Comment: Preston’s bid for city status

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BG Group sees LNG supply growth

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Global CCS applauds Norwegian CCS investment

first_imgEarlier this week, gasworld reported that the three companies has announced plans to invest almost $6.9bn in the project that will help the company reduce its carbon emissions.Equinor, Shell and Total make major CCS investment“This positive decision is not only a step in the right direction for CCS but also pushes ahead an urgently needed solution for European industrial emissions,” said Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute.“The FID by the Government of Norway is expected later this year and will be among the last steps before the project can break ground.” “We are, of course, hoping for a green light from the Government so this important flagship project can be built as a successful example of leveraging public-private partnerships for innovative decarbonisation through CCS. This project is of utmost global importance”Once complete, the project could potentially capture up to 5 million tonnes of CO2, will boost European CCS efforts and accelerate progress towards meeting Europe’s climate neutrality goals.last_img read more

Subsea Support Vessel Normand Flower to Undergo Modifications

first_imgOceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a three-year charter for use of the Normand Flower, a multi-service subsea support vessel owned by Solstad Offshore ASA. The charter term is expected to commence during the fourth quarter of 2013 upon arrival of the vessel for work in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Prior to commencement of the charter, the Normand Flower will undergo modifications to enhance its project capabilities, including reconfiguration to accommodate two Oceaneering, high-specification, work class ROVs.The vessel will also be equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel.The Normand Flower has an overall length of approximately 305 feet (93 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 85 personnel, a helideck, a 150-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool.The vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering’s ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the GOM and other international markets, depending on demand. These services include performing inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) projects and hardware installations. IMR projects are expected to include chemical well stimulation and hydrate remediation. Hardware installations are expected to include umbilicals, subsea trees, flowline jumpers, flying leads, and manifolds.[mappress]Press Release, June 21, 2013last_img read more

Vinalines Chosen for Port, Shipping and Logistics Projects

first_imgVietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) has been assigned a large number of port, shipping and logistics services construction projects by the Government of Vietnam.The investment, development and business and production plans, which were approved on February 27, are set to boost Vinalines’ presence in the country’s maritime sector over the period from 2016 to 2020.Namely, Vinalines will be responsible for developing some seaports at Lach Huyen International Port complex in the northern coastal city of Haiphong.The project invested by Haiphong Port Company Limited to build a Haiphong International Gateway Seaport will be carried out in 2017-2020. In addition, Lien Chieu Port in the central coast city of Danang will be developed by Danang Port Joint Stock Company in the 2017-2024 period.In terms of shipping, the government has asked Vinalines to develop a specialized ship fleet and decommission old vessels.Additionally, the company is required to boost investments in inland container depots (ICD), logistics centers, and goods distribution center in Lach Huyen (Haiphong), Hanoi, Danang, Can Tho, HCMC, Bac Ninh, Hau Giang, Gia Lai, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai provinces.Vinalines now has to map out a detailed investment plan and implement these projects under the prevailing rules.last_img read more

Volga-Dnepr lights up

first_imgVolga-Dnepr’s engineers devised a special loading solution to accommodate the 15 m long boat, which weighed 14 tonnes. Due to the size of the cargo and small amount of ground clearance, it was not possible to use the aircraft’s ramp and internal crane. Instead Cigarette Marauder was loaded onto a standard trailer, and the engineers installed an extension ramp normally used to load heavy and outsize cargoes onboard an AN-124-100 freighter. Volga-Dnepr explained that the ramp reduced the angle that the boat and trailer had to negotiate, and meant that the boat could be driven into the IL-76TD-90VD on its trailer. “Deliveries of yachts and boats always require an individual approach as these types of cargo are very bespoke. They are high value and custom-made and require very precise and delicate handling,” said Rinat Akhmetov, sales executive at Volga-Dnepr.  www.volga-dnepr.comlast_img read more

Base tunnel nears completion

first_imgSPAIN: Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero joined Development Minister Magadalena Álvarez on September 13 to witness the holing-through of the eastern bore of the Pajares base tunnel. Forming part of 49·7 km of new alignment being built at a cost of €2·39bn between La Robla and Pola de Lena, the twin-bore base tunnel will cut the distance by rail between León and Oviedo by 33 km.With the completion of the first bore, the Ministry of Development reports that work is now 93·7% complete on the base tunnel, which will be Spain’s second-longest after that taking the Madrid – Valladolid high speed line under the Guadarrama range.September 13 also saw the formal opening of a new 6 km connection south of León between the main lines to Madrid and Ourense, built at a cost of €28·4m to divert freight traffic away from the city centre. This forms part of a programme that will see freight and rolling stock maintenance facilities moved to a new site south of León, with 2·7 km of railway through the centre placed underground and a new station built for high speed services.H Civil works on the 87·5 km high speed line between Ourense and Santiago de Compostela are now over 70% complete, the Ministry of Development has reported. The only sections still to go out to tender are those comprising the initial 1·5 km from Ourense and the final 3·6 km into Santiago.last_img read more

TATI now accepting applications for Bright Faces mentorship program

first_imgThis year’s students of the TATI’s Bright Faces Summer Youth Leadership Program at the Miami Gardens City’s Progressive Young Adults Advisory Committee meeting with partner Father Horace Ward of Holy Family Episcopal Church Caribbean-American youth advocacy group, Transforming America Through Interaction, or TATI is accepting applications for their newly launched career mentorship program Bright Faces, in partnership with The Episcopal Church of Holy Family in Miami Gardens. “The objective of TATI’s Bright Faces,” says Tanya Ragbeer, President of TATI, Inc., “is to introduce the students to professionals who not only look and sound like them, but are also making strides in the community. It’s phenomenal to hear the stories of success, failure, struggles and triumph that were presented, and to see the responses of the students.“The program is designed to empower teens by introducing them to people that they normally would not have such intimate access to, and for them to learn first-hand from people in their chosen career fields.”The program is focused on, but not restricted to teens of Caribbean heritage, and this year’s activities included field trips to locations such as the Miami Gardens City Hall, WAVS 1170 AM Radio, and Weston Animal Hospital. Bright Faces students engage with professionals in Finance, Retail Sales, Wholesale Manufacturing and Distribution, Arts & Culture, Government, Media & Communications, Health, and Education. The program also includes personal development coaching activities lead by Life Coach Tanya Ragbeer, and is designed to create self-awareness.To register a student, to volunteer, or to donate towards the program funding, visit the website at:, or call 954-895-8384 for further details.last_img read more

At least 166 million children globally remain unrecorded

first_imgA newborn baby receives her birth certificate at a hospital in the Republic of the Congo.UNICEF/Frank Dejongh UNICEF: 1.4 million children face death from famine Over a million children ran from Boko Haram: UNICEF A newborn baby receives her birth certificate at a hospital in the Republic of the Congo./UNICEFThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says one-quarter of the world’s children are not registered when they’re born, leaving them vulnerable and “invisible”.This despite the number of registered births having significantly increased over the past decade. UNICEF reports that the births of one in four children under-five, or some 166 million children globally, have never been officially recorded. Too many children are “slipping through the cracks,” said Henrietta Fore, the agency’s Executive Director: “A child not registered at birth is invisible – nonexistent in the eyes of the government or the law,” she explained.“Without proof of identity, children are often excluded from education, health care and other vital services, and are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.”The findings of the report released on Wednesday analyzes data from 174 countries, revealing that the proportion of children registered globally is up by around 20 percent from 10 years ago: rising from 63 percent to 75 percent.Much of that progress is attributed to what UNICEF describes as “great strides” made in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.In India alone, the number of registered children rose from 41 percent in 2005-2006, to 80 percent a decade later. UNICEF has been working with the authorities to prioritize birth registration, including through training community workers and launching public awareness programmes in vulnerable areas.Meanwhile, the majority of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are falling behind the rest of the world, with three countries in the region—Ethiopia, Zambia and Chad—having the lowest levels of registered births globally.Countries urged to step up actionUNICEF is pressing governments to take action, in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs which call for all people to be provided a legal identity, including birth registration.Nearly one in three countries will need to step up progress urgently to meet this target as they are home to around a third of under-fives globally.Lack of knowledge on how to register a child’s birth, but also unaffordable registration fees, are some of the barriers which will need to be addressed.  Traditional customs and practices, such as forcing new mothers to stay indoors, may also be a factor. Related 28 million children displaced by conflict globally- UNICEFlast_img read more

Dumfries & Galloway College To Pause Face To Face Teaching

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway college has announced that as from tomorrow they will pause all Face to face classes and will close their campus’s down to all external visitors due to current the COVID-19 Crisis. A spokesperson for the college has stated “As of close of business on Tuesday 17th March 2020, we will be pausing face to face teaching in order to protect our staff and students.While there are no reported cases in our region, we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and following UK Government and Scottish Government advice with these measures.We will still be delivering teaching online where possible.External visitors will not be allowed on campus and we have cancelled all events as of today.Students are not required to attend our Dumfries or Stranraer campuses. With these precautionary measures in place, we encourage our entire college community to follow official advice and follow our communications for the most up to date information.”last_img read more