OKEA announces acquisition of Calypso prospect near Draugen


first_imgNeptune will remain as operator with 30% working interest in the licence OKEA announces acquisition of Calypso prospect near Draugen. (Credit: OKEA ASA) OKEA ASA (“OKEA” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Neptune Energy Norge AS (“Neptune”) for the acquisition of a 30% working interest in PL938. Effective date for the transaction is 1 January 2020. Neptune will remain as operator with 30% working interest in the licence.PL938 is located less than 10km north-west of the OKEA-operated Draugen field and directly north of the Bauge and Hyme fields.  The licensees have committed to drill an exploration well on the Calypso prospect in the licence and the plan is to drill in late 2021 or 2022. As part of the agreement, OKEA will carry a portion of Neptune’s costs for the well.‘Calypso is an attractive prospect close to Draugen with a potential of up to 37 million barrels of oil’ comments Andrew McCann, SVP Subsurface & Wells in OKEA. ‘As operator of Draugen we are keen to find resources in the nearby area with the potential to be developed through our existing infrastructure and Calypso fits this exploration strategy well. We look forward to working with the operator and other licensees to ensure an efficient exploration well and further activity in the licence.’‘This transaction further diversifies OKEA’s exploration portfolio and strengthens our position in the Draugen area. If a discovery is made in the licence, we will work to ensure an efficient development given our strategy and experience with low-cost field development of smaller discoveries’, adds Erik Haugane, CEO of OKEA. ‘Coming only two months since we acquired the Aurora discovery from Equinor, this transaction further demonstrates our focus on building our portfolio around our key production hubs.’PL938 was awarded in March 2018 as part of the APA2017 licensing round. The other licensees are Vår Energi AS (20%) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (20%). The transaction is subject to approval by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

NWS project participants execute gas processing agreements


first_img Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.) The North West Shelf (NWS) Project participants have executed fully-termed gas processing agreements(GPAs) for processing third-party gas through the NWS Project facilities with Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd (Woodside Burrup), in respect of gas from the Pluto fields, and with subsidiaries of Mitsui & Co Ltd and Beach Energy Limited (Mitsui and Beach), in respect of the Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2.Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility and secures gas to fill emerging processing capacity. Both GPAs are subject to conditions precedent including relevant government and regulatory approvals.The GPA with Woodside Burrup is to process approximately 3.0 million tonnes of LNG in aggregate and approximately 24.7 petajoules of domestic gas at KGP in the period 2022-2025. The gas will be sourced from the offshore Pluto fields and transported to the NWS Project facilities through the Pluto-KGP Interconnector, which is targeted to be ready for start-up in 2022.The GPA with Mitsui and Beach is to provide gas processing services for gas from the onshore Waitsia Gas Project Stage 2 for an aggregate of approximately 7.5 million tonnes of LNG in the period between H2 2023 and the end of 2028.In support of the GPAs, the NWS Project participants have also taken a final investment decision for the infrastructure required to receive gas from the Pluto-KGP Interconnector and the Burrup Extension Pipeline (which will be utilised for Waitsia gas). Construction is targeted to commence in Q1 2021.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the transformation of KGP into a third-party tolling facility would create new opportunities for Western Australia’s gas industry.“The processing of third-party gas resources will unlock further value for the NWS Project.“It will provide new revenue and LNG exports from the NWS Project, add to Western Australia’s domestic gas supplies from Pluto and help underpin Australia’s economic recovery,” he said.The NWS Project participants are: Woodside Energy Ltd (Operator; 16.67%); BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd (16.67%); BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd (16.67%) and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).Woodside Burrup holds a 90% interest in Pluto LNG and operates the Pluto LNG facilities Source: Company Press Release Execution of the GPAs is a key milestone in the transformation of the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP) into a third-party gas tolling facility last_img read more

Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Members of an Australian led multi-nation Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country last week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE is an ongoing Australian-led operation to safely dispose of large amounts of explosive remnants of war, or ERW, which are a legacy of the World War II across the Pacific region.In formal introductory briefings at the Task Force headquarters in Honiara, members of the Task Force, known as Combined Joint Task Force 663, (CJTF663) heard that the local Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) were some of the most skilled Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians in the region but Operation RENDER SAFE was an important supplement to the local effort.Commander Joint Task Force 663, Commander Doug Griffiths RAN, told Task Force members that the RSIPF were known as the “gold standard” of Explosive Ordnance Disposal across the South West Pacific region. “We will be working with some of the best in the region, people who have grown up living with the threat of explosive remnants of war, but we will also be giving them an important boost in their capacity to make a dent in the huge amount of unexploded ordnance around the national capital and in some of the outlying islands,” said Commander Griffiths.Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson told members of the Task Force that their contribution was an important contribution to the local economy and community. “You are going to make a real difference working with some extraordinary people,” he told the Task Force.“You are returning to the Solomon Islanders land that they can use to grow produce, to create businesses, to educate their kids and to change their lives,” concluded Mr Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE includes personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Solomon Islands. The Operation will move into the main phase of its tasking commencing on 8 November and concludes on 7 December 2013.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: RAN November 11, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pirates View post tag: Captured View post tag: Dhow Share this article The master confirmed his ordeal to members of the Boarding Team from the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg, after the German warship had closed the sea area to investigate the dhow.The master stated that the pirates had forced him and his crew to sail to the Gulf of Aden, where they had planned to use the dhow as a ‘mother ship’ to attack merchant ships at sea.Before they left the dhow, the master said that the pirates had stolen electronic equipment and other personal items from the crew.Speaking about the incident, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, stated “This event confirms that the piracy threat is still very real. The deterrence and swift action by EU Naval Force has once again denied freedom of action to pirates.”Warships and patrol aircraft from EU Naval Force continue their counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.[mappress]Press Release, April 28, 2014; Image: EU Navfor On Saturday 26 April the master of a dhow spoke of his relief after 6 armed pirates, who had taken his vessel and crew hostage, fled the scene after sightings of an EU Naval Force Spanish maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPRA) aircraft.center_img Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Somali View post tag: Flee April 28, 2014last_img read more

Postdoctoral Research Associate (61798)


first_imgThe Muscle Stress Physiology Laboratory (directed by Tom Clanton,PhD) within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology atthe University of Florida is seeking a highly motivated andenthusiastic postdoctoral associate to contribute to ongoing NIHand DOD funded studies. Duties of this appointment includeperforming research in areas of muscle dysfunction in heat stressand septic shock in animal models, collecting and analyzing data,evaluation of molecular and epigenetic responses in tissues andcells, writing manuscripts, assisting in grant applications, andsubmitting new grant applications as PI. Although the primaryduties for this position are research, involvement in service atthe department, college, and university is also expected.As a member of the Association of American Universities, theUniversity of Florida is considered one of the nation’s premiereresearch institutions. UF is the No. 8 ranked public universitywith annual research expenditures greater than $865 million in2018. The University currently has approximately 52,000 studentsregistered, with the Department of Applied Physiology andKinesiology enrolling approximately 900 undergraduate and 120graduate students. The department is housed in the College ofHealth and Human Performance, which is one of 17 universitycolleges. The department is equipped with state-of-the-art researchlaboratories, classrooms and offices. UF is located in Gainesville( www.visitgainesville.com ),a city of approximately 250,000 residents in North-Central Florida,118 miles from Orlando, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The area has moderate temperaturesyear-round and hosts abundant wildlife, mature forests, prairies,lakes, and opportunities for many outdoor activities. Gainesvillehas an excellent school system, with a number of public schoolshighly ranked in the state and nation. Additional relevantinformation about postdoctoral scholar positions at the Universityof Florida can be found at http://postdoc.aa.ufl.edu .Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. degree in physiology,molecular biology, kinesiology or a closely relateddiscipline.Applications must be submitted online and must include: (1) letterof application, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) names, mailingaddresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at leastthree references. Inquiries should be addressed to: Thomas Clanton,Ph.D.; [email protected] .Review of applications will begin June 18, 2020 and will continueuntil the position is filled.Selected candidate will be required to provide officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issuedto Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educationalinstitution outside of the United States are required to beevaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approvedby National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES)which can be found at http://www.ncas.org.If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to applyfor this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida RelaySystem at 8000-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Reflections on a catastrophe


first_imgAs twilight fell over Port-au-Prince that first terrible night after Haiti’s January earthquake, Louise Ivers watched a strange cloud of dust settle over the city. Stirred by buildings collapsing as the late afternoon quake struck, the cloud was pierced only by sound, a rising chorus of screams from across the capital as the toll became apparent.Ivers, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor, infectious disease specialist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Haiti clinical director for the nonprofit group Partners In Health, was bruised and battered herself. She had been in a conference room, discussing enhanced food aid for HIV/AIDS patients, when the quake struck.Ironically, the discussion had just digressed to disaster food distribution, with Ivers making the point that after 2008’s devastating hurricanes, officials had to be prepared for the certainty that natural disasters would strike again.When the shaking began, it knocked Ivers to the floor as if she had been slapped. Everyone in the room was tossed down and repeatedly shaken as they stumbled to the doorway and out to the street. There, confused, they were greeted with devastation.“Every single building to the right of that building, every single building behind that building collapsed. The wall to the compound collapsed onto the road and killed two people,” Ivers said. “I never thought about earthquakes in Haiti. I didn’t know what was happening. I thought a bomb went off.”The first minutes passed as if in slow motion. Ivers found herself in a nearby courtyard, when a member of the group there said, “I wish someone was a doctor.”That snapped Ivers out of her trance.“I’m a doctor,” she responded. And her world shifted from slow motion to hyperspeed.The night that followed was utter chaos. Ivers was the only person in the area with medical training, but she was without supplies and had no way to get the injured to the city’s medical infrastructure, which she later would learn had been destroyed.Her recounting of the night — given in mid-February in Port-au-Prince, where she continues to coordinate earthquake relief — poured out in her Irish-accented speech, as if she were viewing a slowly accelerating moving picture in her head as she talked. Reaching over a fence, a man handed her a baby, one arm shredded to the tendons, urging her to take him to get care. She handed the baby back and told the father to come with her. They would get help together.She told of passing a “pile” of screaming children, panicked and covered in white dust from the collapsed buildings. During the long, dark hours that followed, she helped however she could: using first-aid kits and yanking license plates off cars to employ as makeshift splints.“It was just nonstop. There were no other doctors there, nobody in charge, just first-aid kits from cars,” she said.She tried to treat those she came across. But with no supplies, no trained help, and an overwhelming number of injured, some bled to death as she struggled to save them. The next morning, trucks arrived from the United Nations, and Ivers helped to put four bodies in them. Then a man came up, holding a baby, and asked Ivers to examine him. One look told her the baby was already dead. She looked at the father for a moment, trying to tell whether he understood the situation.When Ivers broke the news to him, he asked what he should do. He had walked a long way, he said, and wanted to know whether he should walk back with the body. Ivers said that if he wanted, he could put the baby in the truck with the other bodies.“We helped him put his baby in the back of the truck with the other four people we put in there,” Ivers said. “It was really, really horrific.”Ivers made her way to a tent hospital that had sprung up on the United Nations compound and, as the only doctor there, found herself in charge. Amid the flood of injured people, she moved constantly during the hours that followed. The first relief to arrive was truckloads of medicine and supplies from Partners In Health facilities in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Next came two doctors from the University of Miami, who pitched in alongside her. Finally, nearing collapse two days after the quake, Ivers rested, falling asleep in the back of the hospital.When she awoke, other physicians had arrived and were beginning to assume some of the burden, among them three Harvard Medical School faculty members, Brigham and Women’s Hospital physicians, and experienced Partners In Health hands: Assistant professors of medicine Jennifer Furin and Joia Mukherjee and instructor in medicine David Walton.The task that lay ahead promised many more long days and threatened to overwhelm even those newly arrived, but, for Ivers, help had come.last_img read more

Rape reported to NDPD


first_imgA rape was reported to the Notre Dame Police Department on Sunday, Dec. 15, according to Wednesday’s University crime log. The alleged incident took place Nov. 23 in a north men’s residence hall.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDPD and from the Title IX office.Tags: crime log, NDPD, rapelast_img

‘We are all freaking out’: Notre Dame suspends Rome program due to coronavirus


first_imgThis report was updated Friday at 10:04 p.m.Notre Dame is suspending its Rome programs and bringing the 106 Notre Dame students currently studying abroad in the Italian capital back to the United States, the University announced in an email to students Friday evening. The move comes as the coronavirus has proliferated through Italy.The Centers for Disease Control and State Department advised Americans on Friday to “avoid unnecessary travel” to Italy, raising the threat level to Warning Level 3 — the same status as China and South Korea.Students studying in Rome will be “flown back to the United States as soon as possible,” the email said. Once back in the U.S., students will likely be subject to government health screenings upon re-entry. They will be required to stay home for 14 days and then must be cleared by a physician, according to the email.Third-year architecture student Leighton Douglass said students at the Rome Gateway are upset and scared.“We got the notification about an hour or so ago,” Douglass said in a text following the University’s email. “The halls in the villa are filled with people crying on the phone with their parents. We are all freaking out, it’s insane.”Notre Dame’s email said faculty and staff have been working with students to meet their academic needs, and all students are expected to be able to complete all their credits as planned for the rest of the semester.International students will be provided off-campus housing in South Bend to “facilitate their 14 day isolation period,” said a follow-up email to students in the Rome architecture program.Additionally, rooms in Walsh Family Hall are being converted into studio space for returning architecture students who have obtained medical clearances.“The [Architecture] School is committed to your academic continuity,” the email for architecture students said.The Notre Dame Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been meeting twice daily since the virus emerged to evaluate its impact on all study abroad sites and will continue to do so, tracking the evolution of the virus and providing updates to the Notre Dame community, the University’s email said. “The students in the Rome programs will surely be disappointed that they are unable to finish the semester in Italy,” the email said. “Please be supportive in any interaction you have with them, and continue to be mindful of the many students, faculty and staff who have family and friends in countries that have been most seriously affected by this global health threat.”Students currently studying abroad in Rome had mixed responses to the University’s announcement.“Notre Dame has done its best,“ Jennifer Trzaska, a third-year architecture student, said via text. “I don’t think anyone in Notre Dame, the Italian government or Italy in general knew what was going to happen but they kept us informed as best we could. We pretty much knew it was coming.”Third-year architecture student Dominic Grimes expressed his frustration regarding the situation.“The University tried their best, I guess, but the major reason that I chose this University was to live in Rome for a year and now I feel robbed of that experience in its totality and the whole program now feels like a waste to me,” Grimes said in a text.When asked what the atmosphere in Rome was like, Douglass said the tensions will likely become more heightened in the next few days.“Everyone is here chilling but tomorrow they will probably be raiding the grocery store,” she said.Notre Dame plans to book students on flights to the American airport “closest to [their] home.” Students will start leaving Rome as early as Sunday.News writer Mariah Rush contributed to this report.Tags: coronavirus, Rome, Rome Global Gateway, study abroadlast_img read more

Colombian Cartels Seek to Operate in Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela


first_img Colombia advocated for greater regional cooperation in confronting drug trafficking, in response to evidence that cartels from that country are moving into and trying to operate in Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela, according to Colombian Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín on December 12. “For us, the knowledge that Colombian cartels are moving into and trying to operate in Bolivia, in Peru, or in Venezuela is a source of great regret,” Holguín stated at a press conference during an official visit to La Paz to review cooperation programs with her Bolivian counterpart, David Choquehuanca. According to the chief Colombian diplomat, one of President Juan Manuel Santos’s priorities is “promoting even stronger regional cooperation in the matter of fighting against drug trafficking.” “The enormous resources that the drug cartels have mean that they can be everywhere… The cartels move in a way that our police forces and authorities don’t move in security matters,” she noted. Holguín also made reference to the repeated arrests in Bolivia, the world’s third-largest producer of coca and cocaine – according to the United Nations – of Colombians linked to drug trafficking, although there are no official figures on those being held. One of the first initiatives was to agree with Bolivia on the terms of the 2+2 dialogue mechanism (Foreign and Defense Ministers), with the aim of coordinating actions on security issues, she noted. Bolivian Foreign Minister Choquehuanca said that one of the interests shared by the two countries is coordinating actions to confront the plague of drug trafficking. Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the three major world producers of coca and cocaine, according to UN data. Holguín and Choquehuanca also reviewed a number of political, economic, and trade matters. By Dialogo December 14, 2011last_img read more

Comments due Aug. 8 on NCUA’s annual one-third regulatory review


first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Comments on the 2016 list of National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) review of regulations are due to the agency by Aug. 8, according to the agency’s Office of General Counsel.Published in this month’s The NCUA Report, the Office of General Counsel published the list of regulations the agency will review this year.In 2016, the NCUA will review rules and regulations related to:711: Management official interlocks;712: Credit union service organizations;713: Fidelity bond and insurance coverage for federal credit unions;714: Leasing;715: Supervisory committee audits and verifications;717: Fair credit reporting;721: Incidental powers;722: Appraisals;723: Member business loans;724: Trustees and custodians of certain tax-advantaged savings plans;725: NCUA Central Liquidity Facility;740 Accuracy of advertising and notice of insured status;741: Requirements for insurance;745: Share insurance and appendix; and747: Administrative actions, adjudicative hearings, rules of practice and procedure and investigations. continue reading »last_img read more