Amarante and Geos aim to snatch EU protection contract from Septimius
The leading security firms working in Libya covet the $20m contract to protect the European Union delegation there which until now has been in the hands of Septimius Security.
The European Union has not yet picked a company to provide security for its representation in Libya over the long term. It has however awarded temporary contracts to the French company GEOS, the Maltese firm Sentinel Atlas and Septimius Security, an Irish-Libyan outfit.
The French security company Geos is returning to Libya with a major contract. In late February, the firm, led by former Directorate General for External Security (DGSE) chief and army general Didier Bolelli, won a one-year renewable contract to protect
Former SAS veteran Mark Blagbrough is advising the newly formed British company Vellichor, which is facing major challenges in Libya. At the same time, he is also offering advice to the equally new Acumen Intelligent Consulting, based in Mozambique.
Along with Iraq, Afghanistan has been an eldorado for armed security companies over the last 20 years. With the departure of American troops on 30 August, that market suddenly dried up. This does not mean, however, that the country will no longer need armed security companies.