Maj. Gen. Franciszek Gagor of Poland told the press in New York that the operation, founded in 1974, is adjusting to evolving conditions. He noted that 30 years ago there were some 5,000 people on the Golan, while today that number has increased tenfold.”That means that UNDOF has to maintain and modernize its facilities and also has to adjust its way of operation,” General Gagor said. In particular, the mission has been forced to become more mobile and more visible, he added, describing a modernization programme now underway which aims to improve infrastructure, integrate all UN elements in the area and adapt its concept of operations to the realities on the ground.Communications and computer systems are also being upgraded to respond to developments as part of the overall bid to optimize resources. “We improve our efficiency so that we can meet the challenges and requirements in front of us,” he explained.Asked how he would title a book on his experiences in the Golan, Mr. Gagor replied, “Peace is worth fighting for.”Maj. Gen. Bala Nanda Sharma of Nepal has taken over the responsibilities as Force Commander of UNDOF, which maintains the ceasefire between Israel and Syria and monitors the disengagement of their forces while maintaining an 80-kilometre area of separation.
Civmec wins three contracts in Australia. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark.) Civmec, an Australia-based heavy engineering and construction services provider, announced that it has secured three contracts in Australia with a combined value of A$175m ($126m).As per Civmec, the three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors and are expected to contribute significantly to a solid base load of activity for its manufacturing facilities.The first contract is from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to fabricate, modularise and carry out commissioning of a ship loader, for its Hay Point loading port in Central Queensland.The second contract is from Woodside Energy, for a term of five years, with an option to extend it for one more year. As per the contract, it will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore production facilities and capital projects in Australia.And, for the third contract, Civmec will supply modules for the Iron Bridge Magnetite project, a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Iron Bridge and Formosa Steel IB.Civmec to complete BMA contract in second half of 2022For the first contract, BMA has selected Civmec to fabricate, modularise and commission the 1,800T SL2A ship loader at Hay Point Coal Terminal.The project is still subject to final board approval from BHP and Mitsubishi.As per the contract, Civmec will supply and assemble the ship loader, up to the no-load commissioning stage.The firm will manufacture the large material handling equipment at its Henderson manufacturing facility in Western Australia.Work is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2022. During the peak manufacture period, nearly 150 jobs in Perth could be created.For the second contract, Civmec will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore facilities.For the third contract, Civmec will supply 4,700 tonnes of conveyor, trusses and trestles for the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project. Work is expected to begin this month and the majority of it could be completed in FY21.Civmec CEO Patrick Tallon said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of a ship loader. This contract follows on from other smart modules and machines delivered by Civmec for BHP projects as part of our partnership delivering high quality, complex machines.”“We are also privileged to have secured a long-term contract with Woodside, having delivered several projects to them in the past.“This contract will provide us with a base load of work and allow us to work with Woodside as a partner to optimise efficiencies and savings in the delivery of our services to them over the longer term.” The company has three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors