Quick-connect components lock in pressure integrity to reduce potential leak paths, enhance safety The Velox Wellhead System. (Credit: Weatherford International plc) Weatherford International plc (OTC Pink: WFTLF) today announced the Velox™ wellhead system, a best-in-industry solution for operators needing to lock in pressure integrity while enhancing safety and improving efficiency. Velox delivers unmatched isolation between casing strings with quick-connect components that maintain pressure control, reduce potential leak paths, and minimize non-productive time during installation in many applications, including high-pressure, high-temperature, and sour-gas wells.The Velox system expedites installation by enabling the packoff to be run in a single trip from the rig floor, which removes personnel from the cellar. The system also reduces potential leak paths by eliminating conventional flange-to-flange methods and external lockdown screws.“The Velox wellhead system enables operators to lock in pressure fast,” said Dean Bell, President, Drilling, Evaluation & Intervention, Weatherford. “Operators can run the upper and lower packoff assembly from the rig floor to isolate the annuli of multiple intermediate and production strings. The benefits combine to create one indisputable truth: Velox is best-in-the-industry for pressure control.”Velox Features and BenefitsSimplify Operations: Reduce potential leak paths from lockdown screws; eliminate costly blowout preventer separation to accommodate new casing sizes; support American Petroleum Institute and premium connections using a fluted mandrel hanger.Improve Efficiency: Expedite installation by eliminating wait time for cement to cure; enable mandrel hanger installation from the rig floor rather than the well bay; accelerate assembly to the blowout preventer stack with Rapid-Lok design feature.Enhance Safety: Isolate the annuli of multiple intermediate and production strings; protect personnel by latching the wellhead from the inside; work in wide-ranging environments, including high-pressure/high-temperature and sour gas wells. Source: Company Press Release
The new facility could extract about 2,500 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill. (Credit: Jan Nijman from Pixabay) Fortistar has partnered with New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) in Raiford, Florida, to build a facility to produce about 5.1 million gallons of renewable natural gas (RNG).The project, formally known as the New River RNG Project will capture about 1,900 dekatherms per day of naturally occurring methane from the NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill and convert it to RNG, which is equivalent to offset about 35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.The produced RNG will be used to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy, a subsidiary of Fortistar. At maximum output, the new facility could extract about 2,500 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill or 5.1 million gas gallon equivalents of RNG per year.California-based environmental consulting and construction firm, SCS Engineers has been selected for the engineering, procure and construction (EPC) contract of the facility, which is expected to create nearly 35 to 40 jobs during the construction phase.Fortistar president Mark Comora said: “As an investment firm that’s focused on implementing more decarbonization solutions across the country, funding and supporting this renewable energy project in Florida was an easy decision. Creating fuel for transportation is a solution available today to significantly decrease human-related greenhouse gas emissions.“NRSWA maintains an excellent reputation in waste management in Florida and we’re looking forward to working with them to capture greenhouse gases, displace diesel trucks and produce cleaner fuel for a more sustainable future.”New River RNG project is Fortistar’s fifth RNG projectExpected to see construction start next year, the New River RNG Project is the fifth of the 12 new RNG projects from the company, requiring nearly $500m in new capital.When completed, the projects are expected to produce about 120 million gas gallons equivalent (GGE) of RNG, while reducing transportation emission by 2 million metric tonnes annually.New River Solid Waste Association executive director Perry Kent said: “NRSWA is excited about partnering with Fortistar on this important and industry leading project. This will be the first project to convert gas from a municipal solid waste landfill to RNG in Florida and we are happy we are able to lead the way.“New River has always worked to manage solid waste in a sustainable way and this project is one more step toward New River becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility.” The RNG will be used to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy, a subsidiary of Fortistar
Home » News » Exeter estate agent rented out homes FOR SALE in £10k lettings fraud previous nextExeter estate agent rented out homes FOR SALE in £10k lettings fraud30th October 201701,181 Views An Exeter estate agent who fraudulently rented out homes on Gumtree that were for sale and who also stole over £1,000 in cash from his employer has been released on bail.Andrew Boyne, who in court admitted theft and 13 counts of fraud totalling £10,000, conducted the brazen lettings scam by advertising properties to let on Gumtree that were really properties for sale in Exeter listed with both his own agency and others.The 34-year-old then asked potential tenants for £200 holding fees and in some cases rent in advance.During the case at Exeter Crown Court, Devon Live reports that Gareth Evans, prosecuting, told the court that “on more than one occasion, people would actually move in, only to be told later that they had no right to be there”.Financial dificultiesBoyne, who appears to have had a good reputation as an agent prior to the offences including several glowing reviews online for his sales progression and negotiating skills, got into financial difficulties and then turned to gambling to solve them but making his situation worse, Lee Brembridge, defending, told the court.The alarm was raised when Boyne entered his branch office during the weekend and stole £1,025 in order to pay off gambling debts.The case has now been adjourned for a probation pre-sentencing report on Boyne. Boyne now works outside the property industry and, the court was told, has sought help for his gambling problem.Martin & Co, which says it had no idea of Boyne’s activities, said it was now out of pocket after reimbursing Boyne’s victims.Martin & Co Andrew Boyne October 30, 2017Nigel 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
Wilsons Auctions, an independent auction company, has expanded its Land & Property Department to the North East.The auction company, which already has national coverage with its established land and property offering across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland, will now bring its services to its Newcastle branch, with the appointment of Land & Property Executives Jack Tolchard and Ann Sewell, Wilsons Auctions Newcastle General Manager, Nigel Binks said, “I am delighted to see Wilsons Auctions Land & Property Department expanding to Newcastle. This is great news not only for Wilsons Auctions but for the wider region as we provide this additional service to both vendors and buyers alike. I would encourage anyone interested in selling land or property across the North East to get in contact with either Jack or Ann who are currently inviting entries.”With regular property auctions taking place across the UK and Ireland and with online bidding available, potential buyers can bid from any location.Wilsons Auctions is welcoming entries for its first Land & Property Auction in Newcastle.For more information go to www.wilsonsauctions.comWilsons Auctions North East Land & Property Auction Newcastle Wilsons Auctions auctioneers September 20, 2019The 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » Wilsons Auctions expands land & property in to Newcastle previous nextAuctions newsWilsons Auctions expands land & property in to NewcastleThe Negotiator20th September 20190385 Views
The thumping Conservative win following the General Election and a revival in the housing market will see house prices bounce back by 2% increase next year, Rightmove has claimed.It expects confidence among vendors and buyers to return now that the political uncertainty about the UK’s exit from the EU has been resolved, and predicts that prices in more affordable regions of the north will see rises of up to 4%.“With much of the political uncertainty removed, we expect that the number of properties for sale will recover as more new sellers come to market, making up some of this year’s lost ground,” says Rightmove’s spokesperson Miles Shipside (left).“The greater certainty afforded by a majority government gives an opportunity for a more active spring moving season, with some release of several years of pent-up demand.“However, property supply is still limited, with estate agents having the lowest proportion of properties available for sale in two years, and this will fuel modest gains in the national average asking price of property coming to market.”A 2% rise in house prices next year would be more than double the current rate of 0.8% but Rightmove warns that particularly in London and the South of England the market remains significantly price sensitive.Echoing comments by John Bercow at The Negotiator Confererence last month, Rightmore also warns that ‘getting Brexit done’ is going to take many years and that the process will dominate the political agenda for some time to come. house prices Rightmove Miles Shipside Brexit December 16, 2019Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » House prices to rise by up to 4% next year as property market revives previous nextHousing MarketHouse prices to rise by up to 4% next year as property market revivesPrediction is made by Rightmove which says the UK will see increased activity in the housing market particularly in the north.Nigel Lewis16th December 201901,489 Views
Share this article View post tag: rescues Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Rescues 9 Fishermen View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Sri Lanka Navy Rescues 9 Fishermen View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: Defense View post tag: 9 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence Sri Lanka Naval Patrol Craft, P 119 attached to the Southern Naval Command rescued 9 fishermen in the seas 2.5 nautical miles off Galle on 09th July 2013.Their fishing boat (wallam) had capsized due to rough sea conditions. The rescued fishermen were transferred ashore.[mappress]Press Release, July 11, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Sri July 11, 2013
Today I have announced this year’s pay rise for prison officers, amounting to the biggest increase they have seen since 2008.In meeting the spirit of the independent Prison Service Pay Review Body’s recommendation for a 2.75% uplift, I hope all involved will recognise the commitment we are making to building the world class prison service we want to see.Our hard-working prison officers, managers and governors are at the absolute heart of this. They do a vital job in protecting the public every day, often in very challenging, difficult and dangerous circumstances.We fully acknowledge the challenges they have faced over recent years and that is why we are investing £100m in new officers, with more than 3,000 now recruited. The Ministry of Justice has recently announced further investments in safety, security and the fabric of the estate, designed to tackle the unacceptable trend of increasing violence we have seen.It should also be noted that we worked hard last year to secure prison officers a pay rise that was significantly greater than the 1% cross-government cap that was in place at the time.This Government is committed to ensuring that all public sector workers, including those in the prison service, are fairly paid for the vital work they do.But this has to be balanced with our determination to improve the public finances, to reduce the country’s debt while keeping taxes low.We ended the 1% average pay policy in September 2017, so that we could continue to deliver great public services while increasing productivity, but we must always consider longer term affordability.This is not just about the prison service. The pay awards announced today are fair and reasonable across public sector workforces.It is a deal that is fair to our workers but also fair to the taxpayer.Allied to the allowances and pensions earned by our prison officers, along with the rewarding career on offer, I believe this package will allow the service to recruit and retain the high calibre staff they need to drive forward our ambitious reforms.
Telephone 020 7023 0600 Email [email protected] If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has thanked the people and Government of Turkey for their role in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis and maintaining regional security.Mr. Burt, who was visiting Gaziantep, Istanbul and Ankara, met with representatives of the Turkish Government to discuss efforts to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Idlib.Whilst in Turkey, Minister Burt visited the founders of Hala Systems, a social enterprise funded by UK aid which is saving civilian lives by providing early warnings of incoming airstrikes by WhatsApp and on social media. The technology detects aircraft using remote sensors and machine-learning algorithms before sending early warnings to civilians through air raid sirens and social media alerts.The Minister also met members of the White Helmets, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated civilian defence group who work tirelessly to protect the lives of civilians caught in the conflict.Speaking from Turkey, Minister Burt said:“Turkey is an important and longstanding friend of the UK, and I was pleased that I was able to offer the UK’s thanks to our partners in the Turkish Government for their frontline role in tackling the Syrian refugee crisis. We are encouraged by this week’s agreement between Turkey and Russia to avoid a military offensive by the Syrian regime and its allies. This agreement, if implemented in accordance with International Humanitarian Law, will help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.“During my visit, I had the privilege of meeting members of the White Helmets, and we thank them for their service, courage and sacrifice which has saved over 115,000 Syrian lives. They must be able to continue their vital work without being targeted by the Asad regime.“I was also deeply impressed by the innovative work of Hala Systems, a UK aid funded initiative that can offer Syrian civilians valuable minutes to get to safety ahead of airstrikes, and which has seen a 27% reduction in the number of casualties in areas under heavy bombardment.”Whilst in Turkey Minister Burt met Mr Ibrahim Kalin, Chief Advisor to President Erdogan, and Governor Ismail Çatakli, Deputy Minister of the Interior. He thanked the Turkish government for its important role in supporting over 3.5 million Syrians displaced by the conflict, and discussed ways that the UK and Turkey can continue to work closely together.Last week the UK announced a new aid package to provide life-saving clean water, medical care and shelter, for over a quarter of a million people in North West Syria.Since the crisis started, the UK is the second largest humanitarian donor to the response inside Syria and has committed £2.71 billion since 2012, the UK’s largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis.Last week’s package is in addition to the UK’s existing humanitarian assistance in north-west Syria. During the previous financial year, our support in Idlib Governorate has provided 654,000 people with access to clean drinking water, immunised nearly a million children under the age of five and helped over 300,000 children access education.Notes to editors General media queries (24 hours) Last week, the UK’s Department for International Development UK announced £32 million of additional aid to meet emergency needs in Idlib and the surrounding areas. £17 million will support emergency preparedness, provided by NGOs and UN agencies, including UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA. The remaining £15m will go to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair’s Turkey Humanitarian Fund to meet emergency needs in North West Syria. This year alone UK support across Idlib has enabled DFID’s partners to provide approximately 572,000 people with access to clean drinking water, immunise 95,000 children under five, provide 500,000 medical consultations, provide safe spaces for over 29,000 women and girls, distribute over 23,000 food rations and support over 2,300 health facilities. The UK is the largest donor to the White Helmets who have saved over 115,000 lives during the conflict. The UK remains committed to supporting the White Helmets and the vital life-saving assistance they provide. Through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, alongside our international partners, the UK has supported Hala Systems, a social enterprise focused on developing innovative technical solutions aimed at helping protect civilian communities caught in conflict, including in Syria.
Thank you very much Mr President. Thank you to Staffan [de Mistura] and his team for briefing us today.Mr President, I find it incredible that we should have to rehearse for the benefit of the Syrian authorities why the UN needs to be involved in Syria.It isn’t a matter of national sovereignty that there are over a million refugees.It isn’t a matter of national sovereignty that there are 400,000 dead in Syria.This is a threat to international peace and security.It is right that the UN is involved. The UN has been involved on the humanitarian side. It’s involved on the refugee side. It’s involved in the health side. It is absolutely front and centre right that it should be involved in the political process.So I will go further than you, Staffan; you talked about a serious challenge. I think we actually face a grave challenge. We face a grave challenge to the way members of the United Nations cooperate with the United Nations. And as my American and French colleagues have said, we face a grave challenge in terms of the situation on the ground.And there’s now additionally enormous doubt over what Sochi was and what it now represents. Either Russia has given the UN and this Council assurances it has proved too weak to deliver on, or it was all a cynical smokescreen designed to divert attention and energy while Russia, Syria and Iran prosecuted the military campaign. And that military campaign has been brought to a halt only by the international outrage at the threat to three million civilians in Idlib, and then the Turks bravely stepped in and brokered an agreement designed to protect those civilians.So I think we need five things in support of what my French and American colleagues have said. We need clarity on the status of the Sochi agreement and these new proposals from the Syrian authorities. What do they mean? What does Russia, what do Iran think about them? We need clarity on what steps need to be taken by all the players before 19 November when Staffan you’ve offered to come back and brief the Council, and before the end of November when you step down. We need clarity that Russia – as a P5 member, an Astana guarantor, and the Sochi convener – along with Syria and Iran – will work constructively and tirelessly with the UN.All UN members have a responsibility to support you, Staffan, as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy. We need to hear today that that promise of constructive, tireless, dedicated engagement to bring this conflict to an end is there. We need the agreement on Idlib to hold. We need that opportunity that others have mentioned to be seized. We need the Constitutional Committee to be convened and I share the views of my American and French colleagues on that. We need humanitarian access to be improved, and we need 2254 to be upheld. The Council needs to come together to support the political process. Without the political process, this dreadful conflict will never truly end, whatever happens militarily on the ground.We look forward to further reports after the international meetings in the coming days, but I do believe Mr President that we must hear today from all Council members that they will support the UN as it tries its very best to move the political process forward.Thank you.
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