Kvaerner secures Valhall and Hod fields’ platforms recycling contract

first_imgAllseas will remove and deliver the structures to Kvaerner’s decommissioning facilities at Stord for dismantling recycling Kvaerner selected for Valhall platforms recycling. (Credit: Kvaerner) Offshore installation and decommissioning firm Allseas has awarded a contract to Norwegian company Kvaerner to recycle three large topsides, three jackets and four bridges from the Valhall and Hod fields located in the Norwegian North Sea.Kvaerner will dismantle and recycle the topsides, jackets and bridges with a combined weight of 33 000 tonnes. It also has options for another 5 000 tonnes.Kvaerner said that the assignment is expected to provide work for around 100 persons at peak.The Norwegian oil company Aker BP-operated Valhall and Hod fields started operations in 1982 and since then produced more than one billion barrels of oil equivalents.However, some of the oil installations will be removed after the new production and accommodation platform entered service in 2013.Kvaerner, which has already commenced the decommissioning of the old Valhall accommodation platform, is now tasked with additional removal work on the field.Aker BP has selected Allseas to remove and decommission the drilling platform and the production platform from the Valhall field as well as the unmanned Hod platform that is connected to Valhall.Allseas is planning to use its giant Pioneering Spirit vessel to remove the platforms and structures, which will be delivered to Kvaerner’s decommissioning facilities at Stord for dismantling recycling.Kvaerner’s Stord to receive the first structures in 2022Kvaerner expects to receive the first structures at Stord in 2022. It would initially receive the drilling platform, the process platform and one jacket from the Valhall field.The Hod and the remaining structures are planned to be delivered in 2025.The method work is scheduled to commence later this year with detail offshore mapping and engineering work planned to commence in 2021.Kvaerner decommissioning projects senior vice-president Magnus Kise said: “In this project we will also utilise a newly developed automatic cutting machine for pipes and beams, which will reduce the need for manual work significantly and thus reduce risk.”In June 2020, Aker BP along with its partner Pandion Energy have submitted the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Hod field to the Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.last_img read more

Polish, Finnish Officers Visit Taranto and La Spezia Naval Bases

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Polish Authorities View post tag: Officers View post tag: Taranto View post tag: Visit Polish, Finnish Officers Visit Taranto and La Spezia Naval Bases View post tag: Finnish View post tag: La Speziacenter_img View post tag: Bases View post tag: Naval Senior Officers of the Polish and Finnish Armed Forces were visiting the Taranto and La Spezia Naval Bases. Back to overview,Home naval-today Polish, Finnish Officers Visit Taranto and La Spezia Naval Bases June 3, 2014 View post tag: europe General Lach Majewski, Commanding General of the Polish Armed Forces, paid a visit to the Comando Flottiglia Sommergibili, and ITS Margottini moored at Taranto harbor. The guests were also able to visit the Centro Addestramento Sommergibili and submarine Sciré – and especially its simulators.Captain Mario Berardocco explained the operation activities carried out by the Todaro class submarines, their “expeditionary” ability, that is to provide logistics and technical support at great distances.On board ITS Margottini, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, the delegation was welcomed by commanding officer of the First Naval Group, and Commander Pasquale Esposito, commanding officer of the unit.At the same time, Commodore Juha Vauhkonen, Chief of Staff Navy Command of the Finnish Navy, followed by a delegation of military and civil authorities, visited the La Spezia Intermarine Shipyards and Launcher Destroyer Caio Duilio.At the end of the visit, Commodore Juha Vauhkonen acknowledged the support given by the Italian Navy to the Finnish Navy in the creation of new minehunters, and for ITS Duilio making a stop in Helsinky during a joint exercise with Patroller Hanko last November.[mappress]Press Release, June 03, 2014; Image: Italian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

McGraw calls for gender equality, makes waves across nation

first_imgNotre Dame head women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw is making headlines across the nation after calling for gender equality Thursday in a press conference at the Final Four in Tampa, Florida.“I’m getting tired of the novelty of ‘the first female governor of this state,’ ‘the first female African American mayor of this city,’” McGraw said at the conference. “When is it going to become the norm instead of the exception?”McGraw launched into the speech after a reporter asked her about comments she previously made about not hiring another man for her coaching staff.“Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and it still hasn’t passed?” McGraw said. “We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional.“ … How are these young women looking up and seeing someone just like them preparing them for the future? We don’t have enough female role models, we don’t have enough visible female leaders, we don’t have enough women in power.”McGraw is in Tampa for her ninth Final Four as head coach of Notre Dame women’s basketball. The Irish will take on the UConn Huskies on Friday at 9 p.m. for a chance to play in the NCAA national championship.Though the press conference began as a conversation about the upcoming semifinal, McGraw’s comments pivoted the discussion to the subject of female leaders in sports and positions of power.“All these millions of girls that play sports across the country, they could come out every day and we’re teaching them great things about life skills,” McGraw said. “But wouldn’t it be great to teach them to watch how women lead?“Girls are socialized to know when they come out gender roles are already set. Men run the world. Men have the power. Men make the decisions. It’s always the man that is the stronger one. And when these girls are [growing up], who are they looking up to, to tell them that that’s not the way it has to be?”McGraw commented on the lack of female representation in leadership positions beyond sports, as well, using the United States Senate, the House of Representatives and Fortune 500 companies as examples.“When you look at men’s basketball, and 99% of the jobs go to men, why shouldn’t 100 or 99% of the jobs in women’s basketball go to women?” McGraw said. “Maybe it’s because we only have 10% women athletic directors in Division I. People hire people who look like them — and that’s the problem.”Her comments quickly went viral, prompting responses from public figures like former President Barack Obama, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and sports broadcasters such as ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.“A voice everybody should hear,” Obama tweeted in response to the NCAA women’s basketball posting of the video.Buttigieg, a potential contender in the 2020 presidential election, tweeted a similar sentiment.“A powerful statement from a leader I admire,” Buttigieg said.Former NBA player Tracy McGrady weighed in on Nichols’ ESPN show “The Jump.”“She dropped the mic on that one — she hit the nail on the head right there,” McGrady said.The Irish will face the Huskies in the NCAA semifinal Friday at 9 p.m. The winner will advance to the NCAA women’s basketball championship, which is scheduled to take place Sunday.Tags: gender equality, Muffet McGraw, NCAA semifinal, women leadershiplast_img read more

Teen Internet safety

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaCommunicating through social networking Web sites like MySpace is the newest teenage rage. Despite its popularity, this new technology is fraught with potential dangers.Be an aware parent“If a parent allows their child to have a personal page on Web sites like MySpace, they should stay aware of what they’re posting and who they’re talking to,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H and youth development specialist.When building content for their Web page, teenagers should make every effort to remain as anonymous as possible, she said.“Avoid posting anything that could enable a stranger to locate you,” Varnadoe said. “This includes your last name, the name of your school, sports teams, the town you live in and places you hang out.”Use caution when posting photosRemember this, too, when posting photographs to your Web site.Be sure items in your photographs don’t reveal your school name or your location, she said.“Look at the background of your photos to make sure you aren’t accidentally giving out identifying information,” Varnadoe said. “The name of a mall, the license plate on your parents’ car or your team jersey all contain information that can reveal your location.” Teenagers should also remember that information posted to a Web site can be downloaded or reposted to another Web site.“Before you upload a photograph, ask yourself how you’d feel if your parents, grandparents, teachers or future boss saw the photo,” she said.Check comments often, report bulliesIf your personal Web site contains a comment section, check and monitor the content often. “Don’t respond to mean or embarrassing comments,” Varnadoe said. “Delete them. And, if possible, block offensive people from commenting further.”Inappropriate comments should also be reported to the networking site’s administrator.“The best rule of thumb is not to say anything online that you would not say offline,” she said.If the Web site offers this feature, create a “friends” list to control who can and cannot post comments to your site. Only allow people you know and trust to be on your list.“If you don’t use privacy features, anyone can see your info,” Varnadoe said. “This includes people with bad intentions.”Never meet someone aloneDon’t plan to meet someone in person that you meet over the Internet unless you are certain of their actual identity, she said.“It’s still not risk-free,” she said. “But take along some friends if you do plan a meeting. And make sure you meet in a public place.”For this, and other reasons, teenagers should not sign up for membership to Web sites designed for adults.“Be honest about your age,” Varnadoe said. “If you are too young to sign up on a site, don’t lie about your age. Talk with your parents about alternative websites that may be more age-appropriate for you.”last_img read more

TD Banknorth buys Hudson United

first_imgHudson United Bancorp and TD Banknorth Inc. Shareholders Approve MergerOver 98% of Votes Cast In Favor of Transaction by Hudson United ShareholdersPORTLAND, Maine (January 11, 2006) TD Banknorth Inc. (NYSE: BNK) shareholders voted at a special meeting today to approve the acquisition of Hudson United Bancorp (NYSE: HU). More than 99% of the votes cast were voted in favor of the transaction. In a separate meeting held in Mahwah, New Jersey, the shareholders of Hudson United Bancorp also voted heavily in favor of sale to TD Banknorth. Over 98% of the votes cast by Hudson United shareholders were in favor of the transaction.Pending approval by the Federal Reserve, the transaction is expected to close later in the first quarter of 2006.This acquisition is in keeping with our growth strategy into the mid-Atlantic region. Were excited about expanding our franchise in both Connecticut and eastern New York, and gaining a new presence in the fast-growing New Jersey and Philadelphia markets, said William J. Ryan, TD Banknorths Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. We look forward to welcoming Hudson United into the TD Banknorth family and to offering our new customers a broader array of products and services.We are excited about joining TD Banknorth, said Kenneth Neilson, Hudson Uniteds Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. This transaction rewards our shareholders while maintaining our focus on local community banking.On a pro forma basis, the transaction creates a regional financial services company with approximately 590 branches, 751 ATMs and over $26 billion in deposits across eight northeastern states.About TD Banknorth Inc.TD Banknorth Inc. is a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine and a majority-owned subsidiary of TD Bank Financial Group. At September 30, 2005, TD Banknorth had $31.8 billion of total consolidated assets and provided financial services to over 1.3 million households in the Northeast. TD Banknorth’s banking subsidiary, TD Banknorth, N.A., operates banking divisions in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and upstate New York. TD Banknorth and TD Banknorth, N.A. also operate subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, wealth management, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking and other financial services and offer investment products in association with PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc. The TD Banknorth common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BNK”. For more information, visit http://www.tdbanknorth.com(link is external).About Hudson United BancorpHudson United Bancorp is the multi-state bank holding company for Hudson United Bank, which has 204 offices in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Hudson United Bancorp’s subsidiaries offer a full array of innovative products and services to commercial and retail accounts, including imaged checking accounts, 24-hour telephone and internet banking, loans by phone, alternative investment products, insurance products, private label credit programs and a wide variety of commercial loans and services including asset based loans, SBA loans, international services, merchant services and cash management services. Wealth management services are also provided to individuals and businesses. Public sector products and services are provided to local and state governments, municipalities, educational institutions, civic and not-for-profit organizations. Visit our website at www.hudsonunitedbank.com(link is external)last_img read more

Governor Douglas to host NGA eHealth meeting in Burlington

first_imgThe State Alliance for e-Health (The Alliance) will meet for its semi-annual conference. Key topics are scheduled to include implementation of the Health Information Technology for the Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which is part of the Recovery Act of 2009, as well as quality improvement and health reform. The Alliance also will unveil its latest report Preparing to Implement HITECH: A State Guide for Electronic Health Information Exchange. Alliance members will hear from a number of experts, including Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.WHAT: Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, co-chair, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, co-chair, State Alliance for e-Health MembersWHEN: Friday, August 7, 2009 9:00am 4:00pm EDTWHERE: Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center870 Williston RoadBurlington, VT 05403Live webcast: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nga/090807(link is external)To help states navigate the complexities of developing and using health information technology and electronic health information exchange, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) created the State Alliance for e-Health in 2006. The State Alliance is a consensus-based, executive-level body formed to address the unique role states can play in facilitating adoption of interoperable electronic HIE. It is intended to be a forum through which stakeholders can work together to identify inter- and intrastate-based HIT policies and best practices and explore solutions to programmatic and legal issues related to the exchange of health information. For more information, visit the NGA Center at www.nga.org/center/ehealth(link is external).last_img read more

KeyBank donations top $300,000 in 2011

first_imgFrom youth mentoring to job skills programs, transitional housing and homeless prevention programs to adult literacy, KeyBank provided grants and sponsorships totaling $305,000 to more than 125 Vermont organizations in 2011.Funds from the KeyBank Foundation supported programs helping Vermonters achieve economic self-sufficiency, including financial counseling through the Champlain Housing Trust, a grant to the Intervale Foundation to help farmers grow their businesses and support of Linking Learning to Life’s College Connections program.KeyBank also sponsored community events such as the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, 5x5x5 Growth Awards, Key4Women Forum, Vermont Maple Festival, First Night Burlington, Strolling of the Heifers, Green Mountain Derby Dames and Lake Champlain Sailing Center’s Rock the Dock.In response to the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, KeyBank provided a $5000 donation the American Red Cross, underwriting for HomeShare Now to run ads to find housing for displaced Vermonters, and sponsored the Northeast Organic Farmers Association’s online auction for the Vermont Farmers’ Emergency Fund.In addition to providing financial support, KeyBank encourages and supports employee volunteerism.  KeyBankers sit on the boards or committees of more than 50 Vermont organizations, including COTS, Mercy Connections, the United Way, Champlain College, Vermont Historical Society and the March of Dimes.  (Burlington, VT) January 10, 2012last_img read more

On the Blogs: Utility Industry Acknowledgement of the Rise of Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Julie Pyper for Greentech Media:A growing number of electric industry leaders agree that it’s only a matter of time before renewable energy resources dominate their grid systems.In California, it’s already a reality, said Steve Berberich, president and CEO of California Independent System Operator Corporation. On a typical day, CAISO will pull about 30,000 megawatts of energy production, with around 6,500 megawatts from solar, 5,000 megawatts from wind and another 5,000 from geothermal and other services on the system. In addition, California’s grid system has roughly 4,000 megawatts of behind-the-meter solar, which is growing at a rate of about 70 megawatts per month.On any given day, California gets more than 30 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. On many days that amount climbs to 40 percent, and on some days renewables reach 50 percent, said Berberich.California has a state mandate to reach a 50-percent-renewable energy mix by 2030. Other states have similar goals: New York plans to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030, Vermont plans to be 90 percent renewable by 2050, and Hawaii plans to be 100 percent renewable by 2045. Other state-level mandates will also drive renewable energy deployment. The Clean Power Plan, if upheld by the courts, stands to expand the market even further.In a recent KPMG survey of 150 senior energy industry executives, 67 percent of respondents cited the growth of renewable technologies as the most disruptive trend shaping the sector. More than 60 percent of respondents said they believe the U.S. will get half of its power from renewable energy by 2045 or sooner.The industry shift to a renewable-energy-driven system was reflected at the recent Edison Electric Institute (EEI) convention. SunPower was a top sponsor, several panels were held on renewables and complementary grid-edge resources, and posters showcasing industry statistics on solar and other services were set up throughout the venue.On Tuesday, EEI’s Institute for Electric Innovation released a book detailing some of the ways in which the electric industry is changing in the real world. Jonathan Weisgall, vice president of government relations at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, wrote a chapter on how one of his companies, NV Energy, accommodated a large customer’s demand to go 100 percent renewable. The data storage company Switch had filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to leave NV Energy’s service and obtain renewable energy from a third party. The utility jumped into action and found a way to meet Switch’s needs by tweaking Nevada’s regulatory framework.As customer preferences shift and renewable energy becomes more accessible, utilities will have to adapt — as recent events clearly show.After months of discussions, MGM Resorts International, one of NV Energy’s largest customers, agreed to pay an $87 million exit fee to leave NV Energy’s service and buy its own electricity on the wholesale market. Reducing the gaming company’s environmental footprint “by decreasing the use of energy and aggressively pursuing renewable energy sources” was cited as a primary objective. The MGM case is proof that utilities need to up their game on renewables, because it’s what many customers want.“Our monopoly days are coming to an end,” said Weisgall. “We are in a competitive market, and we have to recognize that as a utility.”Utilities are undertaking major adjustments at the distribution level too. Pedro Pizarro, president of Southern California Edison and soon-to-be CEO, explained that SCE currently interconnects more than 5,000 rooftop solar customers per month. Using the traditional utility mindset and processes, hooking up the systems was taking SCE more than a month.“Looking through the eyes of the customer, we realized that a month-plus was unacceptable,” he said. “So we went back and looked at our processes, and now we’re able to [interconnect] in a day and a half.”Distributed renewables are also having an impact at the ISO level where they potentially help with system balancing, energy ramping and other services.“You have to rethink the entire environment, and that’s what we’re doing,” Berberich said.While it’s already underway, this transition to a renewable energy dominant grid isn’t smooth or uniform.For Berberich, balancing variable loads and ramping up generation to meet peak demand represent challenges. But what he really loses sleep over is surplus power. He said he isn’t worried about being able to keep the lights on for customers; he’s worried about the 13,000 megawatts of excess power that CAISO has to curtail at various times.“Curtailing is throwing away zero-carbon, zero-marginal-cost power, and that becomes both an economic and political problem,” he said. Political pressures could “turn this a little bit,” he added, alluding to a possible shift in public opinion on renewables.Currently, one of the most politically fraught issues in the energy sector is how to value distributed solar. Susan Tierney, an energy policy expert at Analysis Group, said she sees net energy metering for rooftop PV as one of the greatest challenges facing the electricity industry.“Across the states, we started with policies designed to condition the markets and help get things going. Net metering is the poster child of that,” she said. “I think that’s a challenge, because there is now a presumption that this is the way we should continue to go in a lot of places. My personal view is we need to evolve from there, we need to get more surgical in terms of pricing, to target the value of renewables that address [the] imbalance problem and moving demand around as much as possible. So pricing and markets really have to fit, and policy has to evolve.”As more distributed energy resources come on-line, there needs to be greater investment in grid infrastructure to accommodate them.“That isn’t the intuitive response,” said Tierney. “People say we will avoid grid investment [with distributed energy resources], but the two have to go hand in hand.”Reaching agreement among diverse players on these issues is complicated, but not impossible. In New York, for instance, a group of utilities and solar companies were able to jointly file a proposal on how to value distributed energy resources as part of the Reforming the Energy Vision initiative.“I think it’s something of a breakthrough to be able to find that common ground… and it will allow us to find more common ground on these contentious issues in the future,” said John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Consolidated Edison.Full article: Electric Utilities Prepare for a Grid Dominated by Renewable Energy On the Blogs: Utility Industry Acknowledgement of the Rise of Renewableslast_img read more

Solar helps Japan cope with sweltering summer

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asian Review:As temperatures soared to record highs across Japan this summer and people scrambled to beat the heat, power companies turned to solar power to weather the surge in air conditioner usage.After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which forced the shutdown of all nuclear power plants — most of which are still offline — the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry had asked the country to conserve electricity during hot summer months. But thanks to the rise of solar power, the government has refrained from issuing the requests since 2016, with Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko saying on July 24 that special energy-saving efforts were currently unnecessary.A representative of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings, or Tepco, said that during times of peak demand, the company can obtain nearly 10 million kilowatts of solar power, or about 20% of total power needed. A substantial portion of this is provided by companies and households equipped with solar panels, which sell their surplus power to the utility.Before the 2011 earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi disaster, nearly 30% of Tepco’s annual electricity output was nuclear-derived. Now, despite operating no nuclear plants and having suspended operation at two oil-fired power plants, the utility seems to be doing fine.“It is safe to say that Tepco’s strategy hinges on solar power,” a company executive said.More: Solar power helps Japan sweat out record heat wave Solar helps Japan cope with sweltering summerlast_img read more

Hempstead Woman Hit, Killed by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing a road in Roosevelt shortly after midnight on Memorial Day.Nassau County police said Maria Cebellos, of Hempstead, was crossing Nassau Road at the corner of West Roosevelt Avenue when she was hit by a Ford sedan at 12:10 a.m. Monday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives inspected the vehicle and determined that there was no criminality involved, but the investigation is continuing.last_img read more