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News in Brief

The European Investment Bank has agreed to a £33M loan for the extension of the Cairo Metro Line 2, from Giza to El Minib. The scheme will involve construction of 2.6km of tunnel and two new stations, as well as 1km of sidings.

Taiwan's capital city Taipei will become home to the world's tallest sky-scraper after aviation authority the Civil Aeronautics Administration lifted height restrictions this week. The Taipei Financial Centre, which is already under construction, will top out at 508m tall. Flights have been re-routed to allow construction to full height.

Energy and industry minister Brian Wilson has launched a new renewable energy organisation, Renewables UK, designed to stimulate the domestic market and promote UK engineering expertise and renewables technologies overseas. It is estimated the global renewable energy market will be worth between £500bn and £1,500bn by 2020.

Rail maintenance contractor Jarvis Facilities was this week fined £7000 at Towcester Magistrates Court for a breach of section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act. The prosecution followed an investigation by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate into an incident on June 3 at Weedon, Northants on the West Coast Main Line. Sub contractors had to jump clear when an engineering train collided with a trolley loaded with welding equipment.

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