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NCE's hot topics: Middle East unrest threatens civils work; The risky business of rail forecasting; Is water regulation overbearing?

This week has seen increasing unrest in the Middle East and UK civils firms with strong ties there are beginning to understand the full impact on their businesses.

While a number were focusing on withdrawing staff from the politically unstable Libya many are now fearing severe consequences ahead in Oman. Read what they told NCE about this fascinating corner of the region here.

High Speed Two remained in the spotlight this week with the news that the routes were now out to consultation to face full public scrutiny. The world of water also takes centre stage as Ofwat tries to uncover whether regulation favours building anew over fixing the old. Our news analysis tackles:

  • High Speed Two is controversial enough but can it make a strong enough business case when so much relies on the risky business of forecasting passenger numbers?
  • Water regulator Ofwat is investigating the problem of firms’ capital versus operating expenditure. Does the bias mean that new water infrastructure is being built when existing pipes could simply be refurbished or upgraded?



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