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Hyder Consulting last week won a European Union (EU) contract to provide engineering and training advice in Romania and Bulgaria. Hyder's involvement will help bring their processes up to EU standards ready for accession in 2007.

Energy minister Stephen Timms last week announced a £2M grant for solar energy projects across the UK. The larger projects include the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Middlesbrough Football Club and the first solar powered fire station at Richmond in Surrey.

Eurotunnel chief executive Richard Shirrefs last week challenged disgruntled shareholders to name his potential successor as he sought to undermine their attempts to sack the Channel Tunnel operator's board. He also claimed that the shareholders seeking his dismissal had watered down proposals for running the company ahead of a shareholder vote on 7 April.

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