By Dialogo March 27, 2012 STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish prosecutors charged eight people on March 26 suspected of belonging to a drug ring linked to a massive Caribbean cocaine bust in 2010, following a lengthy probe in several European countries. The eight suspects, whose names were not released, were charged with aggravated narcotics crime, narcotics smuggling and money laundering for crimes committed between 2006 and 2010, Sweden’s international prosecution authority said March 26. The charges were linked to a record drug bust in June 2010 on a sailboat off the Caribbean island of Martinique, where police seized some 1.4 tons of Colombian cocaine, worth around 4 billion kronor (€505 million, US$675 million), according to the Swiss authorities. The seized cocaine corresponds to 5.6 million doses, prosecutors said. [AFP, 26/03/2012; Thelocal.se (Sweden), 26/03/2012]
Norwegian oil company Aker BP has awarded Endúr Fabricom a framework agreement for the delivery of mechanical maintenance services on all of Aker BP’s installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Endúr Fabricom said on Monday that the services under the contract cover all fields in operation where Aker BP is the operator.The company added that the contract was for three years plus two options for one year each.The scope of work under the contract includes offshore installation under the supervision of Aker BP’s maintenance department.The scope also includes onshore work for construction, prefabrication, repair, and overhaul of static mechanical equipment, sandblasting and paint, pressure testing facilities, and leak testing.Endur Fabricom’s CEO, Mikal Løvik, said: “The award is a confirmation that Endúr’s long-standing experience and quality in mechanical engineering is still competitive in a highly competitive market. We are looking forward to address this cooperation with Aker BP in the future.”Fabricom also said it previously performed work for Aker BP on the Alvheim field and considered Aker BP as a strategically important client.