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Full bore at North West Rail Link

On 14.01.2015 the fourth TBM, named Maria after 19th century Aboriginal rights advocate Maria Lock, started boring for North West Rail Link in Sydney, Australia. The 900 t TBM was delivered to the ... More Information

Setronic Verona Srl at Intersec

Setronic Verona Srl, specialized in design, manufacture and after sales service for optical beam smoke and fire detectors, opacity analyzer, calibrating and testing equipment, and accessories, will ... More Information

tunnelbuilder – first for bids

tunnelbuilder – first for bids

Our readers have to be advised promptly and accurately of the bids and awards on which their business depends. That is why tunnelbuilder websites are updated whenever there is news, even at weekends ... More Information

Aurelia road to Savona

The 188 m-long Grana tunnel on the 5 km-long new Aurelia road section from Albisola to Savona in Italy has been completed using conventional methods. Meantime, TBM excavation of the 530 m-long Basci ... More Information

TBM Elaine at Rennes

TBM Elaine at Rennes

On 19.12.2014 TBM Elaine was named for excavation of an 8 km-long tunnel for the 13 km-long metro Line B in Rennes. The line, which will serve 15 stations and connect the southwestern and ... More Information

Waterview TBM resumes

In New Zealand, the huge Waterview TBM has been successfully turned and on 17.12.2014 resumed tunnelling, heading south on the second of the motorway tunnels. The machine will advance far enough to ... More Information

Atlas Copco rigs relaunch

The Boomer M-series drillrigs, the medium sized single and twin boom rigs favoured by tunnellers, have been the subject of a major upgrade. Read the press release and contact ... More Information

Evergreen line

The construction for the Evergreen line includes a 2 km-long bored tunnel with tunnel portals located in Port Moody and Coquitlam, Canada. The tunnel is being constructed with a 10 m-diameter TBM, ... More Information

Breakthrough under Lake Mead

Breakthrough under Lake Mead

On 10.12.2014 the hybrid TBM launched in 2011 holed the 4.5 km-long tunnel beneath the bed of Lake Mead. The project involves the construction of a system for collecting and transporting the waters ... More Information

Hydraulic design engineer wanted

Hydraulic design engineer wanted

International tunnelling recruitment specialist iPS is seeking a design engineer for heavy hydraulic systems to be located in France on a permanent basis, starting Q1/2015. See below for more ... More Information

Milestone for NY subway

The construction of the 86th Street Station cavern of the Second Avenue Subway in New York has been completed this week. Work began in August of 2011. This project, valued at EUR272 million ... More Information

A toast to our followers!

The management and staff at tunnelbuilder ltd send greetings and good wishes to all our readers and clients around the world at this festive time. While the international financial news has not ... More Information

Muhlhauser acquires Obermann

Muhlhauser acquires Obermann

Obermann becomes the first acquisition in the 100-year history of Muhlhauser, the Germany-based global market leader in tunnelling logistics. Read the press release and visit www.khmte.com. ... More Information

Terratec TBM for Laos

Terratec TBM for Laos

Terratec, after a successful test on 06.12.2014, has delivered a new Double Shield TBM to Seli Overseas S.p.A. of Italy, the tunnelling subcontractor for the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Project, ... More Information

Robust Robbins EPB for Seattle

Robust Robbins EPB for Seattle

On 17.11.2014 the 6.65 m-diameter Robbins TBM EPB began its journey south into the city of Seattle, Washington, USA. The machine, for contractor JCM North Link LLC (a JV of Jay Dee, Coluccio, and ... More Information

Sydney’s WestConnex motorway

Sydney’s WestConnex motorway

The WestConnex motorway is an EUR7.41 billion, 33 km continuous motorway which links Sydney’s west and south-west with the CBD (Central Business District), Sydney Airport and Port Botany ... More Information

Tunnelling/pipejacking engineers wanted

International recruitment specialist iPS is seeking engineers to fill a range of positions on a project commencing early next year in Melbourne, Australia. Click below for more, and visit ... More Information

Robbins webinars on record

Robbins webinars on record

Robbins have completed their very successful webinar series for 2014 and are making recordings available to tunnelbuilder readers until the end of the year. Click here for access and visit ... More Information

New Putzmeister scissor lift

New Putzmeister scissor lift

Putzmeister has announced Minelift 4 scissor lift platform with lifting height 4 m and 4 t load capacity for underground use. The machine is suited to both personnel and equipment lifting. Read the ... More Information

Six tunnels under Suez Canal

The EUR6.58 billion New Suez Canal Project features a new 72 km-length parallel branch of the 190 km-long Suez Canal from Deversoir to al-Balah which will cost EUR3.22 billion and six new tunnels to ... More Information

Intertunnel Russia

Intertunnel Russia

Intertunnel 2015, the 7th edition of the International Tunnelling Exhibition, will take place at the VDNKh in Moscow from 27 to 29 April, 2015. In a country as vast as Russia, tunnels are playing ... More Information

Opportunities at Fehmarnbelt tunnel

Another opportunity will occur for sub-contractors when Femern A/S offers two more major contracts in December, 2014. These concern the electrical and mechanical installations to be fitted inside ... More Information

Normet new generation

Normet new generation

Normet is introducing its latest generation of underground equipment at Bauma China in Shanghai. Apart from being endowed with improved overall ergonomics, the new machines are ready for Industrial ... More Information

Erbil to Haji Omaran

The Ministry of Housing and Reconstruction (MOHR) is building a dual carriageway connecting Erbil to Haji Omaran in Kurdistan, Iraq. The project comprises two main sections. The first 8.822 km ... More Information

Big auction in Caorso

Big auction in Caorso

Ritchie Bros’ upcoming auction in Caorso, Italy on 04.12.2014 currently features more than 1,400 heavy equipment items, tractors and trucks. All items will be sold to the highest bidders on ... More Information

Breakthrough in Paci tunnel

Breakthrough in Paci tunnel

On 06.11.2014, construction of the 1.7 km-long Paci tunnel was completed on the southbound carriageway of Italy’s A3 motorway, between Scilla and Campo Calabro. It is the longest tunnel among ... More Information

Managers sought by iPS

International recruitment specialist iPS is seeking qualified and experienced managers to fill the following tunnelling vacancies: 00542 Planning manager ... More Information

Montenegro highway financed

Montenegro highway financed

On 30.10.2014 the loan agreement was signed between Montenegro and the Chinese Exim Bank on financing construction of the first 41 km-long section Smokovac-Uvce-Matesevo of the 169.2 km-long ... More Information

Frejus tunnel holed

Frejus tunnel holed

On 17.11.2014 the TBM completed the 12,878 m emergency tunnel parallel to the existing Frejus tunnel (T4) and arrived at Bardonecchia, Italy, where it will be dismantled during the next three ... More Information

APAC conference

APAC tunnels and bridges conference will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 15-16th April, 2015. Click for conference agenda. More from roohi.taragi@fleminggulf.com. 47/14. More Information

Ritchie Bros’ Caorso auction

Ritchie Bros’ Caorso auction

Ritchie Bros will hold an unreserved public auction of plant and equipment at their premises in Caorso, Italy on 04.12.2014, where some 900 plant items will be for sale. Click here and visit ... More Information

Guidance systems news from PPS

Guidance systems news from PPS

At Poltinger Precision Systems we strive every day to improve both ourselves, and our products. To suit our customers’ needs, and to implement their ideas for an even better PPS Guidance ... More Information

Val di Sambro holing

Val di Sambro holing

On 08.11.2014 breakthrough was achieved on the 3.9 km-long Val di Sambro tunnel on A1, between Firenze and Bologna. The contract was awarded to the JV Vianini Lavori/Toto/Profacta. Click it/21 ... More Information

Milan M4 metro update

On 11.11.2014 the final breakthrough in the first tunnel of Milan's M4 metro occurred at the Forlanini FS site. Excavations began last April, and to date 65 percent of the contract for the ... More Information

Meyco Versa launch

Atlas Copco has introduced its Meyco Versa mobile shotcreting unit suited to mid-size tunnels. Read the press release and contact michael.seitz@ch.atlascopco.com. 46/14 More Information

TBM turnaround at Waterview

TBM turnaround at Waterview

On 29.09.2014 the TBM Alice completed the southbound tube of the 2.4 km Waterview tunnels from Owairaka to Waterview. The tunnels will connect Auckland's Southwestern and Northwestern motorways. At ... More Information

Tunnelling News

'Hi-tech' tunnelling machine utilised at landmark Scottish Water project in Glasgow

A tunnel boring machine (TBM) has been used to complete the installation of a key part of a new trunk water main ... More Information

Construction of parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel halted after underwater discovery

“It's not unheard of, but it's not every time you go out with a TBM (tunnel boring machine),” he said. The discovery pauses tunneling until February ... More Information

US construction firm bags £169M contract for Ohio overflow sewer

The Northside Interceptor Tunnel (NSIT) project is designed to prevent combined sewer overflows from entering the Cuyahoga River during storms. More Information

Drone video shows Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion progress

VDOT officials provided drone footage from June showing the progress on the project. Check out how the work is progressing in the video above... More Information

Go Ahead for 68 Mile Hyperloop Tunnel but "Public Transit" element remains a "Concept"

The Boring Company's planned expansion for the Loop has received approval from the Las Vegas Council. The initial plan for the Vegas Loop was only for 51 stations and 29 miles... More Information

Cleveland's $3B Project Clean Lake Features Large-Scale Storage Tunnels

Designed to reduce pollution in Lake Erie by four billion gallons per year, Project Clean Lake is a 25-year plan being overseen by Cleveland's Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District ... More Information

North-South Corridor: Torrens to Darlington section

The Australian and South Australian governments are delivering the final and most complex section of the North-South Corridor... More Information

HS2 TBMs complete three quarters of Chiltern tunnels

The two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) delivering the longest tunnels on the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway have passed the three quarters mark. More Information

Main tunnelling at Silvertown Tunnel now complete, photos reveal

It can be revealed that both boreholes of the Silvertown Tunnel are now complete, after a Green politician spotted the tunnel boring machine on the north bank of the Thame... More Information

Breakthrough in evacuation route of Nepal's first tunnel project achieved

The Nagdhunga-Sisnekhola tunnel, the first-ever road tunnel construction project in Nepal, made a major breakthrough in the construction of the ... More Information

Dubai seeks firms for $22bn tunnels project

Dubai Municipality has invited firms to express interest by 11 August in bidding for the contract to provide project management consultancy for deep tunnels and sewage treatment plants ... More Information

Al Fateh Highway tunnel in Bahrain set to open partially

A tunnel is set to partially open to traffic as part of the multi-million dinar revamp of one the major arterial thoroughfares in the heart of the capital. Work of the project is ... More Information

Campaign launched by Shetland Islanders to construct tunnel links

Residents of the Shetland Islands are hoping to push forward plans to construct subsea tunnels to improve transport across the Scottish islands... More Information

Silvertown Tunnel cut and cover sections progress

Work has ramped up on the cut and cover section at the tunnel's south entrance on the Greenwich peninsula, since the arrival of tunnel boring machine. More Information


Tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) have emerged as the safest tunneling method in a context of technological advances in geotechnical engineering, ... More Information

Vizhinjam railway tunnel, third longest tunnel in country, to adopt Austrian tunnelling method

Instead of using the expensive tunnel boring machine (TBM), Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL) which is implementing the Vizhinjam ... More Information

Wynn is 'making progress' on underground connection to Convention Center

Wynn Las Vegas announced that the Boring Company's Prufrock-2 tunnel boring machine has surfaced at the resort, completing construction on a ... More Information

HS2 Launches Procurement Process for Automated People Mover

A tunnelling milestone for HS2: the tunnel boring machine Dorothy has broken through on the second bore of the Long Itchington Wood tunnel. Siemens ... More Information

Future of Tunnelling | Four High Speed 2 twin bores progressing well despite challenges

Work on High Speed 2's Euston Tunnel construction might have halted, but the construction of the other twin bore tunnels for the project is ... More Information

Afcons Achieves Another Breakthrough with TBM Sudarshan 8.1 at Begumpul RRTS Station

Afcons Infrastructure reaches a significant milestone with the second tunnel breakthrough of Tunnel Boring Machine S88 in Package 8 of the ... More Information

Skanska completes £1.4bn Los Angeles light rail project

The project consisted of a 1.76km long, 6.4m diameter tunnel excavated using a Herrenknecht tunnel boring machine between Union station and the ... More Information

Tunnel boring machine 'MudHoney' reaches destination in Wallingford

SEATTLE — MudHoney, an 18-foot diameter tunnel boring machine, finished its journey in Seattle from Ballard to Wallingford on Monday... More Information

Longest Victorian road tunnels take shape for North East Link project

The Victorian government says North East Link tunnels are now well ... new 6.5 kilometre road tunnels, with two massive tunnel boring machines to ... More Information

By mid-2024, Mumbai-Pune Expressway will have world's widest tunnels

For the tunnels, controlled blasting has been used instead of tunnel boring machines (TBMs), due to the Austrian blasting method's superior speed ... More Information

New funding secured for research into Morocco-Spain underwater rail tunnel

The Europe-Africa Gibraltar Strait fixed link project would amount to the construction of an underwater tunnel housing a high-speed rail link. More Information

Progress on HS2’s Copthall Green Tunnel as Western portal is complete

Engineers working on the HS2 project are celebrating progress as they have completed the western portal of the Copthall Green Tunnel. Located in Hillingdon, the 880m long tunnel structure ... More Information

How India's first underwater metro tunnel was built in record 66 days

India's first underwater metro tunnel is expected to be opened by December this year. It was built about 30 ... World Record in Road Construction. More Information

Gateway Commission Releases Shortlist for $16B Hudson River Tunnel

The commission has said major construction could start as soon as next year, which would put it on track to complete the new tunnel in 2035 and to ... More Information

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Nordhavn Tunnel, Copenhagen's New Infrastructure Marvel

It is constructed by a joint venture between Besix and MT Højgaard. The Nordhavn Tunnel will extend the existing Nordhavnsvej tunnel, ... More Information

Tunnelling teams sought for priority Toronto subway extension project

17 MAY, 2023 BY NIA KAJASTIE The Ontario government has kicked off the procurement process for the construction of the Yonge North Subway Extension tunnels. The Yonge North Subway ... More Information

Work commences on new 1.4km road tunnel in Copenhagen

A ground breaking ceremony has been held for the Nordhavn Tunnel, a new 1.4km road tunnel in central Copenhagen being constructed by a Besix - MT ... More Information

Toronto is building a massive $380 million tunnel spanning over 3 kilometres

Construction of the Fairbank Silverthorn Storm Trunk Sewer System project surpassed a key milestone on Monday, when a tunnel boring machine was ... More Information

TBM breakthrough on Grand Paris Express Line 16

Work on Lot 2 of Line 16 of Grand Paris Express metro is now 83% complete, following the breakthrough of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) at Sevran... More Information

The Largest Inner City Tunnel In Greece Is Coming

The extension will include a large tunnel, which will be the largest ... The last section of the route (1 km) will be flat road construction and ... More Information

Elon Musk's Boring Company Just Got the Green Light to Expand Its Las Vegas Tunnel Network

Kirkpatrick was also worried about construction around the airport and wanted to make sure the company had obtained the necessary approvals from ... More Information

NYC's $16 Billion Gateway Tunnel Wins Key Access at Hudson Yards

The construction of New York City's new $16.1 billion rail tunnel took a major step forward Tuesday when the commission overseeing ... More Information

India's First Undersea Twin Tunnels

Twin Tunnel Mumbai: More than two years after 35 men and a giant Chinese Tunnel Boring Machine began cutting though complex geological strata, ... More Information

_TBM “Mireille” completes excavation on Line 16 of Grand Paris Express

The breakthrough by TBM "Mireille" completes the first 5.3 kilometres of the tunnel work connecting Chelles with the municipality of Sevran, resulting ... More Information

Elephant & Castle station tunnelling tender launched

Transport for London has kicked off procurement for the tunnelling works ... and civils construction, and stage two involving the station fit-out. More Information