Record deal as Mountpark sells £126m shed to Korean investor

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Air Products announce European Price Hike

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Linde to provide services to pharmaceutical firm

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RH Petrogas: Drilling Starts Offshore West Papua

first_imgSingapore’s RH Petrogas Limited, engaged mainly in the business of exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, has commenced the drilling of the Koi-2 appraisal well on 29 November 2013 in the offshore area of the SalawatiKepala Burung PSC using the Bohai-8 jack-up rig.The Basin PSC is located in West Papua and covers an area of 1,097 km2. Koi-2 is drilled to appraise the Koi-1 discovery, drilled in the year 2000, which flowed 980 BOPD (barrels of oil per day) and 2.7 MMSCFD (million standard cubic feet per day) of gas through a drill stem test from the Miocene Kais limestone.Located in shallow water depth of 32 meters, Koi-2 is planned to reach a total vertical measured depth of 1,402 meters and the drilling is anticipated to take approximately 21 days.Francis Chang, Vice President of Exploration and Production of RH Petrogas said, “Koi-2 has a very good chance of finding oil which can lead to commercial production.”The Group has an aggregate 33.21% working interest in the Island PSC through its wholly owned subsidiaries Petrogas (Island) Ltd. and RHP Salawati Basin B.V. Its partners, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi Salawati (―Pertamina‖), holds 50% participating interest in the Island PSC and PetroChina International Kepala Burung Ltd. (―PetroChina‖) holds the balance 16.79%.The Island PSC is operated by JOB Pertamina-PetroChina Salawati, which is a joint operating body formed between Pertamina and PetroChina. The consortium, as contractor of Indonesian government operating under the supervision of SKK Migas (Satuan Kerja Khusus Minyak dan Gas), has actively explored and produced oil and gas in the working area.[mappress]Press Release, December 02, 2013last_img read more

Boiling hot transfer for HLI

first_imgLifting the boiler required the use of both a 140-tonne capacity crane and a 200-tonne capacity crane.After the boiler had been set down on a temporary foundation, the two cranes worked in tandem to lift the girders from around the unit, before moving the front and back trailers away.Once the unit was standing alone, HLI manoeuvred the Goldhofer trailer so that it was standing adjacent to the boiler. The cranes were then used to lift the boiler to a suitable height, so that the Goldhofer trailer could be driven underneath the unit.Finally, the boiler was lowered onto the trailer and secured, ready to be transported to its final destination. read more

SU expert makes sports events safer

first_imgProfessor Wayne Derman A sports and exercise medicine expert from Stellenbosch University (SU) is a member of a high-level international Outbreak Prevention Task Force that has developed a free online tool to help event organisers to assess and mitigate the Covid-19 risk during endurance sports events.This online tool was developed in record time by a group of experts from a number of the world’s leading sports organisations, including World Athletics, the International Cycling Union and the International Institute for Race Medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) was involved in the project in an observer capacity.“According to the saying, necessity is the mother of invention. At the beginning of 2020, none of us thought that a pandemic would bring about an abrupt halt to many forms of physical activity and the sports industry,” said Professor Wayne Derman, director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).“Being active keeps people healthy and there are also many people employed in endurance sports – from professional athletes to the organisations that deliver mass gathering races. “Therefore, for the last (few) months, those of us with a responsibility for endurance sport have been trying to help with the return of sports in an environment that will be as safe as possible,” said Professor Derman, who is also a representative of the International Paralympic Committee.“The tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk,” he explained about the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management (IDOM) tool thatwas launched internationally.To use the tool, sports event organisers enter details about a planned event online, after which a customised report is produced that can assist organisers to make decisions to protect the local community, the participants, the volunteers, the workforce and the staff involved. It does not advise on spectator management. The tool was developed by the medical task force and is based on WHO tools and documents.“We wanted to help organisers understand the varying risks posed by the pandemic. The tool recognises the status of the pandemic where the event is taking place, for example whether it is active, receding or subject to additional waves. “Until a vaccine is found, there is never going to be zero risk. “Instead we look at mitigation strategies that can be employed to lower that risk as much as possible,” he said.The tool is applicable and free of charge to all mass participation endurance events, regardless of the sport, competition level and size. It outlines mandatory mitigation measures to be undertaken by the event organisers, based on their particular circumstances, as well as recommended and desired measures, and emphasises that all of the mandatory measures and most of the recommended measures should be adopted if the event is to take place.“It’s a pushing and prompting tool that examines things like: Does the event include athletes from parts of the world where the pandemic might be more active, or is this just a local event? “Will spectators be present or not? What is the plan in place in case there is an outbreak during the event and can people be safely referred to the local hospital? “Are the feeding and watering tables, and the people using them, adequately protected? “So, it’s a tool of education and a tool of risk mitigation, said Professor Derman.“Use of the tool doesn’t guarantee an event can take place, because every meet will be subject to local conditions, laws and approval by necessary authorities. “Current regulations in South Africa states that no mass endurance sport is allowed. But once these regulations are lifted, event organisers can use the tool to assess the risk, and go to local authorities to present a considered plan,” said Professor Derman.The template for this online tool can be used by other endurance sports.“Using the tool will not solve the Covid-19 outbreak or other infectious diseases, but it will guide event organisers through a process that should become a habit and should be followed before every event,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, World Athletics’ medical manager. “There will never be zero risk for infectious diseases, but we want to help event organisers to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.”The tool is available at Wilma Stassen is a science writer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.last_img read more

Angel adopts air-cycle air-conditioning

first_imgBRITISH leasing company Angel Trains has developed a refrigerant-free air-conditioning system in co-operation with Liebherr Verkehrstechnik of Germany, and is considering a range of applications on new or refurbished rolling stock.Since air-conditioning was first introduced on British trains in 1971, most systems have relied on vapour compression cycle technology, using chemical refrigerants. In recent years there has been pressure to reduce or eliminate CFC refrigerants which damage the environment. However, alternative refrigerants proved costly and reduced equipment reliability. As a result, Liebherr has been developing air-cycle air-conditioning for German Railway, using aerospace technology.The heart of Liebherr’s open-loop sub-pressure unit is a Motor Air Machine: a combined motor – turbine – compressor operating at up to 32000 rev/min. The MAM drive shaft is carried by active magnetic bearings, which require no lubrication and have a design life of over 30 years. An electric coil maintains the air gap at 0·8mm, and roller bearings are provided to ’catch’ the shaft in the event of any power loss. The drive has been tested for impact loads up to 6 g.The turbine draws in fresh air at atmospheric pressure, and then reduces the pressure to lower the temperature, typically to around 2íC. This cold air is used as a refrigerant, passing through a heat exchanger that cools the air from the vehicle interior. The process air returns to the MAM, where it is compressed to above atmospheric pressure and expelled from the system. Angel and Liebherr agreed in mid-1999 to fund jointly a trial of air-cycle equipment on two MkIII open standard HST trailer coaches leased to First Great Western. A third coach with vapour-cycle equipment was included as a ’reference’ vehicle, and all three were fitted with data logging equipment, GPS location finders and GSM telephone communications. Performance was monitored remotely, giving a very good insight into actual service conditions.Because the HST auxiliary supply is tapped from the main generator, the three-phase supply can vary between 260V at 32Hz and the full 415V at 50Hz, with the available power varying from 14 to 26 kW against a design air-conditioning requirement of 25 kW. Monitoring of the HST on London – South Wales services found that the train was only providing full power for around 20% of the time. Even though the air-cycle unit has a coefficient of performance close to 1, compared to 2 for a vapour-cycle unit, the Liebherr equipment required no more power over a full year than the reference vehicle’s unit.During the six-month trial, availability exceeded 99%, and no maintenance was required beyond the routine changing of air filters. Cooling, heating and ventilation performance matched that of the reference vehicle, with no increase in power consumption and a reduction in noise and vibration. Direct comparisons between two cars in the same HST set showed better control of temperature, with a reduction of peaks and troughs around the target figure. Subjective views from passengers and train crew were that the air-cycle coaches were particularly comfortable during summer peak temperatures.CAPTION: By monitoring the power supply to the air-conditioning in real time, Angel Trains and First Great Western were able to track the performance of the test HST units on the London – Bristol / South Wales corridorlast_img read more

World infrastructure market March 2009

first_imgAustralia: QR has won a A$100m eight-year contract for rail grinding on ARTC’s interstate network.Chile: Metro de Santiago has awarded Alstom a €5·3m contract to supply Sacem ATC on the 3·8 km Los Dominicos extension of Line 1. China: Siemens and Beijing Huatie ITDC have won a €32m contract to supply Trainguard MT CBTC, Vicos controls and Sicas interlockings for the 32 km Guangzhou – Foshan inter-urban line. The first phase is due to open in October 2010. Hangzhou Metro has awarded GE Transportation, Ztinstall and Supcon a contract to supply RailEdge integrated supervision and control systems for the 54 km Line 1 scheduled to open at the end of 2011. France: RFF has named a consortium led by TDF as preferred bidder for the 15-year PPP for network-wide GSM-R (RG 1.09 p9). The consortium includes Vinci Energie, Vinci Concessions, telecoms group SFR and AXA Investment Managers Paris.Sytral has awarded a consortium of Areva and ACC-IM a €58m contract to replace signalling on Lyon metro lines A and B with CBTC based on Areva’s Pegasus system. Driverless operation is planned in the longer term.India: Indra has won a €4·2m contract to supply and maintain contactless ticketing and access management equipment for the 12 stations on Mumbai Metro Line 1. Lithuania: LG has awarded UAB Fima a €46m contract for signalling on 100 route-km, including the line between Kaunas and Kaliningrad, and a line bypassing Kaunas where the power supply will be modernised. Work will be undertaken in collaboration with AZD Praha, which is supplying ESA11 interlockings. Morocco: Oncfm has awarded Indra and Spanish infrastruture authority ADIF a €3·2m contract to install a Da Vinci operations management system for the national network. ADIF owns the intellectual property rights to Da Vinci software.Netherlands: A five-year infrastructure maintenance contract covering 300 km of track and 300 turnouts around Venlo and Eindhoven has been awarded to Strukton.Norway: Jernbaneverket has awarded Nokia Siemens Networks a 20-year contract to support the GSM-R network it supplied and which has now been in operation for more than a year. Saudi Arabia: Thales and Saudi Binladen Group have won a 2bn riyal contract for signalling and telecoms on the North–South railway project.Spain: ADIF is to call tenders for the installation of a third rail for 1 435 mm gauge trains on the 22 km between Castellbisbal and the Can Tunis freight terminal in Barcelona, within a budget of €19·1m.Thales and Dimetronic have selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply IP/MPLS communications for the Madrid – Valencia high speed line (RG 8.08 p474).Turkmenistan: After meeting President Berdymukhamedov in February, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin said RZD would be the prime contractor for the north–south line linking Iran to Kazakhstan (RG 1.08 p8).UK: Transport for London has awarded Carillion Rail a seven-year contract worth £80m to maintain the East London Line when it re-opens in June 2010 following Phase 1 of the extension programme.Siemens’ Rail Infrastructure business is to supply fixed telecoms for the Newport area resignalling. Under a £400m programme, 23 signalling ?areas in south Wales will be controlled from a centre in Cardiff by 2015.Corus Railway Infrastructure Services has won the design contract for the remodelling of Reading station, with Grimshaw Architects, structural engineer WSP and cost manager Turner & Townsend.Network Rail has selected Amey-Colas, Babcock Rail, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Grant Rail, Jarvis and Trackwork to undertake up to £800m of planned track enhancement works over the next five years.Network Rail is to test sleepers made from recycled plastic by I-plas.USA: A ceremonial groundbreaking for a 7 km extension of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Blue Line from Garland to Rowlett will be held this month, following the award of a $188m design and build contract to Austin Bridge & Road. Completion is scheduled for December 2012.last_img read more

Manchester City’s 18-match unbeaten run ended

first_imgStoke City beat Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City beats Liverpool to win Community Shield Manchester City against Norwich City-Photo courtesy of Premier League Manchester City against Norwich City-Photo courtesy of Premier LeagueNorwich City resisted pressure from Manchester City to end the Premier League champions’ 18-match unbeaten run in a pulsating game at Carrow Road.Kenny McLean’s powerful near-post header from a corner put the Canaries ahead after 18 minutes and they doubled their lead inside half an hour when Todd Cantwell finished a slick counter-attack by side footing into an empty net.Sergio Aguero halved Norwich’s lead with a header just before half-time but Teemu Pukki took advantage of slack defending by Nicolas Otamendi early in the second half to restore the two-goal advantage.Rodri’s shot from the edge of the penalty area with two minutes remaining gave City hope, but Norwich withstood late pressure to claim their second win of the season.Daniel Farke’s side move out of the bottom three and up to 12th in the table, while City remain in second place but are five points behind leaders Liverpool.Relatedcenter_img Manchester City signs Leroy Sane in £37m deallast_img read more

£500,000 Parks Funding In Full Swing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council has £500,000 of funding available to make parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible, but we need to hear from you!They want to know which Parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer you think this money should be spent on.The Council funding has been made available to make parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible to all members of our community, particularly for children and young people with a disability. We want to hear the views of children, young people, parents and carers. We are keen to work in partnership with organisations that represent children, young people, parents and carers who have a disability, or community groups who are already working to improve parks in these areas.Your feedback will influence how and where the money is spent. Have your say here Paper copies of the consultation are also available from Customer Services Centres. The consultation closes on Monday 17 July.Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said;“It is vital we provide accessible and modern play areas for the children of the region. This money will be spent on upgrading parks in 3 of our main towns in the region, but we need your input to tell us where you’d like the money allocated to. We have some beautiful parks throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and this funding will allow us to improve and replace equipment to make the play parks accessible, compliant and fun for children. Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey online, or pop into one of our facilities to pick up a hard copy.”last_img read more