New Delhi: Indian aviation regulator DGCA is waiting for its US counterpart FAA to certify Boeing’s solution to issues being faced by the 737 Max to allow the aircraft to fly in the country again, the government said Wednesday. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a written reply in Rajya Sabha said that “18 Boeing 737 Max aircraft are grounded in the country, out of which 13 are from SpiceJet and five are from Jet Airways”. The aircraft was grounded by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on March 13 after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crashed near Addis Ababa on March 10, killing 157 people, including four Indians. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn October last year, a Lion Air operated 737 Max crashed, leaving 180 people dead in Indonesia. “A solution from Boeing, the manufacturer, and certification of the said solution by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is awaited by DGCA to consider the safe return of the aircraft to service,” Puri said. On June 26, Boeing had said, “During the FAA’s review of the 737 MAX software update and recent simulator sessions, the FAA identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months.”
Ausenco has been awarded three new Create phase EPCM contracts expanding its reach across Canada and into West Africa. Ausenco’s Process Infrastructure business will deliver these three projects with revenues of A$27 million over the next two years. CEO Zimi Meka said “Each of these contract awards demonstrates the depth of our service offering and geographic reach of our business. Our Process Infrastructure business has achieved standout earnings growth this past year and these latest wins further demonstrate the benefits of our diversification strategy and our global reputation for project delivery to underpin further growth.” Ausenco will deliver on an EPCM basis the Create phase expansion of Cytec Industries’ C$125 million phosphine plant in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The expansion is anticipated to double Cytec’s existing phosphine production capacity. This contract builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement in the expansion project, which includes the provision of Innovate phase pre-feasibility and feasibility studies since early 2011.Ausenco will deliver the Create phase (EPCM) contract for the $75 million upgrade of rail and port infrastructure for TiZir’s Grande Cote Operations, mineral sands project in Senegal, West Africa. The project is expected to be completed in September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’ previous work in delivering the Evaluate phase feasibility and early study assessments for the upgrade.In Canada, Ausenco will deliver the Innovate and Create phase (EPCM) work in providing detailed engineering design and construction management for the expansion and upgrade of a carbon and paste plant at Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminium smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia. This new work is scheduled to be completed by September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’s previous early phase work on the project during 2008.