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 - 25 September

Plans for investment in the electricity and gas transmission networks over the next five years will be set out by the energy regulator today in the final paper from its transmission price control review before its conclusions are delivered in November. National Grid, which owns most of the transmission networks of pipes and wires, hopes for a more favourable pricing regime than was proposed by Ofgem in its previous paper in June. The Financial Times
Manufacturers' energy costs are still rising in spite of the recent fall in wholesale prices, the leading industry association has warned. Most manufacturers buy gas and electricity on one- and two-year contracts, and as they come up for renewal, companies will be paying more to reflect the run-up in prices from 2003 to 2005. The Financial TimesMuch of British industry is tied into long-term energy contracts and so will be slow to benefit from the recent falls in oil, gas and electricity prices, the Engineering Employers' Federation says today. The EEF's annual energy survey showed that many firms, which used to negotiate one-year supply contracts, had been frightened by the rapid rises in electricity and gas prices early this year into signing contracts for two or more years. The Guardian Britain has raised concerns with Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, over last week's withdrawal of Shell's permit to develop the $20bn (£10bn) Sakhalin-2 energy project, suggesting the move could spark a diplomatic row. Approval by the Russian natural resources ministry for Shell's liquefied natural gas project on Sakhalin island, in the far east of the country, was abruptly withdrawn last Monday on environmental grounds. A Downing Street spokesperson said yesterday: 'The government is raising its concerns about the decision with the Russian government. Downing Street is following this very closely.' The Guardian Thousands of daily bus services will be scrapped and fares will rise by 20 per cent during the next decade in a continuing exodus from public transport to the car, a report has found. The Government is falling well short of its official target of increasing bus use in every region. Passenger numbers are declining in every large city apart from London, the only area where services remain under public control. The Times The construction of a pantheon of Hundu gods and goddesses in London by craftsman from West Bengal is nearing its climax. The straw and clay statues, made by Nimai Chandrapal, Bishwajit Chakravarti and Madhusasaden Palare, are part of the Voices of Bengal exhibition at the British Museum and include the gods Durga, Ganesh, Kartik and Saraswati. 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.