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Civil Engineering in the Papers today - Thursday 11th September

E.ON, the German energy group, is drawing up plans to build a £4bn nuclear power station beside the River Severn in Gloucestershire...

...The company has applied to National Grid for a connection that would allow it to build a 1,600 mega-watt nuclear station at Oldbury-on-Severn by April 2020 - The Times

Eon UK, the German-owned energy company, is looking at building a large nuclear power station at Oldbury in Gloucestershire, it emerged on Wednesday, in a sign that the drive for new nuclear investment is gathering pace. Eon has signed an agreement with National Grid to connect up to the electricity network a 1,600 megawatt nuclear power station at Oldbury, the site of an old reactor that is to be shut this year - Financial Times

Efforts by governments to curb migrant numbers by giving preference to skilled workers and erecting barriers to the lower skilled are short-sighted and inefficient, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warns today. Restricting low-skilled migrants also risks an increase in illegal immigration, the OECD says - Financial Times

Countries across the world will have to dramatically increase investment in dams, pipes and other water infrastructure to avoid widespread flooding, drought and disease even before climate change accelerates these problems, experts have warned. Investment needs to be at least doubled from the current level of $80bn (£45.5bn) a year, an international congress was told this week, and one leading authority said spending needed to rise to 1.5% of gross domestic product just "to be able to cope with the current climate" - one thousand times the current level - The Guardian

Barratt Developments is offering an array of incentives - including subsidising stamp duty and mortgages and a price guarantee - in a desparate effort to attract housebuyers after suffering a massive fall in annual profits and admitting that the market still looks very grim. The housebuilder said it would pay the stamp duty on properties worth up to £500,000 and up to £1,000 a month of a customer's mortgage until 2010 - The Guardian

The Uk is building the most cramped houses in Europe in a phenomenon dubbed "rabbit hutch" Britain, with every country in western Europe, from Ireland to Italy, providing bigger new homes. "England and Wales are the only parts of Europe where house-building is unregulated by legally binding minimum space standards," said Ellis Woodman, the curator behind the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, opening today, which examines why the quality of British housing has fallen behind the rest of Europe - The Guardian

Britain's power companies have claimed that a major energy announcement today by Gordon Brown will amount to a "windfall tax" in all but name. The nine energy groups operating in Britain believe that a series of Government initiatives dressed up as "green" measures will leave them significantly out of pocket, with the total take potentially topping £1bn - The Daily Telegraph

Three sites where new nuclear power stations are likely to be built have been put up for sale, with Germany's E.On already showing interest in at least one of them. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in charge of cleaning up Britain's ageing reactors, said yesterday that it would auction the sites after discussions with several potential purchasers - The Daily Telegraph

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