Offshore driller Rowan Companies has reportedly sold one if its jack-up drilling rigs to Advanced Energy Systems (ADES) in Egypt. According to information provided by VesselsValue, a website providing intel on offshore and shipping world, Rowan sold its previously cold stacked jack-up drilling rig Rowan Gorilla IV for an undisclosed price on Tuesday, March 6.The 1986-built drilling rig was cold stacked following completion of its contract with Arena in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in December 2017.ADES is a Middle Eastern conglomerate headquartered in Egypt. ADES has consolidated all upstream services & projects – both onshore and offshore – in the oil & gas sector into one group.Rowan Gorilla IV is of a LeTourneau Technologies Gorilla class jack-up rig design with 638 ft long legs. The rig’s maximum drilling depth is 30,000 ft.Update: August 2018In an email sent to Offshore Energy Today in August, a Rowan spokesperson said that Rowan had not sold the Gorilla IV.“This rig is still owned by Rowan,” the spokesperson said.Offshore Energy Today has sought further clarification on this, as several other online sources show the rig as having been sold. We will update the article if we receive any response.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Ørsted and Balfour Beatty have broken ground on the onshore substation for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm.Balfour Beatty is in charge of enabling works for the wind farm’s onshore substation to ensure the site preparation is underway in good time, avoiding future schedule pressures, a spokesperson from Ørsted told OffshoreWIND.The main contract for onshore substation works is planned to be awarded later this year, the spokesperson said.In 2015, Balfour Beatty won a GBP 25 million contract to construct a high-voltage onshore substation for Hornsea Project One.According to the spokesperson, the first phase of the site integration testing has commenced and works are on schedule to make connection to the national grid this summer.In September 2017, the Hornsea Project Two received a Contract for Difference for 1,386MW. The wind farm will feature 174 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89km from the Yorkshire coast, UK.Once operational in 2022, it will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, leapfrogging the 1.2GW Hornsea Project One, currently being constructed 120km offshore Yorkshire.
Carnegie Clean Energy plans to launch share subscription offer with the intention to raise up to Au$6 million ($4.5 million) to grow its wave energy and solar/battery microgrid businesses.The share purchase plan offers eligible shareholders the ability to subscribe for Au$2,400, Au$6,000, Au$10,500 or Au$15,000 worth of fully paid ordinary shares in the company, Carnegie Clean Energy said.The purchase price for each share under the plan is Au$0.03 per share, the company informed.From the proceedings of the plan, which opens on May 1, 2018, Carnegie intends to secure working capital for CETO wave energy technology and the Albany Wave Energy Project.Also, the funding will be used to pursue opportunities to expand this business with the aim of bringing forward commercialization and accelerating the financial sustainability of this division either organically, through further partnering, or M&A, Carnegie said.Some of the funding will be set aside to support the development and delivery of Carnegie’s build, own and operate solar and battery pipeline, Carnegie noted.The offer of shares under the plan closes on May 18, 2018.
Beijing Gas Blue Sky Holdings Limited completed the cquisition of 29 percent equity interest of an LNG terminal in Caofeidian.According to the acquisition agreement, the group agreed to acquire all of the issued share capital of a Beijing Gas HK unit, which indirectly owns 29 percent equity interest in PetroChina Jingtang.The consideration for the acquisition is 1 billion Chinese yuan renminbi ($158 million), Beijing Gas Blue Sky said in a statement.The PetroChina Jingtang is principally engaged in the provision of port facilities for vessels, provision of cargo handling services, warehousing and loading services within the port area, and receiving, storage and regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG).The liquefied natural gas receiving terminal of PetroChina Jingtang, located in Caofeidian Industrial Zone, Tangshan City, Hebei Province, is an important natural gas supply facility in North China.This receiving terminal consists of port project, receiving terminal project, with a planned handling capacity of 10 million tons per year and out-terminal pipelines.Imported liquefied natural gas is gasified by the receiving terminal and transmitted to the Yong Tang Qin pipeline, and then to Shaanxi-Beijing second line pipe network in the west and Northeast pipe network in the east.The receiving terminal is an important supporting facility for the natural gas pipe network in Beijing, Tianjin and North China.In addition, PetroChina Jingtang also supplies liquefied natural gas to its surrounding areas such as Tangshan, Chengde, Tianjin and Qinhuangdao via various distributors.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is required for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s revised flood risk management project.According to the release, the DNR will prepare the SEIS to analyze modifications in the revised project proposal. The DNR invites comments on the scope of the SEIS through June 11. The scope will determine what will be evaluated in the SEIS.The SEIS describes the proposed project, identifies environmental impacts and considers mitigation and alternatives that may lessen those impacts. The supplemental review, which is not an entirely new EIS, will focus on those aspects of the revised project that were not evaluated in the original environmental impact statement (EIS).The DNR will conduct the SEIS work concurrently with its review of the Diversion Authority’s permit application for its revised project.The proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood risk management project is a dam and diversion channel system designed to divert flood waters around Fargo, North Dakota; Moorhead, Minnesota; and surrounding metropolitan areas.The DNR denied the Diversion Authority’s previous permit application in October 2016 because it included insufficient mitigation; it did not meet state and local plans, rules and statutes; and there are alternatives that can provide needed protection.Since then, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton created a joint task force to develop engineering options to address concerns about the project’s impacts. The project applicant considered the task force’s work in developing the current project proposal.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a federal supplemental environmental assessment for the proposed project, which is similar to the state SEIS in scope and purpose.The DNR will accept comments on the scope of the SEIS during a 20-day period beginning May 22 and ending June 11.
Congressional leaders achieved a major accomplishment with yesterday’s passage of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which bundles three of the 12 fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills.According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – which welcomed the Congressional passage of the bill – this marks the first time since 2004 that the Energy and Water Development appropriation was passed before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.“We applaud both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees for their successful efforts to pass this important funding bill before the new fiscal year begins. We very much appreciate the Committees’ leadership for recognizing the nexus between water resources development and economic prosperity” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.The Energy and Water Development appropriation funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation program, including deep-draft navigation construction and maintenance.Having the appropriation enacted will enable the Corps to maximize efficient use of the funds, especially with seasonally restricted dredging events in the first and second quarters of the fiscal year. Enactment eliminates 2019 work being subject to using continuing resolutions, which provide partial funding based on the previous year’s appropriation.The appropriations bill includes $1.54 billion for Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT)-funded work, which is 91 percent of the estimated fiscal 2018 HMT revenues of $1.687 billion and a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2018 HMT funding of $1.4 billion.As such, the bill continues the trend of hitting or exceeding the HMT funding targets, set in WRDA 2014, for the fifth year in a row. The bill also increases funding amounts and allows new starts in both the Corps of Engineers’ investigations (studies) and construction accounts.Furthermore, it funds Donor and Energy Transfer ports at $50 million, the full amount authorized for the program and the amount AAPA requested in its August letter to House and Senate conference committee leaders in support of the Corps’ navigation program funding.
Oil production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is set to make new records in the imminent future, according to Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy.Shell’s Appomattox platform. Image source: CrowleyRystad said on Friday that GoM oil production was a mere 1.28 million bpd in 2013, whereas in 2018 production averaged a record high of 1.79 million bpd.The intelligence company forecasted that 2019 production would average 1.95 million bpd, with some months potentially touching the 2 million bpd ceiling.Joachim Milling Gregersen, analyst on Rystad Energy’s upstream team, said: “With earlier than planned production, Appomattox will be a key growth contributor to help push U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production toward a new record high before year-end.” To remind, Shell started production from its Appomattox floating production platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.Production from the platform kicked off several months ahead of its expected startup in the third quarter of 2019.Appomattox, Shell’s largest floating production system in the Gulf of Mexico, will host the adjacent Appomattox and Vicksburg hydrocarbon accumulations.According to Rystad, plateau production at the development will be around 140,000 boe per day while Shell claims that the expected production will peak at 175,000 boe per day.Shell is the operator of the project with a 79 percent stake, while China’s CNOOC owns 21 percent. Oil produced from the Appomattox will be moved by the Mattox Pipeline to the Proteus pipeline system and then onshore.“The torch has been carried by large deepwater fields, of which Appomattox is the latest contribution,” Gregersen added.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by more than 10.000 industry professionals daily.We had almost 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.These stats allow our partners advertising on Offshore Energy Today to get maximum exposure to their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
The biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Nordics was opened in Röyttä Harbour, Tornio, Finland, on June 11.Tornio Manga LNG receiving terminal answers to the growing demand for low emission LNG and strengthens LNG’s security of supply in the Northern Nordics.As explained, the deployment of the new facility will ensure shipments to Northern Finland and Sweden.“Tornio’s LNG terminal is the biggest in the Nordics. Previously, the only LNG terminal in Finland was in Pori – some 600 kilometres to the south. The Tornio terminal is equipped with bunkering stations for LNG vessels, regasification equipment for liquefied natural gas, as well as a storage unit that is 50,000 m3 in volume,” Mika Kolehmainen, Chief Executive Officer, Manga LNG Oy, said.The terminal is the result of multiple companies working together for several years through Manga LNG, a joint venture consisting of Outokumpu, SSAB, EPV Energy and Gasum. Wärtsilä was selected as the main contractor.“Tornio terminal is a ground-breaking collaboration between several companies and its opening is a long-awaited milestone for all of us. The deployment of the new LNG terminal significantly supports the emission goals of Finland, as well as the entire Nordics,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, Natural gas and LNG, Gasum, commented.“The shift to cleaner fuel solutions is a worldwide trend that needs to be accelerated in every way possible. With the use of LNG, we reduce the local pollutant emissions of maritime and heavy-duty traffic, while keeping the industry of Northern Finland competitive,” Rahkamo added.The number of vessels that use LNG as a fuel in maritime traffic is growing globally. Rahkamo believes that the new terminal will attract even more operators to utilize LNG.“Building distribution infrastructure will make it easier for new operators to start using LNG. In the future, the same gas infrastructure can be used to shift to the use of liquefied biogas (LBG), which will further reduce emissions,” Rahkamo explained.With the use of LNG, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 20% compared to traditional fuels. In addition, LNG produces no local pollutants and with its use, maritime traffic can reach the ambitious emissions goals set within and outside of the EU. With the use of renewable and domestic biogas, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 85%.Related:World’s 1st LNG Icebreaker Refueled at Tornio LNG TerminalCoral Energy Unloads 1st LNG Cargo at Tornio Manga
Witherspoon Institute 16 July 2013Once upon a time, sex education was a simple biology lesson. Students learned the facts of life, and, with those facts, that sex is part of something bigger, called marriage. Teachers explained that this was the moral and healthy way to live.In those days, people understood that men and women are different, and that their union is unique, unlike any other relationship. It went without saying that boys grew up to become men, and girls, women.There were only two sexually transmitted diseases, and having one was a serious matter. Certain behaviors were not normal; individuals who practiced them needed help, and a child’s innocence was precious.Things have changed.Now we have comprehensive sexuality education. It includes discussion of identity, gender, reproductive rights, and discrimination. Children learn that they’re sexual from birth, and that the proper time for sexual activity is when they feel ready. They’re taught that they have rights to pleasure, birth control, and abortion.The terms husband and wife aren’t used, the union of man and woman is one of several options, and morality? Well, that’s judging, and judging is not allowed.You won’t find much biology in sexuality education, but there’s voluminous information on the varieties of sexual expression, the pros and cons of different contraceptives and abortions, and the harms of gender stereotypes.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/07/10408/?utm_source=RTA+Grossman+Sex+Ed&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=email
Lecretia Seales lives on in a health inquiry into euthanasia that kicks off this weekStuff co.nz 20th August 2016 On Wednesday Vickers will be the first of 1800 people to speak to a parliamentary inquiry into euthanasia, instigated by a petition in the name of former Labour MP Maryan Street and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.The petition, which garnered 8795 signatures and cross-party support, came in the wake of Seales death.It demanded the committee examine public opinion on the introduction of legislation “which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable”.More than 21,000 submissions later – the most ever received by any select committee – Vickers will pull up a seat at 8am in front of a panel of MPs to explain Lecretia’s story.But Amanda Landers, a clinician consultant, researcher and chair of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Care has spent 10 years caring for those who are terminally ill and she sees it differently.“In the last decade I’ve witnessed about 5000 deaths and what you hear from the media and public isn’t what you hear from most people at the end of their life, it’s almost in direct contrast.”“The voice of the well are the people who say, my body my choice,” she says.When people are in their final weeks and days it’s their family, pets and community they worry about – “they think less and less about themselves”.Landers says people talk about palliative care not working for everybody – that’s a concept she says doesn’t actually make any sense.“It’s not a medicine that can work or not work, it’s an approach … most of the time just being there with them is what they need.”Seales was cared and comforted for in her final days but as to whether she would have made the choice to end her life, Vickers says it wasn’t an option on the table.“That’s a hypothetical that I can’t answer because she didn’t get that choice.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/83351363/Lecretia-Seales-lives-on-in-a-health-inquiry-into-euthanasia-that-kicks-off-this-week?cid=app-iPhone