The effort to make The Port of Virginia the deepest and safest port on the U.S East Coast continues to advance as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday issued its critical, final authorization to move ahead with the Wider, Deeper, Safer project.According to the Port, the Army Corps’ Chief of Engineers’ Report is the final federal review of the project and clears the way for the deepening and widening of the commercial shipping channels serving the Norfolk Harbor.The positive report allows the project to be included in the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill, which is a larger list of projects eligible for federal matching funds. The projects in the WRDA bill that receive funding are determined during the federal budget process.The largest ships in the Atlantic trade are already calling Virginia, but the added depth will allow for even bigger vessels and their safe, uninterrupted passage to and from the harbor. The dredging project will take the channels to 55 feet deep and widen the channels in select areas to allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels.The project will be executed in two phases. The preliminary engineering and design ($20 million) is the first phase and is expected to take 18-24 months and the dredging phase ($330 million), which has a 2024 target completion date.
Casing and completion technology business, Deep Casing Tools (DCT), has formed an alliance in Norway with National Oilwell Varco Completion Tools (NOV Completion Tools).The agreement gives NOV Completion Tool’s Completions & Production Solutions Division access to DTC’s technology including its Turbocaser, Turborunner and MechLOK Drill Pipe Swivel.NOV Completion Tools will be DCT’s service provider in Norway, initially under the guidance and training of DCT staff.In turn, partnering with NOV, will open up new opportunities for Aberdeen-headquartered DCT.David Stephenson, CEO of DCT, said: “We have been looking at key areas in which we want to expand and how to achieve that, we believe working with key partners in certain areas is the way forward.“NOV Completion Tools has a good presence and is strong in Norway and has an excellent reputation.“NOV Completion Tools is growing its completions division through a mixture of organic growth, acquisitions and by partnering with smaller technology companies and we are one of those smaller technology companies.“Our companies are complementary, and we provide NOV Completion Tools with a differentiator and we benefit from the power and reputation of NOV Completion Tools. We have our turbine driven reamer tools and our lockable drill pipe swivel which can differentiate their product offering from the rest. We also have other tools coming through which may go commercial this year.“It is quite possible that this initiative will be rolled out through other regions and perhaps lead to a stronger relationship with NOV Completion Tools.”
Production Technology and Services (PTS) has announced the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a letter to HWCG deeming the PTS-supplied temporary processing equipment suitable for use as a part of HWCG’s single vessel solution (SVS).The HWCG SVS system is designed to capture well effluent during a deepwater blowout when the well cannot be shut-in or capping is delayed. The kit can be rigged up on most MODUs and process up to 220 MMCFPD and 130 KBFPD.Developed under contract for HWCG, the temporary processing system is on standby for deployment at PTS’ Gulf of Mexico location in Broussard, Louisiana. It is said to be the largest modular temporary processing system built for emergency response and is designed for rapid deployment to enable quick well containment and control.Steven Parker, vice president, PTS, said: “We are excited that our modular temporary processing system has officially been accepted for use by BSEE. This package will be on standby at all times, equipped for rapid response to an emergency in the Gulf of Mexico.”Craig Castille, managing director, HWCG, said: “When responding to a deepwater blowout, the mission is to quickly stop the flow of hydrocarbons into the environment. If the well cannot be shut-in or the capping process is delayed, then processing and capture of hydrocarbons is the next best alternative. We are proud to have this technology available to our members.”
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. recently won a contract by the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Republic of Maldives, in relation to the development of Gulhifalhu.The value of the contract is estimated at approximately EUR 45 million.According to Boskalis, the dredging activities are due to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 and are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.The development of Gulhifalhu, located about four kilometers from the country’s capital Malé, forms part of the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure’s strategic plan to improve and develop the port infrastructure and will serve as a climate adaptive solution, making this part of the Maldives resilient to rising sea levels.As part of this program, the contractor will reclaim an area with an initial volume of six million cubic meters of sand using a mega sized trailing suction hopper dredger. Boskalis’ activities also include rock revetment work for shoreline protection.Since the turn of the century, Boskalis has successfully executed a number of climate change adaptive dredging and reclamation projects in the Maldives.Starting in 2006, the company reconstructed the island of Vilufushi following the devastating tsunami in December 2004. By doing so Boskalis increased the size of the island and raised it to 1.4 meters above mean sea level.This was followed by several subsequent projects including the initial development of Gulhifalhu in 2012 and land reclamation activities on four other islands in 2014.
Greek player Energean Oil and Gas and MRC Alon Tavor (MRC) have signed a gas sales and purchase agreement (GSPA) for the sale of approximately 0.5 Bcm/yr, or up to 8 Bcm over the term of the contract from the Karish field offshore Israel. Energean is the operator of the Karish and Tanin deepwater field developments located in the Eastern Mediterranean, approximately 90km offshore Israel.Energean said on Thursday that the supply would start at Karish first gas and the contract term was for a period of 15 years from the date of signature.The GSPA is linked to the Israeli Electricity Production Index and has floor pricing and take-or-pay provisions.Energean estimates that the GSPA will add revenues in excess of $1 billion over the term of the contract.Energean also recently signed a contract amendment with OPC Rotem that accelerated the rate of gas consumption and increased annual gas supply by 0.2 Bcm/yr. This was accompanied by a shortening of the contract term such that there was no change in the total contract quantity of gas.Energean now has firm GSPAs for the supply of 5.0 Bcm/yr of gas into the Israeli domestic market, excluding the contingent GSPAs that have been signed with I.P.M Beer Tuvia (0.4 Bcm/yr) and Or Power Energies (Or) (0.7 Bcm/yr).In related news, Energean earlier this week submitted to the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus applications to import and supply natural gas to Cyprus, starting in 2021.According to the plan, natural gas will be transported through pipelines from the Karish offshore block to the Energean Power FPSO, and from there through a pipeline to Vassiliko, Cyprus, where it will landfall.Karish / TaninEnergean sanctioned the 2.4 Tcf Karish and Tanin development in March 2018. The company then revealed it would use $405 million of the $460 million raised from its IPO to fund its 70% share in the project, while the remaining 30% would be funded by Kerogen Capital.Energean contracted TechnipFMC under a turnkey, lump sum EPCIC contract worth $1.6 billion to provide the full suite of FPSO and SURF services during the construction phase and TechnipFMC subcontracted COSCO to provide the FPSO hull.Energean has chosen a new-build FPSO based on an existing design and will adopt a spread moored system, which it believes reduces technical risk on the field.The FPSO hull was undocked and floated out from the COSCO Shipyards’ dock in early October 2019. The sail away of the FPSO hull from China to Singapore is expected in late 2019. The hull will then travel to the Sembcorp Admiralty Yard in Singapore for the installation of the Siemens-built topsides.
Other established members to the consortium include: BayWa, Blue C Engineering, Carpi Tech/Makor Energy, Ciel & Terre International, Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, Noria Energy, EDF – Électricité de France, EDP – Energias de Portugal, Equinor, Isigenere, Mainstream Renewable Power, Scatec Solar, Seaflex and Statkraft. Other new members include: Total SA, Acciona and SolarMarine Energy. Led by DNVGL, the consortium is aiming to develop the first recommended practice for the development of floating solar power projects; creating the first commonly recognized standard. Félix Gorintin, head of Floating Solar at INNOSEA, said: “Being invited to join such a leading consortium is a testament to the work INNOSEA has been doing in the sector. Creating a commonly recognised standard is a key part of the industry’s development. Not having common standards in place makes it difficult for investors to have confidence in projects and for standards to be enforced. We are looking forward to working with such a highly regarded collection of fellow members and to support the development of an industry, which is a key part of the future energy mix.” The standard will be based on a defined list of technical requirements for developing safe, reliable and sustainable projects. INNOSEA, a part of LOC Group, has been invited to join the Floating Solar JIP consortium, a group of 23 leading companies in the renewable energy arena. Joining the consortium is on an invitation only basis, requiring the approval of all existing members. Areas that INNOSEA will focus specifically include site characterization, energy yield, floaters, mooring and anchoring design. The invitation to join the Floating Solar JIP consortium, comes on the back of extensive work in the area, covering 30 projects and 690MWp. Projects included engineering and design work for 15 floating offshore developments, across 6 countries, Strategic Advisory Services for site investigation, mooring EPCI and owner’s engineering services. INNOSEA is supported by the wider LOC Group renewables team.
Herald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011STIs such as herpes, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis and chlamydia (the most common STI in teenagers) are on the rise. So are the numbers of young teenagers catching them. The figures make sobering reading. Last year, 134 New Zealand children aged 10 to 14 caught chlamydia. The figure leapt to an alarming 3203 in the 15- to 19-year age group with the infection after contracting it from their mothers. Sex education has been compulsory in all schools for 10 years now, but in that time New Zealand’s teenage STI and pregnancy rates have continued to climb. A national survey by the Adolescent Health Research Group at Auckland University shows that almost 11 per cent of children under 14 are sexually active.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10757558
LifesiteNews 11 May 2012This spring the journal Economic Inquiry published a study by Joseph Sabia and Daniel Reese which found very solid evidence that pro-life parental involvement laws reduce the suicide rate for teen females. This peer-reviewed study is both methodologically rigorous and well done. Analyzing state-level suicide data from 1987 to 2003 and holding constant both state-level trends and a range of economic and demographic factors, it finds that parental involvement laws reduce the suicide rate for teen females anywhere from 11 to 21 percent. The authors argue that this is because parental involvement laws reduce the incidence of stressful life events. These include unprotected sexual intercourse, STDs, pregnancies, and abortions.The authors utilize an impressive range of statistical tests to document their findings. For instance, the regression results indicate that parental involvement laws have only a marginal impact on the suicide rate of older females who would not be directly affected by the law. Also, parental involvement laws have little impact on the suicide rate for teen males. However, this is consistent with the hypothesis that unprotected sex imposes a greater psychological burden on female adolescents than on their male counterparts. Finally, parental involvement laws have less of an effect on teen female suicide rates — if adjacent states are not enforcing parental involvement laws.Overall, this study contributes to a growing body of peer-reviewed research which documents the positive public-health impact of pro-life parental-involvement laws. There exist at least 16 peer-reviewed studies which find that parental involvement laws result in statistically significant reductions in the in-state abortion rate for minors.…Additionally, a 2003 study in the Journal of Health Economics by Phillip Levine found that parental-involvement laws reduce the pregnancy rate of 15- to 17-year-olds by 4 to 9 percent. A 2008 study in the Journal of Law Economics and Organization by Jonathan Klick and Thomas Stratmann shows that parental involvement laws reduce gonorrhea rates anywhere from 12 to 20 percent for females under 20. Pro-choice opponents of parental-involvement laws frequently argue that they will lead to a higher incidence of child abuse. However, there is no comparable body of peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating the negative public-health impact of these laws.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/study-pro-life-parental-involvement-laws-reduce-teen-suicide-rates?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=941b04f3dd-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_05_08_2012&utm_medium=email
NZ Herald 11 Dec 2012James Bond films are more than twice as violent as they used to be, researchers from Otago University have found. The finding comes as no surprise to a local criminologist, who says film violence has become more extreme to pull in young audiences – some of whom identify with the violence to the point they commit brutal acts themselves. Researchers analysed 22 films in the Bond franchise, from Dr No in 1962 to Quantum of Solace in 2008, to test the theory that popular movies are becoming more violent. Not only did the newer Bond films feature more violence, there was an even bigger increase in the amount of severe violence – acts likely to cause death or injury if they occurred in real life.…Bob McCoskrie, director of conservative lobby group Family First, said the findings did not surprise him at all. He said film classifications were looser now than a decade ago, which was helping to normalise violence, bad language and sexual content. “Society simply responds to that, and this study is a classic example of how far it’s going,” he said. “I think we’d be naive to think that we can continue to feed ourselves violent images and from there try to argue it has no influence on our actions or our attitudes – especially perhaps for younger people.” Chief censor Andrew Jack said societal attitudes towards the likes of violence and sex had changed, and that was reflected in the types of films being made. But he disagreed there had been a discernible loosening in the classifications given to films.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/movies/news/article.cfm?c_id=200&objectid=10853276
3News 27 January 2014Another major crack has emerged between Labour and the Greens – their incompatible views on marijuana.Last week they split on deep-sea drilling, and today Labour leader David Cunliffe dashed Green Party hopes of decriminalising cannabis if in power.New Zealanders are almost 50-50 when it comes to smoking cannabis. Nearly half have, including Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.“I stopped smoking cannabis about 20 years ago,” she says.If the Green Party had its way it would immediately allow for medicinal marijuana and legal action for violent offences would be prioritised over possession.The next step is decriminalisation with a legal age limit of 18. But Labour says no way.http://www.3news.co.nz/Labour-Greens-crack-over-cannabis-views/tabid/1607/articleID/329908/Default.aspx