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CN NORTH AMERICA: GIANT MOLE TO DIG INTERNATIONAL TUNNEL

 CN NORTH AMERICA: GIANT MOLE TO DIG INTERNATIONAL TUNNEL
 TORONTO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A Metro Toronto-based, internationally recognized manufacturer of tunnel boring machines, Lovat Tunnel Equipment, will design and build the giant 'mole' for CN North America's new international railway tunnel between Sarnia and Port Huron, Mich., CN North America announced today.
 CN's senior vice-president and chief operating officer John Sturgess said today the contract is valued at approximately $15 million. Today's announcement will allow design work for the boring machine to start. Fabrication will commence late this spring with delivery scheduled for early 1993. The Canadian firm was selected over German, Japanese and Austrian suppliers based on technical considerations, costs and delivery.
 Rick Lovat, vice-president of the Etobicoke firm, said the Sarnia unit will be the largest such machine they have ever built. He added: "Since the English Chunnel, the world trend is to larger bore units. The CN order is important because it gives us the opportunity to move our professional qualifications and experience into the next century."
 The tunnel will have an overall dimension about 31 feet and be large enough to handle all types of rail traffic, including double-stack container trains, multi-level autocarriers and future advances in railway transportation.
 Lovat, with 140 employees, is currently assembling Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM's) for Taipei, Paris and Ankara metro systems and for an under-river coal conveyor in Bristol, England.
 The $155 million Sarnia-Port Huron tunnel project for CN North America is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1994.
 Excavation for the approaches to the 6,000 ft. tunnel is expected to commence this fall. The new tunnel, 100 feet north of the existing one, is the most cost-effective and environmentally-compatible option to streamline the flow of rail freight between Canada and the United States through this international gateway. It will save 12 hours in transit time for customers' traffic from the existing, smaller tunnel and barge operation.
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 /CONTACT: Roger Cameron, 514-399-6630, or Mike Matthews, 416-860-2390, or Gary Jones, 313-396-6586, all for CN North America/ CO: CN North America; Lovat Tunnel Equipment ST: Michigan IN: TRN SU:


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