. Energy News .

Britain to upgrade Falkland defenses
by Staff Writers
Stanley, Falkland Islands (UPI) Nov 16, 2011

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

British-ruled Falkland Islands' defenses will receive a multimillion-dollar uplift following the award of contracts from London to a company refurbishing several outposts of the U.K. military in the South Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Every British military move in Falklands has drawn ire from Argentina, which has ratcheted up an international campaign to dispute Britain's sovereignty over the islands. Argentina and Britain went to war over the islands in 1982 after an Argentine force, backed by the country's dictators at the time, invaded the territories.

Argentina's takeover bid was foiled by Britain, but the resulting conflict caused about 1,000 deaths among civilians and military personnel. Despite a formal Argentine surrender after retreat from the Falklands, Buenos Aires revived claims over the Falklands, now vigorously orchestrated by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Interserve Defense said it will upgrade Falkland defenses as part of a $700 million five-year package that includes similar upgrades in Ascension Island, also in the South Atlantic, and British military bases in Cyprus and Gibraltar in the Mediterranean.

The allocated military expenditure on Falklands and Ascension islands was not immediately announced. Britain is also building a $400 million airport on St. Helena, the last exile home of defeated French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, which will make air travel to and from the Falklands easier than it is now.

The Falklands are currently used by British forces for combat training before deployment in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Interserve Defense said its work in the South Atlantic would run to 2017 and involve "expanding the scope" on Ascension Island.

"By providing a single, strategic, U.K.-based management structure and a bundled package of services for all the territories, Interserve will create efficiencies and deliver more for less, ensuring an enhanced service together with significant cost savings," the company said.

It said the contracts will cover mechanical, electrical and building-related services.

Interserve operates in the public and private sectors in Britain and internationally, offering advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services. The company has headquarters in Reading, Berkshire, England, a workforce of about 50,000 people worldwide and reported revenues of about $3 billion.

Interserve Chief Executive Officer Adrian Ringrose said the company's in-depth understanding of Britain's defense establishment "will enable us to give these bases the kind of specialist support they need in order to carry out their activities in sometimes very difficult circumstances."

Argentina and Britain are in a tense standoff over the Falklands, partly the result of recent reports of successful undersea drilling for oil and gas by U.K. oil exploration companies.

Last week, Argentina reacted angrily to a London announcement that Prince William will serve as part British forces on the islands next year.

William, the second in line to the throne, is a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. Officials said the 29-year-old prince will begin the six-week deployment in February. An Argentine official, Sebastian Brugo Marco, told Argentine paper La Nacion the move was a "provocative act."

London defended the deployment as a normal part of William's training. William's uncle, Prince Andrew, served in the Falklands conflict as a Sea King helicopter pilot.

Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries

Chevron says Brazil offshore well sealed after leak
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 15, 2011 - US energy giant Chevron said Tuesday it had successfully sealed a ruptured offshore well which for the past week has seeped oil into waters off Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state.

The company "can currently advise that well control operations have been successful and that any fluid flow from the well appears to have ceased," a Chevron statement said.

"Monitoring also indicates a significant decrease in the amount of oil observed coming from nearby seep lines on the ocean floor. Chevron Brasil will continue to monitor the situation during the plugging and abandonment process in the coming days, which will culminate in the final cementing of the well."

The well, located about 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) underwater, had been leaking crude at the rate of some 400 barrels per day, according to state officials quoted by the news agency Agencia Brasil.

Chevron devised a plan, approved by Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, to encase the well in cement, ensuring that it will never be accessed again. The well has been leaking since last Tuesday, the company said.

The company said on Monday that the mishap at its Frade project some 370 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Rio de Janeiro has created a widening oil slick, prompting the cessation of drilling activities.

It added that 17 vessels were working on a rotational basis to deploy containment booms and undertake skimming and washing techniques aimed at controlling a sheen that has slickened the ocean surface.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has demanded a "rigorous investigation into the causes of the accident."

There was no immediate official word on the environmental impact of the spill.

Brazil in recent years has been moving to tap huge reserves of oil and gas discovered in very deep water -- at depth up to 7,000 meters -- in the Atlantic, under a thick layer of salt, requiring huge investment.


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Iraq studying options in Exxon dispute: official
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 16, 2011
Iraq is studying its options regarding a dispute with US oil giant ExxonMobil, which has signed a contract with Iraqi Kurdistan against Baghdad's wishes, an oil ministry official said on Wednesday. "The government is studying different options," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. One option would be to ask Exxon to suspend the Kurdistan deal, the official said, but t ... read more

Iraq's Basra threatens to act alone over power cuts

US Congress to look into 'green' aid to China

NOAA greenhouse gas index continues climbing

IEA: Warming may be irreversible by 2017

Marines test new energy-efficient weapon in the war on trash

Bulgaria, Azerbaijan confirm gas deal

State Dept faces fresh charges of bias over pipeline

ASEAN summit spotlights Myanmar, maritime dispute

Scotland gets $160M for renewable energy

Macho Springs Wind Project Completes Construction

Ascent Solar Selects Teams for Innovative Design Competition

Mortenson Construction Builds Its Fifth Wind Facility In Illinois

West Bank solar panels risk demolition

Amonix Earns LEED Gold Certification for Two Facilities

China's Claim of 'Protectionism' Aims to Divert Scrutiny

Report Finds that LA Lags on Solar Energy

France opposition in first push to reduce nuclear power

IEA outlines Japan's low nuclear scenario

'Considerable damage' if France drops nuclear power: Sarkozy

Saudi, S. Korea ink nuclear cooperation deal

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel Powers Regular Commercial Route for Aeromexico

Future Fuels Institute at FSU Recognized as a Waters Center of Innovation

Boeing and Hawai'i BioEnergy to Work on Renewable Biofuel for Aviation

VSEP Membrane System Converts Liability to Asset While Improving Ethanol Yields

China completes second space docking

China sets up management body for orbiting space lab

Second Tiangong-1 And Shenzhou-8 docking to face light interference

Made-in-Chengdu to help Shenzhou spacecraft return

Get ready for climate change, says UN panel

Long-Term Carbon Storage in Ganges Basin May Portend Global Warming Worsening

Ex-skeptic tells US Congress climate change is real

UN chief hails poor nations over climate change


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement