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In the papers - Friday, 12 October

China plans to relocate four million people from the hillsides around Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest, in an unprecedented effort to stave off an environmental disaster...

...The relocation will take between 10 and 15 years but was necessary as the area’s “ecological safety” was at risk according to senior officials. The announcement comes after reports of the environmental effects of the £13bn dam, one of the worlds most ambitious infrastructure projects, whose first stage opened in 2003 - The Daily Telegraph

Ministers are relying heavily on the private finance initiative to avoid big European Union fines for failing to hit landfill targets, the comprehensive spending review reveals. At the same time the amount the taxpayer is committed to pay for current PFI projects continues to climb – up another £10bn since the Treasury last released the figures, to £18bn – Financial Times

China is considering limiting the operations of steel makers, petrochemical plants and other factories near Beijing for nearly two months next year in order to reduce air pollution during the Olympic Games, according to local media – Financial Times

German utility RWE is in talks with Britain's largest operator of nuclear power plants, British Energy, about building nuclear power stations in the UK. British Energy says it is in talks with more than 10 companies about building reactors if given the go-ahead by Government, with Eon another likely suitor - The Guardian

BIG players in the UK energy industry are considering a formal protest over Alistair Darling’s “green” reforms in a growing business backlash against his Pre-Budget Report. Scottish and Southern Energy, British Gas owner Centrica and Royal Dutch Shell are among companies unhappy at Mr Darling’s decision to scrap a type of carbon-capture technology which has already cost millions of pounds - The Daily Telegraph

Centrica is about to withdraw from a £200M project to redevelop a key gas terminal in frustration over lengthy planning delays and the role played by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The company is part of a consortium that wants to build a plant in Essex to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), an energy source regarded as essential to help meet Britain’s future power needs - The Daily Telegraph

THE world’s largest greenhouse was being feted yet again yesterday as the Eden Project was named the best British building of the past 20 years. The project, which has been a phenomenal success story and become one of Britain’s best loved attractions in just five years won “best of the best” prize in the British Construction Industry’s 20th anniversary awards while the Channel Tunnel was named the top civil engineering project - The Independent

Construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant will begin next year. The creation of a domestic nuclear energy source was essential to guarantee the former Soviet republic’s national security said President Alexander Lukashenko - The Independent

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