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Civil engineering in the paper today - Tuesday 23rd September 2008

Ministers are pressing ahead with plans for a highly controversial third runway at Heathrow and intend to approve the expansion before Christmas, The Times has learnt. . . . .

Although the Government is still sifting through tens of thousands of public submissions on the airport's proposed expansion, it is understood that senior figures have already decided to sanction it - The Times

Olympic building projects are at risk because skilled Polish workers are going back home and there are not enough qualified British workers to replace them, leading industry figures have said. A fast-track training scheme is being put into place to teach Britons basic construction skills, including how to use a digger - The Times

John Hutton, the Business Secretary, vowed yesterday to take on critics of new coal and nuclear power stations, arguing that their construction was vital to securing Britain's long-term energy needs. Addressing the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, he said that an international battle for energy security was emerging as one of the most significant threats to Britain's competitiveness and its sovereignty - The Times

Greater use of coal, along with building more nuclear power stations, was essential for Britain's energy security in a world where most resources were in "unstable" regions, Mr Hutton told the Labour Party conference. Committing Britain to more coal-fired stations will be contentious and open the Government to further criticism that it is not serious about meeting climate change targets by cutting emissions - The Daily Telegraph

The board of French nuclear power company EdF has approved the terms of an increased takeover for rival British Energy ahead of a likely announcement tomorrow. At a meeting yesterday, EdF, the world's largest nuclear power generator, is understood to have agreed to raise its offer from 765p a share by about 9p, valuing BE at £12.4bn - The Daily Telegraph

Britain needs to undergo a "renaissance in nuclear power", and coal will continue to be a "critically important fuel" for the country, the business secretary, John Hutton, said today. In an outspoken speech, designed to put pressure on the Tories as they outline restrictions on coal-fired power stations, Hutton said that the two controversial sources of energy are crucial to ensure Britain retains a secure supply of energy – The Guardian

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