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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Wednesday 3 December 2008

Stobart Group is buying Southend airport in a £21M deal that it hopes could restore the status of what was once a leading London airport. . . . . .

Andrew Tinkler, chief executive of the Carlisle-based transport company, said: "This will be our London gateway. We need something in the South and we think we have got Southend at a keen price, considering its potential." - The Times

Tata Steel has asked the Dutch Government to support thousands of jobs at Corus, its Anglo-Dutch subsidary. A spokesman said that plans were for 6,400 workers in the Netherlands to work one day less per week for six weeks - The Times

Local councillors have paved the way for a controversial Tesco goods depot despite opposition from residents who have dubbed it a "megashed." A campaign against the depot by residents in Andover, Hampshire, has been supported by the AA and two former transport secretaries - The Guardian

The Co-op has underlined its green credentials by opening what it claims to be Britain's first hydro-powered store. The food shop at New Mills, Derbyshire, is running its electricity through a link with the nearby river Goyt - The Guardian

EDF, the French electricity company, will learn on December 22 whether its £12.5bn bid for British Energy, the nuclear generator, has been passed by European competition authorities without having to face a Phase Two competition inquiry. If Brussels insists on a longer look, it would be a serious blow to EDF's hopes of expanding in the UK and to government's plans to secure the future of British Energy, which owns most of Britain's nuclear power stations, such as Dungeness in Kent - The Financial Times

Europe's biggest onshore wind farm plugged itself into the grid yesterday to provide enough electricity for up to a million people in northern Portugal. A total of 120 windmills are dotted around the highlands of the Upper Minho region of Portugal as one of Western Europe's poorer nations continues to forge its reputation as a renweables champion - The Guardian

The pace of decline in the UK construction sector last month was the fastest in more than 10 years, dragging it to new lows, the latest gloomy survey shows. The housing industry was the worst hit, but commercial and civil engineering output also fell at record rates since the Construction Purchasing Managers' Index began in April 1997 - The Daily Telegraph

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