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NCE Live News Updates 5 June 2013: Energy Bill amendment defeated

A move to add a power sector decarbonisation target to the Energy Bill was voted out in the Commons last night.

5pm: A man has died after a cherry picker fell on to the hard shoulder of the M25 this morning.

Thames Valley Police said the man was in the cab of the 38m-tall machine when it fell from a crane depot between junctions 16 and 15.

The incident has been passed to the Health and Safety Executive for investigation.


1pm: Four illegal workers have been arrested following an enforcement visit to a sub-contractor working on the £400M London Bridge station project.

Three men were arrested at the site – two 27-year-olds had overstayed their visas, and a 38-year-old had entered the country illegally. A 21-year-old man working in breach of his visa conditions was later arrested elsewhere.

A Home Office spokesman said a penalty notice was handed to an employee at main contractor Costain to pass to sub-contractor Bowercross Construction.

This notice warned Lanarkshire-based Bowercross that a civil penalty of up to £30,000 would be imposed unless proof was provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.


12.30pm: Heathrow Airport’s refurbished Terminal 2 will open on 4 June 2014, the airport has announced.

The terminal will be completed in November this year before undergoing six months of testing ahead of opening.

“The excellent work here reflects best practice in infrastructure delivery, progressing on time and to budget, working collaboratively with its suppliers,” said commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton.

“This is a great example of successful project management and delivery in the UK and exactly the kind of work government is supporting through the cost review and other initiatives designed to help companies do their bit to give the UK the infrastructure we need to compete in a global market.”


11.30am: A 33-year-old construction worker has been shot with a suspected air weapon in the Scottish Borders.

British Transport Police is appealing for information after the contractor, who was working on a project in the Galashiels area, was injured at about 9.30am yesterday.

He sustained a minor arm injury which required him to attend hospital.

Constable Steven Johnstone said: “This was a pretty stupid act, which could have had serious consequences. Anyone who was in the area at the time and has information regarding those responsible should contact BTP as a matter of urgency.”


11am: The Thameslink programme is at risk of not delivering value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

The first phase of the project to increase train capacity on the route through central London was £143M under budget and delivered on time.

However, lengthy negotiations over train contracts threaten value for money, according to the NAO.

“Delays of more than three years in agreeing the contract to buy new trains mean that delivering value for money from the programme as a whole is at greater risk than the NAO would have expected at this stage,” the watchdog said in a statement.


10am: Dutch firm Ballast Nedam has developed a “modular stadium”, which it says can be dismantled and transported with ease.

The stadium is comprised of three “Plug and Play” core modules: a steel main supporting structure; and elements for the floor and stand.

The firm suggested that a stadium that could be dismantled would be ideal for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup, as the country would have no need for so many large stadiums once the tournament is over.

Modular stadium



9.30am: A move to set a 2030 target for power firms to slash their carbon emissions has been defeated in the House of Commons.

Conservative MP Tim Yeo tabled an amendment to the Energy Bill to allow such a decarbonisation target to be set  - but it was voted out last night.

At the third reading of the Bill, 290 MPs to 267 voted against the amendment.

The Bill was passed with a majority of 396 to 8 and now goes to the House of Lords.

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