Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

In the papers today - 17 October

Britain's nuclear power industry almost ground to a halt yesterday just hours after Tony Blair heralded a new era in energy supply security with the opening of a new gas pipeline from Norway. The discovery of more cracks in boiler tubes forced British Energy to shut down two plants, Hunterston B in Scotland and Hinkley Point B in Gloucestershire. The company also disclosed for the first time that only one of its eight plants is operating at full output.
A controversial wind farm that opponents say will be a hazard to birds has been given the go-ahead by the High Court. Philip Merricks, a farmer and campaigner, tried to block plans to construct the 26-turbine wind farm at Walland Marsh, Kent. The site is close to a special protection area for birds - The Times The 203ft Pyramid of Peace and Accord, right, in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, was designed by the British architect Sir Norman Foster and built in less than two years. It was commissioned by President Nazarbayev to host a congress of world religious leaders, an event meant to put Kazakhstan on the map as a serious player in global affairs - The Times Lead, nickel and tin prices hit record highs at the London Metal Exchange yesterday, with all the key metals now achieving records in 2006. Tin was the last of the metals to reach a record price this year when three-month delivery contracts reached $11,000 per tonne yesterday - The Times Sea Containers, the owner of GNER, is considering bringing a legal action in the European courts to prevent Grand Central, a rival train operator, from operating over its tracks. The US-listed transport and freight group, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last night, believes that the High Court was wrong to grant the so-called 'open access' operator the go ahead in a judicial review in August - The Times The Airbus A350 may be delayed until 2014, senior figures in the aviation industry have predicted. The aircraft, which will compete with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, has already been sent back for a redesign and was due to come into service in 2012 - The Times Emirates is to send a team of engineers to the Toulouse headquarters of Airbus amid fears that the aircraft manufacturer may struggle to deliver the A380 superjumbo by a newly agreed deadline. A series of production delays has pushed delivery of the A380 back by two years from original estimates. This has angered launch customers such as Emirates, the jet's biggest backer with 43 orders worth £7bn - The Times Hopes that Eurotunnel's debt restructuring will be completed this month are fading after the Channel Tunnel operator said that the timetable for an agreement was drifting. Disruption at airports this summer helped the Tunnel operator to attract more cars and lorries, with sales up 7% to £149.5M in the third quarter of the year. Revenue from shuttle trains jumped 12% to £87.3M - The Times Trains will run with a shorter safety gap to the one behind under a new control system that squeezes more capacity from tracks. Network Rail is planning to test the system in North Wales before installing it on high speed lines - The Times Compulsory water meters have moved a step closer after Thames Water, the UK's biggest water company, said it wanted to introduce them for any customer moving house after 2010. Thames Water's lead is likely to be followed by other drought-hit water companies in southern England - The Daily Telegraph Thames Water, Britain's biggest water company, was sold last night to the acquisitive Australian bank Macquarie for £8bn in a surprise climax to the four-way battle for the business. Macquarie saw off three other bidders, including a partnership between the investment arm of the Gulf state of Qatar and the investment bank UBS, which was widely thought to have won the auction for Thames launched this year by its German owner RWE - The Independent One of Britain's flagship nuclear facilities has been criticised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for significant safety lapses after a radioactive leak went undetected for months. British Nuclear Group was fined £500,000 yesterday in a case brought by the HSE for breaches at the Thorp reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, Britain's largest nuclear site - The Financial Times Ten people died and one was trapped after a fire at a coal mine in the northern province of Hebei yesterday. Chinese coalmines are seen as the most dangerous in the world, with a rate of about 16 fatalities a day, according to official figures - The Times

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.