Italian oil and gas company Eni has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with GE Oil & Gas for work on Eni’s offshore gas developments in Mozambique.GE said on Monday the agreement comprised a multi-year contract to supply subsea production systems, ancillary equipment and services for Eni’s recently approved Coral FLNG project in the Coral South FLNG project and is the first phase of Eni’s development plans for the Rovuma basin Area 4.According to GE, the agreement also covers Area 4 future potential upstream projects. It includes a separate five-year aftermarket services contract for Life of Field of the subsea infrastructure, plus one five-year option and five three-year extensions.GE Oil & Gas has secured orders for the Coral South FLNG from EEA for the supply of seven xmas trees, three 2-slot manifolds with integrated distribution units, MB rigid jumpers, seven subsea wellheads with spare components, a complete topside control system to be installed on the FLNG facility, and associated Services equipment and support including IWOCS and Landing Strings, tools, spares and technical assistance for installation, commissioning and start-up.“Coral South FLNG is the first major subsea development in East Africa and provides GE Oil & Gas with the opportunity to affirm our leadership in large bore technology and our standardized portfolio of subsea equipment and services for deep water projects,” said Neil Saunders, President and CEO of Subsea Systems & Drilling, GE Oil & Gas. “As the only subsea production systems supplier in-country and in East Africa, it provides tremendous opportunities to grow our operations in the region and it further underlines our commitment to drive productivity and cost-efficiency improvements for global projects by building long-term relationships with industry players in place of more outdated transactional approaches.”Ado Oseragbaje, President and CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Oil & Gas, added: “With the award of this project in Mozambique following the recent OCTP Project in Ghana – with first oil delivered ahead of schedule and in record time-to-market – GE reaffirms its subsea leadership in Africa, operating in all the major oil basins and with all international and National Oil Companies. GE is committed to building capacity in Africa and with the Mozambique project, like we have already demonstrated in Nigeria, Angola and Ghana, we will continue to invest in the years to come, developing a local highly-skilled and motivated workforce.”The Coral South FLNG project, the first phase of EEA’s wider plan of development for the Rovuma basin Area 4, will see the installation of an FLNG facility with a capacity of around 3.4 MTPA, fed by six subsea wells and expected to produce up to 5 TCF of gas, with an anticipated start-up in mid-2022.Eni is the operator of Area 4, and holds 70% of the Area 4 Concession. Eni (71.43%) and CNPC (28.57%) are shareholders of EEA.
Irish Water has come under further scrutiny in Donegal after they priced a family over €60,000 to install a 270-meter water pipe to their new home. The family, who do not want to be identified, contacted the Irish utility several weeks ago and were quoted €66,700 to place a three-quarter-inch water pipe on the premises.Concern was recently raised following the introduction of new rules applying to the installation of water connections in April 2019. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “When the family contacted me initially, I actually thought they must have got this wrong.“However, once they sent me on the documentation I was shocked and I started making contact with Irish Water and they were quite adamant that they were not overcharging and that was the correct price.”How did Irish Water respond? “At one point Irish Water said that they saw no ‘gain’ in meeting with me on the issue,” Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“It is very typical of Irish Water of not wanting to meet with public representatives on request, so I wasn’t shocked, disappointment yes, but not shocked. “But I kept on at them because that is what the taxpayers pay me to do, to do my work to the best of my ability and they eventually agreed to meet me.“But they wanted to do travel across the other side of the county in Ballyshannon, but I said that I expected them to be on-site so that they could grasp how ridiculous this is.“They told me there would be sticking to the price and that was because of the road safety management, but I am not ignorant of grounds work. I have been on building sites and I have worked with grounds work,” he added.“As I said to them, they must be paying the staff a couple of thousands of euro a day for that kind of money.“I thought it was very interesting when I contacted a local contractor and he quoted the same length of a road, five metres wide and about a metre deep at €20,000. “So with that, I would get three roads with that kind of money.”The west Donegal councillor said the issue had sparked real concern about the number of families who could be in a similar predicament.“So basically what Irish Water is doing here is putting that family in poverty or they are forcing them to immigrate abroad like the thousands of others in my community.“When we were out fighting Irish Water in 2011, our concern was the likes of this would happen, that they would not look after the people and they are there to look after the welfare of the people in our community and they are not doing that,” he said. “Irish Water needs to go back under the control fo the local authority so we can be part of the decision making on behalf of our communities.“Over the last couple of days, I have had people coming to me wondering if this what they are going to have to pay in order to have fully working water in their homes,” Mac Giolla Easbuig added.“All of these things have a roll-on effect and our community have already been destroyed by capitalism. Enough is enough.”Donegal family’s fury at €66k water connection was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SAN FRANCISCO — When the offseason began, the Giants understood there would be a wide-open competition to attract the best possible manager candidates.Jobs range from high-profile gigs with pressure to win immediately such as ones with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies to positions leading rebuilding teams with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.Eight different clubs have spent at least part of October searching for a new manager, which would theoretically complicate …
2 March 2012 South Africa’s plan to build nuclear plants is not a quick-fix solution to the country’s energy crisis but a step towards cleaner energy, Energy Minister Dipuo Peter said while unpacking the country’s plan for a diversified energy mix this week. Briefing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday, Peters said the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) emphasised broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro).Integrated Resource Plan South Africa wants to procure 3 725 MW of renewable energy through this process. According to the IRP – a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand – about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa is required to come from renewable resources. As it stands, about 90% of the energy is produced from burning coal, which has a negative impact on the country’s carbon footprint. The IRP proposes the development of new generation capacity for South Africa which takes cognisance of the need to optimise costs, promote job creation and mitigate adverse climate change. It also makes provision for 9.6 Gigawatts of nuclear power, 6.3 GW of coal, 11.4 GW of renewable energy, and 11 GW of other generation sources. In the 2012/13 Budget tabled last week, R300-billion was allocated to the energy sector over the next three years.Nuclear safety post-Fukushima Responding to questions from media about the building of nuclear power plants, Peters said they would play a major role in raising supply security for the country. She said pronouncements pertaining to progress in the nuclear build programme would be made later in the year. On concerns regarding the safety of nuclear energy in light of the recent Fukushima incident in Japan, she said this would be factored into the South African approach. Peters stressed that proper safety measures would be put in place and that they would be overseen by the appropriate expert authorities. “After Fukushima, we went back to the drawing board to look at all safety concerns,” she said, adding that they had visited various nuclear plants worldwide to better understand the technology. The National Nuclear Energy Executive Coordination Committee (NNEECC) would “oversee” the roll-out of the nuclear build programme, and look into the decision-making about the procurement of the stations. The NNEECC is headed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as the authority for decision-making, monitoring and ensuring general oversight of the nuclear energy expansion programme. “The committee will make decisions in a phased manner in order to reduce the risks associated with large-scale implementation of such projects,” she said. Peters said the bidding process would start in April. Asked where they would source the technology for the project, the minister said the government, in line with Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, would select the vendor to build the power station. The developer would then determine the source of that technology, as well as the broader engineering, procurement and construction of the plants.Cutting down on tariff hikes In the short term, Peters said the government was looking at ways to reduce electricity tariff increases, as access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services was essential to creating jobs and alleviating poverty. Peters said an interdepartmental team was considering the best approach for determining the next round of electricity tariff increases for Eskom, due to take effect from April 2013. This would involve developing a model that balanced the socio-economic impact of increasing electricity prices, the country’s competitiveness, Eskom’s financial viability, and the necessary policy considerations for implementing the Integrated Resource Plan. Source: BuaNews
Deadlines come quick for video editors. Use these four essential Final Cut Pro X tips to speed up your workflow and meet your deadline every time.Top image from WikiMedia CommonsVideo Editing is a really intense job. You’re working against the clock and constantly looking for ways to speed up your process. Because we feel your pain, here are four Final Cut Pro X tips to help you get to the finish line faster.1. Turn Background Rendering OnMost FCPX users will have this feature turned off ,as it hasn’t been the best of features — but thanks to FCPX’s advancements, the background rendering option can be really helpful in crunch time. Would I use it all the time? Probably not. But as we stated above, it’ll help in those high-pressure moments. Just make sure that you’re running at least 16gb of RAM in your MacBook, iMac, or MacPro, since 8gb RAM setups have a hard time running effectively.Video from mahalodotcom2. Utilize SnapshotsAnother great feature you can utilize is the Snapshot, which allows you to make a duplicate of your project. This gives you the ability to explore and try things with your edit. If these things don’t work out, it’s alright. You can always go back to the duplicate copy.We have always been able to duplicate a project, but with limitations. Project snapshots remove these limitations and allows us to create as many snapshots as we want. — Larry JordanVideo from Larry Jordan3. Hide WaveformsWaveforms don’t sound like a big deal, but if you’re importing large files of footage, it could seriously bog down Final Cut Pro X. With this in mind, try hiding the waveforms to give yourself that extra bit of juice to get your project going.4. Pick the Right Video FormatBefore you begin any editing project, you need to make sure you know exactly what format you’re editing with. Depending on the camera that was used, you may be using ProRes, REDRAW, or one of many other options. When you’re under the gun, using this raw footage may be best, but you also have the option of using proxy footage, which is a converted small file size. Here’s a video from Larry Jordan that gives us the full rundown.Video from Larry JordanWere these workflow tips helpful to you? Got any other crunch-time tips that might be helpful? Let us know in the comments below!
Whoops! Man Utd (& Norway’s PM!) let slip Solskjaer appointmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United announced the appointment of new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… sort of!United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after a dismal start to the season.And it appears a website error has let slip Solskjaer is leaving Molde to replace him.On the club’s official website, a video of Solskjaer scoring in the 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich was added with the headline saying: “The most famous night of Ole’s career.”But underneath that a caption said: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…”The post was quickly removed.But even Norway’s Prime Minister appeared to confirm the news before any word from United.Erna Solberg tweeted, which was quickly deleted, saying: “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils, @olegs26_ole.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(Media Co-op reporter is shown being arrested by the RCMP Thursday for allegedly uttering death threats against a senior RCMP officer. Photo by Jorge Barrera/APTN.)By Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsTensions flared again in New Brunswick where anti-fracking protestors have been holding camp when a reporter was arrested and a war chief charged for allegedly obstructing police in connection.Police arrested reporter Miles Howe Thursday afternoon after walking up to him and shaking his hand. They then told him he was under arrest for allegedly making death threats against an RCMP officer.War Chief John Levi was charged with obstruction in connection to Howe’s arrest.Howe, who works for Media Co-op, an independent media organization, has been covering the ongoing protests since the middle of last month when they began.During that time the RCMP have arrested dozens of protestors who are trying to stop seismic testing related to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick near the Elispogtog First Nation.“Miles was arrested while I waited with him to get permission to go see exploration site,” APTN reporter Jorge Barrera tweeted and is on the scene. “Miles was arrested for allegedly ‘uttering death threats’ against senior RCMP officer who made the arrest after shaking Miles’ hand.”Barrera said police took Howe’s phone and camera.In a story posted to their website the Halifax bureau of Media Co-op accused the RCMP of a “blantant effort to silence” Howe’s reporting on the frontlines.“His arrest is a clear effort to silence grassroots voices,” the story said.A group of about 50 people from Elsiopogtog travelled to the site of Howe’s arrest Thursday afternoon and picked berries on the side of the road to “assert our sovereignty.”The group also danced and drummed while waving the Mi’kmaq flag in front of RCMP trucks blocking a road leading to where exploration continues for shale gas.Howe is being held at the Codiac detachment near Moncton.No RCMP officers on the scene would [email protected]