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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Wednesday 11 February 2009

National Grid is drawing up plans for a new business unit that will pipe carbon dioxide emissions from UK power stations for storage in geological formations beneath the North Sea, The Times has learnt...

National Grid believes the business, dubbed National Grid Carbon, can play a major role in the company's long-term growth by serving UK power plants fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment - The Times

Tens of millions of pounds in taxpayers' money will be pumped into the Olympic park in east London to prevent it becoming a white elephant in the years after the games have finished, ministers announced yesterday. Amid diminishing private sector enthusiasm for investing in the Olympics, Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, Boris Johnson, the London mayor , and Hazel Blears, secretary of state for communities, unveiled legacy plans based around a string of public facilities - The Guardian

Clad in glistening titanium zinc alloy, Beijing's 159-metre (522ft) Television Cultural Centre Tower (TVCC) shot up in flames on Monday night, ignited by ambitious fireworks during new year celebrations - The Guardian

Unemployed construction workers plan to protest at two power stations as union leaders said that the row over foreign workers remains unresolved. A series of wildcat strikes ended last week after a deal in North Lincolnshire, but new protests will be held in Nottinghamshire and Kent - The Times

BAA's majority shareholder has seen the value of its equity stake in the airports operator fall by €2.1bn (£1.8bn) and still has a 20% probability of defaulting on its loand, a laeding City analyst has warned. Robert Crimes at Credit Suisse said BAA's 50%-owner, spanish construction group Ferrovial, faced key challenges, but the risk of a BAA default had declined from his earlier estimates of 35% - The Daily Telegraph

Floods surged across parts of southern England yesterday after a night of driving rain. Homes were evacuated, schools were closed and travel disrupted as the downpour brought a month's rain in a day to some areas - The Times

Much of southern England began a major mopping up operation yesterday after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Parts of the south and south west suffered severe flooding as torrential rain mixed with melting snow - The Daily Telegraph

The London Olympics will create "a thriving district of new communities", the mayor and ministers pledged yesterday as they published a detailed masterplan for the legacy to be left by the 2012 games. Despite the rising costs of building the games venues and a lack of private sector financing, Boris Johnson, London's mayor, expressed confidence the £1bn legacy plan would boost prosperity in east London and signal the area's "new importance in a 21st-century London" - Financial Times


Floods hit many parts of the south on Tuesday, damaging homes and disrupting businesses and transport. They were not on the scale as those of the summer of 2007 that left thousands homeless, said the Environment Agency, which has responsibility for flood warnings. But areas of Essex, Somerset, Sussex and nearby counties were all badly hit, with rivers bursting their banks and roads and rail transport disrupted - Financial Times

The authorities have detained senior managers at Dubai Waterfront, one of the emirate’s most ambitious property developments, as part of an investigation into bribery allegations. The detentions come amid a series of emirate-wide probes into alleged fraudulent activity at state-backed property developers and banks which has rocked Dubai in the past 12 months - Financial Times

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