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  • Room for improvement found during waves on deck audit on Statoil’s platforms

    first_imgThe Norwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found an improvement point during an audit of waves on deck on Statoil’s eight facilities off Norway.The PSA said on Thursday that the audit looked at semi-submersible facilities at Kristin, Åsgard B, Troll B, Troll C, Visund, and Snorre B, as well as the Heidrun and Snorre A tension leg platforms.According to the safety body, the objective of the audit was to monitor the status of Statoil’s follow-up for safeguarding semi-submersible production facilities and TLPs against waves on deck.The PSA wanted to gain an insight into Statoil’s routines and criteria where measures were required for safeguarding the facilities in high sea states.“Desired outcomes were that Statoil was aware of the issue of airgaps, that we gained an insight into whether necessary measures have been implemented, and that the facilities are robust in withstanding wave impact events,” PSA said.The safety body found one improvement point concerning measures for damage limitation and the prevention of hazard situations. No non-conformities were identified during the audit.The PSA told Statoil to report on how the improvement point will be addressed by January 11, 2018.last_img read more

  • Newbuild Skandi Recife starts Petrobras charter

    first_imgSkandi Recife; Image courtesy of DOFSkandi Recife, a Brazilian-flagged flexible lay and construction vessel owned by a joint venture between TechnipFMC (50%) and DOF (50%), started its eight-year charter contract with Petrobras. The vessel will work in the Campos, Santos and Espírito Santo basins, the two companies said on Thursday.Skandi Recife has pipelay and marine technology with a 340 tons Vertical Lay System (VLS) tower, 2,500 tons underdeck carousel and two work-class ROVs, allowing it to lay flexible pipes in water depths up to 2,500 meters.It was built by Vard Promar Brazilian yard, where its sister ship, Skandi Olinda, is currently under construction.Under the TechnipFMC/DOF joint venture agreement, TechnipFMC will manage flexible pipelay, and DOF will be responsible for marine operations.Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of Subsea activities at TechnipFMC, commented: “The delivery of Skandi Recife and the commencement of a new contract with Petrobras reinforce our commitment to the development of the Brazilian market and our extensive ultra-deepwater pipelaying experience.”DOF Subsea CEO, Mons S. Aase, said: “Taking delivery of Skandi Recife and commencing the contract with Petrobras is an important milestone in our partnership with TechnipFMC. We are proud of this significant addition to our Brazilian fleet and look forward to seeing the vessel in operation in the years to come.”This PLSV is one of four vessels owned by a joint venture between DOF Subsea and oilfield services provider TechnipFMC. The vessels were ordered following eight-year contract awards from Petrobras back in August 2013 for the provision of installation of flexible pipes in Brazilian waters.It is also worth reminding that the first two PLSVs are already working for Petrobras. The first vessel, Skandi Açu, started its contract in August 2016 and the second one, Skandi Búzios, in April 2017. These two vessels were designed to achieve a 650-ton laying tension capacity.The fourth vessel, named Skandi Olinda, is scheduled for delivery from Vard’s Brazilian yard in the first quarter of 2019.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

  • GE Haliade-X 12MW on UK Tour

    first_imgGE Renewable Energy is holding a series of supply chain engagement events in the UK for its Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine.The events are part of GE’s supply chain plan for the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine and will welcome potential suppliers that have suitable products or services that could support its production.GE is holding the first meeting on 30 April at Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Blyth, Northumberland, from 09:00 to 12:00 local time.Further two events will be held in partnership with the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on 7 and 8 May in Edinburgh.More supply chain events are expected to be announced in Hull and East Anglia.To remind, GE announced in March 2018 that it will invest more than USD 400 million to develop and deploy Haliade-X 12MW. The turbine will be installed in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam this summer and will be placed onshore to facilitate access for testing.last_img read more

  • Next Step for ‘Boskalis on Bio’ Program

    first_imgImage source: BoskalisBoskalis and biofuels supplier GoodFuels are set to take the next key step in the ‘Boskalis on Bio’ program for the testing of sustainable bio-fuel oil. Following earlier successful tests with ‘drop-in’ blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil, Boskalis’ 143-meter long trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Willem van Oranje will be the first dredging vessel in the world to operate on 100% bio-fuel oil.The sulphur-free sustainable residual fuel consists wholly of used cooking oil and contains no fossil fuels. This allows a substantial carbon reduction of 90% thereby contributing to a reduction of Boskalis’ carbon footprint.This world first for Boskalis is the result of the ‘Boskalis on Bio’ pilot program launched in 2015 in cooperation with engine manufacturer Wartsila and GoodFuels.With this program, the Dutch giant aims to realize a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from both its vessels and its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks.The TSHD Willem van Oranje, which was taken into service in 2010, has a hopper capacity of 12,000 cubic meters and total installed power of 13,870 kW. The versatile dredging vessel can dredge to a depth of up to 62 meters and is deployed on the most diverse maritime infrastructure projects around the world.last_img read more

  • Gasum opens LNG station in Umea, Sweden

    first_imgThe Nordic energy company Gasum has further expanded its network of LNG filling stations with the opening of a new facility in Umeå, Sweden.The station is the first one in Umeå and serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars. It is also an important part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 gas filling stations for HDVs by the early 2020s in the Nordics, the company said in its statement.The new gas filling station is in an area with heavy traffic where fuel consumption is high and the need for clean fuel solutions is rising rapidly.HDVs can fill up on liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), while compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas (CBG) are suitable for passenger cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses, the company said.The increasing amount of new stations is a key factor in reducing emissions, particularly in the long-haul road transport segment. Heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30 percent of Europe’s CO2 emissions from road transport.According to the new emission standards passed by the EU in 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70 percent by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.last_img read more

  • Inpex, Chevron to cut Australian LNG jobs

    first_imgThe facility is facing additional phased shutdowns at its remaining two liquefaction units for more repair work. Posted: 23 days ago In parallel with Inpex, Chevron is continuing with its plan to reduce the workforce. Production has not been affected by the current environment. The $45 billion Ichthys LNG project has the capacity to produce up to 8.9 million tons per annum of LNG, 1.65 million tons per annum of liquefied petroleum gas 100,000 barrels of condensate a day. Likewise, the U.S. major Chevron is set to reduce the workforce at its Australian projects. The latest cuts are a continuation of the effects the coronavirus pandemic had on fuel demand and the resulting slump in oil and gas prices. Earlier this month, Chevron informed it is delaying the restart of its second liquefaction train at the Gorgon LNG facility. The company will take additional time to complete repairs of the propane heat exchanger on Gorgon LNG Train 2. Chevron delays Gorgon LNG Train 2 restart Posted: 23 days ago Such an environment has forced the company to review its operations at the Ichthys LNG project. This will impact a number of roles in the Operations division, Reuters reports. Chevron to let around 400 people go The U.S. major has unveiled plans to reduce its numbers by 15 per cent earlier this year. For Australia, where Chevron operates its Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG project this could involve some 410 jobs. Categories: Japanese oil and gas major Inpex is set to cut the workforce numbers at its Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in Australia. Business developments & projects Courtesy of Inpexlast_img read more

  • Parents prop up schools to tune of $250m

    first_imgSunday Star Times 26 February 2012New Zealand parents are forking out a quarter of a billion dollars a year in school “donations” to help prop up schools. With an average cost of running a large secondary school estimated by principals at $10 million, that means parents are fully funding the equivalent of 25 big high schools – buildings, equipment, maintenance and wages. Increasingly donations are being used to pay for one of the most important areas of the curriculum – new technology.The struggle to keep students up-to-date with fast moving technology, vital to the country’s future, is bringing the issue to a head, principals say. Teachers and parent groups alike say the concept of “free education” is nonsense and the education system is dependent on parents propping it up. Secondary School Principals Association president Patrick Walsh, principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, said: “I think the concept of free education at best is seen as aspirational, or is seen as disingenuous by those who propose it.” Education Minister Hekia Parata said: “Schooling has always had a cost. That cost has principally been met by the government of the day, and that continues to be the case now.” She says parents have always – and will always – need to pick up some cost.But parents are saying the donations and fees demanded by schools are getting too much. According to information gained under the Official Information Act by lobby group Family First, the amount of school voluntary donations paid by families in the past four years has totalled more than $1 billion – $234m (2007), $247m (2008), $272m (2009), and $266m in 2010.…Bob McCroskrie, national director of Family First NZ, said: “Despite the Education Act saying that state school education is free, this is completely removed from the truth. Families are forking out large amounts to help schools meet their budgets and provide core services.” Walsh said: “The reality is schools couldn’t afford to function without a contribution from parents or finding some other secondary income stream.”$266.7 million donated to school system in 2010Radio NZ News 26 Feb 2012$266-point-7-million-donated-to-school-system-in-2010Parents have paid up ‘$1bn in school fees’NZ Herald 26 Feb 2012 parents pay schools $2mWairarapa Times-Age 1 March 2012State funding for Wairarapa schools is being propped up by an extra $2.6 million a year in school fees and grants. read more

  • Remembering Reimer: Boys shouldn’t be raised as girls

    first_imgLifeSiteNews 7 May 2014Ten years ago David Reimer, 38, parked his truck at a local shopping center, put a sawed-off shotgun to his head, and pulled the trigger. His tragic death emphasized the total failure of one of the most famous gender alteration cases in modern medicine.David Reimer was originally named Bruce after he was born a boy along with his identical twin brother Brian in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1965.A botched circumcision at about eight months burned off the boy’s penis, leaving his young parents bewildered about how they should raise their son. Parents thought they had found an answer when they learned through a television program about Dr. John Money of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a psychologist renowned for his theories about gender.Money believed identifying as male or female was a learned trait, but wanted to prove his theory with an ideal test subject. Identical twin boys with one of them raised as a girl was exactly what he was looking for.Reimer’s parents contacted Money who successfully advised them to raise Bruce as a girl and change his name to “Brenda.” The parents clothed “Brenda” in dresses, gave him dolls to play with, and treated him as a girl. He was given female hormone injections, which later made him develop breasts. read more

  • Why being bullied is bad for your health

    first_imgStuff 22 May 2015Victims of childhood bullying are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults and have a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, according to a study by British psychiatrists.Researchers found that just over a quarter of women who were occasionally or frequently bullied as children were obese at age 45, compared to 19 per cent of those who had never been bullied.And both men and women who were bullied as children had higher levels of fat around their middle – a known risk factor for heart disease.“Bullying is bad for your physical health, whether you’re a man or a woman,” said Andrea Danese, who worked on the study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London.Louise Arseneault, who led the research, said its findings should remind teachers, parents and carers to think about the victims, not just worry about how to stop the bullies.Bullying is characterised by repeated hurtful actions by other children, against which the victims find it difficult to defend themselves, she told reporters. Unfortunately, bullying was “part of growing up for many children”, she said.“We tend to neglect the victims and their suffering,” she added. “(Yet) for some children, they will be marked for the rest of their lives.” read more

  • Slippery Slope Confirmed: Gay Polygamous Marriage – and Babies with their Sisters (Canada)

    first_imgMailOnline 15 October 2015Two married men have revealed how they got a divorce just one year after tying the knot – so they could include a third man in their relationship.Adam Grant and Shayne Curran, from Nova Scotia, Canada, said ‘I do’ in 2011 after dating for more than two years.However, they met Sebastian Tran in a nightclub in September 2012 and immediately hit it off – and decided to end their marriage so they could make a commitment to each other as a threesome.The trio, who all work in the medical profession, now live together and are hoping to start a family someday – with help from Seb’s and Shayne’s sisters who will act as surrogates and egg donors.Although being married to more than one person is not legal in Canada, the trio say they have spoken lawyers who can draw up paperwork to make sure they are ‘equally bound and obligated to each other in the eyes of the law’.None of the men has ever been in a polyamorous relationship before. read more