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What the papers say

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Energy regulator Ofgem chairman Sir John Mogg has called plans to subsidise transmission costs for wind farms 'unnecessary and misguided'. He said the plans would contradict the new European electricity directive to promote competitive energy markets.

Two of Germany's largest companies - DaimlerChrysler and Deutsche Telekom - face losing a government contract to install an electronic lorry tolling scheme. Delays caused by software problems in truck monitoring delayed its introduction, hitting revenues ringfenced for government spending.

Tony Blair launched a privately funded school rebuilding programme worth £2.2bn last week. Up to 180 schools in 19 local education authorities will be refurbished between 2005-6. Managed by Partnership for Schools, the programme will be extended across England over 15 years and is intended to promote the creation of city academies and new specialised schools.

British Waterways is planning a commercial property development on a 20-acre site east of Canary Wharf in London Docklands. The government agency will be seeking a partner for the £2bn enterprise over the next nine months.

Highlands & Islands Enterprise has revealed that construction of the Cairngorms funicular railway cost 32% more than originally thought. The agency blames higher than expected engineering costs.

The Irish Transport ministry commissioned a new study on reopening the western rail corridor between Cork and Sligo last week in defiance of the government's Strategic Rail Review which said the link would not be viable.

Airlines banned from operating in Europe due to poor safety records are to be publicly named. MEPs have demanded better informationsharing following recent aircrashes such as that of a Flash Airlines Boeing 737 in the Red Sea.

Liverpool and England footballer Michael Owen is in a court battle with a builder. The builder is denying claims that he sought payment for unnecessary work, work not done and work already paid for.

The construction group Amec says it plans to recover the £100M annual turnover it is due to lose when Network Rail takes its track maintenance back in-house by taking market share from its competitors.

Drought-stricken sub-Saharan countries are challenging Egypt's rights to the water of the Nile. Tanzania is due to start building a 168km pipeline to Lake Victoria, which feeds the Nile, next month. This flouts the 1929 Nile Water Agreement which gives Egypt right of veto over such works.

Kenya has threatened to withdraw from the treaty.

Network Rail is having problems setting up a deal to raise money with loans backed by its track access charges. Credit rating agencies are unwilling to give the track operator the AA rating it needs to ensure it can raise the money cheaply enough.

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