoring in civil engineering. Read more

Year long delay for Fehmarnbelt

Construction work on the 18km long fixed link tunnel under Fehmarnbelt linking Germany and Denmark is set to commence about a year later than originally planned – in the middle of 2015 instead of 2014. Femern A/S, the company responsible for the planning of the link, said the delay was due the planning approval process for such a large cross-border construction project in both Denmark and Germany proving even more complex than previously assumed. Read more

Robbins EPB emerges in Mexico City

Mexico’s largest TBM, a 10.2m (33.5ft) diameter Robbins EPB, completed its successful tunneling run on March 1, 2012.  The machine, for a consortium of ICA, Carso, and Alstom, excavated 7.7km (4.8-miles) of tunnel in highly variable ground including watery clays, cobbles, and large boulders.  The new metro Line 12 will be the first in a decade for Mexico City, a rapidly growing metropolis of over 20 million people. Read more

HS2 awards design contracts

HS2 Ltd has awarded four design contracts under Lot 1 of its Professional Services Framework covering civil and structural design services. The successful companies will prepare preliminary designs and work closely with HS2 Ltd, rail systems designers, environmentalists and land referencing companies. The designs will be used to inform the hybrid bill documents that are due to be submitted to Parliament by the end of 2013. The winners are: Read more

Plans for mammoth US$13bn Bay Delta tunnel project released

California’s Natural Resources Agency recently released 10,000 pages of documentation relating to its Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which calls for the construction of one of largest water tunnel projects ever contemplated in the US. The entire plan will cost an estimated $25 billion, with the construction of the preferred tunnel option estimated at around $13 billion. Read more

Terratec delivers new EPBM to Bangkok

Terratec has completed the production of a 6.44m EPBM for the Bangkok Metro Blue Line Extension Project (Contract 1). The machine was designed and produced in cooperation with Japan Tunnel Systems Corporation (JTSC), subsidiary of Japanese-Giant IHI Group. Read more

North West Rail Link EIS released

Tunnelling works are scheduled to begin in 2014 on Sydney’s $9bn North West Rail Link announced Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian following the recent release of the project’s first of two Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). The scheme contains 15km of twin bore tunnels, which will be the deepest and longest built to date in Australia, bored by four TBMs and eight roadheaders.

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MTR welcomes SCL authorisation

The MTR Corporation has welcomed the authorization of the US$4.6bn,17km Shatin to Central Link (SCL) by the Chief Executive-in-Council under the Railways Ordinance. The line, given the official go ahead at the end of last month, will form part of a link between Hong Kong Island and Mainland China. Spilt into two phases, Phase 1 runs for 11km, 10.6km of which is underground between Tai Wai and Hung Hom Stations, whilst the 6km long entirely underground Phase 2 continues the line from Hung Hom to Admiralty with a 2km crossing of Victoria Harbour. Read more

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