NEWS IN BRIEF

Australian power

National Power has awarded a US$200m (£124.7m) contract to ABB to build a 500MW combined-cycle power plant near Adelaide, Australia. The plant, Australia’s biggest, will include two gas turbines. Full commercial operation is scheduled for April 2001.

SA signs contracts

South Africa is expected next week to approve the contracts with Eurofighter to supply 28 Typhoon fighters; with BAe for 24 Hawk LIFT advanced jet trainers; and with GKN-Westland Helicopters for six Super Lynx naval helicopters.

Wallops in US

The US Navy is to evaluate the UK’s Wallops Defence Systems Super Barricade anti-ship missile decoy system for use on small naval and special operations vessels. Super Barricade systems, using 102mm rounds, are now in service in Australia, Brunei, Finland, Malaysia and Oman.

BAe takes on Archer

British Aerospace is now responsible for the management of Archer Communications, the prime contractor for the UK armed forces’ £2bn Bowman communications project.

From FEng to FREng

Engineers invited to become fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering are to be known as FREng instead of FEng to avoid confusion with chartered engineers’ CEng.

Steel deal

Kvaerner Cleveland Bridge has won a $50m (£31.2m) contract to supply the steel framework for a 42-storey building at Canary Wharf, London. The 11,000 tonnes of steel will be fabricated at the firm’s Darlington site.

Weapons sense

Smiths Industries is to buy US-based Environmental Technologies Group for $14m (£8.75m). ETG supplies sensors to detect biological and chemical substances released by weapons.