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London cable tunnels milestone

The latest milestone in Costain’s £200M contract on National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project, which is being constructed with Skanska, has been reached eight days ahead of schedule. On 15 August TBM Evelyn broke through into a pre-prepared shaft at Wimbledon, southwest London, completing a 3km-long drive from Wandsworth in just four months. It completes the latest stage in the creation of 32km of tunnels being built to house a new generation of 400kV electricity cables under London. Read more

Bouygues awarded HK record tunnel

Through two of its subsidiaries, Dragages Hong Kong and Bouygues Travaux Publics, Bouygues Construction has won a €1.15bn contract for the construction of a 4.2km undersea road tunnel in Hong Kong. It is the largest design-build contract ever awarded in Hong Kong.The project consists in constructing an undersea twin-tube tunnel, each tube with two traffic lanes and 14m in diameter. Read more

Aecom to design Hong Kong SCL tunnel

AECOM Technology Corporation has announced today that it was appointed by MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) to design the cross-harbor tunnel of the North South Line (NSL), which forms part of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL). Under the contract, AECOM will produce the reference design and tender documentation, and provide support to MTRCL during tender and construction stages. Read more

LTA awards Woodlands South Station

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded Contract T205 for the construction of Woodlands South station, on the 30km long fully underground Thomson Line, to Woh Hup (Private) Limited for a contract sum of approximately S$144M. Read more

Crossrail TBM no7 launches

Crossrail’s seventh tunnel boring machine, Jessica, will start boring from Stratford today. The 1,000 tonne TBM will start building the 2.7km Crossrail tunnel from Pudding Mill Lane, near the Olympic Park, to Stepney Green. She will be followed by sister machine Ellie to build the second tunnel this winter. Read more

URS named lead designer for Bank station capacity upgrade project

Dragados SA has appointed URS as lead design consultant for the £563M Bank station capacity upgrade project. Dragados was appointed to the scheme by London Underground Limited (LUL) in July 2013, whilst URS’ contract for this major project officially started on 1 August 2013 and design work has already begun. Read more

Four Client bought EPBMs for Brazilian Metro project

The Brazilian Government’s Secretary of Infrastructure in the State of Ceara (SEINFRA) has purchesed four 6.92m Robbins EPBMs for Line 3 of Fortaleza’s underground transit system. The new project is part of modernization efforts to transform the city’s small two-line metro system into a high-speed, multi-track system for reduction of road traffic. Although the machines have been purchased, a contractor has yet to be named. Read more

Stepney Green Westbound cavern complete

Crossrail’s eastern running tunnels team has marked another major milestone this week with the completion of the westbound cavern 40m below ground in Stepney Green, just 3 months after the completion of the eastbound cavern earlier this year. The Stepney Green caverns are some of the largest mined caverns ever constructed in Europe using Sprayed Concrete Lining. They are approximately 50m long, 17m wide and 15m high. Read more

Ed Züblin wins Albabstieg contract

Strabag subsidiary Ed. Züblin has been awarded as lead JV member a €250M contract by Deutsche Bahn AG to build the 5.9 km Albabstieg Tunnel along the new Wendlingen–Ulm rail line in Germany. Eight bidding consortia participated in the Europe-wide tender for the construction contract. Read more

Terratec micro-system delivered to Thailand

TBM supplier, TERRATEC has successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Tests of a new DN1500 Microtunnelling System. The ceremony was held in TERRATEC new facilities in Thailand, in the presence of the representatives from the Buyer, Nawarat Patanakarn PCL. Read more