Horizon begins infill drilling at block 22/12, Beibu Gulf, China

first_img The two wells will tie into existing facilities. (Credit: Pixabay/Keri Jackson.) Horizon, an Australian oil and gas company, has announced the launch of drilling operations at two infill wells located in Weizhou 6-12 fields of block 22/12, Beibu Gulf in China.The two well infill drilling operations target undeveloped reserves in WZ6-12 area, including the WZ6-12-A11 well into the producing WZ6-12 North field and the WZ6-12 A3S2 well into last year’s WZ6-12 M1 discovery.The company claims that the two wells have a capacity of 0.3MMbbl and 0.2MMbbl respectively.Both the wells are being drilled from the existing WZ6-12 platform with one well side-tracked from an existing wellbore and the other is being drilled from a recently completed rig slot extension.The two wells will tie into existing facilities and could add a combined output of about 1,900 bopd gross to the existing WZ6-12 production facility.According to Horizon, the wells are also expected to provide valuable reservoir data to determine production and reservoir performance in both the WZ6-12 N and WZ6-12 M1 oil pools.The company’s share of capital costs for the infill drilling programme is expected to be $5m, which the company will fund internally from its existing cash reserves and field production revenue.The participants in the block 22/12 include CNOOC as the operator with 51% stake, followed by Horizon with 26.95% stake, Roc Oil with 19.6% and Majuko with 2.45% stakes.In November last year, Horizon announced that the WZ 6‐12 M1 exploration well in Beibu Gulf was drilled to the target depth of 2025mMD.The company said that the well reached its objectives of drilling through the Oligocene‐aged Weizhou T30 to T32 sands, as planned. The infill well drilling by Horizon at WZ6-12 area targets undeveloped reserveslast_img read more

HMAS Success farewelled after 33 years of service

first_img View post tag: HMAS Success HMAS Success, the longest serving ship in Royal Australian Navy’s fleet, has completed her service to the nation and was decommissioned at her homeport at Sydney’s Garden Island on June 29.Success – dubbed the ‘Battle Tanker’ – has been a vital part of the navy’s capability over the past 33 years.The 157-meter-long Durance class replenishment oiler was the last major vessel built at Cockatoo Island in Sydney and the biggest ship in navy’s fleet at the time she was commissioned in 1986.Over more than three decades she sailed more than a million nautical miles and completed almost 3,500 replenishments at sea around the world.She earned battle honors for her service during the Gulf War in 1991 and East Timor in 1999, and also participated in a record 11 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises and the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.Despite her age, Success maintained a high tempo right to the end, deploying twice since May last year and returning from a four month overseas deployment just weeks before her service life came to an end.Success will now make way for new replenishment ship NUSHIP Supply (II), which was launched in Ferrol, Spain last November. Australia: Oiler HMAS Success farewelled after 33 years of service View post tag: Decommissioning Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Oiler HMAS Success farewelled after 33 years of service navaltodaycenter_img Vessels July 1, 2019, by View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Projects Under Vectren’s Electric Grid Modernization Plan Continue

first_imgSanta Claus: Christmas Lake (along Melchior Drive in Christmas Lake Village) serving 1,000 customersRichland City: Hodges Subdivision (along Hodges Drive east of SR 161 and south of Richland City) serving 20 customersGenerally, customers will notice projects beginning when crews have placed signage in the area. The duration of these projects usually span two to six weeks, barring weather delays.Customers can learn more about Vectren’s grid modernization plan and its customer benefits atwww.vectren.com/SmartEnergyFuture. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Crews working for Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren) continue efforts to upgrade portions of Vectren’s substations and transmission and distribution networks to maintain reliable electric service. Through the next few months, approximately 30 projects – investments of nearly $16 million – will be completed as part of the Smart Energy Future strategy. Projects aimed at upgrading Vectren’s electric infrastructure will continue to take place throughout the southwestern Indiana territory over the electric grid modernization plan’s seven-year period.When possible, impacted customers will receive direct communication about the upcoming work, especially for projects that require a service interruption. Upcoming projects include: Circuit (a specific grouping of poles and lines delivering power) rebuild and conversion projects– upgrading and replacing hardware and equipment on the circuit, which leads to shorter restoration times, a reduction in the number of emergency repairs needed and increased system performance and integrity  Evansville: N. Weinbach circuit (along Walnut Avenue between Weinbach Avenue and Kelsey Avenue) serving 450 customersEvansville: Washington Avenue circuit (bound by Weinbach Avenue, Blackford Avenue, Gum Street and Alvord Boulevard) serving 250 customersEvansville: Union Township circuit (south of Evansville along Seminary Road, Eisterhold Road and Graff Road) serving 300 customersEvansville: Bellemeade circuit (north and south of Bellemeade Avenue between Rotherwood and Weinbach Avenue) serving 370 customersMt. Vernon: North Main circuit (between Wolflin Street and SR 69, north of Fifth Street) serving 310 customersNewburgh: Newburgh circuit (along SR 662 from Grimm Road to Yorkshire Road) serving 1,100 customersUnderground cable replacement projects – replacing aging underground cable, which leads to a reduction in risk of unplanned outages, faster outage restoration when outages occur and reduced customer interruption duration by sectionalizing the area in need of repairEvansville: Westhaven Hills Subdivision (off of Red Bank Road) serving 110 customersEvansville: Sugar Mill Creek Apartments (south half of apartments, east of Green River Road) serving 450 customerslast_img read more

West Avenue Bike Lanes Expected to Be Complete by July

first_imgAn existing bike lane runs next to four lanes of traffic on West Avenue south of 34th Street in Ocean City. A restriping project this month will eliminate two lanes of traffic and create buffer zones between two wider bicycle lanes.Cape May County is expected to award a $160,333 contract shortly to reconfigure the four-lane stretch of West Avenue south of 34th Street to include two lanes of traffic and two buffered bicycle lanes.Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said Monday that work will start in early June and should be complete by July 1 with the possible exception of painting cross-hatching for pedestrian crosswalks.The plan eliminates two lanes of traffic between 35th Street and 55th Street to make room for a bicycle route.The project will change the road from four lanes of traffic (two in each direction) to two lanes with a center lane for left turns. That will leave room for five-foot bike lanes on each side of the road separated by three-foot buffer zones (see diagram below).The traffic pattern would be similar to what exists on West Avenue north of 34th Street.The reconfiguration is a milestone in a years-long effort to create a safe bicycle route running the length of Ocean City.An existing bicycle corridor runs along Haven Avenue from Ninth Street to 34th Street. The city recently installed a new user-activiated traffic signal to help bicycles cross the busy Ninth Street gateway, and the city has plans for improvements on the north end of Ocean City.Advocates say changing West Avenue to two lanes would also help improve a dangerous four-lane crossing for pedestrians on the thoroughfare.But others have expressed concern that the change would slow summer traffic and possibly push through-traffic onto adjacent Asbury and Central avenues.The stretch of roadway is maintained by Cape May County and not the City of Ocean City.Proposed new configuration for West Avenue in Ocean City between 35th and 55th streets includes two buffered bicycle lanes.last_img read more

Emission zone hits London bakery firms

first_imgBakers and millers in the London area are having to pay substantially more for transporting goods, due to widening of the Transport for London, Low Emission Zones. Also, from January 2012, “larger vans, lorries, and heavy or diesel specialist vehicles” will be affected for the first time.Large firms have been gradually updating their fleets, but smaller companies are finding the extension zone a significant cost. Chris Tomkins, proprietor of Kistrucks Bakery in East London and on the Essex border, told British Baker: “We only do 43 miles a day. We have had to buy a new van costing £11,000, otherwise it would have cost £2,800 for two filters and would have to be serviced yearly for up to £500. Otherwise, entering the zone incurs a £100 penalty per day.”Des Solomon, transport manager for miller Wright’s Flour of Ponders End, Middlesex, said: “We have had to update four delivery vehicles, which has cost us £6,000-£7,000 per vehicle.”last_img read more

Speech: The Queen’s birthday celebration 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan: Ambassador’s speech

first_imgVice-Minister Vassilenko, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.Welcome to our celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Thank you very much to our sponsors: Shell Kazakhstan, Diageo, the Aniri Group, JCB, and the London Stock Exchange Group.Her Majesty the Queen and the other members of the Royal Family continue to be a focus for national identity, affection and unity in British public life.Since the Coronation 67 year ago, British society has changed immensely, but for more than two generations, Her Majesty has been a symbol of stability and unity, and perhaps above all, has provided continuity in times of change.And as those of you who follow British politics will know, the theme of continuity and change is very relevant to the United Kingdom at the moment. Tomorrow, Prime Minister Theresa May will resign as leader of the Conservative Party and a leadership election will take place.Until Mrs May’s successor is chosen, the business of government will continue as before. In July, we will have a new Prime Minister, who will take on the task of delivering Brexit, which has been described as the biggest peacetime challenge the United Kingdom has ever faced. So we have big political changes happening in the UK at the moment.But the thought I want to stress tonight is the importance of continuity. Whatever happens, the United Kingdom will continue to be an outward-looking, confident and internationally engaged country, deeply committed to our values. Values such as respect for the rule of law, human rights, democracy, free trade, and the importance of the rules based international system.We are committed to developing our partnerships with our friends and allies around the world, including of course with Kazakhstan.Here, as you know, we are also witnessing an important moment of change ahead of the presidential election on Sunday – the first such election in the country’s history without First President Nursultan Nazarbayev as a candidate.In Kazakhstan too, we can see the value of continuity. The United Kingdom supports the peaceful leadership transition that is under way, and the message of continuity and stability which that sends, for this country and the wider Central Asia region.There is much evidence of our strong strategic partnership with Kazakhstan: the hundreds of British companies who invest and do business here; our project work in various fields; our growing defence cooperation. Our educational and cultural links are flourishing – thanks to the British Council who this year celebrate 25 years of working in Kazakhstan. Many thousands of Kazakhs choose to study in the UK. In 2018 the UK issued 1,156 student visas for Kazakhstani citizens – over 100 a month, and more than we did for Brazil or Australia.It has been a busy and successful year. We were pleased to have three productive ministerial visits to Kazakhstan, as well as the first visit from our Prime Minister’s trade envoy. We also had the pleasure of hosting you, Mr Vice-Minister Vassilenko, for our annual strategic dialogue meeting in London.It was not all success, however. I am sorry to say that, on 21 March, Scotland were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Kazakhstan in the opening qualifier of the UEFA Euros championship here in Nur-Sultan. The return match will be on 19 November in Glasgow. Good luck to both teams.Tonight we have a fantastic selection of British food and drink for you, from all parts of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.If you are British, please do help us explain to our Kazakh and international guests what haggis is, and why chicken tikka masala is really an English dish.Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy the evening.last_img read more

BSB puts in final preparation for autumn conference

first_imgThe British Society of Baking (BSB) has issued a final call for industry members wishing to take part in its autumn conference on 11 and 12 October, as the event is nearly sold out.Held at Woodland Grange Hotel and Conference Centre in Leamington Spa, the autumn conference promises a strong line-up of speakers, headed by Tesco bakery category director Gordon Gafa.Other speakers include former boss of Genius Foods Roz Cuschieri; business consultant and former chief executive of Allied Bakeries David Garman; Julius Deane, wheat director  at Carr’s Flour Mills; Justine Fosh chief executive of the National Skills Academy; Daniel Carr public relations manager at Warings Bakery; and Matthew Verity, business unit director  – chilled & bakery at market research giant Kantar Worldpanel.Verity will present an overview of key trends in the bakery sector, including how retailers are performing, where the analyst sees growth and how consumers are behaving. Verity said: “As well as touching on Brexit, I will look at the major macro trends we need to consider in terms of how and when consumers are eating and the eating occasion. For instance, younger generations eat out more and eat bakery less frequently which, in itself, presents a challenge to the whole industry. And while there is big growth in people eating alone, bakery struggles to get into the one-person occasion.”Cuschieri will give an insight into the factors bakers need to be aware of to survive in today’s tough bakery market.The booking form and agenda are available on the BSB website.last_img read more

Nationwide practice from Watkins Glen, 4:35 p.m. ET

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A new target for Parkinson’s therapy

first_imgParkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that begins its damaging course in the brain many years before the onset of symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, and slow movements. By 2030 the number of individuals with Parkinson’s is estimated to double to 9.3 million as a result of aging populations, but medications to prevent or delay the disease are not available.In a new finding from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers identify a link between Parkinson’s disease onset and dysfunctional activity of energy genes in the brain and identify a potential therapeutic target — the PGC-1alpha gene — to reverse this energy gene failure. This research is published in the Oct. 6 issue of Science Translational Medicine.“We found a clear-cut deficit in expression of genes that control the energy production in cell in patients with Parkinson’s,” said Clemens Scherzer, assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, principal investigator of the Laboratory for Neurogenomics at BWH, and author of the study. “One key set of genes dysfunctional in the brains of Parkinson’s patients is controlled by the master switch PGC-1alpha. PGC-1alpha activates mitochondrial genes, including many of those needed to maintain and repair the power plants in the mitochondria. Reduced expression of the genes that PGC-1alpha regulates likely occurs during the initial stages of Parkinson’s disease, perhaps even before the onset of symptoms.”The researchers then showed that PGC-1alpha can be used as a “power switch” to turn on the expression of the energy genes — which are deactivated in patients with Parkinson’s — in cell models of the disease.Targeting the PGC-1alpha gene may be a worthwhile endeavor. Pharmaceutical companies are already working on therapeutics that activate the PGC-1alpha pathway for more widespread diseases such as diabetes. This may jump-start the development of new Parkinson’s medicines.To identify the dysfunctional processes in brains and dopamine neurons of patients with Parkinson’s, the researchers used an innovative systems biology approach. Instead of looking at individual genes separately, systems biology looks at groups of genes — or gene sets — that together program vital cellular functions.Using this approach the international consortium of researchers scanned the activity of 522 gene sets in 410 tissue samples from deceased Parkinson’s patients. The research team was able to identify 10 gene sets that are associated with Parkinson’s disease. All 10 are responsible for cellular processes related to mitochondrial function and energy production.“The most exciting result from our study for me is the discovery of PGC-1alpha as a potential new therapeutic target for early intervention in Parkinson’s disease,” said Scherzer. “Much-needed drugs to slow or halt Parkinson’s disease will have the greatest benefit for patients if they are given early on, before too many dopamine neurons die. If these synergies convince big pharmacy companies to pay more attention to developing therapies for Parkinson’s disease, this could be a huge benefit for patients.”Some materials and information presented in this report were provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).last_img read more

Study of Oregon health insurance experiment wins award

first_imgA study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers that used for the first time a randomized, controlled study design to answer questions about how access to public insurance affects health, health care use, and other outcomes, has received a Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award from Academy Health. The award recognizes outstanding research that has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice.Researchers including Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at HSPH and co-principal investigator of the study, looked at a 2008 plan by the state of Oregon to expand its Medicaid coverage by choosing recipients through a lottery.They mailed questionnaires to more than 70,000 applicants to the Oregon program, targeting 35,000 who were selected in the lottery for access to Medicaid and 35,000 who were not. Using these surveys, along with hospital admissions data and credit reports, they were able to demonstrate that those who gained access to Medicaid utilized more health care, reported better physical and mental well-being, and were in better financial circumstances than those who didn’t—with fewer bills sent to collection, and a decline in the average amount of medical collections of about $400.“This was an unprecedented opportunity to provide the policy community with vital information about Medicaid’s effects at a time of major program changes,” Baicker said in a February 4, 2013 statement.Read Academy Health press release Read Full Storylast_img read more