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Tideway update – project green light and contracts confirmed

Construction of London’s new £4.2bn ‘super sewer’ will start next year following the confirmation of independent investors to finance and deliver the scheme. Earlier today, Bazalgette Tunnel Limited received its licence from Ofwat as a new regulated utilities business, separate from Thames Water. Read more

STP successfully lowers Bertha into the access pit

Seattle Tunnel Partners and crane crews from Mammoet have successfully lowered the 2,000-ton front end of the SR 99 tunneling machine to a platform at the bottom of the access pit.

Crews will now use the crane to fine-tune the position of the piece. When that process is complete, they will begin reconnecting the piece to the portion of the machine that remains in the ground. Read more

BMB officially awarded Tideway West

The Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/BAM Nuttall JV has been officially awarded a £416M contract to construct part of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, for Bazalgette Tunnel Limited. Read more

Spain’s OHL wins $280 million Follo Line Ski contract in Norway

The Norwegian National Rail Administration and the Spanish construction group Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. have signed the third EPC contract for the Follo Line Project, currently the largest infrastructure project in Norway. Read more

Crossrail dismantles final TBM

Crossrail’s final tunnelling machine, Victoria, is being dismantled 40m below Farringdon in central London following the completion of Crossrail tunnelling. Read more

‘Lady Bird’ emerges from DC Water’s Blue Plains Tunnel Project

The 26ft (8m) diameter Herrenknecht EPB machine ‘Lady Bird’ that was used by Traylor/Skanska/Jay Dee JV to excavate DC Water’s Blue Plains Tunnel, has completed her mission, creating a four-and-a-half-mile-long tunnel that will be used to help improve the water quality in the Anacostia River. Read more

Waterview resumes after break

Alice, the 14.46m diameter Herrenknecht EPBM is back at work after a planned mid-winter maintenance break and has passed the halfway mark on the second leg of her journey underground at Auckland’s Waterview Connection project. Read more

In Memoriam: James McKelvey (1954-2015)

James McKelvey, a respected and internationally-recognized tunnel design, construction and risk management expert, passed away suddenly on July 20, 2015, at the age of 60.

Born in South Africa in September 15, 1954, McKelvey earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Natal in 1976, and that same year, he joined Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks, and began work on what would become numerous South African tunneling projects. McKelvey joined Keeve Steyn Incorporated in 1980, and during his more than 20-year career with the company, he became recognized as one of the foremost tunneling engineers in South Africa. Read more

Ibarra Joins Normet in North America

Cris Soler, Regional VP for North America, announces that Jaime Ibarra has joined Normet in the role of TBM Technical Manager – Americas. He will also be coordinating closely with Lars Langmaack, Normet’s global Technical Manager-TBM. Read more

Seattle Tunnel Partners submits new schedule for completing SR 99 Tunnel

This week, Seattle Tunnel Partners – the Dragados-led design-build consortium constructing Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) US$1.35bn Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement (State Route 99) Tunnel –  began installing a new main bearing on its 57ft (17.5m) Hitachi Zosen EPB tunneling machine. Installation of the new bearing comes on the heels of an updated schedule that outlines the path for the completion of the tunnel project. Read more

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