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John McKenna

I'm a UK-based freelance business journalist and have been writing about infrastructure for over six years, working previously as energy editor for project finance website Infrastructure Journal and news editor for New Civil Engineer. My articles on infrastructure have appeared in mainstream publications such as The Times newspaper and I now write extensively for UK B2B publications. I write predominately about the construction and financing of infrastructure projects in the following sectors: renewable energy, traditional power, oil & gas, transport, water and waste.

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07734 355081


  • Collapse: what is left of the building

    Load bearing wall removal suspected in building collapse VideoSubscription

    03 February 2011

    Engineers this week said that the collapse of a four-storey retail property in Hertfordshire appeared to have been caused by the removal of part of a load bearing wall.

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    Join the debate at

    26 January, 2011

    NCE this week launches it forums page on to allow civil engineers to vent their feelings on a wide range of issues facing the profession and the construction industry.

  • Experts say there's money in infrastructure

    Credit rating experts say there’s profit in infrastructureSubscription

    20 January 2011

    European infrastructure proved itself a safe bet for investors during 2010 and will continue to do so this year, credit ratings experts said last week.

  • Offshore windfarm

    Government to dictate UK electricity capacitySubscription

    13 January 2011

    The UK electricity market faces a return to centralisation with government dictating the quantity and types of generating technology that can be built, it has emerged this week.

  • Big build: Construction of the stadium has entered its second year on schedule

    2012 enters critical stageSubscription

    4 June 2009

    Firms building the London 2012 stadium were warned against complacency this week as they prepared for the project’s biggest technical challenge so far.Construction of the key Olympic venue has just entered its second year on schedule, but Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt warned that erection of the £496M stadium’s cablenet roof was a major risk to the success of the project.“Everybody in construction knows that a successful project is only ever a hair’s width away

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    Masdar solar power plant connects to gridSubscription

    3 June, 2009

    The 10MW solar power plant for Abu Dhabi’s carbon neutral Masdar city has been connected to the Emirate’s power grid.

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    First carbon capture facility for commercial coal-fired plant switches onSubscription

    29 May, 2009Comments (1)

    Generator ScottishPower today switched on the first carbon capture facility for a commercial coal-fired power station in the UK.

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    London 2012 cycle venue foundations completedSubscription

    28 May, 2009

    More than 900 piles have been driven to depths of up to 26m to complete the foundations of the London 2012 Velodrome, the Olympics main cycling venue.

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    CCS: UK and Norway join forces on North Sea CO2 storageSubscription

    28 May, 2009Comments (1)

    A study of the role of the North Sea in providing storage space under the sea-bed for carbon dioxide from European countries was commissioned today jointly by the UK and Norway.

  • Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)

    Bid prices in 12 month declineSubscription

    28 May 2009

    Tender prices for captial projects have fallen over the last year, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) said last week.It said 60% of contractors claimed that tender prices for capital projects had fallen.In addition, 42% of contractors claim that tender prices for repair and maintenance work are lower than they were this time last year. These findings appear in the latest CECA Workload Trends Survey.Even though the survey reported an upwa

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Blog posts

  • Offshore wind – market reform not enough

    At a conference at Barclays Capital’s London headquarters last week financiers and developers were critical of the UK’s proposed electricity reforms, saying they will fail to attract the type of investment that offshore wind needs.

    John McKenna's blog17 February, 2011

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  • Hitting the refinancing wall

    A large number of infrastructure companies and projects will need to refinance their debt in the next couple of years, and this “refinancing wall” is likely to have a negative impact on investment in new build schemes.

    John McKenna's blog26 January, 2011

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