PSA Inspects Neptune’s Fenja Pipes Fabrication

first_imgPetroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has carried out an audit of Neptune Energy Norge focused on the fabrication of production pipes for the Fenja field, located in the Norwegian Sea, 35 kilometers southwest of the Njord field.The objective of the audit was to monitor qualification and production/testing of flowlines for Fenja are carried out in accordance with established requirements and standards.Part of the task was to audit how the operator is exercising its supervisory duty with regard to the supplier TechnipFMC.The Fenja development solution consists of two subsea templates with a total of six wells tied back to the Njord A facility.It is planned to develop the Fenja field using flowlines employing new technology in the form of Electrically Trace Heated (ETH) pipe-in-pipe.According to PSA, the audit did not identify any non-conformities.One improvement point was identified relating to the lack of documentation of the choice of recognized standard within the electrical facilities.Neptune has been given a deadline of December 18, 2018 to report on how the improvement point will be addressed.To remind, Neptune acquired 30 per cent interest in, and operatorship of the Fenja development project when it acquired VNG Norge.The transaction added three producing fields, two development projects and 42 licences to Neptune Energy’s existing portfolio.Fenja is scheduled to come on stream in 2021.last_img read more

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Emirates reveals the real cost of medical diversions for an airline.

first_imgFlight diversions due to inflight medical emergencies make up a tiny portion of the millions of flights operated annually, but it is costly for airlines. With more people traveling by air, the actual number of inflight medical events has been gradually increasing over the years.Emirates, the largest airline by international traffic, operated over 3,500 departures a week, or more than 194,000 flights in 2016. In those 12 months, the airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies. A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which includes fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers.Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We can never hope to recover the costs of a flight diversion, but the wellbeing of our customers is always our number one priority. Airlines handle medical emergencies differently, as there are no international regulations on this front. If there is a medical emergency on board, our crew have the training and equipment to help them assess the situation, and deliver the best possible outcome for the affected passengers.”Crew training and equipmentIn 2016, Emirates delivered nearly 23,000 hours of medical training for cabin crew and pilots, ensuring they are ready to assist passengers on board.All Emirates cabin crew go through a comprehensive initial training programme which is required by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, recurrent training to keep their skills up to date, as well as additional specific training for the use of on board medical equipment.The medical training that Emirates cabin crew undertake includes both theory and practical aspects. It prepares them to recognise and deal with common situations, but more importantly handle rare but life-threatening events when time is of essence.Topics covered include basic life support (CPR); medical conditions including asthma, heart disorders, seizures and allergic reactions; trauma related topics and even emergency childbirth amongst others. Pilots also attend training sessions covering topics such as Hypoxia, Malaria, Dengue, Trauma, CPR and choking and occupational health issues.Emirates has also invested more than US$7 million in the installation of its medical equipment on board, with annual maintenance costs being a further US$1.7 million. Equipment on every Emirates aircraft include: emergency medical kits, oxygen bottles, resuscitators, a defibrillator, a telemedicine unit, and a 24/7, satellite medical advisory service that connects crew to specialist aviation medical consultants who can help assess the passenger’s situation in real time.Making the right callOn average, Emirates’ crew make about 20 calls to the medical advisory service per 100,000 passengers flown. Most calls do not result in a diversion, but the professional consultation helps the operating crew to make better decisions and offer the right support to the affected passengers, particularly when there are no volunteer medical professionals on the flight.Emirates’ in-house team of aviation medical specialists, flight planners and operations controllers, all work closely to conduct detailed scenario planning and regular updates to diversion protocols – in keeping with the airline’s growing global network, as well as advances in medical thinking, inflight medical technologies, and training techniques.Mr Al Redha said: “If we have to divert a flight, our aim is to get medical attention for the afflicted passenger as soon as possible. Via our medical advisory consultants and Emirates’ own operations control team, we identify the best location where the passenger may receive appropriate care, and where the airport can adequately support the passengers and aircraft.“The diversion location selected may be someplace where medical costs are expensive and travellers should consider procuring the appropriate insurance before they travel.”last_img read more

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10 Gallon Challenge – Plus!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentWhat is the 10 gallon challenge? It’s simple. Buy 10 gallons of milk and donate them to a food pantry. Done. The challenge is a way to promote dairy sales in a time of low milk prices to try to support our local dairy farmers. By donating to a food pantry or food drive, you are also supporting your friends and neighbors who may be affected by food insecurity.Belmont County Farm Bureau along with Cain Farms and Trails Ends Farms donated a total of 60 gallons of milk which went to 30 families in the Union Local School District and 30 families in the Barnesville Exempted School District to go with Thanksgiving dinner.Support your local dairy farmers!!  Drink milk and donate milk!  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Ocean Yield Aker Energy Extended FPSO Charter Option

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Aker Floating Production Norway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has extended the option for long-term charter for the FPSO Dhirubhai-1 by 30 days.The company entered into the option agreement with Aker Energy in February 2019, for which Aker paid USD 3 million.Under the deal, the initial option period was to expire on May 1, 2019, with an extension period of up to 30 days against an additional compensation.If exercised, Aker Energy would bareboat charter the FPSO for a period of 15 years, to be used ­­­­for an early-production project offshore Ghana.Ocean Yield earlier said that it would finance the modification of the FPSO against a competitive charter rate that reflects the book value of the unit and the cost of the modification if Aker Energy exercises the option. The company added that it would not be exposed to risks related to the modification or be involved in the operation of the vessel.last_img read more

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Suspended Josh Gordons Behavior Impacts More Than Just Him

In general, NFL receivers are known as “divas,” high-maintenance players who need the ball and attention—and are quick to let it be known.Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is more that a “diva.” He’s a diva with issues, and that’s why he finds himself suspended and seeking to become a free agent, although his contract with the team is not up until 2016.For a player who has been suspended by the league for substance abuse violations and DUI arrests but is still in the league, it would stand to reason that he would be the poster child for showing up on time or anything else that depicts he appreciates his status in the league.And yet yesterday, Gordon missed a team meeting the day before the final game of the season. The Browns, who covet his immense talents, are frustrated by the uncertainty Gordon brings, and put him on the reserve/suspended list.This is significant because Gordon’s behavior impacts others who come behind him, young receivers with a controversial past that teams might back away from with Gordon in mind. Is that young player worth the potential trouble?That’s how it is—in the NFL and in business: The Black employee before you sets the standards, creates the opportunities or blows the opportunities for the Blacks that come behind you. It goes without saying that white employees don’t carry the same burden. Someone like former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito gets in trouble for being a bullying a teammate, but his misdeeds have no burden on others who come behind him because his actions are not a barometer for young white offensive lineman. That’s just how it is.Gordon, meanwhile, is on a self-destructive, selfish path, unable to see beyond his needs and into a bigger picture of leading.Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys came off originally as a “diva” who would be an issue for the team. He had legal issues and was bashed for acting out on the sideline when he did not get the ball. Bryant righted himself, however. He has had no troubles off the field and has been among the best, most lethal receivers in the NFL.Bryant’s success is being offset by Gordon’s mess. The Brown receiver is talented as all get out: He led the league in receiving last year. He’s big and fast and has sure hands. But he is unsure of his future.Gordon, who has missed 12 games due to suspensions in the last two years, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season but needed to play six games—or be paid for six game weeks—to get the accrued season in 2014. Now he won’t become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2016 season, since players must have four NFL seasons to reach such status, unless he is successful in his efforts to get paid for his Week 17 absence.If he does not get paid for this week, he will be a restricted free agent after the 2015 season, meaning the Browns would have the right to match an offer sheet if he signed one with another team.By then, depending on what he does, the Browns might not want Gordon on their squad, which would be a shame considering his youth (23) and talent. Between then and now, maybe someone will impress upon Gordon that his behavior impacts more than just himself. Maybe if he understood that he’s influencing the impressions of others behind him he will straighten up and be a leader and abandon the nonsense. It would serve a lot of people, including himself, well. read more

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