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Boeing and Fokker partner to maintain rotorcraft for Dutch air force …

Boeing has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to expand the existing support contract for the latter’s AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The agreement provides scope for collaboration in new areas such as engaging Dutch suppliers for maintenance, and repair and overhaul (MRO) work; and expanding the use of the Logistics Center Woensdrecht (LCW). LCW is a military logistics centre managed by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

Royal Netherlands Air Force commander lieutenant general Alexander Schnitger said the agreement will help in increasing the availability of Apache and Chinook fleets while reducing their operating costs. “This innovative way of cooperation with Boeing is a blueprint for future cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Air Force and other original equipment manufacturers,” Schnitger said. “The agreement will help in increasing the availability of Apache and Chinook fleets while reducing their operating costs.” Boeing Global Services & Support Rotorcraft Support vice-president Tim Sassenrath said, “Today’s signing continues our successful innovative partnership that delivers top quality and affordable support to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, increasing performance and readiness.” The company has simultaneously signed an agreement with Fokker Technologies to work together on the MRO activities for Dutch rotorcraft and other customers. The agreements also enable Boeing to continue support for the Netherlands Maintenance Valley Initiative, a Dutch government effort to bolster the country’s position as a regional hub for MRO activities. Fokker Technologies CEO Hans Buthker said, “This program offers great potential for the future and seamlessly fits our strategic goals.” Image: AH-64 Apache attack helicopter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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UK MoD contracts Skanska for new defence training college

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Skanska for the construction of a new defence training college at Worthy Down in Hampshire, UK. Awarded by the MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the 250m contract requires the company to build the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, along with supporting infrastructure and accommodation. Scheduled to start later this year, construction is expected to finish in 2018.

Training will continue at the site throughout the construction period, according to the MoD. The new college brings together the training for key support roles from each of the services to one site for the first time in the UK. Featuring purpose-built training facilities, it is expected to offer courses focusing on military support services, such as human resources, transport and catering, while providing living accommodation for up to 2,000 students and staff. “By colocating activities for all three services, we are improving efficiency and saving taxpayers’ money by making the best use of the defence estate.” Specifically, the facility will enable the MoD to train personnel more effectively to ensure that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.

UK Defence Minister Dr Andrew Murrison said the new college will ensure that servicemen and women have sophisticated training and great accommodation. “By colocating activities for all three services, we are improving efficiency and saving taxpayers’ money by making the best use of the defence estate,” Murrison said. The deal represents the latest investment by the MoD on accommodation and technical facilities. In December 2013, the ministry awarded a 121m contract to the Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction joint venture, called Hercules, for the construction of a new Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham in Wiltshire.

Image: A computer-generated image of the UK Ministry of Defence’s new Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration in Hampshire, UK.

Photo: Copyright Skanska.

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Phillips 66 to divest flow improver business to Berkshire Hathaway …

Phillips 66 will sell its flow improver business to American multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway for $1.4bn, as part of its ongoing portfolio management and growth strategy. The energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 will receive shares of Phillips 66 common stock currently held by Berkshire Hathaway in exchange for the share capital of its wholly-owned subsidiary Phillips Specialty Products (PSPI). According to Berkshire Hathaway, the specific number of shares will be determined by the share price at deal closing.

Commenting on the deal, Berkshire Hathaway chief executive officer Warren Buffett said: “The flow improver business is a high-quality business with consistently strong financial performance and it will fit well within Berkshire Hathaway.” PSPI leads the science of drag reduction and specialises in developing polymers to maximise the flow potential of pipelines.

Phillips 66 chairman and CEO Greg Garland said Berkshire Hathaway had made a strong offer for Phillips 66’s flow improver business. “This transaction optimises our portfolio and focuses growth on our midstream and chemicals businesses,” Garland said.

The deal is scheduled to close in the first half of 2014, following a regulatory review.

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