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In the papers today - Monday 7th January

Consumers may face higher electricity bills to cover the future decommissioning costs of a new generation of nuclear power stations to be announced this week

Ministers have met several electricity firms known to be interested in building up to 10 new stations and they are understood to have demanded long term commitments to guarantee their investments - expected to be about £10bn a station - The Guardian

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given the clearest sign yet that Labour will push ahead with a controversial new wave of nuclear power plants. He said yesterday that Britain must prepare itself for the "new world". An announcement is expected tomorrow when John Hutton, the business secretary, addresses MPs - Daily Telegraph

British motorists are nearly three times as likely as their American counterparts to suffer damage to their cars from poorly maintained roads, according to research published by the insurer Warranty Direct. Potholes cause about a third of mechanical failures to cars in the UK but only an eighth in the US, it found - The Guardian

A UK company is to supply temporary power generation equipment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic games in a deal worth £18m. Glasgow based Aggreko will today announce it is providing up to 160 MW of power across 40 Olympic venues in six cities, enough to supply 150,000 homes - The Guardian

The East London Line Extension will be open on time in June 2010 senior project manager for the £1.4bn project Barry Noble has said. Demolition of a viaduct near Liverpool over Christmas that was obstructing the new route has been completed on time - Financial Times

Sydney based infrastructure investment fund Babcock & Brown has said it aims to become the first major international operator of bulk ports, after a little noticed series of transactions that has already made it number three in the sector in Europe - Financial Times

Gazprom, Russia's state-owned energy giant, has offered to invest billions of dollars in developing the gas sector in Nigeria, where western majors have traditionally put most of their efforts into extracting oil. Nigeria is believed to have some of the largest untapped gas reserves in the world - Financial Times

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