Energy Transfer, Shell launch EPC tender for Lake Charles LNG project in US

first_imgThe project involves the conversion of existing Lake Charles LNG import and regasification terminal to an LNG export facility Image: Lake Charles LNG will add liquefaction capacity of 16.45 Mtpa for export. Photo: courtesy of LEEROY Agency from Pixabay. Energy Transfer LP and Shell US LNG have launched a comprehensive tender package seeking final commercial seeking bids from the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the proposed Lake Charles LNG liquefaction project in Louisiana, US.Being developed jointly by Energy Transfer and Shell, the project involves the conversion of Energy Transfer’s existing Lake Charles LNG import and regasification terminal to an LNG export facility, if sanctioned.Energy Transfer LNG president Tom Mason said: “This is an important step in the continued development of this LNG project with Shell.“This project capitalizes on repurposing existing brownfield regas assets to achieve cost savings in the construction of the liquefaction facility.“The project will also benefit from the unique strength of Energy Transfer as a leading natural gas pipeline operator with extensive connectivity to the Lake Charles facility.”The project is expected to add LNG liquefaction capacity of 16.45 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) for export to global markets.Final commercial bids to be received in second quarter of 2020Energy Transfer expects to receive the commercial bids for the project in the second quarter of next year.Shell Lake Charles vice-president Frederic Phipps said: “The commercial tender represents another important milestone in our phased approach to developing a credible and safe LNG project for Shell and Energy Transfer.”The latest commercial tender calls on EPC contractors to submit a fully developed execution plan and completion schedule of the project.The trend expands on the invitation to tender (ITT), which was announced in May 2019 that focused on the project’s technical scope.Until reaching a final investment decision (FID), Shell will serve as the project lead. It will also act as the construction manager and operator of the facility upon sanction.Meanwhile, ET will act serve as site manager and project coordinator prior to reaching FID.The Lake Charles LNG export project will use existing infrastructure and tap into the vast natural gas supply and proximity to Energy Transfer’s pipeline network and other major pipeline infrastructure.last_img read more

US Navy receives destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

first_img Share this article View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class View post tag: USS Paul Ignatius Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) was delivered to the US Navy after it completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico in December 2018.The ship was delivered by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division in a document signing ceremony on February 22.The signing of the DD 250 document officially transfers custody of the ship from HII to the Navy. Cmdr. Robby Trotter, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, was in attendance at the ceremony.Paul Ignatius is the 67th ship in its class and and is scheduled to sail away from the shipyard in June.“This event is the culmination of hard work and dedication by thousands of shipbuilders, industry partners from nearly every state, as well as our Navy SUPSHIP Gulf Coast shipmates who worked with us each and every day to ensure DDG 117 became a mission-capable ship,” said George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG program manager.“Today, we deliver DDG 117 to the US Navy—our 31st time to do this with an Aegis destroyer and well over our 80th time to deliver a navy surface combatant on the banks of the Pascagoula River. It’s an honor to be a part of this great tradition.”DDG 117 is named in honor of Paul Ignatius, who served as the 59th Secretary of the Navy, from 1967 to 1969. He made significant contributions during the administrations of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Ignatius is a living namesake and currently resides in Washington, D.C.HII currently has four DDGs under construction, including Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first Flight III ship, which started fabrication in May 2018.Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) was launched on Nov. 12, 2016. Photo: HII View post tag: HII View post tag: US Navy Photo: L-R: Cmdr: Robby Trotter, Cmdr. Scott Williams and Donny Dorsey sign the delivery document officially handing ownership of the destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 17) from Ingalls Shipbuilding to the U.S. Navy. Photo by Derek Fountain/HIIlast_img read more

Researchers develop liver machine

first_imgOxford researchers have been involved with the invention of a machine that can keep livers alive outside the body, which could increase the number of donor livers suitable for transplants.At the moment, donor livers are covered with ice for up to 12 hours while they are being transported, but this technique can damage the blood vessels and solidify excess fat on the organ. This means that many donated livers are rejected and thrown away.The new machine, called METRA, will allow livers to be stored for up to 24 hours, and can allow doctors to monitor whether they are functioning well enough to be implanted. Currently, the decision to use or reject a liver is based on its visual appearance.The machine was developed by Organox, an Oxford-based company with links to the university. Peter Friend, one its academic founders and its medical director, is Professor of Transplantation at Green Templeton college and Director of the Oxford Transplant Centre. Three other members of the Board of Directors work or have worked at Oxford University.last_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgIn a move that could put a wedge between the Board of Freeholders and the Hudson County executive, immigration activists want the county to stop doing business with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the wake of President Trump’s executive order and the rise of the sanctuary city movement. Last July, the county renewed its agreement with the federal government to serve as a detention center for undocumented immigrants collected by ICE and awaiting hearings. Immigration activists are pushing to have the county – which serves as one of four detention centers in the state –stop hosting these immigrants. In a speech that appears to be a reaction to the activists’ push, County Executive Tom DeGise in his State of the County Address issued on Feb. 16 defended the county’s agreement with ICE. Click here for more.Union City has become the second municipality in Hudson County (after Jersey City) to designate itself a sanctuary city in the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order pressuring municipalities to report undocumented immigrants. The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the city as a sanctuary at its Feb. 7 meeting. The mayor of Jersey City had signed an order to become the first on Friday, Feb. 3. Although there is technically no legal definition of a “sanctuary city” certain towns have gone on the record in the last few decades as saying they won’t ask their police to cooperate with federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons, unless they are involved in serious crime. Click here for more. × Meika Roberson, resident and chief medical officer of Hoboken University Medical Center, saw a local need for sexual assault training, particularly in this city of young bar patrons. “I thought, ‘What can we do to help the community better understand how sexual assault can occur, and how can we work together to proactively help prevent it?’,” said Roberson. She found out that education programs have been implemented in cities across the country to establish “safe bars” and educate tavern employees on how to see telltale signs of a potential sexual assault. She decided to try to implement a similar program here. “Raising the Bar: Hoboken Bar-Bystander Training,” a community awareness and accountability program aimed at curtailing violence and sexual assault, began with a meeting in December 2016. Click here for more.last_img read more

Movers and shakers

first_imgSubway is set to become the UK’s biggest bakery retailer in the New Year if it continues its current rate of growth, pushing Greggs from premier position.The US franchise chain now has 1,200 outlets in the UK, up 180 since British Baker’s annual Top 50 league table of bakery retailers was published in January this year.A half-year update of the ranking, which includes all bakery retailers from craft bakeries to coffee chains, shows that Subway is now only 188 outlets behind Greggs, which has headed the league table since it was first published two years ago.With Greggs set to open a relatively modest 20 outlets by mid-2008, and Subway pushing ahead with its target to open 2,010 by 2010, the gap between the two is closing quickly.== Coffee shops ==The revised top 10 of the league table of bakery retailers shows that Costa Coffee has also been expanding rapidly this year, opening over 100 outlets since January. Starbucks remains in fourth place in the UK, with 79 new outlets opened this year.Meanwhile, travel concession business SSP, which was sold by catering giant Compass in April 2006, has revised its figures since the last list was compiled and now registers 445 outlets, 116 fewer than in January, under fascias including Millie’s Cookies and Upper Crust.It explains that Compass and motorway services company Moto are licensed to use the Caffè Ritazza and Upper Crust brands. Its figures relate to the SSP-operated units in the UK and exclude the Compass and Moto estates. There are 181 Caffè Ritazza units and 101 Upper Crust units operated by Compass and Moto in Britain.Meanwhile, Caffè Nero continues its expansion at number six, with 20 new outlets added so far this year.== Steady growth ==Further down the list, M&S Café Revive and Pret A Manger both continue to grow steadily, as does BB’s Coffee & Muffins. Retail and brands director Michelle Young says another five franchises are planned by the end of the year.The shock news of the year sees a new business appearing at number 10 in the updated ranking. It was formed when Lyndale Foods, at number eight in January’s list went into administration this June.The company owned businesses including Sayers and Hampsons and had 201 shops at the time the last Top 50 was compiled. But the group had already been showing signs of weakness for a number of years, shedding nearly 200 jobs as part of an overhaul in 2006.A management buy-out by chairman Sandy Birnie and chief executive Michael Quinlan has now formed a new company, Sayers the Bakers. They bought back 158 Hampsons and Sayers stores, as well as Hampsons’ bakery in Bolton. Lyndale’s swanky 15-shop London chain Maison Blanc had already been sold to Kuwait-based Kout Food Group Company in October last year.Sayers remains ahead of O’Briens Sandwich Bars which is waiting for promotion to the top 10. It has opened 10 outlets in the months since January, bringing its total to 132.So who will be relegated in January, and who will top the table? Watch out for British Baker’s Top 50 bakery retailers league for 2009.last_img read more

Press release: Britain’s creative industries break the £100 billion barrier

first_imgNew figures show bumper growth in Britain’s film, TV, music and advertising industries Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s sectors are now worth £268 billion Record breaking figures in the digital industries which are now worth more than £130 billion The UK’s roaring creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2017, smashing through the £100 billion mark.Its value of the creative industries to the UK is up from £94.8 billion in 2016 to £101.5 billion, and has grown at nearly twice the rate of the economy since 2010, according to figures published today by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS).Film, TV, radio, photography, music, advertising, museums, galleries and digital creative industries are all part of this thriving sector.The increase has been driven in part by a boom in the computer services sub-sector which includes video games such as Batman Arkham made by London-based games company, Rocksteady Studios and Red Dead Redemption 2 produced by Scottish company, Rockstar Games. This sector alone is worth £5.11 billion.Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright said: Media enquiries: DCMS News and Communications team on 020 7211 2210 Gross value added measures the value of goods and services produced without associated costs. This release provides estimates of the contribution of DCMS sectors to the UK economy, measured by gross value added (GVA), in current prices i.e. not taking into account inflation. The 2017 figures are provisional and are subject to change when ONS National Accounts are published next year. These are all part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, and its the sector deal which will drive the development of the most potentially revolutionary, cutting-edge technologies, and accelerating their adoption in real-world, industrial environments in order to realise their benefits for business, consumers and wider society. The Film Tax Relief was introduced in 2007 and High-end TV Tax Relief was introduced in 2007. Our creative industries not only fly the flag for the best of British creativity at home and abroad but they are also at the heart of our economy. Today they have broken the £100 billion mark and continue on a hugely positive upward trajectory, outperforming the wider UK economy and bringing joy and entertainment to millions. We’re doing all we can to support the sector’s talent and entrepreneurship as we build a Britain that is fit for future. The strength of the creative industries is matched by the UK’s world leading digital and tech sector, which has seen its contribution to the UK economy increase by 7.3 per cent between 2016 and 2017 and by 32.9 per cent since 2010. It is now worth more than £130 billion.It continues to perform highly and over the last two months British tech firms Monzo, Farfetch and Funding Circle have surpassed the $1 billion mark, meaning they are now so-called ‘unicorns’.The Government continues to back the creative industries. Dedicated tax reliefs supporting high-end television and film productions such as Peaky Blinders and Darkest Hour have seen a boom worth £12.6 billion since the schemes were introduced. There was also £1.38 billion of inward investment in the film industry last year as a result of tax relief.As part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, nine new Creative Clusters across the UK have benefitted from £80 million funding to boost innovation by part-funding research partnerships between universities and industry. They aim to increase the use of digital technologies to improve audience experience in the screen and performance industries, and shorten production times in the design industry.This dovetails with investment in the UK’s digital sector. This month’s Budget included nearly £300 million of investment in emerging technologies including AI and quantum, with up to £50 million to be invested in new Turing AI Fellowships to help bring the best global researchers in AI to the UK, and £235 million to establish a new National Quantum Computing Centre, a quantum challenge to bring the technology to market and new centres for doctoral training.Britain’s thriving tourism sector makes up almost four per cent of the UK economy – worth £67.7 billion in 2017.The value of sport to the UK economy has increased by 5.3 per cent year-on-year and by 40 per cent since 2010. Sport’s value, which includes sport equipment production and the operation of sports facilities, rose to £9.8 billion, although this does not include the sports broadcasting rights or sports advertising markets.DCMS sectors’ contribution to the UK economy overall continues to rise, with GVA at £267.7 billion in 2017, up 3.4 per cent year-on-year. DCMS sectors now account for 14.6 per cent of the UK’s GVA.Notes to editorslast_img read more

Sandwich company invests £3.6m in production

first_imgA Middlesbrough sandwich firm, On A Roll Sandwich Company, is to invest £3.6m in a new factory – almost tripling its production space.The opening will create up to 100 jobs, as it works on a new 35,000sq ft factory at its Riverside Park site.The firm produces sandwiches, salads and lunch options, which its supplies to schools and universities, national retailers, sports venues and foodservice outlets.The expansion has cost around £3.2m, after a £640k funding grant from the Tees Valley Business Growth Investment Scheme to assist with the work.The firm opened in November 2007, and now produces around seven million sandwiches each year – compared to just 665k in its first year.The factory houses three production lines currently.James Stoddart who set up the firm with his wife Helen, said: “We are delighted with the way the business has grown since we set it up back in 2008, and we are thrilled that we have been able to secure this grant to help us with our expansion plan.”This is an exciting time for us, and we thank Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team for its assistance with our plan and look forward to growing our relationship with them in the future.”The expansion is hoped to be completed by August this year.last_img read more

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

first_imgPremier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.Backed by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) and the Craft Guild of Chefs, the competition gives foodservice wholesaler and cash and carry teams the opportunity to showcase their baking talents while giving back to charitable causes.Those who register will receive a McDougalls toolkit, which includes recipe inspiration to get them started.Teams should create one savoury and one sweet recipe, which includes McDougalls’ Flour Based Mix product in each. Wholesalers can register their interest via the Premier Foods foodservice website, and are able to enter as many teams as they wish.The first round of judging will be paper-based. Teams, consisting of no more than three amateur bakers and one qualified chef, will be shortlisted to a final group of three teams who will compete in the final at St Albans on 27 June. The winning team will be rewarded with a £500 donation to a charity of their choice.Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager at Premier Foods, said the talent the school teams had shown them over the past few years had been outstanding and the company was thrilled to be extending the McDougalls competition to the wholesale and cash and carry channels.“We are excited to see what wholesaler teams will bring to the table in terms of creativity and professionalism, and are looking forward to seeing teams embracing their competitive spirit,” she said.“This competition is open to all levels, so this is your chance to discover those hidden talents within your teams – from marketing and telesales teams to warehouse operatives. We would encourage everyone to get involved and show the industry what you are made of.”Registration deadline is 17 March and recipes should be submitted by 19 May. The shortlist will be announced 10 days later.last_img read more

Mentorship program uplifts Brazilian students

first_imgCamilo Vasconcelos, a freshman from Fortaleza, Brazil, had his first contact with Harvard while he was still in high school.In 2017, Vasconcelos was accepted as a mentee in the Mentoring and Language Acquisition in Brazil (MLAB) program — organized by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) — and was matched with a Harvard College student who provided him with four months of one-to-one virtual mentoring. In a recent interview, Vasconcelos wrote: “I was expecting from MLAB much less than what I actually got: inspiration, friendship, networking, motivation, and cultural awareness.”The most anticipated component of MLAB, however, are not the virtual sessions. MLAB also provides its mentors and mentees with the opportunity of engaging face to face over a two-week immersion in São Paulo, Brazil during winter break.“Throughout the mentorship sessions and immersion, my mentor and the other mentors and mentees helped me to be a better version of myself,” Vasconcelos said. “I felt motivated to always do my best and look into opportunities that once seemed unreachable.”Before MLAB, studying at Harvard seemed like one of those unreachable goals to Vasconcelos, but with the help of his mentor, Tessa Wood ’21, and support from Education U.S.A., he was accepted early action.MLAB continues to be a big part of Vasconcelo’s Harvard experience. Within his first few weeks on campus, Vasconcelos was accepted as an MLAB mentor. Going from mentee to mentor, he has gained a fuller understanding of the program and reflected on his changing role within it.“Being a mentor is definitely different. You have to be more assertive, surer of what you are doing, and more resourceful than ever in order to use your network to help your mentee,” he said. “Knowing you can impact someone else’s life and being able to transmit your knowledge to them is priceless and this is what makes the experience worth it.”Jannely Villareal ’20 said she was excited to join MLAB due to prior experiences as both a mentor and mentee. “I am immensely grateful for the mentors who have substantially facilitated and enriched my life,” Villareal wrote. “From the perspective of a mentor, I genuinely appreciate how mentorship can change lives and encourage personal growth. It is unfortunate when bright, motivated youth push their dreams aside because their circumstances make those dreams seem difficult to obtain. In those moments of uncertainty and disillusionment, the positive energy and unconditional support from a mentor can make a world of difference.”Vasconcelos and Villareal are two of 11 Harvard College students who spent two weeks in São Paulo, Brazil, this winter break mentoring high need, high potential Brazilian high school students through MLAB.,For the mentees, this is a singular opportunity to develop their confidence, critical thinking, and English language skills in person with Harvard undergraduates.For the mentors, the immersion allows them to deepen their connections with mentees while also exploring Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language through site visits, lectures, and other experiential activities.Camilla Roberts, program coordinator at DRCLAS’ Brazil Office, who is managing MLAB for the first time, said, “Watching the mentors go out of the way to create the best experience for their mentees and witnessing both mentees and mentors step out of their shells and be open to explore their different languages and cultures has been especially beautiful and rewarding.”This year, the MLAB cohort requested to focus immersion activities in São Paulo on education, inequality, and the environment. Thanks to the generosity of Brazilian academics, activists, Harvard alumni, and other guest speakers, program participants were able to deepen their understanding of these issues within the Brazilian context.Together with visits to elite research institutions, startups, and public policy think tanks, students also had the unique opportunities of visiting some of São Paulo’s underprivileged peripheries to learn about local NGOs and community initiatives. In a visit to the eastern neighborhood of São Mateus, for example, students interacted with a collective of local rappers and graffiti artists who — besides creating an open air gallery of vibrant, politically charged graffiti — established a community space to offer free arts and education workshops to local youth.Since 2012, MLAB has offered mentorships to over 100 high school students, most of whom have been accepted to Brazil’s top universities. Several former mentees have also been accepted to elite universities in the United States. Vasconcelos, the second former mentee to have been accepted to Harvard College, is but one example.He cites his experience with MLAB as influential in choosing Harvard. “One of the reasons why I placed Harvard as my top school was because I liked the efforts of the university in impacting the education of Brazilian low-income high school students through programs like this one.”For Villareal, MLAB has offered her an unparalleled opportunity to connect with someone from across the world. “From learning about Brazil’s colloquial slang and popular music to discussing political issues in the country, MLAB has provided me with a unique lens into the everyday lives of youth living there,” she wrote. Beyond that, Villareal sees the mentorship sessions as a chance to expand her own perspectives; “having the opportunity to chat with youthful students in the process of exploring all their options reminds me to be open-minded, maintain a curiosity for learning, and live in the now.”— Tiago L M Genovezelast_img read more

Ready, Set, Innovate: VxRail Empowers IT to Deliver Cloud Native and Traditional Applications on a Single, Secure Platform!

first_imgThe theme of this year’s VMworld here in San Francisco is “Make Your Mark,” and Dell EMC VxRail is making more of a mark than ever before, announcing automated Kubernetes infrastructure deployments plus integrated Lifecycle Management (LCM) and performance enhancements that enable IT to keep pace with the speed of business.For us, it’s all about innovation. Our continuous innovation and joint engineering across Dell Technologies delivers the deepest levels of integration and ensures VxRail, the HCI foundation for the Dell Technologies Cloud, empowers customers to unlock innovation, foster operational freedom and evolve predictably.Kubernetes, right out of the starting gate now with Dell Technologies Cloud!We hear from many of our customers that their IT organizations need a simple to deploy, manage and maintain infrastructure solution for the provisioning of Kubernetes, adding container orchestration in a way that complements their virtualization strategy. Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to meet this demand, and through joint engineering between VMware, Pivotal and Dell EMC, we are delivering with Dell Technologies Cloud.IT can rapidly and securely deliver resources and empower developers with VMware PKS on Cloud Foundation on VxRail. This is the only fully integrated, secure HCI platform that automates deployment of Kubernetes infrastructure complete with NSX-T security and networking policies, and full stack lifecycle management, for a complete and seamless operational experience.The ability to rapidly and securely update and patch from one known good state to the next is critical in fast paced dev-ops environments. Patching VMware PKS on VCF on VxRail is fast and simple. Smart LCM knows exactly what components need to be updated, streamlining the time it takes to patch and update. Faster updates mean developers can quickly get back to developing!No more silos, no more sprawl – all systems GO!It’s important to emphasize – VxRail is not just another Kubernetes appliance. As the foundation for Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is the operational hub for your hybrid cloud, meaning HCI layer and VMware cloud software stack lifecycle are managed as one, a complete, automated, turnkey hybrid cloud experience, whether you are running cloud native or traditional applications.With VxRail, organizations can better align their developers and operations teams by supporting Kubernetes and cloud native development along with traditional applications in a single platform. Having a single HCI-based hybrid cloud platform that automates deployment of core business applications, including Horizon VDI workload domains, supports traditional VM-based applications and serves the fast-paced demands for cloud native development, is the ultimate vision of data center modernization and application transformation. We continue to enhance VxRail to deliver the performance, security and ease of operations needed to realize this vision.This is a marathon, not a sprint—and VxRail intends to winWe are constantly enhancing the VxRail platform and HCI System Software to handle cloud native and traditional workloads while delivering a seamless and user-friendly operational experience. Here are a few of the highlights:Performance, Security and ConnectivityThe latest VxRail updates deliver performance, security, and connectivity enhancements to improve customer experience and expand use cases:Latest Intel and Dell EMC PowerEdge server technologies deliver enhanced performance (up to 28%) and reduced latency (up to 30%)Fiber Channel connectivity options support additional IO intensive and storage dense workloads on VxRail clustersNew NVIDIA GPU options for graphics, machine learning, virtual data center workstation and universal use deliver rich, immersive user experiencesCommon Criteria certification assures security best practices are met throughout the development process.Enhanced Integrated Lifecycle ManagementLCM enhancements maximize efficiency and streamline update processes:Schedule upgrades to align with service windows and business needs.Automated prestaging can save up to 20% of the upgrade time, per node, compared to previous releases. This can lead to significant savings when upgrading large clusters.Smart LCM determines exactly what components are required for updates, no need to always do full bundle update to get to next known good state.This continued focus on innovation and usability is why Dell EMC VxRail is the #1 hyperconverged system in 1Q19 according to the IDC Q1 2019 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker, and you can see from all we are announcing that we have no intention of slowing down- we are 100% focused on making sure our customers are ready and set to innovate!Get out of the stands, and join us on the fieldI’m here with the team at VMworld 2019, doing one of my favorite things—learning how our innovative customers are leveraging VxRail to deliver real outcomes for their business. It truly is the motivation behind everything we do. If you’re traveling to San Francisco, I look forward to speaking with you. Make sure to attend the Enterprise-ready Kubernetes: your path to cloud-native applications with Dell Technologies (KUB4114BU) session and stop by the Dell Technologies booth for a tech preview of our VxRail augmented reality app (coming very soon), which allows you to interact with VxRail as never before. I hope to see you here.last_img read more