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Snowy 2.0 Project – Updates

Snowy 2.0 is being engineered to deliver clean and reliable energy storage and generation for the next 150 years. The target date for commercial operation of all units is December 2028, with first ... More Information

World Tunnel Congress 2024

World Tunnel Congress 2024

Mark your calendars for the World Tunnel Congress 2024 (WTC2024), scheduled to take place from April 19th to 25th 2024 at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in China. Hosted by ... More Information

Stad ship tunnel - recycling of blasted stone planned

The Norwegian Coastal Administration has been commissioned to build the Stad ship tunnel, the world's first full-scale ship tunnel, whose aim is to improve accessibility and safety for sea transport ... More Information

Dubai Metro Unveils Plans for 30-Kilometer Blue Line Expansion

Dubai's iconic metro system is set to undergo a major transformation with the addition of a new 30-kilometer track, known as the Blue Line. This significant development, revealed through a recent ... More Information

Participate in our Vote to Select the Name for the Upcoming TBM in Our Oslo Project!

Participate in our Vote to Select the Name for the Upcoming TBM in Our Oslo Project!

We are thrilled to invite you to cast your vote to choose the name for the new TBM that will play a pivotal role in our forthcoming project in Oslo, Norway. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, ... More Information

Francia/Grand Paris Express - Major Breakthrough Achieved on Line 6 Tunnels

Francia/Grand Paris Express - Major Breakthrough Achieved on Line 6 Tunnels

On November 6, 2023, a significant milestone was reached as the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) named Houda successfully broke through, marking its entry into the future Sevran - Livry station on Line 6 ... More Information

A New Dawn for Commuters: Construction Commences on the Hudson Tunnel Project in New York

In a momentous development for New York's bustling transportation network, construction has officially begun on the Hudson Tunnel Project, marking the onset of a transformative chapter in the city's ... More Information

STUVA Expo and STUVA Conference: Unveiling a World of Underground Construction

For over half a century, STUVA e.V. has been at the forefront of organizing scientific conferences that delve deep into the world of underground construction. These bi-annual conferences have become ... More Information

USA project funding update

On November 6, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), unveiled a groundbreaking development. They have allocated a substantial $16.4 ... More Information

Norway - EPC contractor MossIA completes excavation in Moss

MossIA, the EPC contractor in Norway, recently achieved a significant milestone by completing the excavation phase of the Moss tunnel in the northern section of the new double-track Sandbukta - Moss ... More Information

Brazil - The South TBM of Sao Paulo’s Metro Line 6 reached Perdizes Station

Brazil - The South TBM of Sao Paulo’s Metro Line 6 reached Perdizes Station

The TBM - named Maria Leopoldina - working on the construction of Line 6 of the Sao Paulo metro, in Brazil, reached its fourth stop on the route, Perdizes station, on Friday, September 29. The TBM ... More Information

TERRATEC Rock EPBM is ready for Delhi Metro

TERRATEC Rock EPBM is ready for Delhi Metro

In late August, TERRATEC celebrated the successful Factory Acceptance Test of a new 6.61m diameter Rock Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machine (EPBM) destined for Delhi Mass Rapid Transit ... More Information

China's first EPB TBM Exported to South America came off the Production Line at CRCHI

China's first EPB TBM Exported to South America came off the Production Line at CRCHI

China's inaugural EPB TBM designated for South America recently rolled off the production line at CRCHI on September 27th. CRCHI, the manufacturer, holds the honour of being the first to export ... More Information

Lift off! HS2’s latest London tunnelling machine assembled 25 metres below ground

Press release - We've unveiled the names of the next pair of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will construct the high speed rail line under the capital. Following a public vote, the names Emily ... More Information

Cost and Schedule Changes for VTA's BART Project

Cost and Schedule Changes for VTA's BART Project

VTA announced the updated cost and schedule for VTA’s Phase II Project at October 20, 2023 Board of Directors meeting. These changes reflect the Project’s design progress and market ... More Information

Alignment chosen for the new railway line project Neuchâtel - La Chaux-de-Fonds!

Alignment chosen for the new railway line project Neuchâtel - La Chaux-de-Fonds!

Between Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds, a new direct railway line will be built as part of the strategic development program for railway infrastructure, development stage 2035 (PRODES EA ... More Information

NCE Tunnelling Awards: Discover who the 2023 finalists are!

The shortlist has been announced for the NCE Tunnelling Awards 2023! Click here to view the 2023 shortlist. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner ceremony at the Hilton Bankside in London ... More Information

ISAVFT 2024 - Call for Papers is Now Open!

The call for papers for ISAVFT 2024  is now open. The symposium -  to be held at the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Centre in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 28-30 October 2024 - is seeking paper ... More Information

First TBM breaks through at future Oak-VGH Station

The first of two TBMs has broken through at the future Oak-VGH Station, achieving another milestone for the Broadway Subway Project.   The machine, named Phyllis, has reached the fourth ... More Information

Nye Veier announces the first tender for the E6 Ranheim-Værnes

Nye Veier announces the first tender for the E6 Ranheim-Værnes

Nye Veier has sent out the first tender information for the Ranheim-Vaernes section at the end of October/beginning of November. The first competitive dialogue will include completion of the section ... More Information

Press Release - Epiroc Powerbit X transforms ground support in Stockholm's Sofia Station

Press Release - Epiroc Powerbit X transforms ground support in Stockholm's Sofia Station

A hundred meters below ground, in the very heart of the Swedish capital Stockholm, the Epiroc Powerbit X is breaking grounds in civil construction with its diamondprotected technology by drilling an ... More Information

Turin/Lyon - New TBM live from the factory

Turin/Lyon - New TBM live from the factory

A new TELT TBM - 10.5 m diameter, 264 t weight, 180 m length, for the Lyon-Turin new line unveiled on October 6th, 2023 at the Herrenknecht AG plant! It will work on the CO6/7 site for the Mont ... More Information

National Grid’s London Power Tunnels breakthrough completes the project’s tunnelling activity

On September 30 th, 2023 the National Grid’s EUR1.15 bn (GBP1 bn) London Power Tunnels (LPT) project has achieved a major milestone with its final tunnelling breakthrough at Eltham substation ... More Information

TERRATEC delivers Tunnel Conveyors for Metro Manila Subway Project in the Philippines

The Metro Manila Subway Project commences with the implementation of TERRATEC's Continuously Advancing Tunnel Conveyors.  TERRATEC is pleased to announce the successful delivery of two ... More Information

World First - The €500MM Norwegian Ship Tunnel to Hit the Market

World First - The €500MM Norwegian Ship Tunnel to Hit the Market

Press release - The world's first ship tunnel will now go out to tender - The Stad Ship tunnel will secure ship traffic in weather-resistant Stad. It is now clear that he will go out to tender in ... More Information

HS2 – Latest Green Tunnel

HS2 – Latest Green Tunnel

HS2 has begun assembling the project’s longest ‘green tunnel’ - designed to blend the high speed railway into the rural landscape and reduce disruption for communities around ... More Information

Switzerland – Postpone the opening of the Ligerz tunnel

The Ligerz tunnel will be put into operation at the end of 2029, three years later than planned. This delay is due to objections and appeals as well as an updated construction method due to ... More Information

Second tube of Ucka tunnel on Y Istrian Motorway has been completed

On September 18, 2023 Bouygues Travaux Publics teams brokethrough for the second tube of the 5.6km Ucka tunnel on the Istria motorway. This breakthrough marks the end of the excavation work, carried ... More Information

Italy/Sicily - Second TBM for the Giampilieri-Fiumefreddo section has passed its FAT

Italy/Sicily - Second TBM for the Giampilieri-Fiumefreddo section has passed its FAT

On 11th  September 2023 the TBM EPB - diameter 9.36 m and weight of approximately 900 t - which will be used by Webuild for the construction of the Letojanni and Forza d'Agrò tunnels on ... More Information

Kanpur metro - TBM Nana reaches Bada Chauraha Station

Kanpur metro - TBM Nana reaches Bada Chauraha Station

This September the Gulermak - Sam India Builtwell JV’s TBM S93 - 6.52 m diameter and 120 m length - named Nana after Nana Saheb Peshwa and built by Terratec,  reached the Bada Chauraha ... More Information

Superloads deliver North East Link's TBM parts to Watsonia

The first parts of the massive TBMs that will dig the North East Link tunnels have completed their journey by sea to the Port of Melbourne and on September 9 and 10 have been transported to their ... More Information

Sydney Metro - Two milestones on Western Sydney Airport project

Sydney Metro - Two milestones on Western Sydney Airport project

The first milestone is the launch of the fourth TBM, named after Marlene Kanga AO, and the second milestone is the breakthrough of the TBM Peggy at the Airport Terminal Station.  ... More Information

Norway - The TBM that will drill the E6 Clean water tunnel Project in Oslo has arrived

On September 4th, 2023  the twelve largest and heaviest parts of the TBM - to be used to drive the tunnel for the new main water supply line in Oslo - were unloaded at Ormsundkaia  with ... More Information

Italy/Liguria - Choose alignment for the Aurelia Bis project linking Sanremo with Ventimiglia

In September in Ventimiglia representatives of the Government, of Liguria Region, of the Province of Imperia and of local municipalities presented the EUR 1.2 bn project for the ... More Information

Press release - Discover the €1.2B Mega Project in Norway - Paving the Way North of the Arctic Circle - E6 Megården–Mørsvikbotn

In a remarkable development, the Norwegian government has earmarked a substantial investment of NOK 4 billion for the ambitious E6 highway expansion project in Sørfold, Nordland. This ... More Information

The Central Interceptor tunnel project in Auckland reaches halfway mark

On 4 September the Hiwa-i-te Rangi TBM - more than 5m diameter -has broken through into a 69m deep shaft in May Road, Mount Roskill marking the halfway point of her 14.7km journey to central ... 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


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