Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Reaches Early Milestone In Work To Increase Underground Ventilation

first_imgA bucket of excavated dirt is lifted out of the utility shaft being excavated at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPPWIPP News:CARLSBAD — A project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has reached an early milestone as crews embark on a new phase to excavate a new utility shaft — an EM 2020 priority — located west of the WIPP plant.The $75 million shaft sinking is integral to increasing ventilation to the WIPP underground. When completed, it will be WIPP’s largest shaft at 26 feet in diameter, reaching 2,275 feet, with drifts, or passageways, being excavated at the 2,150-foot level to match the rest of the WIPP underground that will eventually connect to the shaft.Shaft excavation has reached 56 feet by using a mini excavator and crane-lifted buckets. Contractors will drill small holes in one-half of the bottom of the shaft and set off small emplaced explosive charges in a sequential pattern. The debris will be excavated, and the process repeated.The work will be ongoing, 24 hours a day, five days a week, with an additional single shift on Saturdays. During the shots, blast mats will cover the top of the shaft and a location being excavated to install an angled piece of ductwork to feed air into the shaft. WIPP has implemented safety measures to alert motorists approaching the construction site.A round steel cage will be lowered into the shaft for workers to set the charges during excavation activities down to 100 feet. When the excavation reaches 100 feet, a five-story multiplatform unit will be lowered into the shaft for the work. That unit has a remote-controlled excavator underneath it, and two holes in its structure to allow buckets to be raised and lowered with excavated material.last_img read more

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IHC Merwede Names ‘Al Bahar’ (The Netherlands)

first_imgIHC Merwede has successfully named and launched the 23,545kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger ‘AL BAHAR’ C/D HUTA 12 in a ceremony on 8 March 2014 at the company’s shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.It is building the innovative vessel for Huta Marine Works, which is based in Saudi Arabia.The ceremony was performed by Ms Sylvia Wuebbens, the daughter of Mr M. Wuebbens, the Managing Director of Huta Marine Works.The contract for the design, construction and delivery of the vessel was signed between Huta Marine Works and IHC Holland, part of IHC Merwede, on 11 October 2012. The keel was laid on 14 August 2013 and the ship will be delivered in the third quarter of 2014.‘AL BAHAR’ C/D HUTA 12 has been designed and built using the latest technological developments. She is equipped with separate accommodation for the sailing and operating crews, a travelling deck crane and azimuth thrusters.Special attention has been paid to the maintenance features and accessibility. The vessel will be deployed predominantly on both sides of the Arabian Peninsula, where she will dredge hard soil in difficult climatic conditions.Additional informationLength overall 122.5mBreadth 21.7mDepth 6.8mDraught 5mDredging depth 28mTotal installed power 23,545kWSpeed 9 knotsAccommodation 40 peopleIHV Merwede, March 9, 2014last_img read more

SPE Aberdeen Elects New Chairman

first_imgThe Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Mr. Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015.Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than twenty years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally.He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University.Lowdon said: “I am extremely privileged to have been selected by my peers as Chairman of the Aberdeen Section, particularly during this milestone year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.“The positive changes that Anthony Onukwu has put in place throughout the last two years have been critical to our Section’s success and this is a platform that I intend to continue building upon. As the SPE International President, Dr. Helge Haldorsen, discussed at our 40th anniversary dinner last month, Aberdeen needs to play an instrumental role in shaping the next phase of exploration and production and SPE, as a facilitator of innovation and knowledge sharing, must support this.”Lowdon has been significantly involved in SPE for 13 years and in particular, has been instrumental in driving forward the SPE Aberdeen Schools Career Guidance programme on a voluntary basis. This specific interest in raising the profile of the oil and gas industry amongst young people is also well illustrated by his role in establishing and promoting the successful Junior Energy Apprentice competition within schools.Lowdon continues: “Having previously been Vice Chair of SPE Aberdeen’s Schools Career Guidance committee, I understand the importance of encouraging young people to take an interest in a career in the oil and gas industry. SPE Aberdeen provides a focal point between industry and education, each year organising events and initiatives which demonstrate how qualifications can be transferred into a career path.“It is this type of work that attracted me to SPE in the first place, along with the dedication that is shown on an almost daily basis by each of our volunteers. I’m looking forward to working with each and every one of them to advance the SPE Aberdeen Section.”Press Release, September 03, 2014last_img read more

BG awards Knarr field monitoring gig to Aptomar

first_imgBG Group has awarded Aptomar a contract to provide field monitoring services at the operator’s Knarr field on the Norwegian continental shelf. As a result, Aptomar will establish a new marine control center in Trondheim, Norway.Under the five-year contract, Aptomar will provide field monitoring services, including 24/7 monitoring of offshore traffic and safety zones to detect and track vessels on collision course with offshore assets. The company will also provide continuous monitoring and detection of unintended spills, and be a part of the 2nd line response team.“Our objective is to deliver a cost-efficient and effective 24/7 field monitoring operation, being BG’s eyes and ears on the sea surface at any given time and providing a safe operating environment around the FPSO,” says Lars Solberg, chief sales and marketing officer at Aptomar.To help safeguard the environment and BG’s people and assets at the Knarr field, and as a response to operator’s request for extended field monitoring services, Aptomar will establish a new marine control center at the company’s headquarter in Trondheim, Norway, Aptomar said in the press statement. The staff consists of master mariners and professionals with extensive maritime and nautical competence. As a result of winning the BG contract, six more staff will be added to Aptomar’s team.“We have invested in our second marine control center in Trondheim as a response to numerous oil companies who want the industry to take a broader, more systematic approach to field monitoring. We are combining 24/7 competence and monitoring capacity, with robust detection and an efficient and controlled emergency response management. Our new 24/7 service approach reduces time, investments, and cost for the oil companies, and the collaboration with BG demonstrates that we have successfully delivered on their request,” says Lars Solberg.Delivering on the Knarr contract, the center’s trained operators will monitor, communicate and collaborate with onshore and offshore assets – including the Knarr FPSO, the ERRV M/S Torsborg and the Knarr PSVs – as well as NOFO and the Norwegian Coastal Authority, using the latest in remote sensing and data processing technology, Aptomar said.The technology and tools that form the basis for the marine control center include radar-based object tracking systems, AIS (automatic identification system) vessel tracking and Aptomar’s TCMS – a tactical collaboration and management system for oil spill detection and combating, search and rescue and fire fighting. The company said it will also tap into aerial and satellite radars and cameras, wind and weather data, on-site radars and communicate with offshore assets via VHF radio to secure a safe operating environment.[mappress mapid=”1491″]last_img read more

Market needs more lawyers, says super-regulator

first_imgThe Legal Services Board has said there is no evidence of an oversupply of lawyers in the market and proposed introducing ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify’.In a consultation published today on ‘proposed statutory guidance’ for implementing the recommendations of the Legal Education and Training Review the super-regulator says that despite concern at the number of individuals who fail to obtain pupillage or training contracts, ‘it is very difficult to accept the argument that there are too many lawyers’.In evidence, it cites ‘the levels of unmet need identified in research looking at both individual and small-business consumers’.It suggests that ‘it is perhaps more likely that the market cannot sustain the number of lawyers at the current cost’.Saying that restricting numbers through regulation would not promote competition, the LSB proposes ‘fewer restrictions to the way that people are able to qualify and the range of options open to individuals wishing to pursue a career in the legal services market’. David Edmonds, chairman of the LSB, said the draft guidance was built on the view that a liberalised legal services market ‘can only function effectively for consumers if there is a significantly more flexible labour market’. He said the profession needs ‘a blueprint for action to give society the legal workforce it needs for the future’. The consultation document also says the board disagrees with the Legal Education and Training Review’s recommendations to introduce a licensing regime for paralegals. The vast majority of paralegals are employed in regulated entities and are supervised by authorised persons, it says.Edmonds noted there was a risk that regulators would not share the same interpretation of the LETR’s report. ‘There is perhaps an even bigger risk that debate about the meaning of the report will slow down momentum.’John Wotton, chair of the Law Society’s education and training board, described the LSB’s proposal as ‘inappropriate and misguided’. He said the proposed statutory guidance ‘trespasses upon the proper role of the approved regulators and this consultation represents an unwelcome distraction from the work that the approved regulators need to get on with.‘The LSB and its chairman may be disappointed with the contents of the [LETR] report, but we strongly urge the SRA and other ARs not to dance to the LSB’s tune in discharging their responsibilities in this area, which is so vital to the future health of the legal sector.’The LSB’s consultation closes on 11 December.last_img read more

World’s largest refugee camp will close in November and not May…

first_imgKenya’s Interior Minister has announced that the world’s largest refugee camp will close in November and not May next year.The Dadaab camp in Kenya is home to more than 300,000 Somalis. Kenya says it will work closely with the UN and the Somali government to repatriate the refugees.Dadaab was set up in 1991 to house families fleeing conflict in Somalia, and some people have been living there for more than 20 years. Kenya says it wants to close the camp over security concerns, saying attacks on its soil have been planned there.last_img

Mas Camp tell Renegades to stay in their lane

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 425 Views   one comment EntertainmentLocalNews Mas Camp tell Renegades to stay in their lane by: Dominica Vibes News – January 6, 2015center_img Management of one of Dominica’s leading Calypso tents Mas Camp, says they will not entertain a return of its former members who left for greener pastures. The Renegades tent which was formed last year by former members of Mas Camp maybe searching for a temporary home this year as the tent takes a pause due to financial constraints. Its financial manager Narrin ‘Trendsetter’ Murphy announced on Tuesday that the tent may resume in 2016 and has made it clear that he has no interests in returning to Mas Camp. However, Daryl Bob who is the Mas Camp tent organizer told Dominica Vibes that they are not prepared to embrace any calypsonians from the Renegade tent. “They didn’t leave on a very good note, many of them many of them didn’t even inform us that they were leaving last year and they went across to Renagades now if Renegades is going through a rough patch it’s really unreasonable that they should leave Renegades and join Mas Camp again but personally we have a closed door policy to that, we have discussed it already we are not prepared to embrace any calypsonians from the Renegade tent,”Bobb said. Bobb has admitted that a few of the calypsonians who left last year for Renegades have already approached the Mas camp to make a comeback but he says they should stick with their new home even through rough times. He added that it would be unfair to Renegades if Mas Camp invites or accepts its calypsonians. He believes that Renegades tent should be given an opportunity to develop. “I think it’s fair that we give Renegades an opportunity to develop themselves and go through their rough times just like everybody else has and it’s only fair to that the calypsonians remain loyal to whatever decisions that they made last year and I will not condone the fact that calypsonians just want to be running around all the time, it’s not going to help anybody,” Bobb said. Manager of the Stardom Tent, Norman Letang told Dominica Vibes that a decision could be taken on at meeting on Tuesday night on whether or not they will allow Renegades members to perform at the tent. Stardom Calypso tent is Dominica’s longest and largest calypso tent, many believe that the tent is over populated. Mas Camp returns to the Harlem Plaza on Friday 9th January 2015 from 8:30 pm. Share Tweetlast_img read more

Spurs makes third win at home

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Spurs makes third win at home’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”][todaysdate][/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]SAN ANTONIO – Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs played their second consecutive solid home game, holding off the Boston Celtics, 108-101, on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila). Spurs point guard Tony Parker had 16 points, including 10 in the final period.Parker was 8-for-15 from the field, including a turn-back-the-clock, teardrop floater in the first quarter over a hard-charging Amir Johnson after crossing over Marcus Smart.Pau Gasol had 17 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won three straight at the AT&T Center after dropping three of its first four at home. The Spurs (20-5) are 7-4 at home after matching an NBA record with a 40-1 mark last season.The Spurs had 33 assists on 44 field goals while shooting 55 percent from the field.Boston was without injured leading scorer Isaiah Thomas. San Antonio rested starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and both teams showed off their depth.David Lee, who started in place of Aldridge, had eight points and 10 rebounds.Avery Bradley had 25 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, and Boston got 34 points from its bench.San Antonio came out on top in a game of big runs to win its 11th straight over Boston.The Celtics turned a 38-28 deficit into a one-point advantage with a 15-4 run with three minutes left in the first half. The Spurs responded by outscoring Boston 14-4 to close the half and continued their run by opening the third on a 14-8 spurt in capturing a 70-55 lead.Leonard had nine points in the surge, including an open 3-pointer in the right corner and a breakaway dunk. Boston then outscored San Antonio 18-4 to pull to 74-73 with a minute left in the third quarter.Parker went 5-fo- 6 in the final period to help seal the Spurs’ victory. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Video: Supermoto fun with Chase Guthrie

first_imgSee the fun of supermoto racing in this epic compilation of on-board footages with pro rider Chase Guthrie. Supermoto or supermotard racing is fun to watch, but perhaps it is even more thrilling to be in the hot seat of one itself. Case in point is the aptly titled compilation of on-board videos courtesy of American supermoto racer Chase Guthrie.Based out of Indiana, Guthrie has competed in the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) a few times in his career as well. Perhaps that should explain some of the epic “oh sh*t!” moments you see in the featured compilation video above.In fact you can see his exploits in the 2011 edition of the Race To The Clouds in the second video posted below.In Malaysia, the supermotard scene has indeed grown healthily over the years. Just read our coverage of the 1Full Throttle Challenge we covered not too long ago that featured a supermoto support race. If you think it is exciting in dry conditions, wait til you see how the brave men are separated from the timid boys when the rain comes.You can also check out the epic Superbike vs Supermotard video we posted not too long ago too and judge for yourself on which bike genre is more exciting to watch and race.Source: LaneSplitter@Jalopnik / Vimeo–Ads–last_img read more