News Archive

“Severely damaged” TBM to delay Hong Kong XRL

A TBM severely damaged by floodwater is affecting progress on the Hong Kong Section of the Express Rail Link (XRL) project. This unforeseen challenge has added to the difficulties of the project and will push the completion date to 2016 with the line ready for operation in 2017. Read more

First contract for NFM Technologies in Saudi Arabia

NFM Technologies has just signed an agreement with the Metro Riyadh line 3 limited” consortium to supply a 10.16m-diameter tunnel boring machine to excavate the red line of the Saudi capital’s metro system. Read more

Bilfinger wins €140M tunnel contract in Norway

Bilfinger has won an order in the Norwegian city of Stavanger for the construction of the 5km long twin Eiganes Tunnel which will significantly reduce the volume of traffic in the city core. In the future, the European Route 39, one of the main traffic arteries on Norway’s southwest coast, will pass through the new tunnel. Read more

Salini Impregilo and Strabag win €380M main Brenner Tunnel contract

Salini Impregilo, together with STRABAG of Austria, was yesterday awarded the contract for the main section Tulfes Pfons of the Brenner Base Tunnel, the mega project in Austria, following the opening of the tenders. The Tulfes Pfons section will consist mainly of the civil works for a total of 38km of underground tunnels and includes an underground section of the exploratory tunnel, the rescue tunnel for the Innsbruck bypass and two interconnecting tunnels. Read more

Crossrail breakthrough heralds 75% tunnel completion

London’s Crossrail train tunnels are now three quarters complete reaching the 32km mark,  following the breakthrough of Victoria, one of the project’s EPBMs, into Whitechapel station. Read more

Breakthrough on Hong Kong XRL

The Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) is one step closer to completion with the breakthrough by contractor Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd, of the 7.6km drill-and-blast tunnel that runs through Tai Mo Shan between Tse Uk Tsuen and Shek Yam. Read more

Mega-tunnel planned for UK mine

A 36.5km long, 6m diameter Mineral Transport System (MTS) tunnel will be constructed in northern England as part of Sirus Minerals’ US$1.6bn York Potash Project, subject to project approval – which is expected at the start of 2015. Read more

Bouygues/Lend Lease set for Sydney’s NorthConnex Tunnels

A JV of Bouygues/Lend Lease has been announced preferred bidder by client organisation Transurban, for the contract to design and construct the $3bn, 9km long twin NorthConnex tunnels linking Sydney’s M1 and M2 freeways. The project includes a construction budget of $2.65bn along with land acquisition and project delivery costs and is now subject to planning approval and finalisation of contract. Read more

Herrenknecht supplies 15 TBMs to Doha

Herrenknecht will deliver 15 x 7m diameter EPBMs to the Doha Metro, the company has officially announced. At the Herrenknecht plant in Schwanau on Monday the Minister of Transport of the State of Qatar, HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, with his delegation composed of senior representatives of the client Qatar Rail and the JV QDVC/GS Engineering & Construction/Al Darwish Engineering as well as a representative of the Embassy of Qatar, inspected the first machine completely finished and ready for use.

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Three more for LTA’s Thomson Line

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded another three civil contracts, T211, T221 and T226 with a total value of around S$1.09bn on its fully  underground 30km long Thomson Line. Read more

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