John McKenna's stories
Offshore wind – market reform not enoughSubscription
At a conference at Barclays Capital’s London headquarters last week financiers and developers were critical of the UK’s proposed electricity reforms, saying they will fail to attract the type of investment that offshore wind needs.
Load bearing wall removal suspected in building collapse VideoSubscription
Engineers this week said that the collapse of a four-storey retail property in Hertfordshire appeared to have been caused by the removal of part of a load bearing wall.
Hitting the refinancing wallSubscription
A large number of infrastructure companies and projects will need to refinance their debt in the next couple of years, and this “refinancing wall” is likely to have a negative impact on investment in new build schemes.
Join the debate at nce.co.ukSubscription
NCE this week launches it forums page on nce.co.uk to allow civil engineers to vent their feelings on a wide range of issues facing the profession and the construction industry.
John McKenna's blogSubscription
I’m a UK-based freelance business journalist and have been writing about infrastructure for over six years, working previously as energy editor for project finance website Infrastructure Journal and news editor for New Civil Engineer.
European infrastructure proved itself a safe bet for investors during 2010 and will continue to do so this year, credit ratings experts said last week.
Government to dictate UK electricity capacitySubscription
The UK electricity market faces a return to centralisation with government dictating the quantity and types of generating technology that can be built, it has emerged this week.
2012 enters critical stageSubscription
Firms building the London 2012 stadium were warned against complacency this week as they prepared for the project’s biggest technical challenge so far.
Masdar solar power plant connects to gridSubscription
The 10MW solar power plant for Abu Dhabi’s carbon neutral Masdar city has been connected to the Emirate’s power grid.
Generator ScottishPower today switched on the first carbon capture facility for a commercial coal-fired power station in the UK.