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Climate Summit prompts $175bn boost for green transport in Africa

26/09/2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and its sister institutions have committed to providing US$175bn (£107bn) in finance to boost sustainable transport on the continent. more »

Bechtel completes Texan power plant

26/09/2014: Bechtel has completed the Panda Temple I generating station in Temple, Texas, two weeks ahead of schedule. more »

Australia looks to UK for BIM best practice

25/09/2014: The head of the British government’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Force has met with government agencies and businesses in Australia to talk about how BIM is transforming the way large projects are planned, designed, built and managed in the UK. more »

Twisted design unveiled for Sydney tower

25/09/2014: Danish architect 3XN has won the design competition for AMP Capital’s landmark Quay Quarter Sydney development in Sydney, Australia. more »

New York plans $5.5bn transport expansion

24/09/2014: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has published a five-year, US$32bn (£19.5bn) capital programme, which includes US$5.5bn (£3.3bn) to expand the network. more »

Skanska wins Polish flood protection contract

24/09/2014: Skanska has signed a contract, to construct flood protection facilities, a railway bridge and three road bridges in Wroclaw, Poland. more »

Russia and Jordan sign deal for nuclear plant construction

24/09/2014: The nuclear agencies of Jordan and Russia have signed a project development agreement on construction of a nuclear power plant in the province of Zarqa in central Jordan. more »

Strukton and BAM move into test phase on Delft station

24/09/2014: Contractors including Strukton and BAM have presented Delft’s new underground station for acceptance by the client ProRail. more »

Dam completed for Mott’s Vietnam hydro scheme

24/09/2014: Reservoir impoundment has begun for the Song Bung 4 hydropower project, which is being built in steep and rugged terrain on an isolated site in Vietnam. more »

Bids invited for Bosnian bypass

23/09/2014: UK Trade & Investment has highlighted opportunities for British businesses to bid for construction and consultancy work for a major new bypass in Bosnia & Herzegovina. more »

New South Wales invites bids for 155km highway upgrade

22/09/2014: Expressions of interest have been invited for delivery of the 155km Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. more »

Lafarge continues debt reduction with Mexican sale

22/09/2014: Lafarge is selling its 47% minority stake in its cement operations in Mexico to Elementia for US$225m (£138m). more »

Offsite construction available online

22/09/2014: Publicity surrounding the record flotation of Chinese e-commerce website Alibaba last week has thrown a spotlight onto the commercial challenges being posed by Chinese companies to British builders. more »

Skanska shortlisted for Virginia road package

22/09/2014: A Skanska joint venture is among three teams shortlisted by Virginia Department of Transportation in the USA for a package of projects known as the Route 29 Solutions. more »

UK rises in rankings for foreign investment

22/09/2014: An assessment of the world’s best countries for investing in infrastructure has put the UK in the top 10. more »

New York gets $1.9bn for storm protection

19/09/2014: New York State is expected to receive US$1.915bn (£1.7bn) in funding from the US federal government to help safeguard infrastructure against severe storms. more »

L&T to build Oman airbase

19/09/2014: Oman’s Ministry of Defence has awarded Larsen & Toubro a contract to build a new airbase in Al Dakhiliya. more »

Greece receives €815m for transport and energy schemes

19/09/2014: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed finance agreeements worth €815m (£643m) for motorways, the Thessaloniki metro and an improved electricity transmission network in Greece. more »

John Holland team lands $650m Australian prison deal

19/09/2014: A consortium of John Holland, GEO, Honeywell and Capella Capital has won a contract to design and build Ravenhall Prison in west Melbourne, Australia. more »

Hong Kong to spend billions on seven new rail lines

18/09/2014: Hong Kong’s transport secretary has outlined plans for seven new railway projects with a total preliminary cost estimate of HK$110bn (£8.7bn). more »

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