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Construction of New York's 540m high Freedom Tower is to start on 4 July. The building will stand in the north west corner of the former World Trade Center site.

The Saudi Bin Ladin Group has been shortlisted to build the world's tallest building in Dubai. The 705m Burj Dubai skyscraper, scheduled for completion in 2008, will stand nearly 200m taller than the current world record holder, the 509m tall Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan.

The US arm of contractor Balfour Beatty has won work totalling $200M for road construction in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The work involves the construction of a number of bridges, interchanges and ramps.

US freight operating company Union Pacific said this week that a broken rail caused a train derailment in Kansas last month that destroyed a 19th century bridge. The rail was on the bridge approach and caused 40 carriages to fall into Soldier Creek below. The train company said that a replacement bridge will be completed by the end of this month, less than two months after the event.

The Denmark Carbon Facility was launched last month by specialist carbon trader EcoSecurities and Standard Bank London. It will buy carbon emissions credits for the Danish Environment Ministry and some Danish industries.

Powergrid Corporation shut down thermal and hydroelectric power plants in northern India in early May after the effects of heavy rain and electrical storms threatened grid collapse.

International consultant Golder Associates is merging its UK arm with BHWB which specialises in environmental planning assessment and design. The deal gives Golder new offices in Leeds and Oxfordshire, increasing its UK total to six.

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