“We understand that the Qatari nationals were released unharmed. We are grateful to the Iraqi authorities and to all who contributed to the safe release of the abductees,” said a statement issued yesterday evening by UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.According to media reports, the 26 Qataris were kidnapped from a desert camp in Iraq’s southern Muthanna province in mid-December 2015.
Specialist underground mining contractor PYBAR Mining Services has been awarded a two year contract at the Glencore-owned Mount Isa Mines’ Black Rock Cave underground copper project in Queensland.PYBAR will complete underground decline and level development including primary development, drive stripping and shotcreting for the Black Rock Cave project.The company will employ 43 personnel on site at peak production. Personnel and fleet will be mobilised to site by mid-May.PYBAR CEO Brendan Rouse said: “We have a long history at Mount Isa Mines. The award of Black Rock will expand our existing presence and enhance our ongoing partnership with Glencore and the local community.”