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Hynix Semiconductor wins joint venture plant in Wuxi

By on October 7, 2020

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Weltec Biopower to build biogas plant

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first_imgSource: Weltec Biopower The German biogas plant builder said the main investor and operator of the project is one of the largest abattoirs for cattle and pigs in Greece. The 500kw plant, which Weltec has planned in collaboration with its Greek partner Tetoros Machinery in Megara, is set to go live as early as mid-November 2020.The anaerobic digestion process will mainly use cattle manure and meat processing leftovers.Apart from these substrates, the 4,903-m3 stainless-steel digester will also be fed with production wastewater and fats.The input substances will come from the operators own abattoir and farms as well as from farmers in the vicinity.“The highly efficient digestion will start with a customised input process. For this purpose, the substrates will first be loaded into a 60-m3 moving floor feeder,” explained Alain Priser, International Sales Manager at Weltec Biopower.“The feeder will transport solid substrates, such as orange peels, to the MULTIMix unit, where they will shredded and then pumped to the digester.”“Liquid substrates will be pumped directly into the digester from two storage units“Following the digestion process, the entire digestate will be treated in a downstream hygienisation unit.”last_img read more

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Gazprom, Slovakia Discuss Gas Cooperation

By on October 6, 2020

first_imgGazprom’s delegation paid a visit on Thursday to the Slovak Republic.As part of the visit a meeting was held in Bratislava between Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller and Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia.Miller and Fico addressed the status of bilateral cooperation in the gas sector. Particularly, high emphasis was placed on Russian pipeline gas supplies to consumers in the Slovak Republic and its transit to third countries.At the end of the meeting Alexey Miller and Robert Fico confirmed their interest in strengthening the mutually beneficial long-term cooperation.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 18, 2013; Image: Gazpromlast_img read more

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AGR to support IOG’s drilling operations

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first_imgGlobal oil and gas service company AGR has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Independent Oil & Gas PLC (IOG) to work together to deliver Well Construction & Well Project Management services in respect of IOG’s forthcoming drilling activity.IOG operations mapAGR’s EVP UK and Africa, Ian Burdis, said: “We are delighted to have been granted the opportunity to work alongside IOG to deliver their projects safely and efficiently.”“At AGR, we strive to add value to our client’s projects and with experience gathered from over 500 drilling projects globally we are well positioned to do just that.”Mark Routh, CEO of IOG said: “We are delighted to have signed this MOU and with AGR’s assistance we look forward to operating next year’s proposed drilling programme on Cronx, subject to completing the Cronx acquisition.”AGR delivers well construction and project management, HSEQ, reservoir and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry.The company also offers rig access management, consultancy manpower, expert software solutions and tailored training. AGR operates in all regional main oil hubs around the world and over the last 13 years has completed over 500 well projects.[mappress]Press Release, September 29, 2014last_img read more

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Why retentions must go

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Degrees of awfulness

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first_imgAs an exercise in managing expectations, the coalition government got it spot on. The almost universal reaction of the construction industry to the emergency Budget was a sigh of relief, especially after the surprise announcement the previous week that several billion pounds worth of projects were to be axed. But the common cry was that George Osborne was not taking the axe to capital spending. Well, no more than Alistair Darling was already … Granted, the VAT increase is not great for small builders in the domestic sector, and will probably drive more to operate in the black economy, and it will do nothing for green refurbishment … but the fact that Osborne used the words “growth“ and “capital spending” together more than once provides some comfort that construction is on the coalition’s radar. And while we’re on the subject, those gathered at Building’s reception at the House of Commons on Monday night were pleased to hear Mark Prisk, the construction minister, displaying the kind of passion and knowledge that we haven’t witnessed since the days of Nick Raynsford. Although it’s been said many times, many ways, his assertion that Whitehall should be a better client was still reassuring. And his pledge to scrap the more ludicrous hoops that contractors have to leap in prequalification questionnaires is a great promise. Let’s see it delivered.But returning to the Budget, the fear has always been that capital spending is much easier to cut than operational spending – so it really is good news that the chancellor has elected to tackle welfare spending and public sector pay, even though he’s going to have to fight some heroic battles along the way. Osborne made a virtue out of being fair – and construction certainly won’t lose too much sleep over public sector pay freezes. Our salary survey this week shows that in the past 18 months salaries for swaths of employees in our industry have fallen 12-20% with no rise in the offing any time soon. We can see the big picture, but the details are still blurred. What will the government’s priorities be for the projects that do go forward? The state invested £69bn in 2009/10, of which £39bn went on construction. By 2014/15, that will drop by £24bn, but we’ll have to wait until October to find out how that will affect projects. We’re hearing that there will be an announcement on the fate of Building Schools for the Future within the next few weeks. This is vital: at the moment schemes are carrying on regardless. And there’s some hope, too, that there will be cash to plug the Homes and Communities Agency’s £600m black hole.So much for the direct effects of the Budget. There are also indirect consequences for construction of taking £113bn (including tax rises) out of national aggregate demand. The PFI will continue to be a hard scrabble until the banks recalibrate their expectations about risk assessments. And retail development could continue to stall in anticipation of VAT rises. We simply don’t know. And what about routine repair and maintenance? Schools will find it easier to delay that for a few years than lay off teachers. What is also on the cards is an overhaul of the way departments assess projects in terms of value for money before they get the green light – and as we said last week, there is the not insignificant prospect of public sector contracts being renegotiated. Lobby for your life to stop that one. So it’s hard not to draw the conclusion that the pain will be worse than we can imagine now: the UK Contractors Group is predicting that another 500,000 jobs could go. Although the private sector is unlikely to ride to the rescue as quickly as we’d like, The Office for Budget Responsibility is still predicting GDP growth of almost 3% come 2012. That’s a modicum of comfort in these difficult times.last_img read more

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Insurance Bill: Devil in the detail

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Battery trial planned for new EMU fleet

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgUK: The sixth of the 52 four-car 750 V DC third rail electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply for Merseyrail services around Liverpool is to be fitted with a 5 tonne battery to test the business case for energy storage. While all the EMUs will be equipped for regenerative braking, this is not seen as optimal on the Merseyrail network.The battery could also permit running on non-electrified lines. The EMUs will also have also passive provision for the future installation of 25 kV 50 Hz electrical equipment. A full scale mock-up of one of the EMUs is to be displayed in Liverpool this summer. They will have off-centre front emergency evacuation doors to maximise cab space for the driver. Passengers will have a forward view into the cab, although drivers will be able to turn the glass opaque. There will be ‘not quite level’ boarding, with a floor height of 930 mm, platform height of 915 mm and sliding steps to fill the gap between the train and platform edges. ‘Stadler make bespoke trains and we want to take advantage of that’, Merseytravel’s Programme Director, Rolling Stock, David Powell, told Railway Gazette International.Final assembly of the EMUs is to be undertaken at Stadler’s plants at Altenrhein in Switzerland and Siedlce in Poland, with bogies supplied from Valencia in Spain and the bodyshells from Szolnok in Hungary.The new fleet is expected to start entering service in February 2020, with all 52 EMUs due to be in traffic by the end of 2021. Negotiations with trade unions about the crewing of the EMUs are ongoing, Powell said. The new fleet would be equipped for driver-only operation and would not have guards, but 100 onboard staff would be deployed across the fleet and would be free to roam and assist passengers where required.last_img read more

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Singer Elton John pledges millions to support LGBT people in Africa

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgSinger Elton John pledges millions to support LGBT people in AfricaElton John has pledged to spend his Aids Foundation’s money on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa who are stigmatized and penalized in their own countries.The singer has joined Pepfar, the US president’s emergency plan for Aids relief, in a $10m LGBT fund that will issue grants and provide expertise to help those living under homophobic regimes.Speaking at the International Aids Conference held in Durban, South Africa, he acknowledged that he could not persuade governments to change their values stating that he was sure some governments in Africa will not respond to someone like him telling them what to do.“What I can do is ensure that people who are LGBT – if their clinics are closed down because they are LGBT – we can give them medicine. If they are arrested, we will get them legal aid,” he said on Wednesday at the international Aids conference in Durban, South Africa.LGBT people, like sex workers and drug users, must be included in the fight against Aids, he said. “If you don’t, this campaign against Aids will be a disaster, all the groundwork, all the wonderful scientific work, all the hard work on the ground from countless people all over the world will come to nothing because if we leave these people behind the disease will spread further and further and further.” The guardian reports.last_img read more

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Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai becomes UN’s youngest Messenger of Peace

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first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday designated 19-year-old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan as the UN’s youngest Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education.In a ceremony held at the UN headquarters in New York, Malala said; “It is girls like me who believe in education. It is girls like me who are Muslims and are proud of their religion who stand for education and believe in education. And we tell the world that all Muslims believe in education and believe in peace”.As youngest-ever Messenger of Peace, Malala will focus on girls’ education.After her designation Malala had a powerful message for the young girls of the world;“You are the real change-makers. If you do not stand up, change will not come. If you want to see your future bright you have to start working now… Change starts with us and it starts now.”Yousafzai became an international symbol of the fight for girls’ education after being shot on Oct. 9, 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.She survived the attack and became an advocate for the millions of girls denied a formal education worldwide.Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014. Secretary General Antonio Guterres meeting with Ms. Malala Yousafszai.last_img read more

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