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Ausenco lands major contract in Africa (Kenya)


Queensland Business Review

March 15, 2012

Ausenco has been awarded a create phase contract to deliver Base Resources’ $250 million Kwale Mineral Sands Project in Kenya.

The Brisbane-based company’s Minerals & Metals business line will provide engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) services to deliver the concentrator and mineral separation plant for the Kwale Project.

The project is anticipated to produce around 4.7 million tonnes of final product over 13 years from late 2013.

Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka says that the new contract builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement with the project, including the feasibility study and early engineering design.

“We have formed a strong relationship with the Base Resources team and are very pleased to be working with them to deliver another project in mineral sands important to the local Kenyan economy,” Meka says in a company statement.

Africa is a key growth area for our business and we are confident that the increasing demand for minerals will continue to provide Ausenco with future opportunities in this region,” he says.

The Kwale Project is located 10km inland from the Kenyan coast and 50km south of Mombasa, Kenya’s principal port facility.

The project is well supported by existing physical infrastructure and, as reported by Ausenco, enjoys a high level of support from the Government of Kenya as well as the local community.

Pirates hijack Italian ship in Benin


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English.news.cn   2011-07-24 23:48:10

NAIROBI, July 24 (Xinhua) — Pirates have hijacked an Italian owned ship in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin in West Africa, a regional maritime official confirmed on Sunday.

Andrew Mwangura, Maritime editor for Somalia Report said the Anema E Core was seized by the pirates early on Sunday with 23 crew members. “The ship owned by Rizzo Bottiglieri De Carini of Italy was hijacked this morning in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin in West Africa,” Mwangura told Xinhua by telephone from Mombasa.

He said the crew is composed of two Italians, a Romanian and 20 Filipinos and the vessel was flying Italian flag when she was seized.

Last week, the pirates hijacked a Greek-owned Liberian flagged oil tanker Agean Star off Nigerian coast. However, Mwangura did not establish the nationalities of the crew members onboard.

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