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Eni begins gas and condensate production from Obiafu 41 discovery in Nigeria

first_img Image: Eni begins gas and condensates production in Nigeria. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay. Italian oil and gas firm Eni has commenced gas and condensate production from the Obiafu 41 discovery in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.The gas from the discovery will be processed at the Eni-operated Ob-Ob plant and then be sent to the Eni-operated Okpai Power Plant in Nigeria for the supply to the domestic market to feed the power sector.According to the company’s estimates, the discovery holds approximately 28 billion cubic metres of gas and 60 million barrels of condensate.Said to be Nigeria’s first independent power plant, the 500MW Okpai plant is one of the most efficient of its kinds in the country. The power plant is currently being upgraded to double its capacity to 1GW.Eni said in a statement: “Once the upgrade is completed, Eni will generate 20% of the entire national electricity production, establishing itself as the leading electricity producer in the country.”Gas from Obiafu 41 discovery will largely be served to Nigeria’s power sectorThe field is expected to have a full production capacity of about three million cubic metres of gas and 3,000 barrels of condensate per day.The company supplies about 30% of its gas production to the domestic market in Nigeria.Through multi-pronged flaring down strategy, the firm plans to achieve zeroing flared gas from all its operations by 2025.In August this year, Eni and its partners in the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) joint venture (JV) have made a gas and condensate discovery after drilling the Obiafu-41 Deep well.Following drilling, the Obiafu-41 Deep well intersected a gas and condensate accumulation within the deltaic sequence of Oligocene age.Eni serves as the operator of the NAOC JV with 20% stake while other partners include Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with 60% stake, and Oando Energy Resources holding the remaining 20% stake.Operating in Nigeria since 1962, Eni had an equity hydrocarbon production of 100,000boe/day in 2018. The company’s operated and non-operated production, development and exploration activities are spread over a total of 30,049km² in the onshore and offshore areas of the Niger Delta. The Obiafu 41 discovery is estimated to hold approximately 28 billion cubic metres of gas and 60 million barrels of condensatelast_img read more

NALS Fair Fees Forum meets to head off a ban

first_imgThe Fair Fees Forum set up last month by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) met yesterday for the first time to consider the contentious issue of excessive fees charged to tenants by agents. Many in the industry are hoping the consensus it will built can head off an outright ban on tenant fees by replacing it with a fees cap.It was quite a meeting of minds. Every interest group was invited including those from the lettings industry, two of the redress schemes and the Department for Communities and Local Government.Representatives from trading standards and tenant groups such as Crisis and Shelter were also at the ‘first of its kind’ gathering, which NALS hopes will lead to consensus among the different groups on a ‘fair fees charter’.Agents represented at the meeting included Belvoir, Chestertons, Foxtons, Hunters, Leaders, Northwood, Portico, Savills, Spicerhaart and Winkworth, all of whom made up an ‘agent group’ at the day’s proceedings. The Residential Landlords Association also had representatives at the meeting.The agent group agreed unanimously on the need for ‘fair, justifiable and transparent fees’ and that excessive fees should be curbed.But they also made it clear that agents should be able to charge fees for services such as preparing the tenancy agreement and providing a rental relationship for the tenant.The agents also agreed that while an outright ban would ‘negatively’ affect the market it would also have unintended consequences including alternative fees, a drop in standards and agent closures.A wider debate then followed between all the interest groups during which NALS says there was a ‘robust’ exchange of views on both an outright ban, a fees cap and the lack of enforcement of existing fee structure regulations.A working group is now set to meet within 28 days to consider the key issues raised during the forum.National Approved Letting Scheme NALS RLA fair fees forum November 16, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » NALS Fair Fees Forum meets to head off a ban previous nextRegulation & LawNALS Fair Fees Forum meets to head off a banExtraordinary meeting of industry, government, regulatory and tenant minds in London yesterdayNigel Lewis16th November 20160731 Viewslast_img read more

News story: Statement on post-elections human rights situation in Zimbabwe

first_imgFor journalists Further informationFollow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiriescenter_img The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of EU Member States present in Harare (France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and the Heads of Mission of Canada, Switzerland and the United States of America issued the following statement in Harare on 7 August 2018:The Heads of Mission of the EU, Canada, Switzerland and the United States of America note with grave concern the eruption of violence and occurrence of serious human rights violations following the peaceful election on 30 July 2018. These tragic events stand in sharp contrast to the high hopes and expectations for a peaceful, inclusive, transparent and credible election in Zimbabwe.The Heads of Mission express their condolences to the families of the victims.The Heads of Mission condemn the violence, attacks, and acts of intimidation targeted at opposition leaders and supporters. These human rights violations have no place in a democratic society and contravene the fundamental tenets of international human rights standards.The Heads of Mission urge the government to respect the rights of the Zimbabwean people as enshrined in the Constitution. All allegations of incitement to violence or violent acts, as well as vandalism and destruction of property, should be investigated in accordance with the rule of law, and perpetrators held legally responsible.The Heads of Mission welcome the President’s commitment to establish an independent commission to investigate the violence against civilians and look forward to the commission starting its work as soon as possible and reporting its findings in a transparent manner.The Heads of Mission call on the Government to ensure that the Zimbabwean Defence Forces act with restraint, in full respect of international human rights norms and their constitutional role.The Heads of Mission call on all stakeholders to act responsibly, to adhere to the principles of the Peace Pledge, to pursue peaceful and legal resolution of their grievances and to uphold the integrity of the political and electoral process. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Watch Hard Working Americans Play Adult Swim’s Bizarre Fish-Tank Stream/Talk Show, ‘FishCenter Live’

first_imgFormed in 2013, Hard Working Americans is a well-seasoned all-star group composed of Dave Schools and Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Todd Snider and Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Daniel Sproul of Rose Hill Drive, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Aycock. The group is currently in the midsts of their fall tour, which spans through to the beginning of November, in support of their new live album, We’re All In This Together. Yesterday, Hard Working Americans found the time to stop by the offices of Adult Swim, making an appearance on the network’s eccentric program, FishCenter Live—a bizarre talk show that narrates footage of tropical fish in a fish tank.During their live performance on FishCenter Live for the show’s fall concert series, Hard Working Americans opened their time on the show with renditions of “Half Ass Moses” and “Burn Out Shoes” before moving into a light-hearted interview segment (with the camera view shifted back a stream of the fish tank), during saw the group and the show’s hosts taking call-in questions. The format is definitely one of the more strange settings for an interview, but it’s worth a watch. You can check out a replay of the Hard Working American’s appearance of FishCenter Live here, with their segment starting around 9:37. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Mobile app for sexual health recognized at Deans’ Challenge

first_imgA proposal for a mobile phone app to help college students manage their sexual health was named second runner-up in Harvard’s inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). The mobile phone app proposal came from one of two teams with HSPH students represented that were among eight finalists vying for funding in the competition. The other team had proposed a program linking vehicular trauma patients in Bangladesh to first responders and emergency transportation.HSPH students were represented on eight of the 54 teams that submitted proposals for the competition. Grand-prize winners and runners-up took home a share of a $75,000 purse.The challenge invited Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows from across the University to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care and the development of new and effective therapies for people around the world. Finalist teams earned $5,000 to invest in their projects, and another six weeks to hone their pitches. They also were given access to workspaces at the i-lab and the opportunity to consult with venture capitalists and other advisors. Video pitches from each of the finalists were reviewed by a panel of judges, with the results announced at the i-lab on May 22, 2013. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Building the Most Complete Portfolio

first_imgIn this Q&A, David Goulden provides color on EMC’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results and what’s in store for customers in 2014.last_img

Champlain College students create mercury video game for State

first_imgSERIOUS FUN: Champlain College students create a video game about dangers of mercury for Vermont Department of Environmental ConservationIn the entertainment industry today, animated movies are developed concurrently with video games based on those movies—The Incredibles and Madagascar are two recent examples. Champlain College students are mimicking that industry trend this summer, but instead of a story about espionage, comedy or romance, the students have a higher goal: educating youngsters about the dangers of mercury.The Champlain students were tapped to create an animated video and a video game about mercury, a substance that can have devastating effects on humans and animals and is especially dangerous for pregnant women and children. This serious game project is believed to be the first of its kind. It is coordinated by the State of Vermonts Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Supplemental Environmental Project.We decided to deliver mercury information through an animation and game because it is a way to target an important audience young people who can be severely impacted by mercury poisoning, said DEC Mercury Program Coordinator Karen Knaebel. The video will cover fundamental information on mercury in the environment and the video game will reinforce that learning.A dozen Electronic Game & Interactive Design students and Multimedia & Graphic Design students at Champlain College were selected for the job and they are working as a team of consultants with two faculty members: Eric Sample and Joe Manley. The students are earning six college credits for their hard work, plus a stipend.The team has been tasked with a short timeline to ensure completion by the time the school year begins in the fall. The video and video game will be used by teachers in classrooms starting this fall throughout Vermont. There is a possibility that this unique educational tool could be in demand on a national level, as well.Beyond the technical challenges they deal with, the students were faced with the difficult task of developing story lines and characters that are engaging enough to appeal to a discriminating audience of middle-school children. Part of the development process has included game testing by students from nearby Edmunds Middle School. We had to make it hip for eighth-graders, said Eric Sample of the Champlain faculty, who added, This is excellent training for our students.Our program is attracting clients from the serious game side of the business, said Ann DeMarle, director of Champlains one-year-old Electronic Game & Interactive Development program. Were capturing technology and harnessing it for a good purpose.Additionally, this coming year the Electronic Game students will work on a serious game for a new Vermont nonprofit called NeighborKeepers. The game will teach youngsters about the hidden rules of class. The client is Hal Colston, who is focused on helping single-parent families climb out of poverty.last_img read more

Costa Rica: 1,272 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rican counter-narcotics agents seized 1,272 kilograms of cocaine off a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea on Oct. 28, the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) said. The cocaine was confiscated after authorities stopped a boat it had pursued off the coast of the province of Limón. Officials found several documents belonging to crew members, who fled on land before authorities arrived. [EFE (Costa Rica), 28/10/2013; La Nación (Costa Rica), 29/10/2013; Siglo 21 (Guatemala), 28/10/2013] By Dialogo October 29, 2013last_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Bolster Colombia Demining Efforts

first_imgBy Dialogo January 25, 2016 Brazil’s Armed Forces are increasing their involvement in the demining process in Colombia where they have cooperated with the Colombian Armed Forces in such efforts for the past decade. In 2015, Brazilian service members began to collaborate more directly in the process by creating the Inter-American Technical Advisory Group in Colombia (GATI-CO), which aims to help Colombian Armed Forces personnel and civilians with the quality control of deactivating and removing landmines. “Brazilian Military personnel possess well-recognized technical expertise in the realm of humanitarian demining,” stated Colonel Eustáquio Alves da Costa Neto, Defense Attaché for the EB in Colombia. “[That’s] fruit of the experience acquired from their participation in United Nations and Organization of American States missions; from keeping up to date with the evolution of detection techniques and the equipment used; and from the study of and contribution to international standards.” In addition to providing additional funds for demining, the government plans on increasing the number of deminers. Today, there are 600 Army personnel who work on demining operations, 127 humanitarian deminers from British organization The Halo Trust, and four more from the NGO Norwegian People’s Aid operating in Colombia, according to the DAICMA and the Ministry of Defense. The government plans to bolster its demining force to 10,000 Soldiers, who will be complemented by new NGOs, such as Handicap International Colombia, joining the effort, according to the Ministry of Defense. The first platoon of UNAVEM’s Humanitarian Demining program was from the Brazilian Navy’s Marine Corps and not from the Brazilian Army. Military authorities have declared five Colombian towns – El Dorado in Meta; Zambrano in Bolívar; San Carlos and San Francisco in Antioquia; and San Vicente de Chucurí in Santander – home to about 70,000 Colombians, mine free. The government’s goal is to completely demine the country by 2021, which would greatly improve public safety after landmines claimed 11,243 victims, including 2,148 fatalities, from 1990 to December 2015, according to the DAICMA. Brazil has accumulated experience in demining through activities with other countries. The Brazilian Army (EB, for its Portuguese acronym) acquired such knowledge during the United Nations Angola Verification Missions (UNAVEM I, II, and III) from 1988 to 1997. From the 1990s until 2010, Brazil also participated in the Mission of Assistance to Remove Mines in Central America, as well as in the Mission of Assistance to Remove Mines in South America, which is ongoing. International experience More than 20,000 mines disabled “GMI-CO was created to assist Colombian Troops in acquiring capabilities in the realm of humanitarian demining and in ensuring compliance with international standards,” Col. Eustáquio explained. “Eight platoons from the Colombian Army that form the Demining Battalion and a Marine platoon were trained by GMI-CO. GMI’s support was fundamental in demining 80 civilian areas and 35 Military bases, allowing thousands of Colombians to return to their lands in the countryside.” The EB began demining work in Colombia in 2005 by sending personnel to the Inter-American Defense Board’s (IADB) Group of Inter-American Monitors in Colombia (GMI-CO), with Brazilians accounting for 42 of 51 personnel. Since 2009, the group has been comprised of exclusively Brazilian Military personnel. Military authorities estimate that for every 5,000 landmines that security forces disable, one deminer dies and two are injured, Col. Eustáquio said. This explains why Colombia led the world in terms of Military victims in 2014, with 156 injured and 31 killed, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Since 2007, personnel have disabled 1,624 mines throughout the country, according to the Directorate for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (DAICMA). Meanwhile, Military deminers with the Army’s Engineer Corps, the Handling of Explosive Devices unit, and the Explosive and Demolition Teams have disabled 19,008 devices. Many of the devices were placed by guerrilla groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army, as well as other illegal armed groups that have been in armed conflict with the government for decades. In 1997, through the Ottawa Treaty – a document signed by 122 countries whose objective is to eradicate the production of landmines and contribute to helping victims – Colombia promised to be completely free of landmines by March 1, 2011. However, the government received a 10-year extension to complete the task and has increased its resources to reach the goal. On October 27th, 16 Colombian officers completed GATI-CO’s first course, which was a five-week class for National Humanitarian Demining Monitors. Colombian Army Captain Adriana Osorio Cifuentes, the first woman to ever graduate from such a course like this in Columbia, placed first in the assessments. In 2016, the GATI-CO is planning additional courses, including two for internal monitors; two for internal supervisors; and one for civilians who will monitor the quality of work done by the Colombian government’s accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In 2014, the government invested around $7.4 billion pesos (approximately US$3.3 million at the time) into demining programs through the DAICMA and in conjunction with the European Union. The budget for 2015 was $9 billion pesos (US$3 million), with the funds increasing to more than $10.4 billion pesos (US$3.25 million) in 2016. Looking forwardlast_img read more

Venezuelan Ex-General Surrenders to US on Drug Trafficking Charges

first_imgBy AFP April 15, 2020 A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with Nicolás Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to U.S. authorities, prosecutors said on March 28.“The national Attorney General learned that Mr Cliver Alcala surrendered to U.S. authorities,” the Colombian prosecutor said in a statement, adding there was no arrest warrant when he gave himself up.Alcala turned himself in on March 27 to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to U.S. authorities, the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo said.He is among several current and former top Venezuelan government officials, along with Maduro, indicted by Washington on March 26 for “narco-terrorism.” The U.S. offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro’s capture.As part of the U.S. Justice Department indictment, up to $10 million was offered for the capture of Alcala, who has been living in the northern Colombian city of Barranquilla for the last two years.He was sent to New York on a flight that was granted special permission to break the total lockdown imposed by Colombia’s President Iván Duque as part of measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, El Tiempo said.Former Venezuelan security chief Iván Simonovis, who was welcomed by U.S. authorities last year after escaping Venezuela following 15 years of detention under the leftist regime, told AFP he had information that Alcala was either en route to or already in New York.“Family, I say goodbye for a while. I’m facing my responsibilities for my actions with the truth,” Alcala, 58, said in a video message published on his Instagram account on March 27.Along with Maduro, 14 top serving and former Venezuelan officials were charged with drug-trafficking by the U.S., among them Alcala who was a close collaborator of Maduro’s predecessor, the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chávez.Alcala retired in 2013 after Chávez died of cancer and Maduro took over.The former general became an opponent of Maduro’s and fled to Colombia, joining forces with Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó in his challenge to the socialist leader’s authority.Guaidó is recognized as Venezuela’s leader by the U.S. and more than 50 other countries.The series of indictments against top Venezuelan officials is the latest attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to force Maduro from power.Like Guaidó, the National Assembly speaker and self-proclaimed acting president, the U.S. considers Maduro illegitimate due to his controversial 2018 re-election in a poll widely viewed as rigged.Maduro hit back at Trump over the indictment, describing him as a “wretched” man who “will go down in history as the most harmful and most irrational of American presidents.”last_img read more

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