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“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

Ferrovial Agroman wins $250 million contract for Chilean hydro project

Ferrovial Agroman has been chosen by Chilean electric utility Endesa to undertake the civil engineering work for the Los Cóndores hydroelectric plant in Chile. The contract is worth $250 million (182 million euro). The plant, located in the Maule region, 360km south of Santiago, will have an installed capacity of 150MW. 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

Twin Cities gives green light to tunnel option for Southwest LRT

The Twin Cities (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) Metropolitan Council announced today, April 9th, that the $1.7 billion Southwest LRT (Metro Green Line Extension) Project, the region’s third light rail transit line, will advance with approval of a design that includes a section of shallow tunnels in one Minneapolis neighborhood. 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

China tunnel workers rescued following 85-hour ordeal

[Updated: Saturday, April 5th] Following an 85-hour ordeal, all of the twelve construction workers trapped by a collapse that occurred during the construction of a tunnel in Hunchun City, in the northeast of China’s Jilin Province, on Wednesday, April 2nd, have been rescued and are currently receiving medical treatment. Read more

FAST begins work on Riyadh metro

On Thursday, April 4th, the governor of Riyadh province, Prince Khalid bin Bandar, presided over an event to mark the commencement of construction of the city’s metro system, which began with excavation of F G1 station, at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh. 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

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