Monthly Archives: February 2014

В 2014 году на реализацию проекта реконструкции и развития Малого кольца Московской железной дороги будет направлено 16 млрд рублей.

В 2013 году были развернуты работы по реконструкции 19 искусственных сооружений, формированию 6 остановочных пунктов (Лужники, Площадь Гагарина, Новопесчаная, Коптево, Открытое шоссе, Белокаменная), выполнена реконструкция и укладка 53 км верхнего строения пути, установка 1158 опор контактной сети, технологическое присоединение к сетям электроснабжения (27 км), переустройство 166 инженерных коммуникаций.

Также завершена реконструкция станций Пресня и Канатчиково в части переустройства верхнего строения пути, систем сигнализации, централизации и блокировки, устройства контактной сети.

Всего на реализацию проекта в 2013 году было направлено 16,85 млрд рублей.

В 2014 году в рамках лимита капитальных вложений (16,04 млрд рублей) планируется реконструкция 95 км верхнего строения пути, установка 3101 опоры контактной сети, реконструкция 225 км линий сигнализации централизации и блокировки, а также 64 км линий связи. Кроме того, будут развернуты работы по реконструкции 11 искусственных сооружений, строительству 15 остановочных пунктов, сооружению 108 км шумозащитных экранов.

Цель проекта – гармоничное развитие транспортной инфраструктуры железнодорожного транспорта и внутригородских пассажирских перевозок, а также сопутствующих и дополнительных видов бизнеса. В Москве появятся новые точки экономического роста, будет создано более 10,4 тыс. современных рабочих мест, в том числе около 4 тыс. будут заняты в перевозках пассажиров.

В рамках реализации проекта МК МЖД планируется электрификация кольца со строительством 2-х новых и реконструкцией 3-х существующих тяговых подстанций, строительство 38 км третьего главного железнодорожного пути, строительство и реконструкция новых искусственных сооружений, возведение 31 остановочного пункта.

За счет электрификации Малого кольца Московской железной дороги значительно улучшится экологическая обстановка в городе и повысится привлекательность территорий зоны тяготения.

В соответствии с актуализированными прогнозируемыми ГУП “НИиПИ Генплана Москвы” пассажиропотоками, предусматривается организация тактового пассажирского движения с размерами 100 пар электропоездов в сутки на двух выделенных путях МК МЖД.

В результате этого у москвичей появится более 350 возможных вариантов пересадок при перемещении по городу, существенно уменьшится нагрузка на центральную часть столицы.

Городская железнодорожная система обеспечит освоение “пиковых” пассажиропотоков при интервалах движения до 6 минут. Все грузовое и технологическое движение выводится на вновь строящийся третий путь.

С начала реализации проекта (2011 год) направлено 23 млрд рублей. Окончание строительства запланировано на 2015 год.

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February 11, 2014 16:30 pm
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Nakheel awards 3 contracts worth AED41 million

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Dubai developer Nakheel has awarded three new contracts – together worth more than AED41 million – for its Al Furjan and Warsan Village master communities.

Two of the newly-awarded contracts cover infrastructure design and supervision for hundreds of third party villa and mixed-use plots at a new phase of Al Furjan, with consultants Arif & Bintoak and Dar Al Handasah handed contracts worth AED13.6 million and AED2.9 million respectively.  

Al Furjan’s new phase more than 1.2 million square metres, and includes over 500 third party villa plots and more than 30 mixed-use plots already sold by Nakheel.  The first phase of the project, containing 800 homes, is already complete.

Nakheel has also awarded a contract for AED24.6 million to Dubai-based international architects AE7 for design and supervision work at Warsan Village. 

Warsan Village, launched in September last year, is a gated community spanning 47.5 hectares, with 942 townhomes, 250 apartments, a retail plaza, mosque and recreation centre.  

Construction of the project is currently out to tender, with proposals due this month.

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February 11, 2014 11:13 am
Posted In Business

Balfour Beatty JV awarded £58.4m Abu Dhabi airport contract

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Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, announced today (Tuesday 11 February) that Power Transmission Gulf (PTG) part of Balfour Beatty’s U.A.E. based joint venture BK Gulf LLC has been awarded a £58.4 million joint venture contract to carry out Mechanical Engineering services on the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Building (MTB).

Power Transmission Gulf (PTG) is the Major Partner (40%) for the Mechanical Engineering contract, in joint venture with China State and Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company (EFECO). Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is the owner and the construction is being carried out by a Joint Venture of TAV Construction, CCC and Arabtec (TCA JV in equal partnership).

“I am pleased to announce this new contract with TCA JV,” said Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty CEO. “This builds on our existing capabilities in airport infrastructure gathered from around the world and allows us to bring these skills to a key growth region for us.”

The new terminal building will accommodate up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A‐380, with an expected capacity of 30 million passengers per year. Check‐in will provide 165 conventional counters and 48 self-service kiosks capable of handling 8,500 passengers, both arriving and departing per hour. The baggage system is designed to process over 19,000 bags per hour with over 22 km of conveying lines and 10 reclaim carousels.

The MTB is designed  to  achieve a Three Pearl rating, based on the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Estidama approach towards sustainable design, making it the highest‐rated airport terminal in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the largest singular building ever to be rated globally.

The project is due for completion by September 2016.

10 selected for Colombian road projects

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On February 6, Colombia’s National Infrastructure Agency (ANI) announced the 10 prequalified for the road project that will connect with Highway concession Medellín Sea 2 starting in the town of San Cristobal in the tunnel of the West, to Santa Fe de Antioquia, and connecting Santafe Bolombolo of Antioquia.

The project will have an investment of 1.50 billion pesos, 19 tunnels and 41 bridges will be built and will involve a total of 176 kilometers distributed in the following functional units:

  • Construction of second carriageway tunnel between West and San Jeronimo.
  • Construction of second carriageway between San Jeronimo and Santa Fe de Antioquia (including the stretch between Santa Fe de Antioquia and Cañasgordas).
  • Duplication in the tunnel of the West.
  • Improvement to the road between Santa Fe de Antioquia and Bolombolo.

It is estimated that the project will create 4,200 jobs in the construction phase.

 

The following is a list of prequalified companies for this project:

1 WEST GRANT PLURAL STRUCTURE PSF

ODINSA GROUP SA 30% Colombia

Mincivil SA 25% Colombia

EL CONDOR CONSTRUCTION SA 20% Colombia

TERMOTECNICA Coindustrial SA 7.50% Colombia

SAS ICEIN 7.50% Colombia

MOTA ENGIL Engineering & Construction COLOMBIA SA BRANCH 10%    Portugal Suc. Colombia

2 VINCC Urabá 1

VINCI CONCESSIONS SAS 50% France

CONCONCRETO CONSTRUCTION SA 50% Colombia

3 SAC 4G

CONCESSIONS SACYR COLOMBIA SAS 55% Colombia

SACYR COLOMBIA SAS 45% Colombia

4 CONCESIONARIA EUROLAT ANTIOQUEÑA

INFRASTRUCTURE CONCESSION SAS 50% Colombia

ACCIONA Concessions CHILE LTDA 50% Chile

5 PLURAL STRUCTURE Shikun & Binui – Grodco

Shikun & Binui VT AG 50% Switzerland

CI Grodco S. CIVIL ENGINEERS IN CA 50% Colombia

6 PLURAL STRUCTURE IRIDIUM – GRAÑA Y MONTERO

GRAÑA Y MONTERO SAA 50% Peru

IRIDIUM COLOMBIA SAS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT 50%    Colombia

7 CONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENT BETA SAS E IL & FS TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS LIMITED

CONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENT BETA SAS 26% Colombia

IL & FS TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS LIMITED 74% India

8 PLURAL STRUCTURE Cintra CONCESIA

Cintra COLOMBIA SAS INFRASTRUCTURE 66% Colombia

SAS CONCESIA 24% Colombia

MC SAS EARLY VICTORIES10% Colombia

9 PLURAL STRUCTURE OHL OHL CONCESSIONS AND CONCESSIONS SAS COLOMBIA CHILE SA    

OHL Concessions COLOMBIA SAS 60% Colombia

OHL Concessions CHILE SA 40% Chile

10 SEA HIGHWAY 1

STUDIES AND PROJECTS OF THE SUN SAS EPISOL 60% Colombia

COLOMBIAN TENDERS AND CONCESSIONS SAS 40% Colombia

Global transport infrastructure: where does the money come from – and where does it go?

From Sochi to São Paulo, we’re currently seeing some major new transport infrastructure schemes springing up across the world; but who is picking up the tab for such projects? A new report from the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) EMBARQ and Climate programmes is the first comprehensive attempt of its kind to quantify who is funding new transport infrastructure initiatives around the globe. It also looks at the type of transport systems the money is being spent on.

The study, entitled ‘The Trillion Dollar Question’ draws its findings from data supplied by, among others, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

In summary, the figures show that total global transport investment lies in the region of US$1.4 and US$2.1 trillion each year. Of that figure, slightly over half is derived from private sources, with the remainder – US$569 billion to US$905 billion – coming from government or state sources.

The report goes on to explain, “Investment – both public and private – is concentrated in a few countries, led by the United States and Japan.” Although the lion’s share of private investment takes place in wealthy economies such as these because they’re deemed less risky, the report continues, “Private investment in low and middle-income countries is limited but growing, especially in rapidly urbanizing and motorizing countries.”

Embroiled in oil?

Indeed, it would seem the combustion engine is winning the battle for funds, both private and public. Of estimated total global public investment in transport, The Trillion Dollar Question found that some 98% or so came from domestic sources, with only about 2% coming from international public funds.

A large part of that 2% is provided through bilateral and multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA). The report states, “ODA investment in transport is distributed largely through concessional loans and reached about US$14 billion in 2010. ODA flows in transport are generally directed towards roads and highways.

“In 2010, these two subsectors comprised 70% of transport investments at the World Bank and 78% at the Asian Development Bank.”

As for transport initiatives with a lighter carbon footprint, a tiny 10% of the 2% made available through international public investment comes from environmental funds such as the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund. Contributions come from developed countries for the exclusive purpose of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and are largely intended to leverage additional investment.

In its conclusions, the WRI’s report states, “The call to increase private participation in transport reflects a general need to bridge a funding gap to support a shift toward low-carbon transport.”

Time for a rethink

Adding to the call for just such a change in focus is the Sustainable Cities Collective – an editorially independent, moderated community for leaders of major metropolitan areas, urban planning and sustainability professionals. In response to the Trillion Dollar Question analysis, it reported that, “…if present infrastructure and economic growth rates continue, China alone will boast more cars in 2050 than there are in the entire world today.

“This car explosion would generate more air pollution, fuel climate change, and pose safety concerns for both drivers and pedestrians. To reverse this car-centric trend, we need to change the kinds of transport assets we finance. The first step toward influencing global transport development is to follow the money and identify how to get finance flowing in the right directions.”

The Sustainable Cities Collective welcomed the efforts made by the WRI to create a springboard for future change, but said, “While identifying the amount invested in transport overall is an important starting point, quantifying the volume of investment in sustainable transport – such as public transit, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian walkways – is a crucial next step.” Something with which the WRI itself agrees.

Going for gold with a winning formula

As further analysis becomes available over the coming years, it should make interesting and important reading. In the meantime, we already know that sound investment in sustainable transport isn’t just capable of easing strains on the planet. It has been demonstrated time and time again how intelligently thought-through mass public transit systems can bring huge economic and social benefits with them.

On a topical note, over in Sochi, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is hoping that the massive infrastructure investment he has put in place in and around the Black Sea resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics will help transform the region. So far little developed and barely known outside Russia as a winter sports destination, the aim is to transform the area into an international hot-spot post-Games.

To help facilitate this, the state-owned Russian Railways has created a 30-mile stretch of combined rail and road linking Adler and the Alpica-Service resort from which the other Olympic facilities can be reached. Another new railway line will connect the centre of Sochi and the local airport in an estimated journey time of about one hour.

Off the slopes and back over the English Channel, the UK’s new  £14.8 billion high capacity Crossrail scheme for London and its environs is another prime case study of how good planning and investment can be a catalyst for positive development.

Crossrail has just been granted planning permission for a major over-site development at Paddington Station totalling 320,000 sq ft of office and retail space. In total, it has plans in place to develop over 3 million square feet (gross) of mixed-use space above its stations and construction sites, demonstrating that infrastructure is facilitating development.

Currently working on the project are 10,000 people, including over 280 apprentices. It is estimated that Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities, support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs around the UK, and allow millions of travellers a year to leave the car at home.

Gail Taylor

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February 10, 2014 10:53 am
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Abu Dhabi Freight Master Plan Sets its Strategy for Safe, Fair and Efficient Freight Transport Sector

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The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) begins with: “Better truck maintenance”, “Check your truck”, and “Stop Sleepy Drivers” as part of the Freight Master Plan (FMP) recommendations.

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced on Monday, its Multi-modal Freight Master Plan (FMP), an integrated framework that seeks to create safe and fair regulations supporting the economic efficiency of freight sector, whilst improving standards of truck operations. The FMP sets the DOT’s strategy of ensuring that the freight transport sector is safe, fair and efficient.

Developed in close coordination and cooperation with many government and private sector stakeholders who are directly involved in planning and providing freight transportation services in the Emirate, nationwide and beyond, the Freight Master Plan is geared towards improving safe standards for freight operations by organising its recommendations around nine themes:

  • Freight governance
  • Multi-modal policy
  • Freight planning guidance
  • Road infrastructure
  • Road freight traffic management
  • Road freight industry management
  • Rail freight
  • Sea freight
  • Air freight

The Freight Master Plan launch event, which took place on February 3-4, 2014, priortised safety as the key pillar by focusing on three well-integrated areas that help create awareness amongst key stakeholders through various tools and initiatives such as awareness documents, supporting tools, promotional campaigns and initiatives as well as direct meetings and workshops.

The first area focuses on “Better Truck Maintenance“, providing guidance to vehicle operators on how to implement an effective system for truck safety inspections and maintenance management whilst setting out requirements for daily vehicle checks with regular inspections and maintenance procedures.

The second area, ‘Check Your Truck’, provides further instruction to drivers and those responsible for pre-shift walk around truck safety inspections, detailing items to be checked and with an action roadmap if a defect is found. The guide is supported by a comprehensive checklist sheet that pays great attention to the management of truck driving hours as a very persistent issue.

The third area, ‘Stop Sleepy Drivers’, highlights the severe risks of truck driver fatigue and provides guidance to managers and company owners on how to set up an implement an effective plan to overcome this problem. It highlights some important solutions such as appropriate pre-trip or forward planning to minimise fatigue, keeping details of regular and irregular truck trips for their managers and inspectors in a well-maintained and easily accessible documentation. Besides, drivers should not be required to drive unreasonable distances in insufficient time and without sufficient notice and provision for adequate rest.

Mr. Mohammed Nasser Al Otaiba, Director of Freight Division, DoT, said: “As the issue of safety for all roads users is not one of compromise, truck incidents have negative consequences on both the life of people and the economy. The Freight Master Plan is gearing towards ensuring trucks are a safe means of goods transportation through its meticulous voluntary and obligatory guidance and regulations.”

“The DoT is committed to working closely with all stakeholders in this Plan, especially truck operators and regulators to ascertain that trucks are well maintained and regularly checked by professionals and do not pose a threat on the road and that drivers do not feel exhausted while behind the wheel. By committing to the guidance and regulations, operators and drivers can be very positive partners in road safety avoiding the costly penalties of non-compliance.” he added.

Plans submitted for world’s first tidal lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay

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Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd (TLP) today took a major step towards realising one of the UK’s most game-changing infrastructure projects: the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant.

After three years of feasibility work and impact assessments, TLP submitted its application – which runs to 5000 pages – for a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would be the largest tidal power plant in the world.  As a project of national significance, the application, which has been developed through extensive consultation in Swansea Bay, will now be reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate before public examination, and then determination by the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.

The project would see a 9.5 km long sea wall built to capture enough renewable energy from incoming and outgoing tides to power over 120,000 homes for 120 years. It aims to source at least 65% of content in the UK, kick-starting a new manufacturing industry and future export market.

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay masterplan

Mark Shorrock, CEO of Tidal Lagoon Power, said that the submission of the application marks a turning point in the development of the UK’s tidal resource.

“Until now, tidal energy has been heavily promoted by governments and environmentalists as an intuitive source of clean and reliable energy for our island nation, but the business response has focused on relatively small-scale tidal stream devices.  The UK has the second highest tidal range in the world and today we are submitting an application for a development that will prove that this resource can be harnessed in a way that makes economic, environmental and social sense.  Tidal lagoons offer renewable energy at nuclear scale and thus the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds in UK industries and coastal communities. Continue reading

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February 07, 2014 11:22 am
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Bombardier wins £1bn Crossrail deal

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Bombardier today confirmed that it has been notified by Transport for London (TfL) and The Department for Transport (DfT) of their intention to award a contract to deliver rolling stock and a new depot for Crossrail.

The intended contract between TfL and Bombardier covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new trains and a depot at Old Oak Common. The contract award is subject to a 10 day standstill period.

Dr. Francis Paonessa, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been recommended as the winning bidder for the Crossrail rolling stock and depot contract and look forward to closing the contract with the customer.

This is a resounding endorsement of our proposed BOMBARDIER AVENTRA train for Crossrail, which has proudly been designed and developed in the UK as an iconic and world-technology leading train for London.

Today’s decision is a credit to the efforts of our entire workforce in the UK, including our 1,600 strong Derby-based design, engineering and manufacturing team who form a global centre of excellence for the rail industry, as well as our outstanding maintenance teams who support train operators right across the country and particularly in London as demonstrated during the London 2012 Olympics.”

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February 06, 2014 15:17 pm
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UK Storm causes rail devastation in Dawlish

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The railway between Exeter and Penzance is shut after damage at several locations caused by strong winds, heavy seas and flooding as storms continue to batter the UK and the South West of England in particular.

In a press release, Network Rail stated the following,

‘On the coast at Dawlish, around 80m of both tracks has been severely damaged by the sea, washing away ballast and the foundations on which the track is built. There is also severe damage to the sea wall and the track and platforms at Dawlish station.

We’re on site at a number of locations in the south west of England and are making repairs where the weather conditions permit. It is hoped that these repairs will enable some services on the main line between Plymouth and Penzance to resume today 5 February 2014, however the line between Exeter and Plymouth will remain closed until further notice because of the damage at Dawlish.

We’ll carry out an initial assessment of the damage at Dawlish as soon as the weather subsides to help us identify the extent and scope of repairs required to enable trains to run safely.’

Before setting off, check with your train operator or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information on how the weather is impacting rail journeys .’

Patrick Hallgate, Route Managing Director at Network Rail was interviewed on BBC News today stating ‘it’s very difficult with the high tide to give a full assessment of the works. Off the tops of our heads we’d have to say between four and six weeks’ worth of work but there’s damage in three of four separate locations and until we can get in and do a proper structural assessment, it really is too early to say.

I’d say this is probably the biggest structural engineering feat we’ve faced in the South West for at least the last decade. The local teams working here have said that this is the worst damage they have seen in their careers to the sea wall but obviously we are absolutely keen to  make sure that as quickly as possible we can restore this for the community of Dawlish.’

Jim Davis

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February 05, 2014 17:04 pm
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Design Council Cabe Design & Infrastructure Seminar

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Last week the Design Council Cabe Design & Infrastructure debate focused on the latest infrastructure proposals and how these impact local communities.

Hosting the event was the Design Review’s Thomas Bender. Speakers included Heatherwick Studios’ Mat Cash, the Landscape Institute and Farrer Huxley Associates Director Noel Farrer, and Martin Knight of Knight Architects.

To get the ball rolling, Thomas Bender highlighted infrastructure’s role in society as a lasting, pride-inducing coming together of design and engineering. As well as helping society through basic functions and usability, Bender noted that great infrastructure should incorporate beauty, sophistication, wonderful engineering and innovation in order to “touch the hearts” of those that use it. Recent trends have seen functional infrastructure and the energy industry taken for granted or frowned upon as dirty, dangerous and uninspiring. How can we reverse this erosion of civic pride? Vision and beauty, Bender suggested, are what’s needed to bring joy in infrastructure back to these communities. Through innovative use of materials, the regional impact of linking areas of landscape, a shift towards sustainable behavioural change and adaptive re-use, this healthier, more holistic view of infrastructure can be achieved.

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Speaking next, Heatherwick Studios’ Mat Cash focussed on the misconception of infrastructure as a substructure, rather than an intimate human network that we see, feel and interact with on a daily basis. Pointing to Heatherwick’s Paddington Footbridge – the singular uncurling mechanism of which often delights onlooking crowds – Cash noted that the spectacle of infrastructure is something to be enjoyed and celebrated as public art or theatre. Moving on to discuss Heatherwick’s new bus for London, Cash highlighted the importance of care and detail in infrastructure, in order to enhance the human experience. The bus interiors were re-examined, the palette softened and calmed, and points of interaction – i.e., stopper buttons and handrails – tweaked to offer maximum ergonomics, stylish durability and ease of use.

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Finally, Cash discussed Heatherwick Studios’ innovative Teesside Power Station. Looking back to benchmarks such as Battersea Power Station, Cash noted a clear decline in public pride for large-scale infrastructure projects. Eschewing the standard “scattering” of boxes approach, Heatherwick have proposed to stack or bunch the components of the power station together, forming a “power park”. By incorporating viewing platforms, greenery, venue hire and office space, Heatherwick Studios hope to foster an appetite for community care surrounding infrastructure, and move away from modern conceptions of power stations as dangerous, high-security, opaque complexes. Continue reading

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February 05, 2014 10:04 am
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