I moved into journalism late after working as a photographer in Cairo, a DJ in Sao Paulo, running an organic food shop in Manchester, and working in politics. I started at NCE in October 2006 and my first day was taken up with a bridge collapse in Canada. I have since ridden on a Tunnel Boring Machine beep below the palace of Versailles, stood on an earth dam which may have collapsed at any minute, and reported from the Grayrigg crash site in Northumbria. I mostly cover transport, so please email me with any stories you think we should know about.
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The iconic sphere at the Dounreay nuclear reactor site will be removed by 2032 as part of plans to “flatten” the site, the site management company confirmed this week.
Nuclear contractors need helpSubscription
Firms bidding to build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will need help to tackle the complexity of the project and deliver the quality of workmanship required, client NNB warned this week.
Budget caps will see 182 jobs lost at the Dounreay nuclear site and prolong decommissioning by 14 years, the site operator revealed this week.
Plant: Hammer TimeSubscription
On the Cornish south coast on the Lizard peninsula, contractor Bam Nuttall is putting its latest piling rig through its paces.
In France and Germany geothermal power is relatively widespread, yet in the UK there remains just one power plant under development. But new technologies could soon make this energy source more attractive.
Turning to the tideSubscription
Consultants Halcrow and Mott MacDonald have joined forces to promote tidal energy around the world. But their biggest challenge is UK-based - the Severn barrage. Ed Owen reports.
In at the deep endSubscription
Developers planning the latest offshore wind power installations are using skills learnt by the oil and gas industry. Ed Owen reports on their application.
Hinkley Point reactor plans gather paceSubscription
Energy giant EdF has this week gone against local opinion and ruled out building a bypass around the town of Bridgwater in Somerset to support the construction of a new nuclear reactor at nearby Hinkley Point.
New energy minister Charles Hendry has indicated that the government is examining options for incentivising the construction of new fossil fuel and nuclear power stations to bridge Britain’s looming energy gap.
ICE: Transport and energy crisis loomsSubscription
The government must take “urgent” decisions to head off a transport and energy crisis within the next five years says the ICE in its annual “State of the Nation” report.