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NorthConnex financing

On 02.02.2015 the contracts between the proponents Transurban and Westlink M7 shareholders and the NSW Government were signed on the $3 billion NorthConnex project, which will be funded through toll ... More Information

Cityringen metro update

Cityringen metro update

On 29.01.2015 TBMs Eva and Minerva arrived at the station box at Copenhagen Central station of the Cityringen metro circle line. The 15.5 km-long automated metro line is due to open in July 2019, ... More Information

Breakthrough at Karaula

Breakthrough at Karaula

Excavation works at the 902 m-long Karaula tunnel, section Kladanj-Podpaklenik, which lies on the M-18 Sicki Brod-Sarajevo road have been completed, with the official ceremony held on 28.01.2015. ... More Information

Breakthrough in Basci

Breakthrough in Basci

Driving and lining works have been completed in the 530 m-long Basci tunnel, on the new Aurelia road section from Albisola to Savona in Liguria, Italy. The Consortium Letimbro, headed by CMC, ... More Information

Cross Harbor Freight

The Cross Harbor Freight Program (CHFP) aims to improve the movement of freight across New York Harbor between the east-of-Hudson and west-of-Hudson regions. Ten viable build alternatives have been ... More Information

Midtown immersed tube

Midtown immersed tube

The new Midtown Tunnel is currently under construction at Sparrows Point, MD, US. The tunnel is comprised of 11 concrete elements, which, once complete, will be towed down the Chesapeake Bay to the ... More Information

Northern Line extension funded

Northern Line extension funded

On 29.01.2015 the European Investment Bank announced it will provide GBP480 million for the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea. The long-term loan represents nearly 50 percent of the ... More Information

Crossrail progress

Crossrail progress

On 29.01.2015 the TBM Elizabeth (1,000 t weight and 7 m diameter) successfully broke into the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station in London, UK. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City, ... More Information

Scarborough Subway extension in Toronto

Scarborough Subway extension in Toronto

The City of Toronto, together with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is planning an extension to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2) to better serve Scarborough’s 650,000 residents. The ... More Information

Milestone for Eglinton Crosstown

Milestone for Eglinton Crosstown

The two TBMs driving the western segment of the 10 km-long underground tunnel on Toronto’s Eglington Crosstown reached the half-way point of their journey on 21.01.2015, breaking through into ... More Information

Bohai undersea tunnel

Bohai undersea tunnel

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's economic planner, agreed to review and support the high-speed railway project under the Bohai sea connecting Dalian in Liaoning ... More Information

Varese orbital opening

On 24.01.2015 the 4.9 km-long first lot of Varese orbital motorway opened between A8 interconnection at Gazzada Schianno and Vedano Olona near Varese municipality. More Information

Tunnels and Bridges

Tunnels and Bridges

The APAC tunnels and bridges conference is scheduled for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 15-16th April, 2015. Themes are design, construction, maintenance and inspection, with 23 speakers from government ... More Information

Engineering underground space in London

The one-day ICE conference on this topic takes place on 18.02.2015 at One Great George Street, Westminster. It will explore the solutions and opportunities that underground space presents for ... More Information

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

Tunnelling News

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

Government set to fund £1bn final HS2 London tunnel drive

The project was halted as part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s £6.5bn cost-cutting plan announced last October. This involved axing phase 2 to Manchester and finding a private investor ... More Information

HS2 Project Update, May 2024

Our Victorian railways have carried us successfully through history, but with passenger numbers continuing to rise, investing in new, modern railway lines like HS2 is the key to meet the ... More Information

PM inaugurates breakthrough of Sunkoshi Marin Diversion tunnel

A breakthrough of the Sunkoshi Marin Diversion Multi-purpose Project tunnel has been made... More Information

Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown extension moves closer to tunnelling completion

The project is being delivered by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. West End Connectors was awarded the C$729M (£425M) contract to design, build ... More Information

_Fehmarnbelt tunnel program hits major milestone

DEME Group said that the Fehmarnbelt tunnel project, one of Europe's largest infrastructure projects, has achieved a significant milestone with ... More Information

The incredbile new £12bn mega-tunnel that could end traffic chaos in world famous city

Construction on the £12.63 billion mega-tunnel has already begun and it is expected to be open in 2035. · Animation for The Hudson River Tunnel project. More Information

Great Lakes Tunnel Project makes progress

Ready to move forward. Enbridge is preparing to begin tunnel construction as soon as possible, following receipt of environmental permits ... More Information

Hudson Tunnel Project is expected to create 95,000 jobs

The report is based on research done on behalf of the Gateway Development Commission. “The Hudson Tunnel Project is the most pressing infrastructure ... More Information

The $2.8BN Megaproject Dividing London

London is building a controversial new tunnel under the River Thames. Head to https://brilliant.org/TheB1M/ for a 30-day free trial + the first 200 people will receive 20% off their ... More Information

Namma Metro: Underground tunnel work on Pink Line 95% complete

This underground portion includes the ambitious task of constructing 20.992 km of twin tunnels. Progress is also underway on the construction of 18 ... More Information

How an ancient water tunnel design is cooling 21st-century streets

In Seville, 3,000-year-old underground technology is being transformed in modern day air-conditioning. An aqueduct at the unopened CartujaQanat pilot ... More Information

Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program B&P Tunnel Replacement Project

Project Description: Proposed utility and roadway relocations include civil work to support the construction of Amtrak's Frederick Douglass Tunnel. More Information

Fehmarnbelt | Purpose-built vessel arrives to line tunnel trench with gravel 'cushion'

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is a new road and rail tunnel being constructed between Denmark and Germany. It will comprise 89 precast concrete ... More Information

Successful Breakthrough of Gudauri Tunnel in Georgia's North-South Corridor KK Highway Project

KAZBEGI, Georgia, April 23, 2024--The 10-kilometer LOT1 Section is constructed by China Railway Tunnel Group Co., Ltd., of which the Gudauri ... More Information

Construction of Shinku La Tunnel to bolster all-weather connectivity in Ladakh Rising Kashmir

Leh, Apr 21: Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, announced that work on the strategically vital Shinku La Tunnel is set to ... More Information