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In the papers today - Thursday 24th May

Metronet, the private company upgrading and maintaining two thirds of London Underground, was asked by Tube officials to paint Lancaster Gate station three times in different shades of grey until they were happy with the colour, the firm has revealed.
Metronet's chief executive Andrew Lezala said this was an example of London Underground's wasteful job specification which left the contractor with £1bn in cost overruns - The TelegraphNuclear reactor designer Westinghouse, owned by Toshiba, is plunging into the race to build the next generation of power stations.It will start applying for a license in the next few days so that its design can be used to build reactors in Britain. General Electric and Areva have also submitted plans. BP has abandoned plans to build a £1bn 'green' carbon capture and storage power plant in a snub to Trade Secretary Alistair Darling on the day that he unveiled a new energy strategy aimed at reducing carbon emissions. BP had spent £30M developing a gas-fired plant with Scottish & Southern Energy, storing 90% of emissions in depleted oil field - The TelegraphThe proporals to build a Severn Barrage could hamper the creation of a £400M deep water port at Avonmouth, the Bristol Port Company has warned. The new port aims to reduce costs for importers and cut carbon emissions from trucks, but the 16km barrage would potentially bar access to the biggest container ships - The Financial TimesThe government has admitted it is likely to miss its own targets for renewable power generation. Problems with incentives to energy generators, planning curbs and difficulties connecting renewable power to the National Grid mean Britain will not be getting 20% of its national energy consumption from renewables by 2020 - The TelegraphThe government is considering building nuclear power stations on the sites of old coal and gas fired power stations in Oxfordshire and the South East, according to documents released yesterday as part of the nuclear consultation. A report by Jackson Consulting says that of the existing 19 nuclear sites only 9 are suitable for new development and only four for immediate development - The Guardian

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