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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Wednesday 24th September 2008

The world's first commercial wave power plant started working off Portugal's coast yesterday in a project that would be expanded nearly 10-fold over the next few years. . . .

Three articulated "sea-snakes" moored to the seabed three miles off the northern coast, each about the length of a nuclear submarine, generate a total of 2.25 megawatts, enough to supply 1,500 households with electricity - The Guardian

The UK's main nuclear power generator is set to be bought today by French energy group EDF in a £12.4bn deal that should kick-start government plans for a new generation of atomic plants. British Energy, saved from bankruptcy by the state in 2002, is being acquired by EDF primarily because the French want to win control of attractive sites on which to construct more nuclear plants - The Guardian

Fire crews were tackling a serious blaze yesterday evening at a £360 million shopping centre development that is under construction in Bath. The Southgate centre, which is due for completion in 2010, was rocked by a series of blasts, believed to be gas cylinders exploding, shortly before 5pm - The Times

Severn Trent said its interim results would be in line with expectations, despite the continued volatility in chemical and other commodity prices. The UK's second largest water utility, which serves more than 8m people in the Midlands, is benefiting from higher prices allowed by the regulator Ofwat, as well as its determination to keep annual operating costs 3pc below the regulator's target over the next two years - The Daily Telegraph

The Large Hadron Collider, which aims to unravel the secrets of the Big Bang, will be closed until Spring 2009 as scientists work to repair a magnetic failure. A ton of helium spilt into the machine's 17-mile tunnel on Friday, forcing scientists to shut it down less than 10 days after the start of the project in Geneva, Switzerland - The Daily Telegraph

In a picture-postcard landscape of farms and villages at the foot of the Quantock hills, Hinkley Point on the north Somerset coast is an unlikely setting for a revolution in British energy policy. But it is here that the first new nuclear power station in Britain for more than two decades is likely to be built, following the £12.4bn ($23bn) takeover of British Energy by EDF. The takeover is expected to be announced on Wednesday - The Financial Times

The summer’s poor weather put a damper on the consumption of water, Severn Trent said today. In an interim statement, the company confirmed revenue this year was likely to fall by £12m to £14m, or about 1 per cent, after customers left their hoses and sprinklers in the garage and let the British rain do its worst - The Financial Times

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