Xodus Group has been awarded a framework agreement with energy company SSE to provide employers representative services for the development and ongoing improvements of its electrical networks.The contract is for three years with potential extension for a further two years and is estimated to be worth in excess of £1million.It will involve various development and construction activities across SSE’s portfolio, which includes: to provide the employers representative services in connection with marine survey of proposed subsea cable routes and landfalls; route development of proposed subsea cable routes; cable installation, cable burial and cable protection operations also during defect correction; and adherence to associated consent processes and environmental requirements.The first call-off project under the framework is to support SSE’s electricity transmission business, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission and its Caithness – Moray HVDC Reinforcement project.Currently under construction, the interconnector cable is approximately 160km long with the 113km submarine section located between Wick and Buckie. It will be capable of transporting up to 1200MW of electricity beneath the Moray Firth. It is expected to be completed in 2018.Xodus previously supported SSE with an environmental permit and licensing stakeholder consultation and route engineering for the proposed Western Isles HVDC project. The potential 600MW HVDC link involves connecting mainland Scotland to the Isle of Lewis with a 156km cable, 80km of which would be subsea.James Hunt, Global Low Carbon Lead with Xodus said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside SSE to help them achieve their electrical network ambitions across Scotland. This agreement recognises our excellent offshore track record, our flexible and proactive approach, and highly knowledgeable team. Work is already underway and going well on the strategically important Caithness – Moray project that will provide secure electrical energy to a large population.“As a business, we are focussed on managing risks and delivering quality on all projects, whether this is providing comprehensive engineering capabilities or through expert project and contract management.”David Joy, cable engineering manager with SSE, said: “We are delighted to bring in a highly experienced Scottish company to support our team in the delivery of our network reinforcement and replacement projects around Scotland. The first project under the framework is the Caithness-Moray project and work has started immediately. We are also very proud that Caithness-Moray is a Living Wage project, and the support of a local business bringing employment to local people is important to us.”
He said the Bukavu-based Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in Central Africa’s director of research Remy Kasindi said terror groups are funding their activities using proceeds from the sale of gold after infiltrating illicit networks in DRC. Although ISS is expected to finish the research after one month, it has already identified Bukavu, Butembo, Bunia, Ariwara and Kisangani as the main trading towns in eastern DRC for gold smuggling. A researcher in the crime and justice division of ISS, Sebastian Gatimu, said Al Shabaab and ADF-NALU are involved in networks pillaging gold in eastern DRC where control of mineral rich areas drives conflicts. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is currently carrying out research to track illicit financial flows related to resource extraction in DRC and how gold is smuggled through East African countries before finding its way into the global market. The think tank said smuggling of DRC’s natural resources is linked to conflict in the region, warning that Al Shabaab remains sufficiently resourced to fund its activities despite efforts by African Union Mission in Somalia and the United Nations to cut off its channels of funding. Gold from DRC finds its way to Kampala, Nairobi, Bujumbura and Dar es Salaam before being smuggled to other markets. “Al Shabaab’s links to larger international terror groups such as Al Qaeda means its expansion into the DRC poses a significant threat,” said Mr Gatimu. Gold moved illegally from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is funding terror groups, a think tank has said. Preliminary findings of the Pretoria based think thank show Al Shabaab and Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) have joined gold smuggling networks. Terror groups are now joining networks benefiting from proceeds of gold with other natural resources exported illegally from the DRC to Dubai and China.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Another season of Kenai’s personal use dipnet fishery ended two weeks ago; City Manager Rick Koch said each year is improving. Kenai administration is still working out the particulars of costs versus revenues from the fishery and those numbers are expected next week. Koch said there were two very successful additions to the 2015 season. Koch: “If you’re at the fishery one day early on, we told folks to hang on to that permits you had for that day so that when you show up at the fee shack it has a bar code on it, we run it, and everything is self-populated so that speeds things up. This year we put cameras in to be able to look at people’s license plates so that you don’t have to jump out and figure out what your license number is.” Koch said he expects the fishery to have done well this year, meaning the city’s personal use fishery fund will increase. Koch: “We put the no-wake zone in two years ago and for the first three or four days it was sort of nuts. People didn’t have it figured out and we had personnel out on the river to help direct and by the third or fourth day of that fishery two years ago, those people knew the drill. This year most of the folks are repeat customers, they know the drill when they show up. It’s kind of in the context of a dance, the city is one dance partner and the public is another one and we’re getting better at the dance.” Anyone who obtained a 2015 dipnet permit, even if no fish were caught, must turn those permits into the Alaska Department of Fish and Game today.