Westminster International Appointed to Secure Juba Airport – Southern Sudan

Westminster International announced it has received a Letter of Appointment from the Government of Southern Sudan, signed by the Minister of Transport & Roads, confirming the award of a contract for extensive security enhancements at Juba Airport.

The contract, valued at circa 4.7 million USD, involves the installation of a high security perimeter fence which will be protected by Westminster’s FOSS fibre detection system. It will detect any attempt to cut, climb or lift the fence, together with airport surveillance cameras, a control & command system and a range of specialist scanning equipment.

The 21-year civil war between North and South Sudan, ended on Jan. 9, 2005 with a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. A fragile peace has existed since that time with national elections scheduled before the end of 2009 to decide on North-South unification.

The war caused widespread devastation in Southern Sudan and reconstruction is underway. The upgrading of airport security at Juba, being the capital of the South, is a high priority for the Government of Southern Sudan as part of the reconstruction process and a drive to attract international traffic.

Westminster was consulted on ways in which the airport could be adequately secured against a number of risks and immediately sent a team to undertake a survey and feasibility study. Following the visit, Westminster produced a range of solutions and provided considerable technical support for consideration, including additional site visits, ahead of being appointed to deliver the chosen system.

Peter Fowler, Chief Executive of Westminster Group, said:
"I am delighted we have received this Letter of Appointment for the protection of Juba Airport. It is a very high profile project and one which addresses an important issue for Southern Sudan."

"I know our international team have worked very hard over the past 12 months to design solutions to accommodate the needs and requirements of the project. The decision to place the contract with Westminster is an indication of our ability to respond quickly to client requests, even in difficult parts of the world, and design comprehensive solutions which encompass an extensive range of products and technologies. Once again, this clearly demonstrates our international reach and broad range of expertise in the field."

"It is also further evidence of Westminster’s growing international reputation and our ability to provide bespoke solutions to governments and governmental agencies worldwide. We anticipate that the majority of the project will be completed in the current financial year".