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Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, has been provisionally awarded three new licences covering three offshore blocks in the UK 28th Licensing Round. These newly awarded licences are part of the second tranche of 28th Round awards. This latest award follows Parkmead’s award of six licences covering nine offshore blocks in the first tranche of awards. Two of the new licences are located in the West of Shetland area, and will both be operated by Parkmead. The third licence is located in the Southern North Sea, and will be operated by Atlantic Petroleum.In the 28th Round, the company won a total of nine new oil and gas licences covering 12 offshore blocks. The company said that these licences complement its strong existing asset base of oil and gas production, exploration prospects, and the major Perth-Dolphin-Lowlander (PDL) oil hub development.Tom Cross, Executive Chairman, commented: “We are delighted with these significant new licence awards, which further increase the scale of Parkmead’s oil and gas operations in the UK. Both the West of Shetland region and the Southern Gas Basin are areas we understand well, and both have the potential to add major value to Parkmead.“These new licences complete an excellent suite of 28th Round awards for Parkmead, increasing our UK portfolio by a total of 12 offshore blocks.“In addition to this growth through licencing, the Parkmead team is looking hard at further acquisition opportunities which take advantage of the low oil price environment.”The following awards have been made to Parkmead and its joint bidding groups:West of ShetlandParkmead has been awarded two new licences adjacent to existing blocks that are already operated by the Group in the West of Shetland area.Block 205/13 (Parkmead 56% and operator) is located immediately to the east of the Parkmead operated Block 205/12, which contains the important Davaar prospect. The primary play fairway developed on this acreage is the Paleocene Vaila Formation which forms the reservoir in the adjacent Foinaven, Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields, and also in the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries. Two prospects, Sanda North and Sanda South, have been identified in Block 205/13. Parkmead’s partners on this new licence are Atlantic Petroleum and Dyas.Block 205/19b (Parkmead 43% and operator) is situated to the north of Parkmead’s existing West of Shetland blocks containing the large Cretaceous Eddystone prospect. The Cretaceous fairway provides the reservoir in a number of nearby gas discoveries such as Victory and Edradour. Biostratigraphic analysis and seismic interpretation indicate an extension of the Eddystone prospect into this block. Parkmead’s co-venturers on this new licence are Atlantic Petroleum and Dyas.Southern North SeaParkmead has been awarded another new licence in the Southern Gas Basin.According to Parkmead, it has already has success in the Southern Gas Basin with the gas discoveries at Platypus and Pharos.Block 48/8b (Parkmead 50%) is located approximately 20km south east of the Babbage gas field in the Southern North Sea. The Rotliegend Lower Leman Sandstone is the primary play in this region, as seen in the offset fields at Ensign, Seven Seas, West Sole and Babbage. Seven prospects and leads have been identified with Lower Leman targets, the most significant of which is a prospect called Selene. Detailed petrophysics, depth conversion and reservoir studies will be conducted as part of the work programme. Parkmead’s partner on this licence is Atlantic Petroleum, who will act as the operator.
USA: Amtrak has selected Nomad Digital technology for the expansion of its AmtrakConnect passenger wi-fi service. Nomad supported the initial launch on Acela Express last year, and on Cascades trains in the Pacific Northwest during January.Amtrak’s Ivy City and Penn Coach Yard workshops will install wi-fi equipment in more than 450 Amfleet coaches with the aim of offering AmtrakConnect on Northeast Corridor services and additional West Coast trains by the end of the year. Access is free of charge. Nomad Digital’s technology aggregates multiple wide-area networks including 3G cellular and 4G technologies into a single train-to-shore link to maximise bandwidth. Amtrak plans to utilise emerging 4G technologies such as LTE and WiMAX to increase performance, with future plans including entertainment services and real-time train position information. ‘In this digital age, it is more vital than ever that our customers have internet connectivity while travelling’, said Emmett Fremaux, Amtrak’s Vice-President of Marketing & Product Development. OCLMedia has installed Firetide wi-fi equipment to eliminate blindspots in tunnels under the East and Hudson rivers in New York and within Penn Station.
In a recent Q&A video interview with Drivetribe, Jeremy Clarkson sits outside a pub in Notting Hill and discusses his relationship with Richard Hammond and James May and how filming for The Grand Tour is going. Jeremy is also questioned about cars that have surprised him, his favourite car and the most annoying things Hammond and May have said to him. He appears to be in a relaxed mood and appears to be genuinely enjoying the interview.Regarding The Grand Tour, he doesn’t give lots of detail away but mentions that they have just finished filming their first film for the new series and how things didn’t go quite as planned. They had planned an ending for the film in question, spending months carrying out research and hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process.Despite this preparation, things don’t go as planned as sadly four people were killed close to where they were filming due to local conditions. He doesn’t mention where they were or what the conditions are but promises that they will lead to a truly amazing, albeit unplanned, ending to the episode in question.For fans of Jeremy Clarkson, it’s quite an interesting interview and will only take up five minutes of your day to check it out.View the Drivetribe Q&A with Jeremy Clarkson below:
Share Share Sharing is caring! (file photo)Two fishermen from the Kalinago Territory, who were reported missing at sea for over a week, have been found.Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River were found and rescued by a cruise ship off the coast of Aruba.During an interview with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 17 March, Ian’s mother Roselyn Fontaine said that she received the news on Wednesday March 16th at about 8pm.Fontaine praises God for the rescue of her son. “I am extremely happy about it. I give God all the praises for everything he has done for me. From the time I got the message that he was lost at sea I started praying to God, because he alone that could do it for us.”Fontainr said she prayed for strength every day and ask God to strengthen herself and her son. “I was very worried about him because he is my first son,” she added.Fontaine said when she sees her son she will hug and kiss him.“I will talk to him and ask him to give his life to God, because its God who had him in his hands that’s why today he is alive.”She advised women who have sons that are fishermen, to speak with their sons and ensure that they are well-equipped. “Before they leave, ask God for protection and guidance because out there is not land, there are no trees and no branches”.The men are said to be in good health and should return to Dominica in the next two to three days, according to Ms. Fontaine.Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of Gaulette River left Guadeloupe en route to Dominica on Tuesday 8 March 2016 when they encountered engine trouble while out at sea. Tweet Share LocalNews Missing fishermen found; mother praises God by: Dominica Vibes News – March 17, 2016 817 Views no discussions
(Image Courtesy: mframe.guru) Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) will be underlining its increasingly prominent position as a global maritime hub at Nor-Shipping 2019, in the latest example of its strategy to highlight Dubai’s vibrant maritime sector. The event, one of the most important on the global shipping calendar, is taking place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from June 4th – 7th, and will allow DMCA to update stakeholders on the successful delivery of some of the emirate’s latest initiatives to strengthen its attractiveness and competitiveness as a centre for the maritime sector. Author: Baibhav Mishra Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Nor-Shipping 2019, which is pivotal for our strategy to further raise Dubai’s status as a global maritime centre. This is an ideal opportunity to exchange information with shipowners and other stakeholders from Norway and the rest of the world about the full array of initiatives launched by DMCA, and to meet senior representatives from other leading organizations based in Dubai. Nor-Shipping will help DMCA to ensure that the international shipping business has a deeper understanding of Dubai’s strengths, investment opportunities and prospects.” Norwegian shipowners and maritime service providers represent an important target market for Dubai’s maritime cluster ambitions and Nor-Shipping will provide an excellent opportunity for the DMCA, to set out some of the reasons behind Dubai’s continuing success as an established global maritime center. A major focus at Nor-Shipping 2019 will be the success of Dubai’s Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) in securing the emirate its position as one of the world’s leading maritime centers, while DMCA will also be presenting a number of new and exciting initiatives designed to build on achievements to date. Highlights include; the ‘Quattro Helix’ partnership between government, academicians, the private sector and R&D institutions, which includes the ‘Innovation Quay’ program for marine equipment. DMCA will also be joined by representatives from Dubai Maritime City, DP World, Drydocks World – Dubai, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). Nor-Shipping is held on a biennial basis, with a program of events across Oslo city centre and its exhibition facilities in Lillestrøm. In total, more than 30,000 visitors are expected from over 75 countries, with almost 1,000 of the world’s leading maritime companies participating. Sea News, May 29
On November 15, the board of directors of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc. passed a resolution in support of H.R. 2813.The bill, also referred to as the “Milk Import Tariff Equity Act,” was introduced by Rep. Peter Welch to the House of Representatives on Aug. 5, 2011.advertisementadvertisement Bill Rowell, Chair of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc. explained that the language of the legislation will work in conjunction with the efforts of the National Dairy Producers Organization, Inc. “The chief importance of the bill is that it closes the loophole in the language on milk protein concentrates (MPCs),” he said.The loophole allows for the free flow of MPCs, Caseins and Caseinates into this country, without being accounted for as dairy products.According to a press release, distributed from Welchʼs office, “The Milk Import Tariff Equity Act would simply close this loophole and ensure that milk protein concentrates are regulated at the same level as other dairy products.”Between 1998 and 2002, approximately 318 billion pounds of U.S. produced milk protein was displaced by imports. At the time, MPCs werenʼt included in legislation.“Foreign producers have taken advantage of this oversight and increased exports at a rate higher than is allowed for other dairy products,” states the release.advertisementIn their Contract with Producers, the National Dairy Producers board pledged to “work to correct deceptive milk importing practices that dramatically impact the value of milk produced domestically.” Welchʼs bill addresses the need for more accurate regulation and closes the unfavorable loophole on MPCs.“Welch is a skilled legislator and works in line with the bipartisan effort,” Rowell said in his comments supporting the proposed bill. “This legislation recognizes the importance of getting closer to where we need to be.” PD—National Dairy Producers Organization press release
IZT has installed and successfully commissioned the first two of four radio direction finders for Eurocontrol. Through this, the Erlangen-based technology company is making an important contribution to flight safety in European airspace. The installation of direction finders for Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, will relieve the burden on air traffic controllers and make the upper airspace of Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and north-west Germany safer.IZT acts as a system provider and supports Eurocontrol from the selection of the location to the commissioning of the direction finders on site. The IZT R5509 Radio Direction Finders (RDF), which are distributed over several locations, enable the Maastricht Upper Area Control Center (MUAC) to send important position information to air traffic controllers. When a radio message is sent, the antennas systems locate the signal by means of a cross bearing, and a circle shows the air traffic controller which aircraft is currently transmitting. This is to avoid misunderstandings and to speed up the identification process.The antennas are located in Hessian Calden, and the Eifel region, and others will soon follow in France and Mecklenburg-Vorpommernnorth-east Germany soon. IZT offers direction finders and their subsystems for a wide range of applications such as drone detection, airspace surveillance or spectrum monitoring in general. Their high RF performance and software defined architecture ensures maximum accuracy and is open to future enhancements of their functionality.Click here to know more information about the product.