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Management merger for giant US water tunnels

BRITISH ENGINEERS have replaced an American consultant as construction manager on a major United States tunnelling job.

Mott MacDonald's US joint venture Hatch Mott MacDonald has replaced New York-based Parsons Brinckerhoff on the California Badlands tunnel project. Hatch Mott has a mainly expatriate team of senior British civil engineers.

The 12.2km Badlands tunnel is being built by British American joint venture Shand/ Balfour Beatty as one of three tunnels in California's giant $1.2bn Inland Feeder water supply project.

Work includes a 3.5m diameter steel pipeline running 65km east of Los Angeles above and below ground.

No official reason was given for the transfer of consutlancy, although it is thought MWD wants to consolidate the management on all the tunnels in the project.

More information about the Southern California Metropolitan Water District website is at www.mwd.dst.ca.us

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