Sudan top envoy welcomes withdrawal of groups from disputed area

Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that with this move, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have left the local Joint Integrated Units – combining forces of both parties – as the only military force in the town.Last May, deadly fighting broke out in Abyei, which led to the destruction of much of the town and the sudden displacement of tens of thousands of residents. The following month, an agreement was reached on a road map seeking to restore stability to the region, spurring civilians who had fled as a result of the violence to start to return.Mr. Qazi today voiced hope that progress made on the withdrawal from Abyei will opent he door to other advances in implementing this road map, including the funding of the Abyei Area Administration.“This shows how much the parties can do when they work together as partners,” he said. “This kind of cooperation can serve as a model as we tackle the remaining challenges ahead.”The envoy lauded the parties for their efforts to keep the arbitration process on track, noting that this shows the potential for progress in putting all elements of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) into place.That pact was signed in January 2005, ending the 21-year war between the SAF and the SPLA that killed at least two million people and displaced 4.5 million others. 12 March 2009The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today welcomed the withdrawal of the last remaining forces of two groups from the disputed town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between the vast African nations’ north and south. read more

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Crane logistics group gets A100 million Olympic Dam contract

first_imgBoom Logistics, Australia’s leading provider of crane logistics and related industrial services, has confirmed that following a competitive tender process, it has secured a five year contract to supply crane services to the BHP Billiton Olympic Dam maintenance operation. This represents a new business opportunity for Boom and the contract is scheduled to commence on 1 June 2012. Olympic Dam is an underground mine 564 km north of Adelaide, and is a globally important producer of copper, uranium, gold and silver. In October 2011, BHP Billiton announced approval for $1.2 billion of pre-commitment capital for the first phase of the Olympic Dam Expansion project to develop the operation into a major new open pit mine. This funding will facilitate the procurement of long lead items such as trucks and accommodation, infrastructure development and early site works for the first phase of the project.The Boom Mobile Cranes Services contract involves setting up a purpose built maintenance facility in Roxby Downs, establishing a contract management team and providing dedicated cranes and labour to deliver all crane related maintenance works at Olympic Dam. Revenue from this new contract will be approximately A$100 million over the next five years with capital investment in the order of A$20 million. Over the last four years, Boom has progressively been aligning its Crane Logistics business with the mining and resources sector. At the end of 2011, this sector accounted for 58% of its yearly revenue and this level will continue to increase as a result of this contract win and in-line with growth expectations in this sector.Brenden Mitchell, CEO of Boom said: “This new contract is in line with our strategy of building long term sustainable revenue in the resources sector with quality customers committed to safety. It also confirms our value proposition and consolidates our position as the leading crane logistics provider across Australia. Our experience and knowledge of BHP Billiton’s operations in Western Australia, Queensland and NSW, and our commitment to our customers’ quality and safety frameworks, were some of the key factors in securing this new contract. This contract further broadens Boom’s national footprint by establishing a more substantial presence in South Australia. This contract will strengthen our position in FY13 and beyond.”last_img read more

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