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South Korea's Ministry of Communications & Transportation has appointed UK contractor Amec to deliver a 10.3km long cable stayed bridge linking the airport on Yongjong Island with Sondo New Town, south west of Seoul, under a 30 year design build finance operate contract. The six-lane Incheon Second Airport Toll Bridge is expected to be complete by 2009.

Twelve people died and 30 were injured when a third floor balcony packed with partygoers collapsed in Chicago, US, last month. It is thought up to 50 people were dancing on the timber structure when the floor gave way and plunged to the ground.

Contractor Amec has succeeded in melting simulated radioactive waste, locking it into the ground as a vitrified mass that, it claims, is 10 times stronger than concrete. The ú5M full scale test was carried out in Washington State to show that nuclear waste can be disposed of by locking it permanently into the ground. It involved placing waste in a large underground champer capped with concrete and passing enormous electric currents through it via two electrodes. Temperatures reached 2,000degC. Two further tests will take place this month. Client is the US Department of Energy.

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