Tunnelbuilder Promoting the world's tunnelling industry to a huge qualified audience

View the Spanish Tunnelbuilder website View the Italian Tunnelbuilder website

Archive - News

Featured News

Security at the Heart of the Double-Deck Tunnel on the A86 West of Paris

Security at the Heart of the Double-Deck Tunnel on the A86 West of ParisThe A86 is currently an incomplete orbital highway around the Greater Paris area. Two tunnels will provide the missing links ... More Information

Stägjitschugge Tunnel to Improve Access to Narrow Zermatt Valley

Stägjitschugge Tunnel to Improve Access to Narrow Zermatt ValleyThe Stägjitschugge tunnel is located on road H213 between the cities of Visp and Zermatt in the Wallis canton, Switzerland. This ... More Information

Breakthrough of the Campanas Tunnel on the Navarre Canal

Breakthrough of the Campanas Tunnel on the Navarre Canal The Campanas tunnel, on section 4 of the Navarre canal between Tiebas and Añorbe (9.03 km), broke through on 27th February, 2006. ... More Information

Astaldi Receives New Major Contract for Line 5 of Milan Metro

Astaldi Receives New Major Contract for Line 5 of Milan MetroA joint venture led by Astaldi - with Torno Internazionale, Ansaldo Trasporti Sistemi Ferroviari, Ansaldobreda, Alstom Trasporti and ATM ... More Information

Second TBM to Start in March on South Bypass of M-30 Orbital Motorway in Madrid

Second TBM to Start in March on South Bypass of M-30 Orbital Motorway in Madrid The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, celebrated the start-up of 'Tizona', a MHI-Duro Felguera TBM ... More Information

Abdalajis East Tunnel Breaks Through on Cordoba-Malaga High Speed Rail Link

Abdalajis East Tunnel Breaks Through on Cordoba-Malaga High Speed Rail Link A ceremony presided by Magdalena Alvarez, Spain's minister of public works, was held on 13th February, 2006 to ... More Information

Second International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS)

Second International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS)The second International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS) to be held in Madrid on 15th-17th March will be an ... More Information

Astaldi-led JV Wins Contract for Line C of Rome Metro with EUR2.17 Billion Bid

Astaldi-led JV Wins Contract for Line C of Rome Metro with EUR2.17 Billion BidA joint venture headed by Astaldi will design and build the new Line C of the Rome metro, a driverless fully automatic ... More Information

Expressions of Interest Extended to End April for L-SURF

Expressions of Interest Extended to End April for L-SURFIn March 2005, the EU launched L-SURF, which stands for Large-Scale Underground Research Facility, a planning and organization project for a ... More Information

Privately Financed Project Proposed for Road Connection in North Milan

Privately Financed Project Proposed for Road Connection in North MilanAt the conference "Underground roads: an opportunity to live better on the territory" held on 10th February, 2006 and organized ... More Information

The Avigliana Bypass Opens for the Winter Olympic Games in Turin

The Avigliana Bypass Opens for the Winter Olympic Games in TurinOne of the worst traffic black spots in Turin province travelling towards Susa valley was the Avigliana crossing. SITAF inaugurated on ... More Information

Sealing Gaskets from Phoenix DT

Sealing Gaskets from Phoenix DTThe merger of North German suppliers of elastomer products Contitech AG of Hannover and Phoenix AG of Hamburg has been announced. Both companies are global players in ... More Information

Automatic Conductor-less Line 1 of the Metro Opens in Turin as City Hosts XXth Winter Olympics

Automatic Conductor-less Line 1 of the Metro Opens in Turin as City Hosts XXth Winter Olympics On 4th February, 2006 the first 7.5 km section of Line 1 of Turin's metro has been ... More Information

Conference and Training Course on Safety in Tunnels

Conference and Training Course on Safety in TunnelsItaly today holds the world's main records regarding underground structures. Recently, risks have been increasing due to ageing tunnels while road ... More Information

Tunnelling & Trenchless Technology in the 21st Century

Tunnelling & Trenchless Technology in the 21st CenturyThe Institution of Engineers, Malaysia is organizing the International Conference and Exhibition on "Tunnelling and Trenchless Technology in ... More Information

Lower Northwest Interceptor's Sacramento River Crossings Near Completion

Lower Northwest Interceptor's Sacramento River Crossings Near Completion Two tunnels are required to cross the Sacramento River in California. The two tunnels are part of a massive 59.5 km ... More Information

Fourth TBM Starts at Pajares Railway Bypass in Spain

Fourth TBM Starts at Pajares Railway Bypass in SpainADIF- the administration responsible for the design and construction of Spain's high speed lines - officially launched on 28th January, 2006 the ... More Information

Wirth Gripper TBM Drives Alborz Tunnel on Shomal Freeway near Tehran

Wirth Gripper TBM Drives Alborz Tunnel on Shomal Freeway near TehranToday only a two-lane highway with a length of 200 km connects Tehran and the city of Chalus at the Caspian Sea. By 2010 both ... More Information

First Tunnel in Europe Equipped with Automatic Fire-fighting System Sets New Standards

First Tunnel in Europe Equipped with Automatic Fire-fighting System Sets New StandardsImproved escape routes and dualling single-tube tunnels are the solutions so far implemented from the ... More Information

TUNCONSTRUCT, a Project to Boost the Use of Underground Space in Europe

TUNCONSTRUCT, a Project to Boost the Use of Underground Space in Europe The utilization of underground space can have a significant impact on living conditions. For example, underground trains ... More Information

Funding Approval for World's Longest Lift

Funding Approval for World's Longest LiftThe opening of the 57 km Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland is still nearly ten years away, but locals in the Surselva, one of the valleys under which it ... More Information

NFM Technologies TBMs for Tabriz Metro in Iran

NFM Technologies TBMs for Tabriz Metro in IranTwo NFM Technologies EPB shield boring machines will be used to drive a 7 km twin-tube tunnel for the Tabriz metro in Iran. The excavated diameter of ... More Information

MHI-Duro Felguera Delivers TBM for Pajares Tunnel

MHI-Duro Felguera Delivers TBM for Pajares TunnelMHI-Duro Felguera, the joint company established by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Duro Felguera, has completed the assembly of the TBM ... More Information

North Tube of Nazzano Tunnel is Widened

North Tube of Nazzano Tunnel is WidenedThe widening of the Nazzano northbound tunnel on the Orte-Fiano Romano section of highway A1 Milan-Naples, a few kilometres north of Rome, ended on 17th ... More Information

E-News Weekly No 200

E-News Weekly No 200During the last four years, E-News Weekly has presented over 1,000 pages of focussed tunnelling contract news, providing its subscribers with reliable, up-to-the-minute ... More Information

Norway Builds Sauda Fjord Hydro Project

Norway Builds Sauda Fjord Hydro ProjectThe Sauda fjord hydro power project, an ambitious energy production infrastructure, is under construction in Rogaland county in south Norway, south of Bergen. ... More Information

Speedy Tunnelling with Lovat TBMs on High Speed Rail Tunnels in Bologna

Speedy Tunnelling with Lovat TBMs on High Speed Rail Tunnels in BolognaThe San Ruffillo JV between Necso of Spain (now Acciona Infraestructuras) and Ghella of Italy has reported record progress by ... More Information

Atlanta Celebrates New Year with Commissioning of Nancy Creek Tunnel

Atlanta Celebrates New Year with Commissioning of Nancy Creek TunnelMayor Shirley Franklin spoke at the R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center on 31st December, 2005 to herald the flow of sewage ... More Information

New E-series to Challenge High Speed Tunnelling Records

New E-series to Challenge High Speed Tunnelling RecordsAtlas Copco has given the tunnelling industry a glimpse of the future by lifting a corner of the veil covering its next drill rig launch - the ... More Information

Tunnelling Ends on Chamartin-Nuevos Ministerios Tunnel in Madrid

Tunnelling Ends on Chamartin-Nuevos Ministerios Tunnel in MadridThe Ministry of public works completed on 7th December, 2005 tunnelling of the Chamartin-Nuevos Ministerios tunnel on the new suburban ... More Information

Tunnel for Taipei MRT Neihu Line is Completed

Tunnel for Taipei MRT Neihu Line is CompletedAfter more than three years of hard work, engineers and workers have succeeded in boring a 4 km tunnel under Taipei's Sungshan Airport and a ceremony has ... More Information

Atlas Copco's First Swedish-designed LHD Ready for Roll-out in 2006

Atlas Copco's First Swedish-designed LHD Ready for Roll-out in 2006 Atlas Copco's first generation of load-haul-dump vehicles designed and built in Sweden, is scheduled to make its debut in 2006 and ... More Information

Dr. Martin Herrenknecht Receives STUVA Prize

Dr. Martin Herrenknecht Receives STUVA PrizeOver 1,200 delegates from 27 nations participated in the popular STUVA Tagung '05 conferences and exhibition organised in Leipzig from 28th November to ... More Information

Highlights of 2005

Highlights of 2005The Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia needed two new pedestrian tunnels in a hurry for the thousands of pilgrims arriving for Haj on 5th January, 2005. Turkish contractor SFTA ... More Information

Schöck ComBar Reinforcement Technology

Schöck ComBar Reinforcement TechnologySchöck of Baden-Baden, Germany has spent a decade developing glass fibre reinforced polymer reinforcing bar, resulting in widespread approvals for its ComBar ... More Information

Luxembourg Builds Grouft Tunnel

Luxembourg Builds Grouft TunnelWith a population of 465,000 and an area of 2,586 sq km, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a tiny country landlocked by Belgium, France and Germany. It is among the ... More Information

Tunnelling News

Amtrak awards construction contract for East River Tunnel rehabilitation

The $1.6 billion project calls for demolishing all existing tunnel systems down to the liner, then restoring both tubes. During the project, one tube ... More Information

Strabag in €110 million deal to equip transalpine tunnel

Austrian contractor Strabag has won a €110 million (US$120 million) to equip a transalpine tunnel linking Austria and Slovenia... More Information

19 tunnel boring machines for Manila subway set

A close-up of the tunnel boring machine head, with a diameter of 6.9 meters. ... The first cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM), named ... More Information

$16 billion Gateway Tunnel Project gets federal funding boost after years of delays

The $16.1 billion project includes a new rail tunnel linking New York and New Jersey — and is set to be open by 2035 ... More Information

Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

The global consortium of WeBuild S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction Australia and Bouygues Construction ... Tunnel Project, North East Link ... More Information

Bechtel Picked as CM for $12.7B Single-bore BART Extension

Officials with the VTA are aiming to begin major construction and tunnelling for the $12.7-billion BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project next ... More Information

Stonehenge could be put on world heritage danger list over tunnel plan

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended that Stonehenge be listed as ‘World Heritage in Danger’ due to the A303 upgrade scheme and is ... More Information

World’s longest railway tunnel to reopen after a year

The tunnel closed on 10th August last year following the derailment of a freight train, and SBB has since been pushing ahead with repair work... More Information

Afcons Infrastructure Wins Bid for Thane Tunnel Project

Afcons Infrastructure secures the L1 bid for a tunnel project in Thane, marking a significant milestone in infrastructure development. More Information

Kolkata Metro: D-Wall's Construction Work At Victoria Metro Station Is Advancing Swiftly

For the tunnelling work of the stretch from the Khidderpore to Park Street stretch of this Corridor, two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) will be deployed ... More Information

K2D Skøyen – Vækerø

Implenia has been awarded the contract for section K2D Skøyen - Vækerø, which is part of the entire Fornebu line that will be completed in 2030... More Information

Massey Tunnel replacement project hits design-build proposal stage

Tunnel replacement project has finally hit the design-and-build proposal stage. The Transportation Ministry announced Wednesday that three bid ... More Information

Barhale wins £36m East London sewer remediation

Thames Water has appointed Barhale to deliver essential remediation works on a Victorian gravity sewer as it passes above the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway in East London... More Information

Reaping Rewards From Continuous Innovation

In boring underground tunnels for Malaysia's MRTs, Gamuda developed the world's first autonomous tunnel boring machine (A-TBM), utilizing in-house ... More Information

5 of the longest tunnels in the world and how they were built

Since the invention of the tunnel boring machine in 1853, engineers have used advanced technology to drill, blast, and bore into the earth. From ... More Information

Femern - inauguration of the first tunnel element

We are pleased to announce that H.M. King Frederik X will take part in the inauguration of the first tunnel element on the construction site on 17 June. H.M. King Frederik X will arrive at ... More Information

HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV)

A busy first half of the year on the HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV) Package 5 Headhouses & M&E contract on National Grid’s LPT Phase 2... More Information

Tesla Cybertruck escorts Boring Co's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine

The Boring Company's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine (TBM) recently completed a tunnel to Giga Texas, and in true Elon Musk fashion, ... More Information

Kazakhstan’s First Automobile Tunnel and Largest Bridge to be Completed this Year

As reported by the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport, Kazakhstan’s first automobile tunnel through the Shakpak Baba Pass and the country’s largest bridge over the Bukhtarma Reservoir ... More Information

HRBT Expansion Project hits big milestone, could be on track for early completion

The tunnel boring machine, known as Mary ... construction of our two new bored tunnels,” said Project Director Ryan Banas... More Information

TBMs Pass Factory Test For Lesotho Highlands Water Project

A team of engineers and tunnel experts from the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) together with consultants and contractors working on the Polihali transfer tunnel recently ... More Information

Royal Cargo opts for Goldhofer heavy transport equipment

It has also been in action moving tunnel boring machines (TBM) for the Metro Manila Subway project ... machine part posed a significant challenge due ... More Information

Tunnel breakthrough on NI Water's £7.8M Portadown wastewater project

The tunnel boring machine excavated roughly 1,000m3 of material, which would have risen to 8,000m3 of spoil with a more traditional open-cut method. More Information

The Boring Company announces Cybertunnel at Tesla Texas HQ

In January, the company's latest tunnel boring machine (TBM), Prufrock 3, was first spotted near Tesla's Giga Texas. Prufrock-3 has ... More Information

How do you build tunnels and bridges underwater?

Underground construction usually uses powerful tunnel-boring machines to excavate soil directly. This machine is often called a mole for a reason. More Information

Five Huge New Construction Projects Coming To The US

A spokesperson for the project told Newsweek: "The Hudson Tunnel Project is a generational investment that is expected to create 95,000 new jobs and ... More Information

Chennai Metro Corridor 3: Adyar River Tunnel Work Hampered By Geological Setbacks

For the stretch between Greenways Road and Adyar, CMRL engaged two TBMs, 'Kauvery' and 'Adyar.' These machines were launched from Greenways Road ... More Information

French and Danish firms to build Valby 'cloudburst tunnel'

The underground tunnel will be 2,380m long and will be constructed as a drilled tunnel with an internal diameter of 3.4m. The tunnel will have the ... More Information

Howard's approved budgets include $44.9M for Ellicott City tunnel

The Howard County Council has approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2025, along with a $413 million capital construction budget that ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground On Potomac River Tunnel Project

DC Water on May 21 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to officially commence construction activities for the Potomac River Tunnel Project... More Information

Silvertown Tunnel portal connections completed

A complete transformation of the tunnel shape was needed to connect the circular tunnel boring machine (TBM) constructed ... More Information

The $4BN Tunnel to Save Stockholm - The B1M

Above: A tunnel entrance under construction. When it completes in 2030, the $4BN project will be one of the longest road tunnel systems in the world. More Information

OHLA awarded the Gjønnes tunnel in Norway for nearly 160 million euros

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has awarded the company the design and construction of the Gjønnes tunnel for 156 ... More Information

Utilities tunnel dug through 'challenging' ground conditions under River Tees

Main contractor Farrans Construction worked with specialist contractor Joseph Gallagher to construct the tunnel. During its five weeks of tunnelling ... More Information

China develops world's first boring and blasting machine

In a groundbreaking development, the world's first boring and blasting machine, jointly developed by Tsinghua University and China Railway Science and Industry Group, has successfully ... More Information

Tunnel boring machine wedged in hard rock, leaving Snowy 2.0 hydropower project with new issues

Tunnelling problems are plaguing the $12 billion Snowy 2.0 hydropower project, with a boring machine previously bogged in soft ground now wedged in ... More Information

Construction Complete On New High-Speed Rail Tunnel

Inside the completed Desheng Tunnel, and inset, a Chinese high-speed train. Work on the project is now complete. © China ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground on Potomac River Tunnel Project

The Project consists of a large-diameter deep sewer tunnel, diversion facilities, drop shafts, and support structures to capture flows from existing ... More Information

Morocco’s proposed $13 billion underwater tunnel to connect Europe to Africa by 2030s

An historic intercontinental rail link is aiming to link Europe to Morocco with an ambitious underwater tunnel. The Moroccan National Company for Strait Studies (SNED) announced last ... More Information