Anadarko, one of the largest independent leaseholders and producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, has launched a video, or better yet, a movie, showing a long, but interesting process of bringing its Lucius development into production.The film presents the project from its early beginnings and design selection, through construction of the Lucius production platform, to its first oil in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project was made in December 2011.Construction of the platform was carried out in two parts: Lower, truss spar, was made by Technip in Finland, and the topside was built in Texas.The Lucius truss spar, Anadarko’s largest, is today located in 7100 feet of water, in Keathley Canyon 875, 236 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. First oil from the platform started flowing three years after the FID, in January 2015.In its first quarter results for 2015, Anadarko said it continued to ramp up production at the Lucius spar toward its design rate of 80,000 barrels of oil per day.Offshore Energy Today Staff
The number of High Court cases involving FTSE 100 companies has risen 16% in the last year, research from legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell has revealed. In the year to 30 June 2010, the study shows there were 179 cases involving the FTSE 100, compared to 154 the previous year. Financial services companies, which account for 18% of the FTSE 100, were involved in more than half (58%) of these. Sweet & Maxwell said the rise in cases involving large companies indicated that the litigation arising from the economic downturn is yet to reach its peak. The research also found that the big four UK banks – Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC – were the most frequent visitors to the High Court, accounting for 43% of all appearances by FTSE 100 companies in 2009/10. This figure is down on the 49% in the previous year. In 2009/10, Lloyds Banking Group topped the list of FTSE 100 companies to have litigated in the High Court, with 24 High Court appearances. Over the same period the previous year, the Group had 40 High Court appearances.
Prior to his arrival at Intermarine, Bomer held the position of president and partner for Consolidated Steamship Agency, Houston – which served as agents for Universal Africa Lines and its partners.www.intermarineusa.com
The containers arrived in Rostock after a 10,000 km journey from Xi’an – the eastern starting point of the BRI – before being transferred from ship to rail by Euroports using LHM 550 mobile harbour cranes.This operation, according to Liebherr, is indicative of Euroports’ plans to expand its Rostock terminal into an efficient multipurpose port and distribution centre of the BRI, acting as a link to Italy and Sweden.Euroports’ two Liebherr LHM 550s have a lifting capacity of 114 tonnes each. In tandem, the cranes can handle heavy-duty items with a maximum payload up to 288 tonnes.www.liebherr.comwww.euroports.com
The winners were announced at an online ceremony held on September 24, attended by over 400 international delegates.Fagioli won the first award of the event – combined techniques – for the lowering of 1,000-tonne bridge sections as part of the demolition of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy. Fagioli also virtually took home the SPMT job of the year award for moving a series of 80 m-long industrial vessels weighing 460 tonnes each.The transport award for trailer and load under 120 tonnes was awarded to Bolk Transport for the movement of storage tanks from Germany to Luxembourg.Kahl & Jansen’s transportation of a 400-tonne stator, with the combination weighing an impressive 790-tonnes, was recognised with the trailer and load above 120 tonnes award.Meanwhile, the crane award for telescopic lifting capacity more than 120 tonnes was awarded to BMS for its project lifting steel girders weighing 75 tonnes. The crane award for telescopic lifting capacity less than 120 tonnes went to Kynningsrud Nordic Crane for the recovery of a derailed overturned freight train.Sarens took home the trophy in the cranes, lattice boom category for its use of a 1,600-tonne capacity crawler crane to exchange legs on a jack-up barge. The crane required a capacity-enhancing boom system, which created a lifting radius of 37 m.Mammoet Europe took home two of the awards: the safety award for the development of a reverse warning alarm system for certain types of trailer, and the innovation end user award for its Trailer Power Assist (TPA) hydraulic power pack system, which was used on a challenging transport project in Norway.The innovation manufacturer award went to Tadano Demag for its electro-hydraulic E-pack system.www.estaeurope.eu
Criminal barristers will decide today whether to accept the government’s £15m off er of investment into the criminal justice system to settle their boycott of new legal aid work.A ballot which has been open all weekend is due to close.A result is expected by tomorrow morning.If the proposals are rejected it is likely that a policy of ‘no returns’, which has been suspended until tomorrow, will immediately take effect, potentially throwing the court system into chaos.The Criminal Bar Association’s executive committee is not taking an official line but each chambers attached to the CBA has individually polled its members. More than 100 chambers have been refusing to take on new legal aid work since 1 April in protest at what they say are continuing cuts to legal aid fees for advocates.The Ministry of Justice offer, which is understood to be final, is: an extra £8m for fraud, drug and child sexual abuse cases that lose out under the new fee scheme; a 1% increase in advocacy payments from April 2019 (£2.5m); and further funding of about £4.5m, mainly for juniors.
Investor KKR has committed C$250m to fund growth at Torq Energy Logistics, which provides ‘wellsite to railcar‘ oil handling services in Canada. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp has acquired US wagon leasing business Flagship Rail Services from Perella Weinberg Partners. FRS will now operate as SMBC Rail Services. Alstom has established a development centre in Madrid to co-ordinate its worldwide tramway signalling activities. Sinara Transport Machines has acquired a controlling stake in Russian track machine manufacturer Kalugaputmash from a pension fund. Consultancy BMT Asia Pacific and Singapore-based systems assurance specialist Orient Express Solutions have formed a partnership to collaborate on rail projects across southeast Asia. Tognum AG has been renamed Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, reflecting its ownership by an equally-owned joint venture of Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG. The MTU brands are to be retained.
If like, me you, religiously update your GPU drivers each time a new one is released, you might have recently noticed that your mouse pointer has a tendency to disappear when playing certain games. To put it bluntly, this is bloody annoying and whilst I might expect some issues when installing updates this one is pretty hard to swallow. Before I found out how to make my trusty pointer re-appear I resorted to the setting where pressing Ctrl on your keyboard pings where your mouse is on screen.Thankfully the guys have acknowledged the issue and have released a hotfix to solve the problem.The hotfix is available in two variants, Windows 10 64-bit Standard Driver and the Windows 10 64-bit DCH Driver, but Nvidia said the only difference between the two is the way they’re packaged. I found this wasn’t quite correct and the standard driver wouldn’t install but I did get a pop up saying that I needed the DCH version so it was obvious which version I needed.I don’t know if it’s affecting all GPUs but for reference, I’m using an RTX 2080 and this fix worked for me.If you’ve been experiencing the same issue you can download the hotfix from the links below:Windows 10 64-bit Standard DriverWindows 10 64-bit DCH Driver
Share Share NewsRegional St. Lucia on high alert for Zika virus by: Caribbean 360 – December 10, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene FredericksCASTRIES, St. Lucia – The Ministry of Health has put the public on high alert following recent announcements by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of the confirmed presence of Zika Virus in a Caribbean territory.Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks indicated that the Ministry of Health has ramped up its surveillance and testing procedures for Zika virus as well as dengue and chikungunya. Zika is spread in a similar manner as dengue and chikungunya – by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.She said that although there are no confirmed cases of Zika virus on the island, it is only a matter of time before it spreads to the rest of the Caribbean, including St. Lucia.“To date we have noticed no abnormal trend. We are actually below the normal level that we see for these sort of illnesses – what we call undifferentiated fever, dengue, chikungunya – so we are actually at a very low level right now. We are doing random testing of certain samples when persons come in with fever and joint pain, even if we believe it’s dengue or chikungunya. We’re also taking some samples to send to CARPHA as ask them to check for Zika virus as well,” the senior health official said.Zika causes an illness which is very similar to symptoms experienced with dengue fever and chikungunya, such as fever, muscle or joint pain and sometimes development of a rash. However, unlike dengue and chikungunya, Zika causes redness of the eyes in some cases.Fredericks highlighted the recent alert by CARPHA for pregnant mothers to take special caution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.“We would like to give a special warning to pregnant mothers. Mosquitoes actually prefer pregnant mothers. When someone is pregnant the body temperature increases and that’s one of the things that actually attracts mosquitoes,” she explained.The Chief Medical Officer also noted that in Brazil and other countries experiencing a Zika outbreak it has been observed that there is an increased incidence of a congenital abnormality called microcephaly.“In some cases, if a pregnant mother gets infected with Zika early in her pregnancy during the time that the baby is developing in the womb, the baby can actually have an abnormality where the head is smaller than it should be…They have also realized in countries with ongoing epidemic that although most of the cases are mild and many persons who have it don’t even know they have it, in a few instances person can develop what is called Guillain Barre Syndrome which is a temporary weakening and sort of paralysis of the muscles which can be mild or severe and most times persons would have to be treated in hospital,” she added.Fredericks advocates wearing long clothing, particularly at dusk and dawn when the Aedes aegypti mosquito is known to be most active, and advises that bed nets, window and door screens and insect repellents to avoid mosquito bites.She emphasized that the public needs to prepare for the disease by employing similar prevention strategies as with dengue and chikungunya: limit the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and reduce the overall mosquito population.Prevention, she said, had to start in the home with ensuring that yards are clean and free of debris; bulky waste is disposed of at the landfill; tires are disposed of, shredded or filled with soil; drums are covered properly; and flower vases filled with soil and not water as the Ades aegypti mosquito breeds mainly in clear stagnant water. 240 Views no discussions
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has taken the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to task for its handling of the Missouri River in a letter questioning its decision not to release more water from dams earlier in the spring to prevent prolonged flooding this summer.The river is near historic flood levels along the more than 800 miles it stretches from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to its confluence with the Mississippi River. More than 560,000 acres in seven states have flooded, including nearly 447,000 acres of farmland, Vilsack spokesman Justin DeJong said. The flooding followed unexpected spring rains and the melting of a deep snowpack in the Rocky Mountains.advertisementadvertisement Vilsack outlined his concerns in a three-page letter sent to Major Gen. Meredith W.B. Temple, the acting commander of the Corps, and obtained by The Associated Press. Although Vilsack said he wasn’t in a position to judge how the Corps handled its dams, he asked pointed questions about the agency’s decision not to release more water earlier and criticized it for not providing farmers and ranchers with more up-to-date information.His comments add to a growing chorus of officials questioning the Corps’ handling of the situation. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., announced Friday that a bipartisan group of 14 senators from Missouri River states has requested a Senate hearing on the Corps’ management of the river, and the AP obtained a letter earlier this week in which Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad expressed frustration with the Corps even before the latest flooding and urged the governors of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to join him in discussing the formation of a new group of downstream states.Vilsack noted the Corps said in a March 3 report in the Omaha World-Herald that there was no need for early releases from the Gavins Point Dam and there would be little flooding unless the region received a lot of rain.”Agriculture producers point to this report and others in justifying their concerns, and they need answers as to why releases were not made to allow for more storage in the dam system,” Vilsack wrote in the letter dated June 28. “They point to forecasts related to snowpack and snowmelt and ask why there wasn’t more planning or more public conversations about the implications of operating the river under such conditions.” PD—AP newswire reportadvertisement