10 January 2008The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency begins two days of talks with high-level Iranian officials in Tehran tomorrow in a bid to speed up a resolution of outstanding issues over the country’s nuclear programme. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei’s visit is his latest move to clarify aspects of the programme, which many countries see as an effort to produce nuclear weapons but which Iran says is solely for the peaceful purpose of producing energy. “During the trip, Dr. ElBaradei hopes to develop ways and means to enhance and accelerate implementation of safeguards in Iran, with an aim of resolving remaining outstanding issues,” the IAEA said in a news release. “Dr. ElBaradei also welcomes the visit as a chance to enable the IAEA to provide assurance about Iran’s past and present nuclear activities.” The crisis began with the discovery in 2003 that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the Security Council has since imposed a series of sanctions, with members considering further action. Mr. ElBaradei has repeatedly noted that while the IAEA has not seen any diversion of material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, it also cannot conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran.
“If anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area, I’d urge them to get in touch as soon as possible.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A baby was rushed to hospital after bullets were fired through the windows of two properties in the early hours of this morning.Police were called to the Alum Rock area of Birmingham at 2.55am when a gunman shot at a property on Sandbourne Road.Five minutes later, shots were fired at a second house on nearby Fernbank Road.A dark vehicle was seen driving off from the scene.The baby suffered a minor injury from broken glass as the window shattered.Det Insp Richard Marsh of West Midlands Police said: “The investigation is at an early stage, but given how close the incidents were in time and location, we are linking them.“A young child has been injured as a result of the reckless discharge of a firearm, and we’re working hard to bring whoever was responsible to justice.“Gun crime is a priority for West Midlands Police and we continue to take dangerous weapons off the streets and put those involved in firearms behind bars.“We rely on the public’s support and I’d urge anyone who knows who was responsible for the shootings to consider the fact that a baby has been injured today.“Do the right thing and tell us what you know.
GE’s Power Conversion business was recently awarded a contract to supply equipment to drive Alderon Iron Ore Corp’s autogenous (AG) grinding mills and ball mills. GE was awarded the contract by the engineering, procurement and construction management firm, WorleyParsons Canada, to provide medium-voltage high-efficiency electrical motors, drives, transformers and switchgear as part of the long-lead items for Alderon’s Kami iron ore project in Western Labrador, Canada.“We chose GE’s Power Conversion business for this project based on its proven technology, technical expertise and acute business passion,” said WorleyParsons’ Project Manager. “GE offered us the advantage of a long history of reliable operation combined with the ability to integrate a complete solution, allowing us to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.” GE Power Conversion’s solution consists of four low-speed synchronous (air-cooled) motors and MV7000 medium-voltage drives operating at 7,500 kW on a dual-pinion AG mill and a dual-pinion ball mill. Both the AG grinding and ball mill motors and drives are interchangeable, allowing for a common spare motor. GE’s solution for the Kami project is capable of reducing operating costs by supplying a reactive power pack to the electrical grid and compensating for reactive loads usually found at mine sites.“With close to 500 low-speed synchronous motors currently operating on grinding mills, the Kami project joins the extensive experience list of GE large capacity-geared mill applications in Latin America, Asia and North America over the past five years,” said Rob Freeman, Mining Commercial Leader, GE’s Power Conversion business. “For example, in 2010, GE received an order for the largest geared mill in operation worldwide at 17 MW, followed by another 17 MW order in 2011. Both of these projects, located in China, have been commissioned and have been operating reliably ever since.” GE Power Conversion’s unified MV7000 is a single-drive solution that covers a wide range of power from 3 to 100 MW and voltage from 3 to 10 kv. Power scalability is provided by adding insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) in series, a GE Power Conversion patented technology, in order to increase voltage. This is enabled by press-pack technology in combination with NPP (neutral point piloted) topology, which can deliver a power density of up to 1.5 MVA/m3, considerably higher than most systems available today. The MV7000 drive units are therefore less complex, lighter and take up less space—a key advantage on rigs, shipping and existing plants where space is at a premium and weight carries a costly penalty. Reliability is crucial, especially in the harshest of working environments, whether it is offshore drilling platforms, gas compression trains or heavy steel rolling mills. Downtime or lack of availability costs money. With only 18 press pack injection-enhanced IGBTs, the MV7000 design shows a “reliability-by-design” philosophy.The Kami project, owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by Hebei Iron & Steel (HBIS) through The Kami Mine Ltd Partnership, is located within Canada’s premier iron ore district and is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines. Its port handling facilities are located in Sept-Iles, the leading iron ore port in North America. The Alderon team is comprised of skilled professionals with significant iron ore expertise to advance Kami towards production. HBIS is Alderon’s strategic partner in the development of the Kami Project and China’s largest steel producer.