Maersk Drilling secures one-well contract for low-emission rig from OMV

first_img Maersk Drilling secures one-well contract for low-emission rig from OMV. (Credit: MAERSK DRILLING) Maersk Drilling has been awarded a one-well contract from OMV (Norge) AS for the low-emission jack-up rig Maersk Integrator. In direct continuation of its previously announced work scope, the rig will drill one exploration well in the Ommadawn prospect in PL 970 offshore Norway. The contract is expected to commence in mid-2021, with an estimated duration of 52 days. The firm contract value is approximately USD 14.3m, including mobilisation, but excluding integrated services provided and potential performance bonuses. The contract further includes an option to add approximately 28 days of well testing.Maersk Integrator is currently undergoing a series of upgrades to combine the use of hybrid power with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The performance bonus schemes included in the contract with OMV are based on rewarding reduced fuel consumption and reduced NOx emissions during the drilling operations.“We’re pleased to add this additional work scope for Maersk Integrator in 2021, and to enter into a new type of collaborative contractual set-up with OMV where we will focus on aligning incentives in the planning and execution of the drilling operation which again is expected to significantly reduce the uncertainty about overall well construction costs for our customer. We believe this kind of commercial model has the potential to increase exploration drilling activity in Norway and across the North Sea. The contract further shows the commercial value of our low-emission upgrades. By reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and NOx emissions we are not only making contributions towards reaching emission targets, but also create value for our customer under the incentive schemes established in Norway,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Integrator is an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 XLE jack-up rig, designed for year-round operations in the North Sea. It was delivered in 2015 and is currently operating offshore Norway. Source: Company Press Release Maersk Integrator is currently undergoing a series of upgrades to combine the use of hybrid power with low levels of NOx emissionslast_img read more

Countrywide teams up with NAEA to increase membership levels

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Countrywide teams up with NAEA to increase membership levels previous nextAssociations & BodiesCountrywide teams up with NAEA to increase membership levelsCountrywide and the National Association of Estate Agents have announced the first national membership partnership.PROPERTYdrum1st July 20150738 Views Countrywide plc and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have announced a new landmark partnership which will see Countrywide’s customer facing estate agents invited to become members of the NAEA.The agreement makes Countrywide the first national estate agency network to officially adopt such an undertaking, offering employees the opportunity of high level training alongside their nationally recognised qualifications.The move is sure to gain the approval of many leading qualified trainers, including Tony Lynch (left), a coach at Keep Thinking Big.He points out that estate agents are no different to any other profession when it comes to the need to update skills and techniques.He commented: “We all need ongoing training in order to become better tomorrow than we are today.”He highlights various skills, such as listening, connecting and becoming a ‘master’ at questions that unlock the doors of opportunity as all being learnable skills, as being “imperative for the successful estate agent”.Lynch also pointed to “attitude” as a key component when it comes to training and learning.“If a team understands the importance of training and have a hunger for becoming the best they can be, then the ingredients are set for a huge return on investments,” he added.Countrywide plc includes the largest estate agency and lettings network and operates more than 1,300 associated offices across the UK, through well-known high street brands such as Bairstow Eves, Fulfords, Dixons and Taylors.This major step to ensure employees are NAEA members may help to reassure more customers that the sales agents they deal with adhere to high professional standards and belong to reputable, recognised and regulated professional body.Alison Platt (right), Group Chief Executive, Countrywide plc, said, “As the UK’s largest residential property services company, representing 48 estate agency brands and 1,300 offices, this partnership with the NAEA is very significant and another step in raising professional standards within the sector. Working with AgencyPro, our City & Guilds accredited learning centre, we will roll out this programme of bringing new members into the NAEA, building on the strong skills that we already have within the business and also attracting new talent to learn and develop with us.”Countrywide employees will also benefit from a large number of member benefits, including access to training and continuing professional development, regular updates on regulation and policy changes.Mark Hayward (left), Managing Director, NAEA, said, “This really is a major milestone for the sector and demonstrates foresight from Countrywide in terms of offering real benefits for their employees as well as guaranteeing customers that all staff are recognised as belonging to a nationally recognised regulated body. Importantly, in the time when housing remains high on both the media and political agenda, it allows Countrywide to contribute to the debate and influence key issues that are impacting the sector via our stakeholder and political outreach. We look forward to welcoming Countrywide staff into our membership and hope this will serve as a catalyst to other national chains to adopt similar practices.”Mark Hayward membership levels Keep Thinking Big NAEA Alison Platt Countrywide Tony Lynch July 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

A Huey Lewis And The News Stage Musical Is Officially In The Works [Video]

first_imgPop-rock hitmakers Huey Lewis and the News have Broadway in their sights: As Rolling Stone reports, The band’s music will anchor a brand new stage musical called Heart of Rock and Roll.Huey Lewis announced the new jukebox musical project via a short video that also features an amusing cameo from late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (whom he’s notably come in contact with before). In the clip, Kimmel confidently announces that he will be quitting his job to “star in the as Huey Lewis in a new musical.” As Lewis responds, the show was not about himself, but rather an original, fictional narrative based on his music, so Kimmel can’t play him.“The power of love is a curious thing, Huey,” responds Kimmel in a nod to the band’s 1985 hit, “Makes one man weep – and that man’s gonna be me right now.” You can watch the video below:[Video via Rolling Stone]Heart of Rock and Roll will feature many of Huey Lewis and the News’ most well-known tracks, including “Hip to Be Square”, “If This Is It”, and “The Power of Love”. The show will be directed by Gordon Greenberg, with a book by Jonathan Abrams based on an original story he crafted in collaboration with Tyler Mitchell.A synopsis of the new Huey Lewis and the News musical, Heart of Rock and Roll, has yet to be released. Huey Lewis has also not announced the release date or production schedule, so it’s safe to assume the project is in its early stages. However, the excitement has most definitely begun, and with so many ultra-catchy tunes and widely applicable themes in Huey Lewis and the News’ catalog, the possibilities for this project are wide open. After all, where does the mantra “It’s Hip To Be Square” ring truer than the theatre?[H/T – Rolling Stone][Cover image screenshot via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Chautauqua Mall Helping Tenants, Small Businesses, With COVID Impacts

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via – The Chautauqua Mall and its partners are aiming to help small businesses closed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Mall General Manager, Julie Bihler, says many local entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to pay operating expenses such as payroll, insurance, utilities, loan interest, inventory and, of course, their rent.“That’s why (the Washington Prime Group) has partnered with the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship and the University of Chicago to launch the Open for Small Business Initiative,” explained Bihler in an email to local media. “This initiative provides an easy to use lease modification template allowing for the deferral of payments until local entrepreneurs can get back on their feet.”Bihler says that the program is also hosting educational webcast seminars with government agency officials and private sector experts to discuss how to access SBA guaranteed loans. “These resources are being made available to all small businesses whether or not they are a WPG tenant,” furthered Bihler.For more, visit read more

Search For Jamestown Runaway Ends After Police Locate Teen

first_imgImage by the Jamestown Police Department / Facebook page.UPDATE:JAMESTOWN – The search for a runaway teen in Jamestown has ended.Jamestown Police say officers have been looking for 17-year-old Julliuss Jenkins since mid-November.Juvenile detectives received word from his friends and family on Wednesday who say Jenkins has been in contact with them. Police say the teen is wanted for “avoiding charges in a criminal matter” and never appeared to be in danger.They sent a message to their social media followers earlier Wednesday seeking leads in the search.ORIGINAL:JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing 17-year-old male wanted in connection with a crime.Police, in a post on social meida, says Julliuss C. Jenkins, 17, has been reported missing since Nov. 13.Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jenkins can call Jamestown Police at 716-483-7537.Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson tells WNY News Now that Jenkins is “avoiding charges in a criminal matter” in the City of Jamestown.He adds that Jenkins doesn’t appear to be in danger. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Insurer Storebrand says $24 billion managed by its Swedish unit is now fossil-free

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Life insurer Storebrand ASA has scrubbed all funds managed by its Swedish unit clean of fossil-fuel producers.It’s the latest example of money managers responding to client concerns about climate change. Storebrand, which is the biggest listed life insurer in Norway, had already promised to exit coal completely, and is part of a group of capital managers that have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.This latest move means SPP Fonder AB, which manages 230 billion kronor ($24 billion), no longer owns stakes in firms that produce or distribute fossil energy sources or companies related directly to these industries, such as oil-service suppliers, Storebrand said in an emailed statement. It exited 9 billion kronor in such entities over the past weeks to comply with the new rules, it said.As a result of the divestments, Storebrand as a whole now has about a third of its assets, or roughly $29 billion, in fossil-free investments.The Nordics have been at the forefront of the finance industry’s adjustments to climate risk. Norway this year tightened restrictions on coal investments for its $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund and decided to exclude pure oil producers. Though that move was driven by financial risk exposure rather than climate considerations, it was touted by activists as another sign that fossil fuels are losing appeal.Storebrand has seen most interest for fossil-free funds from institutional investors, with the strongest demand so far coming from the Swedish market, Chief Executive Officer Odd Arild Grefstad said in the statement. “The growth in our fossil-free funds is a result of strong customer demand,” he said. “There is a rising global demand for action on climate change. Countries, municipalities and cities are increasingly asking for different investment solutions to align their capital with their overall climate commitments.” [Mikael Holter]More: Nordic money manager pulls $24 billion funds out of fossil fuel Insurer Storebrand says $24 billion managed by its Swedish unit is now fossil-freelast_img read more

Council backs plan to close three units at Dallman coal plant in Springfield, Ill.

first_imgCouncil backs plan to close three units at Dallman coal plant in Springfield, Ill. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The State Journal-Register:It was a debate years in the making. But, when it came time Tuesday evening to debate a resolution endorsing the retirements of three of City Water, Light and Power’s four coal-fired units, it took just minutes for the Springfield City Council to make their decision.Council members voted unanimously to support the nonbinding resolution, which supports CWLP’s recommendation that Dallman Units 31, 32 and 33 be retired in favor of purchasing additional power from other sources, such as natural gas and renewables.CWLP’s proposed timeline for units 31 and 32 — the two oldest and least productive — stayed the same, with the units expected to come offline no later than the end of this year.If the plants close as planned, it will largely mirror the recommendations CWLP received last year from The Energy Authority (TEA), an energy consulting firm hired to create an “integrated resource plan” to map out the utility’s power generation for the next two decades. That future, according to the firm, does not include those three units, which it recommended be taken offline “as soon as feasible” as “no scenario economically retained these units.”Between annual lost savings and doing the necessary work to keep up with environmental regulations, Brown said that retaining units 31 and 32 would cost $100 million over the next five years. Retaining unit 33 would also cost $100 million within that span.Brenden MooreMore: Council approves resolution supporting CWLP’s impending retirement of three coal-fired unitslast_img read more

Panama: Officials find explosives on seized North Korea ship

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panamanian officials said they’ve found more explosives aboard the North Korea-flagged ship it seized on July 15 for transporting undeclared weapons from Cuba. Authorities discovered a type of rocket-propelled grenade that could destroy a tank when they opened a box on the Chong Chon Gang. The other boxes remained unopened because officials were concerned about what they contained, according to Javier Caraballo, the country’s counter-narcotics prosecutor. Ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions already had been seized during a prior search. [La Prensa (Panama), 11/08/2013; La Estrella (Panama), 11/08/2013] By Dialogo August 12, 2013last_img

Measure would end time limits on DNA testing

first_img November 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Measure would end time limits on DNA testing Measure would end time limits on DNA testing Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A House bill to remove the deadline for convicted inmates to request DNA testing in an effort to prove their innocence has cleared its first hurdle.HB 61, sponsored by Rep. John Quiñones, R-Kissimmee, unanimously passed the Governmental Operations Committee October 19, during one of the legislature’s interim committee weeks. The House bill was amended to make it identical to SB 168, filed by Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, which also contains provisions allowing those who have entered into plea agreements to seek DNA testing.Exonerating the innocent and finding the true criminals was the impetus for Villalobos and Quiñones to file their bills removing the deadline for DNA testing, an issue that has come before the legislature for extensions since Villalobos sponsored the first DNA testing bill in 2001. Originally set to expire on October 1, Gov. Jeb Bush signed Executive Order 05-160 in late September to preserve physical evidence for post-conviction DNA testing, saying, “the destruction of this evidence could potentially enable the innocent to be wrongly convicted and the guilty to go free.”“There is no expiration on innocence,” Quiñones said. “We all realize that and this bill will provide that that is the case.”Quiñones also said the bill will assist victims because it will help assure that those who are behind bars actually committed the crimes.“This is an issue of justice,” said Villalobos, the Senate’s president-elect designate. “That is all this is.”Villalobos said he does not expect the number of prisoners seeking DNA testing to skyrocket if the bill passes because this measure is for cases “that have already been in the pipeline before the technology was available to make a determination on the DNA samples.”DNA testing is now done on the front end of criminal investigations, he said.Bar President-elect Hank Coxe told the committee the Board of Governors took the unanimous position that the Bar “supports making DNA testing a permanent and meaningful component of Florida’s criminal justice system — to help ensure that the real perpetrators of crimes are punished, that the freedom of innocent people is protected, and that the public’s trust and confidence in the judicial process are not diminished.”Coxe said it is the Bar’s position that an innocent person in a Florida prison “is an intolerable concept” and a “threat to every citizen in this state.”“The reason it is a threat is because every citizen in this state is entitled to the confidence that the judicial system does what the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution says it does, which is provide a fair system that seeks justice.”Coxe said the system “has an obligation to correct these errors and there is no qualification to that obligation.” The bill, he said, does just that.Jenny Greenberg, director of the Florida Innocence Initiative, noted there are more than 1,000 cases waiting for evaluations for DNA testing on claims of innocence, and her organization is the only one in the state working on those cases now that the innocence project at Nova Southeastern University has shut down.“People in Florida’s prisons other than on death row have no right to counsel so that filing a motion for post-conviction DNA testing is extremely difficult for someone behind bars and, as a practical matter, the motion we are required to file is fairly rigorous,” Greenberg said.Greenberg said nationwide there have been 162 DNA exonerations to date and six of those were for people who accepted guilty pleas. In Florida, she said, there have been four DNA exonerations. The two latest were Wilton Dedge, who served 22 years for a rape he did not commit, and Luis Diaz who was exonerated as the “Bird Road Rapist” after 26 years in prison.“The goal is to find and free all we can and work then to identify the actual perpetrators of those crimes,” Greenberg said.“I think it is an extremely worthy cause,” said Cape Coral Republican Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, chair of the Governmental Operations Committee.Meanwhile, the Florida Supreme Court has temporarily extended the DNA testing deadline for convicted inmates to July 1, 2006, so it has sufficient time to consider a report from The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee recommending that the court adopt an emergency amendment removing the testing time limit from Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853, Motion for Postconviction DNA Testing.last_img read more

What’s in a name: Vice President for Corporate Partnerships & Advocacy

first_img continue reading » After 80 years carrying the name of its original and still largest sponsor, Together Credit Union($1.8B, St. Louis, MO) has a new brand but an old hand helping ensure critical relationships continue to grow and thrive.Larry Sewell became vice president for corporate partnerships and advocacy at the former Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union in 2017 after 22 years as the venerable institution’s vice president of training and development.With 16 years of Air Force service under his belt, Sewell was already a veteran when he joined the credit union in 1995. Now, more than two decades later, the longtime planner, facilitator, and trainer has been charged with ensuring Together builds on its role as a provider of responsible, reliable financial services to its nationwide membership and as an advocate for the credit union movement on a state, local, and federal level.Here, Sewell talks more about corporate partnerships and advocacy. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more