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Contractors shortlisted for Thames Tideway Tunnel

London’s Thames Water has today named the eight contractors that will be tendering for the main construction work of the 25km long, 7.2m i.d. Thames Tideway Tunnel. The shortlisted contractors will be bidding for one or more of the three work packages which have been split into geographical sections of west, central, and east. The competing companies are are: Read more

More tunnels for HS2 announced

Following an eight week public consultation, it has been announced that Britain’s new High Speed 2 railway will now run in a new 9km long tunnel under Ealing and Northolt in a move that will shave 15 months off the build timetable and considerably reduce disruption in this part of west London. This new tunnel will link to an already-planned tunnelled section of the route making a 14km tunnel in total – the longest on the whole 225km first phase of the line between London and the West Midlands. Read more

Hinkley Point C gets go-ahead

The joint venture of Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke (BYLOR) has welcomed today’s announcement by EDF Group and the UK Government confirming the construction of the nuclear power generation at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, following their joint agreement of the commercial process by which the project can proceed. BYLOR is confirmed as preferred delivery partner in the early contractor involvement process, for the main civil engineering and construction contract valued at over £2bn. Read more

LTA awards four Thomson contracts

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded four civil contracts, T201, T203, T209 and T210 with a total value of around S$1.04bn for three stations and adjacent tunnels on its 30km long, entirely underground Thomson Line, as well as the Thomson Line’s Mandai Depot. Read more

Follo Line 20km tunnel pre-qualifiers

The Norwegian National Rail Administration has announced the pre-qualified companies that will compete for two EPC contracts to build the 20km long rail tunnel, Norway’s longest, for the new Follo Line between Oslo and Ski. The tunnel works have been divided into two major contracts, one for boring with four TBMs and the other using conventional Drill & Blast. The following six joint ventures will be invited to tender for the EPC TBM contract: Read more

Crossrail completes first running tunnel

Crossrail’s western tunnels JV Bam Ferrovial/Kier Joint Venture (BFK) has completed the London project’s first running tunnel as EPBM Phyllis finishes the Royal Oak to Farringdon tunnel. The milestone comes as Phyllis and six other tunnelling machines on Crossrail reach the 13 mile point in their 26 mile marathon tunnel build. Read more

Crews celebrate final breakthrough on California’s New Irvington Tunnel

The New Irvington Tunnel, which will carry fresh water to San Francisco, holed through on 8 October 2013, two-and-a-half years after tunneling began. Running parallel to the existing Irvington Tunnel, the hole-through took place within 100ft of the original one, back in 1932.

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Huge contracts tendered for Austria to Italy’s Brenner Base Tunnel

Brenner Basis Tunnel SE (BBT SE), the client for the near €9bn, 55km long Brenner Base Tunnel, has published two huge tenders, one for the construction work for several tunnels between Tulfes and Pfons and the other for complex works near the Isarco river near Fortezza. The total amount tendered is estimated at €830M. Read more

Lemminkäinen set for Tampere Rantaväylä Tunnel

Lemminkäinen has signed an agreement for the implementation phase of the alliance contract for the 2.3km long Rantaväylä tunnel in Tampere. The implementation of the project will be carried out by a consortium formed by Lemminkäinen, A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy and Saanio & Riekkola Oy. The target cost for the project is  €180.3M, inclusive of the costs of the development phase. Read more

Excavation resumes at Ma Tau Wai Road for SCL Link

Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has enhanced monitoring of buildings, refined works procedures and strengthened communications with residents as it prepares to fully resume excavation works for Ma Tau Wai Station in the Shatin to Central Link (SCL). The Corporation suspended works at Ma Tau Wai Road and the To Kwa Wan Complex Playground works sites in mid-May and launched an in-depth review after residents reported unusual building vibrations. Read more

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