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Falklands debates bringing contract workers for maintenance of roads system

Thursday, May 14th 2015 - 00:56 UTC
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Bringing contract workers in to ensure enough staff to maintain the Falkland Islands' roads ready for the start of the season in the spring, if not earlier is MLA Gavin Short’s wish. Read full article


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  • Klingon

    So where's all the cash from those oil wells???
    Import some Bolivians with shovels!

    May 14th, 2015 - 01:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    MLA Short said an engineering survey was to take place this coming financial year which would provide, “the magic number”

    Man resorts to magic only where circumstances are not fully controlled by knowledge.

    May 14th, 2015 - 03:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    What part of “ EXPLORATION ” do you not understand? You see that the Government of the FALKLANDS are not going to spend income from oil until oil is actually flowing which will not be before 2019. Do you not understand? You do not just drill a hole into a oil reservoir on turn on a tap. You have to think of infratructure.
    Thats the trouble with Argentina it is black magic, Hows PUTA MUERTE getting on?

    May 14th, 2015 - 09:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @2 Marcos

    “Man resorts to magic only where circumstances are not fully controlled by knowledge”

    Erm, the lack of precise knowledge of the exact circumstances is probably why they're doing an engineering survey in the first place.

    May 14th, 2015 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    I'm still waiting for all these court cases,

    or has CFK quietly forgotten them.

    May 14th, 2015 - 10:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Failure to address the labour supply and the immigration decisions that will evolve from that seem to have been low on the agenda.

    How can that be when the oil industry is going to have to bring in its' own experienced people to operate land based activities never mind rig shift accommodation?

    I must admit to being very surprised at the apparent tardiness shown here.

    May 14th, 2015 - 10:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @6. I'm not sure where the oil industry connects with the road referred to. I'm assuming that the MPA Road is a turning off Darwin Road and leading to the Airbase. Where would this be a concern connected to the oil industry? Isn't the oil industry to be concentrated in the area of Stanley? What would the oil industry be trucking to MPA or Mare Harbour at present?

    Isn't this a case of matching expenditure to need and resources? The reference to grading surely suggests that it is not much more than a dirt track. At what point do you decide to go for a tarmac surface? Presumably, there is an agreement between FIG and the MoD about who is responsible for what.

    Might not FIG have decided that Darwin Road should come first? And that's a lot of road. About 50+ miles, isn't it? And doesn't that put MLA Short's comment into context?
    This link might give some idea of the roads in question.

    May 14th, 2015 - 04:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Benson

    @7 Conq
    The MPA road runs from Stanley to MPA and is just over 30 miles and the the road continues on from there to Darwin. Sometimes the cargo ships offload at Mare Harbor and and truck the cargo into Stanley, also there is any air freight that comes into MPA.
    The first 4 photos on that link are the MPA road and the last one is of the Darwin road after MPA. The right of the two white dots on the map above the travel time is MPA and the Darwin road branches off just before you drive into MPA.

    May 14th, 2015 - 06:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 7 Conqueror

    Sorry if I misled you, I was commenting on the lack of forward labour planning per-se of which the road system is only one part.

    May 14th, 2015 - 06:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    roads system?
    in the islets?
    is this another joke or wot?
    a bunch of gravel roads is NOT a road system, you assholes.

    and tell that useless short brain, that what they need are ENGINEERS.
    what the fuck can short brain know about grading, pavement engineering, etc?

    if you want to save money, you stingy isleters, try hiring a pair of albañiles bolivianos for directing the construction and give a shovel and a wheelbarrow to short brain.


    May 16th, 2015 - 01:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Phil P

    I would suggest asking the Oil Companies to assist your infrastructure costs as a goodwill gesture, you could get the roads done now and money taken from your oil revenues later. They will make lots of money and will need to put 'goodwill' in the bank for when things go wrong - cos they will.

    I'm not sure where you are going to put them but they will need roads to transport resources and probably a new Port too!

    May 16th, 2015 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog


    “what the fuck can short brain know about grading, pavement engineering, etc?”

    And yet your Argentine engineers having been trying to build the Malvinas Chunnel since 1982, with an army of thousands of willing Malvanista volunteers.

    Some of the Argy roads when Top Gear visited weren't up to much either.

    May 19th, 2015 - 01:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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