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  • John McKenna

    Offshore wind – market reform not enoughSubscription

    Article17 February, 2011

    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.

  • Collapse: what is left of the building

    Load bearing wall removal suspected in building collapse VideoSubscription

    Article3 February, 2011

    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.

  • John McKenna

    Hitting the refinancing wallSubscription

    Article26 January, 2011

    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.

  • John McKenna

    Join the debate at nce.co.ukSubscription

    Article26 January, 2011

    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

    John McKenna's blogSubscription

    Article20 January, 2011

    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.

  • Experts say there's money in infrastructure

    Credit rating experts say there’s profit in infrastructureSubscription

    Article20 January, 2011

    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.

  • Offshore windfarm

    Government to dictate UK electricity capacitySubscription

    Article13 January, 2011

    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.

  • Big build: Construction of the stadium has entered its second year on schedule

    2012 enters critical stageSubscription

    Article4 June, 2009

    Firms building the London 2012 stadium were warned against complacency this week as they prepared for the project’s biggest technical challenge so far.

  • Solar panels

    Masdar solar power plant connects to gridSubscription

    Article3 June, 2009

    The 10MW solar power plant for Abu Dhabi’s carbon neutral Masdar city has been connected to the Emirate’s power grid.

  • energy nuclear coalfiredpowerstation

    First carbon capture facility for commercial coal-fired plant switches onSubscription

    Article29 May, 2009

    Generator ScottishPower today switched on the first carbon capture facility for a commercial coal-fired power station in the UK.

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