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Final leg for two TBMs on the Broadway subway project

Final leg for two TBMs on the Broadway subway project

The Broadway Subway Project Corporation (BSPC) is extending the Millennium Line from VCC Clark Station to Arbutus Street. The Project scope includes 700m of elevated guideway extending west from the ... More Information

Australia - Halfway mark reached on Western Sydney Airport project

Australia - Halfway mark reached on Western Sydney Airport project

TBMs Catherine and Marlene are halfway to St Marys after each building 2.4 km of tunnel for the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project. They broke through at the Claremont Meadows ... More Information

Australia - News on Sydney Metro West project

Australia - News on  Sydney Metro West project

Press release - The first service tunnel to connect the 24-km Metro West line to a new stabling and maintenance facility at Clyde has been completed, ticking off another significant milestone for ... More Information

Start of the Rekalde Bypass project in Bilbao, Spain

Start of the Rekalde Bypass project in Bilbao, Spain

The Department of Infrastructures and Territorial Development has awarded to the joint venture comprising Typsa, Fulcrum and Tekia the EUR 5,805,580.06 (VAT included) the contract for the design of ... More Information

TBM Wilma is ready for the Brenner Base Tunnel

TBM Wilma is ready for the Brenner Base Tunnel

On 8 march 2024 BBT SE and H53 Consortium consisting of Porr Bau GmbH, Marti GmbH Austria and Marti Tunnel AG Switzerland completed the factory acceptance of Wilma. This will be the first of the two ... More Information

Grand Paris Express – Excavation of Line 16 completed

Grand Paris Express – Excavation of Line 16 completed

After more than four years of work and the use of seven TBMs, the tunnel of Grand Paris Express Line 16 is now fully excavated.  On Monday, 26 February 2024, the TBM Houda reached the Mare au ... More Information

The last HS2 TBM in the West Midlands starts digging towards Birmingham

The last HS2 TBM in the West Midlands starts digging towards Birmingham

On 05 March 2024 HS2 launched the last TBM to dig tunnels for the new high speed railway in the West Midlands. The 1,600 t weight and 125 m long TBM has started on its journey to dig the second bore ... More Information

Excavation of tunnel for Mularroya dam in Spain complete

On March 1, the joint venture Mularroya, composed of Acciona and Sacyr, celebrated the final breakthrough for the 12.6km-long water transport tunnel in the Mularroya dam project in the province of ... More Information

Excavation completed of Oural railway tunnel

Excavation completed of Oural railway tunnel

On 28 February 2024, Ferrovial on behalf of Adif completed the excavation using the drill&blast method of the new 1.9 km Oural tunnel (average advance was 5 m/day). The tunnel was built parallel ... More Information

CRCHI Slurry Pipe Jacking Machine Sets Sail for Colombia

CRCHI Slurry Pipe Jacking Machine Sets Sail for Colombia

In February, CRCHI (China Railway Construction Heavy Industry) completed assembly of its slurry pipe jacking machine in Changsha, China, successfully passing the acceptance inspection. This ... More Information

Call for Papers: World Tunnel Congress 2025 Focuses on Sustainable Future in Tunnelling

The World Tunnel Congress 2025 is excited to announce the Call for Papers for its upcoming congress to be held in Stockholm. Themed 'Tunnelling into a Sustainable Future,' the congress will ... More Information

Norway - Priority list for stone from Stad ship tunnel completed

The dimensions of the Stad ship tunnel are massive with a height of 50 m and a width of 36 m, in a length of 1,700 m. In total, more than three million cubic meters of solid rock must be removed ... More Information

Norway - Breakthrough was marked in the Åstunnel

 Norway - Breakthrough was marked in the Åstunnel

On 29 February at exactly 3 p.m a further breakthrough happened in the twin tube Åstunnel in Levanger municipality, on the E6 between Kvithammar and Åsen. Nye Veier is the ... More Information

Geofluid 2026: an even more international edition

Geofluid 2026: an even more international edition

Piacenza Expo is already at work for the new edition of GEOFLUID, the international exhibition of technologies and equipment for the exploration, extraction and transport of underground fluids, a ... More Information

Turin/Lyon – TELT's fifth TBM has been delivered

On February 29th, 2024  the fifth of the seven TBMs for the new Lyon-Turin railway line was delivered to the French-Italian group of companies ELYOT, consisting of Eiffage Génie civil ... More Information

BBT - New milestone for the TBM Ida on the H41 Sill-Pfons Gorge construction site

The TBM Ida in the H41 Sill-Pfons Gorge lot of the Brenner Base Tunnel is continuing its journey through the westbound line tunnel in a southerly direction.  On Sunday, 25 February 2024, ... More Information

Historic breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel

Historic breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel

HS2’s first giant TBM – which launched almost 3 years ago – broke through on 27 February at the end of her 16 km (10-mile) journey under the Chilterns, excavating the longest ... More Information

Hinkley Point C tunnels ready for connection to Bristol Channel

Hinkley Point C’s tunnels are ready for the connection to the Bristol Channel to be completed - marking a major step in the construction of the power station’s cooling water system. Six ... More Information

HS2 launches third TBM under capital building the Northolt Tunnel

On 25th February HS2’s London tunnels programme passed a major milestone as the third TBM being used as part of the project was launched.  TBM Emily, named after Emily Sophia Taylor who ... More Information

WTC 2025 - Call for papers

The World Tunnel Congress 2025 will focus on sustainability, innovation, and Tunnelling into a sustainable future. Researchers, academics, and professionals are invited to contribute to the ... More Information

BBT - Take part in choosing the names of the two new TBMs for the Brenner Base Tunnel

Until 12 noon today, 22 February, you can participate in the choice of names for the two 160 m long TBMs that will come into operation in autumn 2024 for the excavation of the Austrian Pfons-Brenner ... More Information

India - Hard Rock Double Shield TBM is belting along with its Continuous Conveyor on the Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydropower project

India - Hard Rock Double Shield TBM is belting along with its Continuous Conveyor on the Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydropower project

TERRATEC is delighted to announce that the Ø9.86m Hard Rock Double Shield TBM has made significant progress for the Vishnugad-Pipalkoti Hydropower Project in India. The machine excavated an ... More Information

Italy/Umbria-Marche – Guinza tunnel E78 works begin

On 12 February 2024, Anas and the contractor CEC - Consorzio Stabile Europeo Costruttori from Perugia started the works for the opening to traffic of the Guinza tunnel. The tunnel is between the ... More Information

Extending the Docklands Light Railway to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead

Extending the Docklands Light Railway to Beckton Riverside and Thamesmead

Transport for London has considered several options to find the right public transport solution to serve Thamesmead and Beckton Riverside. These options were reviewed and compared based on cost, how ... More Information

Swiss Tunnel Congress 2024

The Swiss Tunnel Congress (STC) will be held from 5 to 6 June 2024 at the KKL in Lucerne. The excursions (Gotthard Road Tunnel, Gubrist Tunnel, Sihl-Lake Zurich Spillway Tunnel) will take place on 7 ... More Information

Small businesses win big with £millions more HS2 orders

Press release - Britain’s biggest construction project, HS2, is helping the UK’s small business community to thrive. New figures show HS2’s civils contractors doubled their total ... More Information

France - FAT passed for TBM Berthe de Puybusque for the Toulouse metro line C

A new milestone was reached on Thursday 25 January, with the factory acceptance of the Berthe de Puybusque TBM at Thieux. It will then be transported to the Line C worksite at La Vache during ... More Information

Chennai Metro - Launched TBM Pelican for Corridor 4, UG 02 at Panagal Park Station

Chennai Metro - Launched TBM Pelican for Corridor 4, UG 02 at Panagal Park Station

CMRL - Chennai Metro Rail Limited - in the presence of senior officials from CMRL, General Consultants, M/s AEON Consortium, and ITD Cementation - launched the TBM Pelican (S1075B)  that will ... More Information

TBM for new U2 metro line in Vienna is ready for delivery!

On January 31, 2024 Wiener Linien and the U2 17-21 consortium, consisting of Strabag and Porro Group, welcomed the news that a TBM  (120 m length and 1,200 t weight) to be used for the ... More Information

Intermat 2024 - The exhibition dedicated to durable construction solutions and technologies

Intermat 2024 - The exhibition dedicated to durable construction solutions and technologies

Intermat 2024 returns after a six-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It will take place in Paris from 24-27 April 2024, placing the themes of decarbonisation and digitisation at the heart of the ... More Information

TERRATEC Rock Slurry TBM excels in Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project

TERRATEC Rock Slurry TBM excels in Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project

TERRATEC is pleased to announce the successful deployment of its 3.85m Diameter Rock Slurry TBM in the Mumbai Sewer Disposal Project (MSDP) Stage-II - PST1. Executed through J. Kumar-MEPL JV, the ... More Information

Strata Worldwide Announces Equity Partnership and Global Distribution Agreement with Vernetzen

Strata Worldwide Announces Equity Partnership and Global Distribution Agreement with Vernetzen

PRESS RELEASE JANUARY, 2024 – NEWCASTLE, NSW, AUSTRALIA - Strata Worldwide, provider of advanced safety and underground networking technologies, has signed an Equity Partnership Agreement and ... More Information

Australia - Sydney Metro West updates

Australia -  Sydney Metro West updates

The last two of six TBMs, 1.3t in weight,  for the 24-km Sydney Metro West project between Westmead and the Sydney CBD have successfully completed their Factory Acceptance Tests. These machines ... More Information

Press release - Completion of HS2 logistics tunnel paves the way for high-speed line to Euston

Press release - Completion of HS2 logistics tunnel paves the way for high-speed line to Euston

HS2 today (Tuesday 23rd January) celebrated the breakthrough of a tunnelling machine into its underground Old Oak Common station – marking a key milestone in plans to eventually carry the ... More Information

Scaleres tunnel’s TBM assembled

In the ongoing construction of the Scaleres tunnel's the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) on the Fortezza-Verona line in Italy, SELI Overseas, a specialized subcontractor for the Munich-Verona railway ... More Information

The TBM for the Taormina tunnel excavation reaches construction site

The TBM for the Taormina tunnel excavation reaches construction site

Between the nights of January 9th and 10th, 2024, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) assigned to excavate the dual-tube Taormina tunnel (6.2km) for the High Capacity Catania-Messina Rail Line, ... 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