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Neptune Wraps Up Papua New Guinea Work for Oil Search

first_imgNeptune has recently completed several survey, maintenance and construction campaigns for Oil Search at its offshore facilities in Papua New Guinea. The campaigns were conducted under the ongoing service agreement with Oil Search.Two survey campaigns were completed by Neptune’s Survey Service Line to conduct 3D sonar surveys and geophysical surveys of the field and its assets.A two-month diving campaign to conduct underbuoy hose replacement, routine inspection and other works started on site at the Kumul Marine Terminal in early January 2019. The work was carried out from the POSH Mallard, which was chartered by Neptune for the works.The vessel was mobilized in Singapore, and subsequently sailed to Port Moresby to mobilize the construction crew and begin work.Neptune’s service agreement with Oil Search allows OSL to call off diving, ROV, survey and other services as required, and provides a dedicated diving system permanently on stand-by in Port Moresby.The agreement has been in place since 2015 and has recently been extended beyond its initial term to 2022.Neptune chief executive officer, Robin King, said: “Our agreement with Oil Search is a key contract for Neptune and the successful completion of this work highlights Neptune’s ongoing commitment to one of our major clients. The campaigns demonstrated how Neptune’s various services can be combined to provide the right solution for our clients.”last_img read more

Mozambique opposition warns of instability

first_imgMozambique opposition eyes peace deal by November Mozambique opposition boycotts peace talks Mozambique gets a make overcenter_img Mozambique’s main opposition party has warned of a growing risk of instability in the energy-rich nation after parliament rejected a bill that would have given it autonomous powers in regions where it has strong support.Renamo, which lost fractious national elections in October, put a bill before parliament last week that would have given it rights to elect its own governors in six oil, gas and coal rich districts where it scored a majority at the polls.However, the ruling Frelimo party voted against the measure, while the small opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement abstained, consigning Renamo to a resounding defeat.“One thing is certain, the country is sitting on a barrel of gunpowder,” Renamo parliamentarian José Manteigas told Reuters on Wednesday, urging President Filipe Nyusi, who is a member of Frelimo, to intervene and revive the legislation.Frelimo, a former Marxist liberation movement, fought a 16-year civil war against Renamo and there have been concerns that Mozambique could slip back into conflict after Renamo withdrew from the 1992 peace deal that ended the fighting.In power since Mozambique won independence from Portugal in 1975, Frelimo dismissed suggestions that rejection of the bill would ignite violence.“We don’t believe that Renamo would go against the will and desire of the Mozambican population, which is not a return to war, but peace and stability,” Frelimo lawmaker Damião José told Reuters.President Nyusi agreed to debate decentralisation after Renamo parliamentarians had refused to take up their seats following the 2014 election, but signs of cracks in the fragile detente between the two main parties have begun to surface.Manteigas said Renamo preferred a peaceful resolution to the problem, but warned darkly of “armed men in the bushes” if there was no change of heart.Relatedlast_img read more

Two large Caribbean wind farm projects move forward

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Two large Caribbean wind farm projects move forward by: – October 14, 2011 30 Views   no discussions Image via: greenantilles.comSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – In separate announcements, two wind farm projects – one in the Dominican Republic and the other in Puerto Rico, and each described as “the largest in the Caribbean” – appear to be moving forward.On Thursday, VICINI, a leading asset management firm in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean, celebrated the inauguration of Los Cocos, a wind farm projected to be the largest in the Caribbean with a generation capacity of 100 Megawatts. Thursday marked the completion of the first phase of the project, including 19 windmills that account for approximately 3 percent of the Dominican Republic’s power capacity and provides electricity to more than 90,000 families on the island.Over the next couple of years, the wind farm will total in 33 windmills of 125 meters high, each generating 1.8 Megawatts. The project, which is being jointly developed and operated by EGE Haina and the Energetic Consortium of Punta Cana, will generate over 10 percent of the country’s power capacity upon completion. “We are particularly proud of this investment, which marks the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic,” said Rafael Velez, VICINI’s energy and industry fund manager. “Alternative and traditional energy resources are critical to the future economic growth of the Caribbean, and VICINI is in a unique position to spearhead this growth by promoting the modernization of the energy sector and investing in alternative energies.”As the largest investor in the project, VICINI ensures that the project is being developed in conjunction with local communities and with the goal of spurring economic growth and development throughout the region.“We are making a long term commitment to renewable energy and we do not intend to stop with Los Cocos,” added Rafael Velez. “This type of investment is not only beneficial to the country, but most importantly, it makes good business sense. This is why we are exploring other opportunities in the Caribbean and in Central America to bolster our energy investments.”Meanwhile, Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) also announced on Thursday that financing has been completed for Finca de Viento Santa Isabel, the first commercial wind energy project in Puerto Rico. The 75 megawatt (MW) wind project, located in the southern municipality of Santa Isabel, seeks to provide clean, safe and renewable energy equal to the annual power needs of approximately 25,000 homes.The construction financing has been provided by Siemens Financial Services and the project is expected to begin construction in October and be completed in September 2012.“With this project, Pattern enters into a partnership with Puerto Rico to pioneer its much-needed energy diversification and lead the way to cleaner and more efficient energy sources,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern. “The provision of financing demonstrates the confidence that investors have placed in both Pattern’s proven ability to successfully see projects through to completion and in Puerto Rico as a viable market for the development of renewable energy in the long term.”Puerto Rico’s Governor, Luis Fortuno, welcomed Pattern’s announcement alongside company executives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.“A year ago we set forth a comprehensive energy reform that created the necessary conditions for clean, renewable energy projects to flourish in Puerto Rico,” said Fortuno. “Finca de Viento Santa Isabel is very much a result of that reform and we thank Pattern for sharing our commitment to diversifying our energy sources and for helping us position the island at the forefront of renewable energy development in the Caribbean region.”Once operational, Finca de Viento Santa Isabel will produce clean, renewable energy in harmony with the agricultural production for which the municipality of Santa Isabel is known, while also creating much needed new jobs.“Finca de Viento Santa Isabel brings many benefits to the region, including jobs, tax revenue, and homegrown clean energy, all in a way that coexists with the fertile agricultural lands of Santa Isabel and preserves them indefinitely,” added Garland.Pattern will leverage the experience of its seasoned management team and the expertise garnered from developing wind energy projects across North America to build a state-of-the-art facility in Santa Isabel. New Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines will be erected over the next 11 months, creating approximately 150 jobs during construction and 8-10 jobs during operation.“We have felt welcomed by the people of Santa Isabel and look forward to working closely with them throughout the lifespan of Finca de Viento Santa Isabel. We have great respect for the citizens and the environment of this beautiful island,” said Garland. Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase and operating agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority for all of the wind energy generated from the project.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Bulldogs Win Wild Contest Against Pirates And Eagles

first_imgThe Bulldogs Win Back-And-Forth Affair Against Greensburg Batesville and Greensburg traded the lead back-and-forth on Saturday, but eventually the Bulldogs prevailed 13-12.Batesville took the lead for good in the fifth inning. The game was tied at six with the Bulldogs batting in the bottom of the fifth when Zack Blomer doubled off of Duerstock, driving in one run.Batesville built a seven-run lead in the sixth inning and then held off Greensburg’s charge. Greensburg scored six runs in the failed comeback on a double by Logan Smith, a walk , and a error. Greensburg left the tying runner stranded on third to end the game.After the game was tied 2-2 after the first inning, Greensburg scored three runs in the top of the second. The Bulldogs answered with three of their own. Greensburg scored when Logan Smith singled off of Lane Oesterling, driving in one run, there was an error, scoring one run, and Mason McLeod singled off of Oesterling, driving in one run. Batesville then answered when Jacob Christie singled off of Duerstock, driving in two runs and there was an error, scoring one run.Greensburg scored six runs in the seventh inning. The big inning for Greensburg came thanks to a double by Smith, a walk, an error, and the Bulldogs not being able to throw many strikes.Oesterling earned the win for Bulldogs and is 4-1 on the year. He went five innings, surrendering six runs (three earned), six hits, and striking out seven. Joe Bohman threw one and two-thirds innings, as two relievers helped Bulldogs finish off the victory. Zack Blomer recorded the last out to earn the save for the Bulldogs. Evan Tallent took the loss for Greensburg. He pitched one inning, surrendering five runs, and two hits.Batesville collected nine hits. Christie and Blomer each collected multiple hits for Batesville.Christie went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits.Six RBI Day For Heidlage Leads Bulldogs Past Jac-Cen-Del Batesville defeated Jac-Cen-Del 17-8 on Saturday thanks in part to Sophomore Trey Heidlage who had six RBIs. Heidlage drove in runs on a triple in the fifth, a double in the sixth, and a home run in the seventh.The Bulldogs’ offense was working Saturday, as they collected 15 hits.The Bulldogs captured the lead in the first inning, as Zach Britton doubled on a 1-1 count off of the fence scoring one run.Batesville took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth there was an error, scoring one run, Flint induced Jacob Christie to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored, Joe Bohman singled off of Flint, driving in one run, and then Campbell walked Zack Blomer to drive in a run.Blomer earned the win for the Bulldogs. He tossed four innings, allowing four runs, three hits, and striking out five. Raab threw one and two-thirds innings, as two relievers helped the Bulldogs finish off the victory. Flint took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He threw three and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs, six hits, and striking out three.Christie, Heidlage, Alex McPherson, and Zach Britton each collected multiple hits for the Bulldogs. McPherson, Heidlage and Christie each collected three hits to lead Batesville.The Bulldogs have won six straight and improve to 16-8 on the season and 8-2 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will compete against South Dearborn for Youth League Night on Tuesday, May 16th.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (11-27)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresTuesday  (11-27)Girls ScoresSwitz. County  44     Milan  42  (OT)North Decatur  47     South Ripley  44Oldenburg  54     Edinburgh  50South Dearborn  47    Rising Sun  42Rushville  54     Richmond  44Morristown  63     Hagerstown  46SW-Shelby  50     Eastern Hancock  49Boys ScoresJac-Cen-Del  62     Shawe Memorial  40Lawrenceburg  52     Franklin County  42Hauser  52     Trinity Lutheran  47Bethesda Christian  65     Waldron  59last_img

New study ranks most/least educated states

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new study completed by WalletHub® has ranked the most and least educated state in the nation and Kentucky hits the list at number 45. The study examined 20 areas for people over 25-years-old with at least a high school diploma.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Irvine handed jail term over brawl

first_img Irvine, 48, from Northern Ireland, is not thought likely to have to serve any time in prison because sentences do not usually come into effect until the appeals process has been exhausted and they are usually suspended with such short terms, the Italian news agency Ansa reported. Gabriele Moratti, 35, son of former Milan mayor Letizia Moratti, was also given six months over their altercation, which happened in December 2008. The pair are said to have come to blows in the Hollywood disco over a text message allegedly sent by Irvine to a woman who had just ended a relationship with Moratti. They subsequently reported each other to the authorities, which led to a trial for injury in a case which lasted nearly three years. The BBC reported that the pair were found guilty of “mutual injury”. Irvine raced for Italian team Ferrari in Formula One from 1996 to 1999, and also had spells at Jordan and Jaguar. The pair reportedly blamed each other for the dispute that took place in the VIP section of the club. Both accused the other of using a glass during the incident. Former Formula One racing driver Eddie Irvine has been sentenced to six months in jail in Italy over a brawl in a nightclub in Milan.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

City Target 100-point Mark as Southampton Fights for Survival

first_imgWhat Hughes must do now is convince his players to turn in one more strong performance. The celebrations at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night suggested that many associated with the club believe that the job is done and that is a dangerous mindset ahead of welcoming the champions.As much as Hughes stresses to the press that there will be no complacency, it is more about overcoming the fear of monumental failure and ensuring that conceding one goal does not quickly become three or four, like it did against Chelsea over an eight-minute spell.The chances are that it will not. Not so long ago, Southampton conceded three goals in four successive matches but just two goals have been shipped in their last four outings in the top flight.Southampton may have to get on the scoresheet at the other end to ease the nerves but if the team can come through the 90 minutes with their Premier League place still intact, it can lead to a stable future with Hughes at the helm.With their sole defeats coming in high-scoring clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United, it is a case of what could have been for Manchester City but Guardiola’s side remain on course to set a record which may never be broken.Achieving 100 points over a 38-match campaign would come at an average of 2.63 points per game and given the increasing competitive nature of England’s top flight, it is difficult to see any club matching what City are on the brink of achieving this weekend.Last weekend’s goalless draw with Huddersfield Town prevented the North-West giants from reaching as high as 102 points but City still stand to break Chelsea’s long-standing record by five points having already scored the most goals in a Premier League season.Regardless of whether a 32nd success is recorded on Sunday, this City team will forever be remembered as one of the best ever in the history of English football but Guardiola and his players will still hold the desire to cement their legacy in the record books as well as the memories of supporters.City earned three points over Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night and the evening will be remembered for being Yaya Toure’s final appearance at the Etihad Stadium in a home shirt, but it will be business as usual on the South coast with Kevin De Bruyne being drafted back into the team.Mohamed Salah has picked up each of the individual accolades but De Bruyne has been the difference between the title being won at a canter and under pressure from the chasing pack, and the Belgian playmaker deserves a chance to add to his eight goals and 15 assists for the Premier League campaign.Guardiola may decide to continue with rotating the players who may feature at the World Cup, but the Spaniard will want to end the campaign in the same way that it started at Brighton in August and that is with a win and a clean sheet on the South coast.Meanwhile, only the most preposterous turnaround can spare Swansea City from relegation on the finalSunday of the Premier League season but if any team can help fashion this mission improbable, it is Manchester City.While Liverpool and Chelsea contend for the one remaining Champions League spot, Swansea fans are steeling themselves for the most deflating of afternoons at the other end of the table.For only if the Welsh outfit can beat already-relegated Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium and champions City thrash Southampton at St Mary’s to effect a 10-goal swing will the Saints tumble out of the top flight instead of the Swans.It remains highly unlikely but because rampant City are seeking to underline their record-shredding campaign with a landmark century of points, few Southampton or Swansea fans can quite convince themselves it is over yet.“We have to be careful. If there is one team in this league who have the capability of scoring a lot of goals, it’s Man City,” warned Southampton manager Mark Hughes.Hughes should know. Managing Stoke earlier this season, he saw City rain in seven goals – one of 14 times Guardiola’s side have scored four or more in all competitions this term.Getting the three points on Sunday to finish with exactly 100 clearly means a good deal to the Spaniard, who noted after City’s 3-1 steamrollering of Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday that it would “finish this almost perfect season”.Guardiola talked again of “trying to write a new page” in English football to emulate the Liverpool side of the late 1970s and 1980s and Manchester United in the 1990s.“To be the best, to be alongside those teams, we have to win more,” he added. “But (this season) we’ve done better than the others, we cannot deny.”Indeed, Swansea’s manager Carlos Carvalhal can only hopes the champions have one more exceptional 90 minutes in them.“Well, at this moment we’re not relegated,” he shrugged.“We can’t depend on ourselves and we don’t like that. We must win the game and hope for a miracle to happen.”The “miracle” would not be Man City running riot, it would be Swansea, without a league goal in over six and a quarter hours, actually rousing themselves to hammer Stoke.The good news for Carvalhal is that the Potters certainly look the most accommodating opposition after a week in which their owners Peter and John Coates admitted the club needed a major overhaul after losing some of its “core values”.In the battle to seal the final top-four spot alongside City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it’s advantage Liverpool, who need just a point at home to Brighton to foil Chelsea.The only way the Londoners can nick the fourth spot is by winning at Newcastle United and hope Liverpool, perhaps distracted by the upcoming Champions League final, lose their first league game at Anfield all season.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Though Manchester may have wrapped up the Premier League title, Pep Guardiola and his team are still motivated as the curtain is raised for 2017/18 season in England. The Citizens are spurred against Southampton as they hope to become the first side to reach the 100-point mark, while for the Saints; it’s a top-flight survival encounterSouthampton head in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City knowing that their top-flight survival will be confirmed should they avoid a heavy defeat against the champions.However, while the league title has already been wrapped up, Pep Guardiola’s team remain motivated to record another victory in order to reach the 100-point mark for the campaign.Soon after Mark Hughes’s arrival at St Mary’s, there was an indication that a change in the dugout may not lead to Southampton securing safety in the top flight, but the Welshman deserves huge credit for turning things around on the South-coast.The demoralising 3-2 defeat to Chelsea – after holding a two-goal advantage – had the potential to leave Southampton accepting that this just was not their season but since the disappointment of that afternoon, eight points have been recorded from four matches.The goalless draw at Leicester City was not pretty and Hughes was left furious after witnessing his team concede a last-gasp goal at Everton, but the two stalemates have proven decisive in their efforts to stay up.That has been Hughes’s sole objective and although Southampton are yet to mathematically get over the line, the 54-year-old has gone some way to restoring his reputation after a dismal first half of the campaign at Stoke City.last_img read more