MHB secures EPCIC contract for Malaysian offshore gas project

first_imgThe contract is for facilities to be installed in Jerun gas field in the SK408W Block, offshore Sarawak The contract has been awarded to MHB’s wholly owned subsidiary Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE).(Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) has secured a contract from SapuraOMV Upstream (Sarawak) for a gas field development project, offshore Malaysia.The contract has been awarded to MHB’s wholly owned subsidiary Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE).Under the contract, MMHE will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation, and hook-up and commissioning services (EPCIC) for the Jerun gas field development project, offshore Sarawak.The EPCIC contract includes construction of an approximately 15,000 metric tonne (MT) topside, 10,000MT jacket and 5,000MT piles of Central Processing Platform (CPP).Besides, MMHE will be responsible for the design engineering of a 30inch carbon steel pipeline with a length equivalent to 80km distance from the CPP to the existing E11R-B platform.The pipeline will be installed to commingle with the existing trunkline to PETRONAS Malaysia LNG Plant in Bintulu, Sarawak.The facilities will be installed in Jerun gas field, which lies in the SK408W Block located offshore Bintulu, Sarawak.SapuraOMV Upstream (Sarawak) is the operator of SK408W Block, with Sarawak Shell Berhad and PETRONAS Carigali as its partners, holding 30% stake each.MHB chief executive officer and managing director Encik Pandai Othman said: “As I have mentioned before, the industry is now getting back on an upturn after the slowdown in 2020 due to the low oil price and COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in CAPEX cutback by oil and gas giants due to the uncertainties in the industry.“2021 has been coined as our recovery year and what a better way to start it other than with a major EPCIC project like Jerun.”In September last year, SapuraOMV Upstream achieved first production from its operated offshore Bakong gas field project under the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in Malaysia.The SK408 PSC development involves the commercialisation of the gas reserves from Gorek, Larak and Bakong fields.last_img read more

Second-hand book holds a hidden secret

first_imgA William Blake book containing a first draft of Thom Yorke’s ‘Airbag’ was found at the Oxfam charity shop on St Giles. It is projected to be sold at auction in March for upwards of £3,500. Yorke has agreed to donate the proceeds from the sale of Songs of Innocence and Experience to Oxfam.The book, Songs of Innocence and Experience, was donated by Yorke in early 2015 along with a batch of other books. Mispriced initially by volunteers working in the shop who weren’t aware of who its donor was, the book was found by volunteer Alexander Barker in the 50 pence section of the shop.‘Airbag’ is the opening song on Radiohead’s classic 1997 album OK Computer, inspired by a car crash Yorke and his girlfriend had in 1987.Barker, a political theory tutor at St Benet’s Hall, who has been volunteering at Oxfam since 2003, said that it was luck that he made the discovery, not having expected anything of the sort when he opened the book. He said that prior to finding the Yorke lyrics, the most exciting thing he had found in Oxfam shops were annotations by prominent academics in books they had donated.Barker, who is himself an avid Radiohead fan, told Cherwell, “I’m obviously happy about it. Everything else pales in comparison to finding this.” Still beaming, he said that another positive for him was that it was, “Nice to work in an environment where absolutely everyone involved is gaining something.”He added that he and another volunteer, Andrew Chapman, knew immediately how valuable the discovery was, both as memorabilia for hard-core Radiohead fans and as an insight into Yorke’s creative process.Chapman, who works as an airline pilot but has moonlighted as Oxfam’s rare books specialist for the past 16 years, has experience with discoveries like this one. In 2007 the Oxfam branch in which he worked found a first edition copy of Graham Greene’s Rumour at Nightfall, which ended up being sold for £15,000.Regarding the Blake book, he told Cherwell, “Radiohead is one of the few bands that will only increase in popularity. With this discovery, we get to see Thom’s working method.It looks like he wrote these lyrics in about 20 minutes, but in a good way. There is an immediate sense of potency when you see what he’s written.” But he also said it was difficult to determine exactly how much it was worth, a sentiment that was shared by Lydia Wilkinson ofBloomsbury Auctions, the group that Oxfam uses to sell books that are likely to be too expensive for usual store customers – usually anything that is worth more than £1,000.Wilkinson told Cherwell, “While this book was very clearly special, we don’t have any precedent, so made the decision to take it to auction.” Though the auction will not begin until 18th March, she said that even in these early stages there had already been a lot of interest.“I expect that it could make a few thousand pounds at least,” she said. Barker also made a prediction in that range, telling Cherwell that he thought the price could go as high as five or six thousand pounds.But that said, the book pales in comparison with other charity shop finds. For example, at a charity store in Burlington, North Carolina, one customer paid $2.48 for what was actually one of 20 officially-commissioned copies of the Declaration of Independence. It ended up fetching £331,335 at auction.Oxfam itself once realised that six Mozart sonatas had been incorrectly bundled with other items and were about to be sold for only £3,000. But in that case, the donors asked for a return of their donation, meaning that Oxfam wasn’t able to profit from the discovery.last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE that Cuba has not one but two currencies. The Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) are both legal tender on the island with the latter worth 25 times as much as the CUP. While most Cubans are paid in CUP, nearly all goods are priced in CUC, making the gap between the haves and have nots glaringly obvious?IS IT TRUE In 2012, current Cuba president Raul Castro (Fidel’s brother) reinstated Good Friday as a public holiday at the request of Pope Benedict XVI for the first time since the 1959 Cuban revolution?IS IT TRUE In recent years, the government of Cuba has eased its stronghold on internet censorship with more than 40 government approved wi-fi hot spots around the capital city Havana and other major cities. Although the price of wi-fi access in public places has recently dropped to $2.25 (£1.58) an hour, it is still prohibitive for the vast majority of Cubans.IS IT TRUE CUBA has one of the lowest birth rates in the Western Hemisphere. Falling dramatically since the 1970s, in 2013 only 9.51 babies per 1,000 Cubans were born?IS IT TRUE in Cuba Christmas did not become an official holiday in Cuba until 1997. This was introduced by former leader Fidel Castro as a gesture of goodwill in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit.IS IT TRUE that the United States pays Cuba approximately $4,085 (£2,875) a year to lease the 45 square miles that holds the controversial Guantánamo Bay Naval Station. Cuba has reportedly only cashed a check once, and by mistake, according to an essay written by Fidel Castro.IS IT TRUE in CUBA blowing your nose in public in Cuba is considered extremely rude?IS IT TRUE Cuba is often called El Caiman or El Cocodrilo (Spanish for alligator), because that’s what the island resembles from an aerial view?IS IT TRUE Bacardi, the spirit maker of rum, Dewar’s Scotch and Grey Vodka, was actually founded in Cuba. However, the brand moved its operations to Puerto Rico after Fidel Castro came to power.IS IT TRUE in Cuba sex change operations have been permitted since 2008.?  ….they’re also covered under the National Health Care System for qualifying citizens?IS IT TRUE in 2015 the half-century ban on purchasing Cuban cigars as lifted,?  …it was revealed that then US President John F. Kennedy bought 1,200 Cuban cigars for himself hours before he ordered the US trade embargo?IS IT TRUE that Cuba is one of two countries where the sale of Coca-Cola is prohibited?  … when the Castro government began seizing private companies in the 60s Coke made a swift exit, with not a drop being served in the country since?IS IT TRUE some say former president Fidel Castro grew his signature beard because the US stopped exporting razors, other reports say he did it as a time-saving measure, boasting that he saved himself 10 working days per year by not shaving his beard?IS IT TRUE that two of Cuba biggest passions are baseball and ballet. The latter is funded by the government, which pays for ballet training and subsidizes tickets to performances.IS IT TRUE on New Year’s Eve, it’s tradition for Cubans to burn dolls in order to symbolize forgetting bad times and looking forward to new and good times during the New Year?IS IT TRUE It’s said that when Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, he immediately ordered all sets of the game Monopoly to be destroyed?IS IT TRUE one of Cuba’s most distinctive anachronisms has always been streets full of classic cars like Chevrolets, Buicks and Fords.  …the reason why is because up until 2014 it was forbidden to purchase cars manufactured abroad?IS IT TRUE in Cuba you can forget buses because lots of Cubans engage in the Nationalized Hitchhiking system which came about in the 1990s?  … at the time buses were scarce and it was illegal to buy cars with the only automobiles running with regularity being state-owned cars and trucks?  …the government made it mandatory for government vehicles to pick up hitchhikers?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is:  If the election was held today for the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional seat who would you vote for?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE  since President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, we thought it would be fun to reveal fascinating facts about this intriguing nation?IS IT TRUE in Cuba healthcare is free and seen as a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the state. Despite spending a fraction of what the United States spends on healthcare (the World Bank reports Cuba spends $431 (£303) per head per year compared with $8,553 (£6,000) in the US) Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the US and a similar life expectancy?IS IT TRUE despite not having much access to the internet, Cubans are a smart bunch. In fact, there are so many doctors in Cuba they’re often sent to other countries that have a shortage. The country has 90,000 of them to serve its population of 11 million. That’s eight for every 1,000 citizens – which according to the World Bank is more than double the rate in the US (2.5) and the UK (2.7).IS IT TRUE while reports vary on whether it’s actually illegal or not, taking photos of anything associated with the police or military is certainly frowned upon and could result in you losing your camera?IS IT TRUE that Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents?IS IT TRUE while many of us use search engines a dozen times a day to find out everything from the weather to how to cook a steak, Cuba is one the least connected countries in the world with only 5% of Cubans enjoying access to uncensored internet at home.IS IT TRUE that the  average state salary in Cuba is just $20 (£14) per month even though the cost of survival runs around $50 (£35) a month?last_img read more

Health and rights linked for world’s 25 million transgender people

first_imgWhile transgender people have increasingly received public recognition, there has been little concerted effort to support and improve their health, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher and other authors of a special Series published in The Lancet. Compiled with input of members of the transgender community, the Series provides an assessment of the health of transgender people worldwide and offers a framework for improvement.The Series was published on June 17, 2016.The authors estimate that there are around 25 million transgender people worldwide. They say that laws and policies that deny transgender people recognition can damage their mental and physical health and make accessing care more challenging.The Series reports that transgender people suffer high rates of depression—up to 60 percent—and are at greater risk of engaging in risky behavior. Transgender people are at almost 50 times greater risk of HIV than the general population, and are at risk for violence, according to the authors. There were 2,115 documented killings of transgender people worldwide between 2008 and 2016.“There are huge gaps in our understanding of transgender health stemming from a fundamental challenge of defining this diverse group and a failure to recognize gender diversity. Nevertheless, we know enough to act,” co-author Sari Reisner, a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan who also is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, said in the journal’s press release. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Harvard Scores 19th on Sierra Club’s Annual Ranking of Greenest Colleges and Universities

first_imgSierra Magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, today released its tenth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities. Harvard was ranked 19th among the more than 200 schools that participated in Sierra’s extensive survey about sustainability practices on their campus. Using an updated, customized scoring system, Sierra’s researchers ranked each university based on its demonstrated commitment to upholding high environmental standards.“This year is the tenth anniversary of the Cool Schools ranking and we are thrilled to name Harvard University one of the greenest campus in the country,” said Jason Mark, Sierra’s editor in chief. “Harvard is a great example of how schools can make sustainability a key part of their mission.” This year,  questions having to do with energy and transportation carry more weight than ever before—a reflection of the fact that global climate change is the most pressing environmental threat today. Sierra recognized Harvard for achieving over 100 LEED certified buildings, running shuttle buses on biodiesel since 2004, and the 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emission since 2006, the equivalent of sidelining 12,000 cars each year.“I’m so inspired to see the incredible progress that colleges and universities are making when it comes to environmental sustainability,” says Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club.For more information on Harvard’s sustainability initiatives visit, view the University-wide Sustainability Plan or annual Sustainability Report.last_img read more

PSB approves sale of GMP to Gaz Metro

first_imgPSB approves acquisition of GMP by Gaz Metro subsidiaryThe Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) Monday issued its approval of Green Mountain Power Corporation’s (NYSE: GMP) proposed agreement and plan of merger with Northern New England Energy Corporation (NNEEC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Northstars Merger Subsidiary Corporation. The decision is the final regulatory approval necessary for the transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007.In its unanimous approval order, the PSB said it concluded the transaction “will promote the general good of the State.” It also stated that “NNEEC also has a proven record of technical, financial and managerial competency through its twenty-year ownership of Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. & NNEEC and its parent, Gaz Métro, have a well-documented and an established track record for operating regulated and unregulated businesses in Vermont.”Chris Dutton, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power, said, “We expect that this transaction will have many significant benefits to our customers and the entire state of Vermont. Most importantly, Green Mountain Power will be in a better financial position when we negotiate new power contracts. In addition, we have created the Green Mountain Power Efficiency Fund to provide more than $9 million in benefits for Green Mountain Power customers by investing in demand side management and other innovative efficiency programs.”On June 22, 2006, Green Mountain Power Corporation and Northern New England EnergyCorporation announced their merger agreement under which Green Mountain Power will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of NNEEC in a cash transaction valued at approximately $187 million.Green Mountain Power shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of the transaction at a special meeting on October 31, 2006.After the completion of the transaction, Green Mountain Power will continue to be managed by its current leadership team and the Company will operate out of its existing offices in Vermont.Employees will be retained and the current labor contract with IBEW Local 300 will remain in place. The Company will operate under the jurisdiction of state and federal regulators, as it has for more than one hundred years.NNEEC is a Vermont corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (TSX-GZM.UN), a leading Québec energy company with a long history of investment in Vermont.Gaz Métro is a major distributor of natural gas in Québec and the northeastern United States. With more than $2.7 billion of assets and more than 1,500 employees in Québec, Gaz Métro serves about 164,000 customers through an underground pipeline network of almost 10,000 km.Gaz Métro is also the parent company of Vermont Gas Systems, which has 115 Vermont-based employees and serves about 40,000 customers. Gaz Métro also has an indirect significant ownership interest in a natural gas transportation company, Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), and owns important interest in a natural gas transportation enterprise (Trans Québec & Maritimes) and in an enterprise specializing in underground natural gas storage facilities (Intragaz).In addition, the company operates businesses providing district heating and urban water rehabilitation services in Québec.Green Mountain Power is an electric utility operating company that transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves approximately 90,000 customers.last_img read more

Largest Montana solar project gets court backing in fight with local utility

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:A 480-acre solar farm planned for Billings has won a significant legal battle over energy contract lengths. MTSUN solar farm will receive a 25-year contract to deliver power to NorthWestern Energy, District Judge James Manley ruled. The project, planned for the Alkali Creek area west of the Billings Heights, has been on hold for two years as solar developers large and small sued Montana’s Public Service Commission and NorthWestern.The small developers won their case earlier this year, but the order on MTSUN took a few more months. Manley set the per megawatt price at $38.33 including fees.The news had been trending favorably for Montana solar energy development and particularly for MTSUN in recent months. In May, Klein reached an agreement with NorthWestern for a second Billings solar development, the 150-acre Meadow Lark Solar Project, which is within walking distance of the 480-acre MTSUN development.Klein is also developing two renewable energy projects near Broadview that combine wind and solar energy generation with battery storage. That project was on track to come online by 2022, which was when Puget Sound Energy expected to begin replacing electricity from Colstrip Power Plant as its oldest units were shut down. The closure of the units frees up needed capacity on the transmission lines connecting Montana to the Pacific Northwest.But earlier this month, Puget and Talen Energy announced plans to shutter Colstrip Units 1 and 2 by year’s end. Talen said the units were no longer economical and needed cheaper coal. As a result, Puget is now looking for renewable projects that can be launched earlier than 2022. Klein is working to oblige the Washington utility.“The court ruling will certainly help, but the announcement of the closure of Colstrip 1 and 2, because of coal supply issues, two and a half years early, I think is by far a much bigger issue than anything else,” Klein said.More: Judge rules in favor of 480-acre solar project in Billings Largest Montana solar project gets court backing in fight with local utilitylast_img read more

NPS Proposes Substantial Fee Increases at 17 National Parks

first_imgThe National Park Service (NPS) wants to substantially increase entrance fees during peak season in 17 of the nation’s most visited national parks. This includes such iconic destinations as Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Arches, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Rocky Mountain National Parks.If the proposed policy is implemented, fees for a 7-day pass during peak season at the selected parks will amount to $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. An annual pass will also be available for $75. The current 7-day entrance fees vary. For example, both Yellowstone and Yosemite offer 7 day passes for $30, while Glacier National Park charges $25 and Arches grants visitors weeklong access for just $10 per day. According to the Trump Administration, which is charged with administering the National Park Service via the Department of the Interior, the fee hikes will serve to address the $11.3 billion NPS maintenance backlog. “The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a press release issued by NPS. “Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting. We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids’ grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks’ aging infrastructure will do that.”But the National Park Conservation Association calls the move to increase admission fees excessive and says that the 30-day comment period that NPS is offering for public input is inadequate. “We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places – protected for all Americans to experience – unaffordable for some families to visit. The solution to our parks’ repair needs cannot and should not be largely shouldered by its visitors,” says Theresa Pierno, President and CEO of National Parks Conservation Association. “The administration just proposed a major cut to the National Park Service budget even as parks struggle with billions of dollars in needed repairs. If the administration wants to support national parks, it needs to walk the walk and work with Congress to address the maintenance backlog.” Weigh in the comments below. Will any of these fee increases affect your annual travel plans to America’s national parks?last_img read more


first_imgErrata December 1, 2002 Errata E ratta Jared Spingarn, a member of the Moot Court Honor Society at Nova Southeastern University, was named Best Oral Advocate at this year’s E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition — Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. A story in November 1 News stated otherwise.last_img

Cuomo: Debates Can Be ‘Disservice to Democracy’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With less than a week to go before the primary, it doesn’t look like New Yorkers will get to witness a debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout because, according to Cuomo, debates “aren’t always a service to democracy”—at least some of the ones he’s been in.The governor made this assertion following a press conference Tuesday about his recent trip to Israel with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Cuomo has been mum on the issue despite repeated calls from Teachout to debate her in public about such issues as Common Core and fracking.Cuomo was reportedly asked about going face-to-face with Teachout, a Fordham Law professor.This is how he responded, according to New York Observer:“I don’t think it has anything to do with democracy. I think it has to do with individual campaigns—sometimes you have debates, sometimes you don’t have debates. It depends on the campaign, it depends on the issues, the level of issues, so there are a lot of variables…I’ve been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy—so anyone who says debates are always a service to democracy hasn’t watched all the debates that I’ve been in.”Lt. Governor-hopeful Timothy Wu didn’t mince words when he was asked about Cuomo’s views on debates.“I profoundly disagree with that idea, particularly in our race,” Wu said during a conference call with reporters in which he accused his primary opponent and Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul of being disingenuous when it comes to her record as a true Democrat. “We’re [not] talking about people on the street coming in to debate with the governor; we’re talking about two qualified candidates,” referring to himself and Teachout.“That statement makes a mockery of the democratic process,” he continued. “It represents a theory of democracy that I do not recognize.”He then characterized the primary as “a battle for the heart and soul for the Democratic Party.”Hochul also has not agreed to a debate.Teachout’s campaign has been gaining steam in recent weeks as she’s tried to paint Cuomo as a right-leaning Democrat and herself as a progressive who supports blue collar workers and a defender of teachers.But it was Wu who perhaps received the biggest boost last week when the New York Times editorial board endorsed him for Lt. Governor over Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo.Wu, a staunch defender of Internet freedoms, went BuzzFeed-y, rattling off a list of “seven things that a progressive Democrat doesn’t do.” Progressives, Wu said, don’t “vote multiple times to gut the Clean Air Act” and don’t receive an “A” rating from the NRA.Hochul last week pushed back on claims that she isn’t Democrat enough with a video in which she said it was an honor to serve in Congress “despite the politics in my district.”“In the most Republican district in the State of New York, I campaigned hard to fight the Paul Ryan-Tea Party budget that would have decimated Medicare and left our seniors out in the cold,” she said.“I never backed down from our core Democratic values: pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker values,” Hochul continued. “I narrowly lost my re-election bid because I wouldn’t turn my back on the president and millions of Americans who deserve quality health care.”Plus, she said, she stands for the Safe Act (Cuomo’s gun-control law) and the Dream Act (a bill that would provide state tuition assistance for undocumented students). They “are the right stands to take,” she said.Cuomo also came to her defense.“Ask Nancy Pelosi about Kathy Hochul,” the governor said, according to Capital New York. “Ask Charlie Rangel about Kathy Hochul. She represented a district in upstate New York that had some very conservative areas, some areas more conservative than New York City, but she’s a progressive through and through, there’s no doubt about that.”Wu doesn’t seem convinced.“She has a record that she cannot walk away from,” he said.A debate would likely clear up the confusion.last_img read more