SINCE their deployment in October 2016 through to June 2017, the BACTEC teams have worked on 47 minefield areas from Fox Bay, Port Howard and Goose Green to the Stanley area. The team will now leave for three months before continuing the current phase.
Most recently opened to the public was the wider South Common area including the coastline and a wide strip of land east of Eliza Cove all the way up to the FIDF Rookery Bay Range, said Environmental Planning Officer, Nick Rendell.
He emphasised that this did not include Rookery Bay itself (which is still fenced with “danger minefield” signs) but encompassed a large area of coastline “which
will be of good recreational value in future.”
The seven BACTEC teams have completed 30 minefield sites which are to be released in due course. From the completed minefields the teams have recovered over 3,000 anti-personnel mines and over 150 anti-tank mines.
The majority of the completed tasks are in the Stanley area including Mount Longdon, but others in Goose Green have also been cleared.
Work in Fox Bay and Port Howard will continue when the teams return in September. The total area released during this period is over 3.5 million square metres (roughly, 900acres).
Dynasafe BACTEC Technical Director, John Hare said that he and the Project Manager, Julius Unsing, would like thank the whole community for the support they had received.
“In particular we would like to thank Colin Summers and PWD, Critter and Myles Lee at Port Howard, Keith and Glynis at Goose Green, Shiralee and Andy and Leon and Helen at Fox Bay, plus Keith Heathman, as well as so many others who have assisted us.
“Thank you for your support and we look forward to returning in September to continue our work.”
Mr. Hare explained that the current phase of work would end in March 2018, and would include Mt Longdon clearance, continued technical survey in Fox Bay, clearance in Goose Green and clearance along the Murrell River.
Programme Manager for Fenix Insight Ltd’s Falklands Demining Programme Office Guy Marot told Penguin News the contracts for Phase 5b, starting in April 2018, had yet to be awarded but were likely to include all the remaining areas including Yorke Bay and the Murrell Peninsula.
Initial analysis of the effort required to complete the remaining minefields has been carried out and had confirmed the difficulty and uncertainty of predicting how long the final tasks would take, he said.
Source Penguin News
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