Governor Martin O’Malley joined Vice President Joseph Biden at the Port of Baltimore to highlight the $10 million in federal grants given to Maryland through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), which will improve the infrastructure and strengthen the economy for middle class families.During the event, the two were joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, and other elected officials.The TIGER grant program allows for the Port of Baltimore to increase its cargo handling capacity and provide rail access at its Fairfield Marine Terminal.“With today’s announcement, we are rebuilding our infrastructure in order to compete in a modern economy,” said Governor O’Malley.“Together, with the Obama Administration and our federal partners, we’re moving the Port of Baltimore forward, creating jobs and connecting our State with cities and ports half a world away.”With the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, Maryland is activating long-term strategies to invest in Maryland’s transportation systems, and supporting 57,200 jobs with $4.4 billion in new investments in the next six years.[mappress]Press Release, September 11, 2013
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.”
Stage One of the Etihad Rail network will extend 264 km from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais. Construction work on the route is already well underway and Etihad Rail took delivery of its first shipment of wagons during December 2012. The company expects to receive its first delivery of locomotives during this quarter. H.E. Dr. Nasser Saif Al Mansoori, ceo of Etihad Rail commented, “Etihad Rail is on schedule to seeing the first train run from Habshan to Ruwais by the end of this year.” The new railway will transport Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) shipments of granulated sulphur for export at the port of Ruwais. The five-year loan is financed on a club deal basis by National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC (NBAD), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited (HSBC), with NBAD acting as both the facility and security agent of the loan. When completed the UAE’s national rail network will span 1,200 km, connecting key centres of industry and population, boosting trade and social development. The railway line is a government-led project that aims to deliver a secure transportation link between the UAE and its GCC neighbours. www.etihadrail.ae
Ghana’s Black Stars clash with the Desert Hawks of Sudan Sunday afternoon in a ‘have your fate in your hands” encounter as a historic second appearance at the glamorous World Cup beckons.[Watch live updates here – photos & match report]The 2010 CAN/World Cup qualifiers encounter at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra [kick off 5pm] has been tagged a must win encounter for Ghana who, if successful, will be confirmed for South Africa 2010 should Benin and Mali play out a drawn game in Cotonou also on Sunday. [Kick off 4pm]The Desert Hawks are descending on Ghana with revenge on their minds after going down 2:0 to the Black Stars in June, and Ghana’s police have announced the closure of some busy roads leading to the venue to help crowd control in anticipation of massive crowds to back the Black Stars.With three games down and three more to lower the curtain on who gets to play at South Africa 2010, Ghana has 9 points from three games and 5 goals without conceding any, followed by Mali at 4 points and no goal after scoring 4 and conceding as many.