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Neptune Energy starts subsea construction on Seagull tie-back project

first_img Neptune Energy is the operator of the Seagull project.(Credit: QR9iudjz0/FreeImages) Neptune Energy, along with its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, has started subsea construction on the Seagull tie-back project.Located in the Central North Sea on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP Operated ETAP central processing facility the Seagull project is a high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development.By utilising existing subsea infrastructure partly, the Seagull development will be tied back to the ETAP central processing facility.With 35% of ownership, Neptune Energy is the operator of the project, while BP and JAPEX own 50% and 15% stake, respectively.TechnipFMC, an oil and gas services company, has installed the Apache II pipelay vessel to begin the pipe-in-pipe installation, laying about 5km of pipe connecting the Egret manifold to the Seagull development.Neptune Energy UK managing director Alexandra Thomas said: “Seagull is an important project for Neptune, its partners and the UK. It is expected to produce 50,000 boe per day (gross) and supports UK security of supply.“This is a key milestone for Seagull – the first step in offshore execution of the project. We continue to work with our contractors and suppliers, focussing on the safe deployment of people, vessels, and equipment and managing the challenges associated with the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”Normand Mermaid vessel to provide pre-lay activities at Seagull developmentIn August, TechnipFMC’s Normand Mermaid vessel was deployed to carry out pre-lay activities, including surveying and boulder removal.The Normand Ranger will carry out trenching activities for the development after completion of pipe installation.TechnipFMC commercial & projects UK, Mediterranean & Caspian vice president Bill Morrice said: “We are delighted to see the first offshore execution milestone on the project come to fruition.“This comes as a result of the valuable contribution from our design, engineering, HSEQ, procurement and fabrication teams and we look forward to continuing our working relationship with Neptune to achieve first oil at the Seagull development.”Recently, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has issued a drilling permit to Neptune Energy for the well 6406/12-G-1 H located in production licence 586 in North Sea. TechnipFMC has installed the Apache II pipelay vessel to begin the pipe-in-pipe installation for the projectlast_img read more

Welsh agents finally get amber light to restart property viewings

first_imgAgents in Wales can finally look forward to the restart of the property market after the Welsh government announced viewings could restart on 27 July – providing infection rates stay low.There has been widespread frustration in Wales about the long delay in allowing viewings to restart, despite low COVID-19 rates in the principality.Viewings in England got under way again on 13 May, meaning the market in Wales is more than 10 weeks behind – and agents have been venting their frustrations at the lengthy delay.Joe Parry, from Fine & Country Chepstow, said many Welsh agents have been at the end of their tether waiting for the Welsh Government to take action and help the industry get back on its feet.Ultra-cautious stanceHe said sellers and buyers eager to get moving and wanting to view properties  have also become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-cautious stance.“While many understand the situation, a number are becoming irate and they are wanting us to ignore guidelines and get on with it,” said Parry.He adds there are agents who are already not following guidelines, which is placing far more pressure on those who do.“We have been adhering to the government guidelines and taking the situation seriously, but essentially it is placing our business at risk of losing clients and puts us in a rather difficult situation.“There are people who are desperate to sell and are prepared to work with agents who are ignoring the guidelines to do so,” he added. “We will be losing fees for doing the right thing, while other agents gain by turning a blind eye.”Propertymark says it has been in almost daily contact with the Welsh Government, expressing the views of members on the impact of the restrictions.Stamp dutyStamp duty is also under the spotlight. Wales sets its own rates and has yet to announce any changes following the decision to raise the threshold in England and Northern Ireland to £500,000.Currently in Wales no tax is paid on the first £180,000 of a property. However it increases to 3.5% up to £250,000, 5% up to £400,000, and 7.5% up to £750,000.Joe Parry of Fine & Country said if the Welsh Government doesn’t follow suit with Stamp Duty changes, it will add further coals to the fires of frustration for agents and buyers.“Before the recent announcement there was already a discrepancy between the Stamp Duty charged in England and Wales, with Wales being more expensive. With the recent change in England the gap has widened significantly,” he commented.Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, is meeting Welsh Finance Minister Rebecca Evans, to discuss Land Transaction Tax (LTT) following the Chancellor’s announcement on stamp duty in England last week.The Welsh government says it is considering the best course of action for housing markets and the wider economy in Wales and will release further information in the coming days.Welsh viewings Welsh market reopens Welsh property viewings restart Wales July 13, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Welsh agents finally get amber light to restart property viewings previous nextHousing MarketWelsh agents finally get amber light to restart property viewingsViewings at occupied properties can start on 27 July, 10 weeks after England – providing infections don’t rise, says First Minister.Richard Reed13th July 202002,370 Viewslast_img read more

Passe Notes: The Oxford Union

first_imgSo, how long do we have to stand in this queue?Well, everyone in Oxford wants to see the no confidence debate. Unless their lack of confidence rests with the Union not with the Government. But don’t worry; by Trinity everyone will have remembered that the Bridge is the place to be on a Thursday, and the only people queuing in the rain on St. Michael’s street will be for the homeless shelter next door. I heard it’s the world’s most famous debating society and invites amazing speakers.It’s certainly unique: where else is ‘librarian’ actually a desirable position? And you do get to see amazing world figures (and Jordan) shamelessly plug their new autobiographies. But nevertheless to my mind it’s still nothing on the Norwich Union.What is the difference between the Union and OUSU?Left wing OUSU faces regular criticism for supporting Bolivian basket weavers above the interests of real students, while the Union, where politics can be divided into the right wing and the wrong wing, is slammed for cradling delusional basket cases above the interests of real students. If they appreciated their common disdain for the actual Oxford undergraduate the relations of the two institutions would be improved immeasurably.I might be interested in getting involved. Who actually runs the union?The fat man on the door at speaker meetings. And he answers to Moscow. The elected officer’s responsibilities extend to sweeping up vomit after the termly balls-up, and working through their stalker-like tendencies by writing repeatedly to celebrities.But do the officers get a lot out of it?Certainly. Not least the popularity they always craved at school. Any self respecting hack will have hundreds of friends, and at least five of them won’t be just on facebook. And if you harbour an ambition to be a nineteenth century Conservative politician the Union is undoubtedly the best place to start. When do the elections happen? In 7th week, to allow the inevitable Tribunal to be settled by the end of term. Most Union elections offer more slates than Blaenau Ffestiniog, malpractice to rival a Hogarth painting, and a turnout lower than LMH’s position in the Norrington table.What about Presidential Drinks? They sound fun: how should I go about getting an invitation?Well, that skirt is probably a start. But if that fails you’ll have to pay off the Abumafia like the rest of us. Once there you will swill gin and tesco value tonic from a plastic beaker, listen to various violent proposals for dealing with asylum seekers, and watch a fifty-something backbencher lure a upwardly mobile seccie to his hotel room with promises of work experience. At least by 3am you’ll be able to see who is really on the (still) standing committee.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img read more

Kennedy Dancers launch 40th Anniversary ‘Jersey City Follies’

first_img× JERSEY CITY – The Kennedy Dancers have announced in celebration of their 40th Anniversary Season the company will present a fundraising gala, “The Jersey City Follies,” on Thursday, May 11, at the historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater on Journal Square, Jersey City.The Jersey City Follies will be an evening of fun and music celebrating vaudeville and burlesque style entertainment. Performing guests will be a wide array of public officials, including freeholders, assembly and senate members, and various Hudson County and municipal officials.The chairman of the “Jersey City Follies” is Eugene McKnight.The performers will present music, dance, and theater acts. Mayor Hague’s Barbershop Quartet will feature County Executive Tom DeGise, former Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, and Hudson County Freeholder William O’Dea.Former Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini returns to the stage as the world famous burlesque dancer of the 1950’s “Hope Diamond, Gem of the Exotics.”State Senator Sandra Cunningham, Hudson County Register Diane Coleman, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, and Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman will all perform in a scene from “The Dreamgirls.”Also performing will be Kennedy Professional Repertory Company members Bong Dizon, Junie Kenworthy, Shannon Grant, Eli Cano, Gigi Dragone Horan, Aaron Atkins, Laurel Z. Forsyth and Diane Dragone.All funds from the “Gala” will go to support the Kennedy Dancer’s many outreach and cultural programs and includes matching funds from a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant.Since 1977 the Kennedy Dancers, a nonprofit dance company has served the New Jersey community with dance classes, professional performances, free programs for senior citizens and adults with disabilities, and scholarships for teens to train as professional dancers.Advance tickets are $65. Tickets at the door the night of the show is $75. The performances will be videotaped for Verizon and aired in June 2017 reaching all of New Jersey and other Verizon systems in 22 states.For more information, contact Bong Dizon, administrator, and Diane Dragone, executive /artistic director, at (201) 659-2190 or at [email protected] Visit the company website at www.KENNEDYDANCERS.org.last_img read more

Nantwich firm seeks staff

first_imgChilled speciality breadmaker New Primebake is on a recruitment drive to help meet demand for its products.The company’s factory at Nantwich in Cheshire is expanding its operation and needs to take on 49 new production and hygiene staff.New Primebake, which makes speciality breads, such as chilled garlic baguettes, garlic slices and ciabatta for major UK retailers, currently employs about 250 people in Nantwich and 150 in Crewe. It also has a production site in Barton, North Lincolnshire.Managers said that despite the Crewe factory opening two years ago, demand for its speciality breads had continued to grow.New Primebake human resources manager Helen Steadman said: “It’s very much about an increase in demand. We supply to most of the major retailers and there is a big demand for our products, which is good news for us.”The business was expanded a couple of years ago, when the new site in Crewe was opened, but even that has not been sufficient to keep up with demand. That is why we are looking for the additional people here at Nantwich.”The company was bought by Icelandic fresh foods company Bakkavör Group in 2006, which specialises in fresh prepared foods and produce. The Icelandic company reported a strong performance in its UK fresh prepared foods sector, with 5% growth in the last quarter of 2009, and cited bread as one of the categories that had seen strong sales uplifts.last_img read more

Pearl Jam Announces 5-Date Stadium Run Dubbed “The Away Shows”

first_imgToday, Pearl Jam has announced “The Away Shows,” a run of 5 performances predominantly taking place in Major League Baseball stadiums, which will follow “The Home Shows,” the band’s first concerts in their hometown of Seattle in half a decade.The first Away Show is set to take place at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT on August 13th. From there, Pearl Jam will host two separate two-night runs at Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field (the home of Eddie Vedder‘s beloved Chicago Cubs) on August 18th and 20th, and at Boston, MA’s Fenway Park (the home of the Boston Red Sox) on September 2nd and 4th. This announcement confirms the rest of the dates that were leaked briefly on the Pearl Jam website last week.“The Away Shows” will follow “The Home Shows” at the Seattle Mariners‘ Safeco Field, during which the band intends to donate at least $1 million from ticket sales toward causes that benefit Seattle’s homeless population. They also plan to raise an addition $10 million in collaboration with area businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. With 100,000 fans expected to attend “The Home Shows,” they are expected to be the largest headlining concert event in Seattle since The Rolling Stones visited the city in 1981.Other than “The Home Shows” & “The Away Shows” (7 performances in all), the remainder of Pearl Jam’s scheduled dates are overseas. In March, the band will head to South America for four performances including Lollapaloozaevents in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, and an extra stadium show in Rio thrown in for good measure. In June and July, the band will make their way through Europe on a 14-date run stopping in the Netherlands, the U.K., Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.For more information on Pearl Jam’s touring plans, head to the band’s website. For information on ticket sales for “The Home Shows” and “The Away Shows,” see below.A pre-sale period for the band’s “Ten Club” fan club will begin February 7th at 10am Pacific. Full Ten Club Presale details can be found here.General Public Pre-Sale via Ticketmaster Verified Fan ticketing will take place Friday, February 16th at 10am local time. Pearl Jam has partnered with Ticketmaster Verified Fan to create a safe, reliable, ticket-buying experience and ensure tickets get directly to fans for all of these shows. Verified Fan doesn’t guarantee that everyone will get a ticket, but it does level the playing field so a fan is only up against another fan – without racing against bots for the same ticket. A simple registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code allowing them to shop for tickets. You can register here to be included in Verified Fan pre-sale (must register by Tues, Feb 6 @ 4pm PT to qualify).Public on sale will begin on Wednesday, February 21st at 10am local time, when a remaining, limited number of tickets will be released in a traditional general sale through each venue’s official ticket vendor..$3 of each ticket ($10 for Seattle) is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).Pearl Jam “Home Shows” and “Away Shows”Aug 8 – Seattle, WA – Safeco FieldAug 10 – Seattle, WA – Safeco FieldAug 13 – Missoula, MT – Washington-Grizzly StadiumAug 18 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley FieldAug 20 Chicago, IL – Wrigley FieldSept 2 – Boston, MA – Fenway ParkSept 4 – Boston, MA – Fenway Parklast_img read more

Shorenstein paper explores social media, electoral success of female politicians

first_imgSocial media might prove critical in the electoral success of women political candidates, but is a “mixed blessing,” according to a new discussion paper, Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network, by Alexis Gelber, a longtime journalist formerly based at Newsweek. Gelber conducted her research during her time as a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.“As outsiders, or relative newcomers to the political process, women candidates may have an advantage in social networking,” she writes, but notes that “Ultimately, social networking is not a panacea for politicians.”Alexis Gelber was a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center in 2011. Formerly with Newsweek, she supervised award-winning coverage of politics, social issues and international news as the magazine’s national affairs editor, assistant managing editor and the managing editor of Newsweek International. As director of special projects from 2001 to 2008, she created special issues and new entrepreneurial projects. In 2004 and 2008 Gelber edited Newsweek’s special presidential election project, behind-the-scenes accounts of the election campaigns. Both projects were published as books by Public Affairs, and the 2004 project won a National Magazine Award. In 2009, Gelber served as the founding books editor of The Daily Beast. She is an editorial consultant based in New York, where she is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Gelber is a former president of the Overseas Press Club of America. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she served as chair of the school’s Alumni Board.Read the full paper on the Shorenstein Center’s website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Pageant Serves Drag Realness, Now Open Off-Broadway

first_img The cast of Pageant: The Musical includes John Bolton as the host, with Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory as the gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls. Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans. Pageant: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Related Shows Pageant: The Musical opens off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre on July 14. Directed by Matt Lenz, the dragtastic tuner will play a new performance schedule to that previously announced. Initially the show will play Sunday and Monday evenings. Beginning July 21, Pageant will play Monday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through September 1. View Commentslast_img read more

Peanut Production

first_imgGeorgia’s peanut production may not rival last season’s record-setting year, but it’s still been a productive season for the state’s third-ranked agricultural commodity.“We’re going to see higher yields than we originally thought,” believes John Beasley, a University of Georgia Extension peanut specialist.How much higher? Last year’s peanut crop produced an astounding 4,550 pounds per acre, easily eclipsing the state record. Though this year might not reach the 4,000-pound plateau, Beasley indicates the final yield statistics can still easily top the 3,600 pound-figure reported in 2011.“I think the most recent yield estimate, which came out in September, for our peanut crop was 3,900 pounds per acre, statewide average yield estimate,” he said. “When you compare it to what we were averaging in 2011 and 2010, it’s going to be substantially better.”UGA’s peanut expert says this year’s crop will “still pale in comparison” to last year’s crop, which he said was out of the norm. It was feared earlier in the season that high accumulations of rainfall during the summer washed out portions of farmers’ peanut fields. While reports are low of that being the case, rain did provide other farmers with enough water for their crops to exceed normal growth.“I’ve heard some county agents say they’ve got growers saying they’re making the best peanuts they’ve ever made, even better than last year,” he said. Beasley encouraged peanut farmers to plant their peanut acreage in late April through mid-May to avoid the pending cold temperatures that annually occur in late October. For example, during the week of Oct. 25-26, temperatures across the state dipped into the 30s, which had an adverse effect on peanuts still in the ground. Fields planted in late May and June are at risk of these cold October temperatures, shutting down the maturity process.“Typically in late October, we’ll have the kind of cold weather that will shut the maturity down. If you are a week or two from optimal maturity, that shutting down of the maturity process will cost you some yield potential,” Beasley said.last_img read more