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Civil engineering in the news - Friday 26th September

EDF came under attack yesterday from rivals furious at a condition of its deal for British Energy that allows the French group to sit on key sites for new nuclear power stations until 2011...

E.ON, the German power company, gave warning that the clause, buried in EDF’s £12.5 billion offer document for British Energy, could block the development of new plants considered vital to the stability of Britain’s energy infrastructure - The Times

A 50-storey glass pyramid is to transform the Paris skyline after officials eager to rejuvenate the city voted to drop a ban on high-rise buildings. The building will be the first of six innovative towers on the city's outskirts reaching as high as 200 metres (650ft) into the sky - The Times

Hot and sweaty tube journeys are to become a memory for millions of commuters after London mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the first air-conditioned London Underground trains. But millions more will still be consigned to cattle-truck conditions underground, where temperatures regularly top 30C in the summer, because most of the network is too small for the new trains - The Guardian

Dozens of flights were cancelled and hundreds delayed at airports across southeast England yesterday due to a glitch at the main air traffic control centre. More than 10,000 passengers were stranded and at least 88 flights scrapped at London airports, with services at Cardiff International and Manchester also affected - The Guardian

Residents of the planned eco towns in England could face strict monitoring of their travel habits, home insulation and even wasted food, to ensure they are truly living a "green" lifestyle. Experts advising the government on its plans to build up to 10 eco towns by 2020, yesterday called for ministers to toughen environmental standards for the developments with monitoring to ensure their carbon footprint is three times smaller than the British average - The Guardian

The aviation regulator yesterday expressed strong support for the break-up of BAA, the UK airports operator, and urged the sale of two of its airports in London and one in Scotland. The Civil Aviation Authority, the economic regulator for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, said a break-up of BAA could be expected to increase competition "significantly" between airports in the south-east of England and between airports in Scotland "to the benefit of passengers, airlines and the wider economy" - The Financial Times

London’s Olympic chiefs on Thursday warned that contributions from the private sector to the costs of two of the biggest 2012 projects were likely to be much smaller than originally expected as a result of the credit crunch. The Olympic Delivery Authority, which oversees the London 2012 venues, said the economic conditions were undermining the development partners’ ability to borrow sums on favourable terms - The Financial Times

United Utilities, the water, waste and electricity network operator is on track to deliver half-year results in line with expectations - The Financial Times

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