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News bulletin 24 -> 22 Jun 2021

Expressions of Interest are now open for contractors interested in delivering the first package of the Sunshine and Albion works on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. This is the first of several works packages that will go to market in a multi-staged procurement process.

Hanlon Consulting’s Mitch Hanlon has penned an op-ed on the NSW Government and Federal Government funding of the construction of tunnels at Blackheath and Mount Victoria in the blue Mountains. He says there are now investigations into joining the tunnels to create an 11km tunnel between Katoomba and Lithgow.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has revealed the Muswellbrook Bridge replacement project was built in eight sections onsite in a specially fabricated casting yard. ARTC said there were a number of benefits to using this type of construction and that they would use it for any future bridges.

The Cuttagee Bridge in far south NSW will remain in its historic timber form for the time being but will be replaced by a concrete bridge in the future. A two-lane concrete alternative bridge was voted down by the community but the Bega Valley Shire Council plan to re-engage with the community.

Indian conglomerate Adani Group is moving into cement manufacturing with a new subsidiary – Adani Cement. The company has not disclosed its plans for cement production capacity but it is expected to aim for at least 10mn t/yr initially. India is the world's second-largest cement market after China.

Hanson has supplied 4600 mᶟ of low-carbon concrete to complete the first and second phase of the new Marine Parade sea wall (pictured) in Devon, UK. The concrete is strong enough to withstand storm-force winds while reducing the amount of carbon generated by one-third.

Interest is sought from contractors, subcontractors and consultants by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for Norway’s longest sub-sea tunnel and suspension bridge as part of the 75km-long E39 Ålesund-Molde. The project will be divided into several contracts with the Julsundet Bridge and the Romsdalsfjord Tunnel, the two largest ones.

Four individual ‘shutters’ were used to cast the concrete in situ using a ‘hit and miss’ sequence for the secondary lining on the 1.1km Frogmore Connection Tunnel that links Wandsworth to the main super sewer in West London. The project runs beneath the Thames River and finished deep beneath the northern bank and is now complete, marking a major milestone for the 25km-long, 7.2m-diameter Thames Tideway project.