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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Thursday 5 February 2009

GDF-Suez yesterday became the latest French company to set its sights on the UK's nuclear industry when it unveiled plans for a joint venture to help build new reactors in Britain. . . . .

GDF-Suez, 35 per cent owned by the French Government, said that it had formed a partnership with Iberdrola, the Spanish owner of Scottish Power - The Times

For many expatriate workers in Dubai it was the ultimate symbol of their tax-free wealth: a luxurious car that few could have afforded on the money they earned at home. Now, faced with crippling debts as a result of their high living and Dubai's fading fortunes, many expatriates are abandoning their cars at the airport and fleeing home rather than risk jail for defaulting on loans - The Times

Gordon Brown made a significant concession to union pressure yesterday by agreeing to look at greater workers' rights as the price for ending wildcat strikes over foreign contractors. The dispute at the Total oil refinery in Lindsey, Lincolnshire, will be called off formally this morning after the company agreed that 101 "unfilled" jobs would be opened up to British workers after six days of illegal industrial action - The Times

Councils were running out of grit last night as a further 10in of snow was forecast. Grit rationing was imposed with motorways, A-roads and bus routes given priority but less important roads abandoned to teh elements - Daily Telegraph

Ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions are in danger of being missed due to the recession, the Government's main adviser on climate change said. As chairman of the Climate Change Committee, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell is charged with ensuring Briain meets legally-binding targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 - Daily Telegraph

China will spend 580bn yuan (£59.5bn) expanding its energy sector in 2009 with plans for new solar and wind-powered generating capacity, but also nuclear and coal-fired plants, State-owned companies were stepping up investment to meet growing demand and boost economic growth as part of a government stimulus plan, said Zhang Guobao, director of China’s National Energy Administration – The Times

Areva, the French nuclear group agreed yesterday to supply India with up to six nuclear reactors, in one of the first deals since India’s nuclear programme was brought into the international fold last year after decades of isolation. In a preliminary agreement with the state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Areva will provide technical co-operation on two of the heavy-duty 1600MW EPR reactors, at Jaitapur in the state of Maharashtra – The Financial Times

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