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“Princess Wencheng” launches on Shatin to Central Link

Another important milestone has been reached on Hong Kong MTR’s 17km long underground Shatin to Central Link (SCL) with the launch of TBM “Princess Wencheng” on her mission to construct the 1.6km long tunnel for the Kowloon City Section of the project. Read more

ITA launches its own International Tunnelling Awards

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) has launched its own dedicated Tunnelling Awards to identify outstanding achievements in the field of tunnelling and underground space use, and provide international recognition to these remarkable contributions. Read more

Last stage for Crossrail tunnels

Crossrail’s final tunnelling machines, Victoria and Elizabeth, are currently being prepared to complete the last two 750m tunnel drives between Liverpool Street and Farringdon. When they reach their destination and the big east-west breakthrough is complete, all 26 miles of Crossrail’s new train tunnels will have been created. Read more

Herrenknecht trenchless system success

Herrenknecht’s newly developed semi-trenchless method for pipeline installation has completed its third successful mission. South of Stockholm, using Pipe Express® Züblin Scandinavia AB installed a water pipeline more than a kilometer in length within twelve days. Read more

Tunnelling starts up in Laos

TBM tunnelling works has begun on the 11.8km long tunnel for the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Project in Laos. To witness the milestone, a ceremony was arranged and attended by officials from Client, Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company, Contractor, SK Engineering & Construction, SELI Overseas, and TBM manufacturer TERRATEC. Read more

Crossrail 2 takes ‘major’ step forward

The London Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have hailed a major step forward for Crossrail 2 after the UK Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed, following public consultation, that safeguarding for the project has been agreed. The decision protects the route of the proposed new line and, importantly, protects it from potential redevelopment plans that could affect it being built. Read more

Bertha continues journey to surface

Seattle Tunnel Partners, working on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, has successfully lifted to the surface for repairs the third piece of Bertha, the scheme’s stricken 17.52m diameter Hitachi Zosen EPBM. Crews lifted the machine’s 90-ton right side body from the pit Monday afternoon. Read more

Hong Kong MTR reports double project milestones

Excavation of the Ngau Tam Mei to Tai Kong Po Tunnels on Hong Kong MTR’s Express Rail Link project (XRL) has been completed with the successful breakthrough in early March. The breakthrough marks the completion of all of the 12.9km of drill-and-blast works on the project. At the same time, the Shatin to Central project reports its first TBM breakthrough Read more

Hard rock excavation technology game-changer on the horizon

A joint development project involving Atlas Copco and Anglo American has issued a statement saying a potential milestone is on the horizon for the future of mining technology. A new type of technology will be tested that features a significant move towards continuous mining systems based on mechanical rock cutting. Read more

Crossrail tunnels near completion

EPBM Victoria has successfully broken in to the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s longest tunnel drive, 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon. Read more

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