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Amec chairman Sydney Gallibrand has been awarded the US Air Force Association's award for outstanding industrial leadership, the John R Alison Award, following the firm's work renovating and rebuilding the Pentagon after the 11 September terrorist attack.

London Underground this week opened a £750,000 extension to its Apprentice Training Unit at Acton Town in west London. The unit will train school leavers in a variety of specialisations to work on the planned modernisation of the Tube.

The government has commissioned research into the viability of capturing carbon dioxide produced by industry and locking it away in depleted North Sea oil or gas wells. The government reckons greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could in this way be 'reduced' by up to 90%. The Department of Trade & Industry study will look at the environmental impact of storing CO 2underground, risks of gases leaking back into the atmosphere, the potential for CO 2being used to enhance oil recovery, and how much capturing and storing the gas will push up energy prices.

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