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In the papers - Monday 11 February

Network Rail faces tighter controls under plans to be unveiled by the regulator this week...

...The heavily criticised infrastructure company will be told to reduce its costs and get a stronger grip on the country's track and signalling system by the Office of Rail Regulation - The Daily Telegraph

Des Browne, the defence secretary, will give his backing today to a multi-million pound investment to upgrade the Rosyth dockyard in Fife. The investment will enable the yard to accommodate two new aircraft carriers being built for the Royal Navy and comes at a time of industry concerns over the funding of large equipment procurement programmes - Financial Times

Farnborough airport, the most important base in the UK for private jet travel, is having to turn away customers because the surge in demand for business aviation is pushing the airport to its planning limits. The position is particularly acute at weekends, when demand is running at twice the level permitted by the local planning authority - Financial Times

Private sector suppliers are being forced to increase the diversity of heir work forces and improve their green credentials to win contracts worth billions with London Authorities. The Greater London Authority Group, which includes Transport for London, the Metropolitan police and the London Development Agency, and spends £3bn a year on goods and services, has written new "responsible procurement" clauses into dozens of large contracts - Financial Times

Turkey will be urged this week to give more support to the proposed Nabucco natural gas pipeline, following mounting European Union concern about Ankara's commitment to the project. Jozias van Aartsen, the EU's co-coordinator for natural gas projects in southern Europe, will visit Ankara on Thursday to press Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, to tackle some of the obstacles facing the plan - Financial Times

It has been a problem that's baffled children armed with buckets and spades for generations, yet new research has revealed that building the sturdy sandcastle is easier than first thought. The strength of the sandcastle does not depend on the ratio of sand and water, but on the way the grains of sand interact with the water, according to German scientists - The Daily Telegraph

The cause of the fire that devastated the famous Camden Market is still being investigated amid concerns that more than 300 businesses could be lost. The damage bill for the fire on Saturday could run into millions of pounds, it has been claimed - The Daily Telegraph

A £50M fund to fund tidal energy grants has succeeded in attracting just two applicants – and both were rejected. The Marine Renewable Deployment Fund was condemned by business groups yesterday as a failure – The Times

A full-scale evacuation from a North Sea oil rig was sparked after a female employee apparently told colleagues of a dream she had about a bomb being on the platform – The Times

The Crown Estate will earn windfall profits of at least £100M a year from Britain's booming offshore renewable energy industry. The estate, which owns the foreshore and seabed around the UK has already signed contracts worth millions of pounds with operators of offshore wind farms – The Times

The speed with which new nuclear power plants can be built will be key to the decision on which atomic reactor designs are selected for use in the UK, according to the Government – The Times

Britain's retail energy suppliers are at loggerheads with the industry regulator Ofgem over the best way to introduce "smart meters" to every home in Britain. Ofgem is pressing for all-out competition for the work to install and monitor an estimated 45m meters over the next decade. In contrast, the Energy Retail Association (ERA) would like to see the work awarded through a series of regional franchises, where meter installers would bid to fit all the meters in a particular area, irrespective of the energy supplier - The Guardian

A bidding war for Biffa threatened to break out yesterday after the waste management company accepted a takeover from a private equity consortium, valuing its equity at £1.2bn. Three rivals have emerged as potential challengers to the agreed bid from Montagu Private Equity and Global Infrastructure Partners, pitched at 350p a share - The Financial Times

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