Yields grow as pressure mounts

first_imgAPV Baker’s (Peterborough) technique of pressure-vacuum mixing is now available as a retrofit packaging for the Tweedy range of mixing systems.This new capability covers all the mixers in the current Tweedy range and also older machines installed before the introduction of the pressure-vacuum process.The benefits of pressure-vacuum mixing include: increased yield, as dough with a higher water content is processed more easily; improved crumb colour, softness, and shelf-life; and a reduction in the use of expensive ascorbic acid, normally used to aid oxidation, claims APV.A retrofit package was piloted on a Tweedy mixer installed in a leading plant bakery. Extensive trials produced the same process benefits as those achieved on new machines, and the bakery quickly added the pressure-vacuum option to the rest of its Tweedy mixers.last_img read more

Press release: Fire safety advice unchanged after issue identified with fire door

first_img We have advised that further investigations be carried out and will consider whether further advice is required. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Public safety is paramount. Government has consulted a range of independent experts and they have advised that the risks to public safety remain low. I have made it clear that the necessary tests and assessments must be carried out thoroughly, but at pace. Professor Chris Whitty, interim government Chief Scientific Adviser said: Risks to public safety are very low, and the evidence does not suggest that this has changed. We are confident the government are taking the right steps to provide additional reassurance, through rigorous testing and seeking independent and technical expertise. Our advice has not changed. In the event of a fire, people should continue to follow existing fire procedures for their property. Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council said: It is important to note that these investigations are separate from the on-going criminal investigation. However, the government is working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service.Given the technical nature of fire door testing, further investigations will take some time. However, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has committed to providing an update at the end of April.Secretary of State for Housing, Sajid Javid, said: Office address and general enquiries Media enquiries The government has taken the responsible step of consulting with experts, including the Expert Panel. The risk to public safety remains low and there is currently nothing to suggest this is a widespread issue. We will clearly monitor developments and advise the government of whether further advice is required. Further informationInvestigations to date are focused on front doors from a batch manufactured in 2013 by a company which is no longer trading.The government has published fire safety guidance and this advice has not changed as a result of investigations to date: consulted its Independent Expert Panel sought technical expertise from the National Fire Chiefs Council, technical experts from industry and the government’s Chief Scientific Advisers conducted additional testing and visual inspections of fire doors from the same batch of doors installed at Grenfell and a sample of other doors commissioned additional testing as part of its investigation Relevant departmental Chief Scientific Advisers have been consulted by the independent expert panel on building safety, officials, police and the National Fire Chiefs Council and have been briefed on findings to date. We are confident that the right approach is being taken with regard to public safety. We also agree with the expert panel’s assessment and the National Fire Chiefs Council position that on the evidence to date, there are no grounds to change existing fire procedures.center_img Smoke alarms save lives but only if they’re working and in the right place. Ensure you have at least one on every level of your home and test them regularly – monthly is best. Keep fire doors shut to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Understand and follow the fire safety advice for your building. If in doubt, discuss with the landlord or building owner. Following the Grenfell tragedy, the government commissioned an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The independent review is being led by Dame Judith Hackitt and a final report will be published in the spring. subjecting additional fire doors from the same batch and others to BS476-22 fire resistance tests methodical deconstruction and comprehensive visual inspections of a series of doors analysis of materials used in the manufacture of this batch of fire doors investigation of the manufacturer’s supply records An issue has been identified with a fire door installed at Grenfell Tower and, following independent expert advice, the government is undertaking further investigations to establish the full circumstances.Initial inspections indicate the door is believed to have been designed to resist fire for up to 30 minutes – as required by building regulations guidance. When tested by the Metropolitan Police, however, it failed after approximately 15 minutes.Independent experts have advised that the risks to public safety remain low, and that evidence from investigations to date does not change this assessment.To properly understand what has happened, the government has: Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] Social media – MHCLG Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Sir Ken Knight, Chair of the government’s Independent Expert Panel, said: Current investigations are focused on doors produced by a single manufacturer and the company is no longer trading.While there is no evidence at this stage to suggest this is a widespread problem, the government is clear that this issue needs to be properly investigated.Further investigations will involve: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). 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Remembering Sublime’s Bradley Nowell On The 20th Anniversary Of His Passing

first_imgForever tied to the sunny shores of California, the music of Sublime has inspired a generation of artists and listeners since its release throughout the 1990s. The band only existed for a short time, but their music lives far beyond its time, powered by the iconic vocals and guitar playing of the late great Bradley Nowell.Nowell was primarily responsible for bringing the reggae/ska influences to band members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh during the band’s formative years. Over years of organic growth, Sublime built a strong following in California. Their debut album release 40 Oz. To Freedom continued that trend, and local radio station KROQ picked up the song “Date Rape” to give the band their widest reach yet.While the band’s experimental second album, Robbin’ The Hood, was a commercial flop, the work done for the album cemented their fusion sound. With elements of rock and rap infused in their reggae sound, the Sublime phenomenon would soon take hold nationwide. Though they were invited on Van’s Warped Tour, the group was kicked off after a week for their unruly behavior.Still, the group was pressured into putting out a new studio album. In early 1996, the band began recording what would be their third studio album. The self-titled work has become their most identifiable, despite its tragic ending. On May 25th, 1996, Bradley Nowell succumbed to a heroin overdose and passed away at the age of 28.With the material recorded for the album, Sublime was released posthumously, and has since gone platinum five times over. It won the band national, and international, recognition, and propelled Sublime into the spotlight. With songs like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” “April 29, 1992 (Miami),” and more, it’s no surprise that Sublime was destined for greatness. It’s tempting to speculate as to where Sublime would have gone had Nowell survived, but the pages of rock and roll history have unfortunately already been written.It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since Bradley Nowell left this Earth. In honor of the late legend, you can enjoy the band’s classic Sublime album, and watch some interview footage of the whole group just months before Nowell’s death. RIP Bradley Nowell.last_img read more

Good call, ref

first_img Sarah Thomas shared her journey to becoming the NFL’s first female official during the co-located CUNA Technology Council and Operations & Member Experience Council Conferences Wednesday in Chicago.Thomas grew up as an athlete in Mississippi during a time when girls’ teams didn’t exist for many sports. She says being the only girl on her otherwise all-male basketball teams prepared her to become a referee.After playing college basketball—and being asked to leave a recreational men’s basketball league—she attended a referee’s meeting with her brother. She was immediately hooked.“When I saw these guys challenge each other on rules, play situations, and what-if scenarios, I was so intrigued,” she says. “But I didn’t know anything about football. That competitive side of me kicked in.” continue reading » Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first female officialcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Is your ad agency equipped for data driven marketing?

first_imgOur credit union clients with member databases have discovered many of the unintended consequences data-driven decision making has on their senior team, organizational responsibilities and business partners.   Using member data as opposed to intuition or antidotal information begins to change the decision making process supporting many CU activities such as; strategic planning, product/service design, service distribution channels, sales and direct marketing campaigns to cross-sell members and to acquire new members. This last activity requires a new and very specific skill set from your advertising agency.  As your credit union grows/expands its marketing functionality, is your ad agency equipped to grow along with you? This is a critical decision – in large part the value of your member data comes from the ability to design and implement successful direct marketing programs; a responsibility you share with your ad agency.At his point it helps to ”level set” on the definition of direct marketing.  Direct marketing utilizes the demographics and other lifestyle characteristics of members in conjunction with their CU product usage.  This data drives personalized messaging and product offers down to an individual member level.  The ability to segment members helps direct marketers reduce the cost of media by directly targeting members with specific offers using individualized media.  In fact, with the rapid increase in the availability of personal data and the technology to make sense of it, many CUs are working with “segments of one” that rely on individual demographics and identified member behaviors  or “trigger” events that signal a marketing opportunity.    One last –important– characteristic of direct marketing; it’s accountability.  This means you know the what, when and how each member receives the personalized email, phone call or snail mail offer of the campaign. This accountability is critical for evaluating the effectiveness of each component of your direct marketing campaign, maximizing your marketing effectiveness over the course of many campaigns.  It is this accountability that presents the opportunity for you and your agency to not only set new account goals for campaigns, but to also incorporate “learning goals” for each campaign. Learning goals can help increase your agency’s ability to build more effective direct marketing campaigns by developing a better understanding of members’ preferences regarding media, messaging, the call to action, products/service delivery and elements of your brand.  Designing direct marketing campaigns to maximize results and learning optimizes the value of your customer database.    The skills required to design and implement successful direct marketing are not typically found in smaller advertising agencies. Before getting into the specific skill sets you should be looking for in a data savvy ad agency lets a look at the components that make up direct marketing and their relative importance.  In very simplistic terms there are three critical drivers of a successful direct marketing campaign. Targeting Criteria.   This is the most critical component of direct marketing campaigns; it identifies the CU members who receive specific offers and how the offers are presented.  For example, two possible media options for a direct marketing campaign are; email or snail mail.  With either media, the ability to target distinct member segments is directly related to the success of your campaign.  If you are putting together a home equity cross-sell campaign to existing members it is important to select a group of members who are not only interested in a home equity product, but who own a home.   You start the discovery process to identify HELOC prospects by looking at members who already have a home equity line of credit.  Once completed, the next step is to look at members with the same demographics who do not have a HELOC.  There can clearly be more than one segment of membership that have a home equity loan. We can use this information as the starting point and keep refining the targeting criteria with additional member data that might include a member’s product usage, home ownership, length of this ownership and incidence of children (by age).  Additional analytics of this group by age can begin to identify the motivation for product purchase; such as college tuition, home improvement or even a second home purchase.The Offer.   Developing the offer is a direct result of your work with targeting criteria and the ability to create distinct targets of members with specific needs for purchasing the product. The offer addresses the “buy motives” of these specific member segments and maximizes responses by utilizing all the knowledge gained regarding preferences for media, messaging and brand portrayal.  Messaging, structuring of product fees and service delivery can all be configured to make the direct marketing campaign more compelling to specific targets within the overall campaign.Keeping with our home equity example, we have seen credit unions structure their home equity line of credit differently for different segments.  For segments with a higher potential to draw down balances in the short term (credit hungry) some CUs have kept the closing costs but offer a discounted introductory APR on the outstanding balances.  This pricing increases responses to the campaign by making the product attractive to those members that we have identified as serious borrowers.  With accelerated draw down of the line of credit, even with a discounted APR, the ROI of the campaign goes up.  So in crafting an offer to successfully sell each target, the selection of members, messaging, offer and media must all seamlessly communicate the same unique selling proposition. The Creative.  With the first two components we have identified discrete groups of members with similar motives for purchasing your CUs products.  We have also worked to maximize our responses to these groups by keeping in mind the preferences they have with regard to product structure, media, messaging and brand.  With data driven marketing, the creative becomes a more tactical aspect of the total marketing campaign.  While it is still important to reinforce your CUs brand and to use language and graphics that encourage members to read the promotion – in the data driven marketing campaign it is not the top priority.For the typical small ad agency, this is a significant paradigm shift.  Previously, without data to define target audiences and offer development the only way to evaluate an agency’s work was the quality of their creative. Now the “artistic” quality of campaigns comes from the ability to pull inspired member insights from your database and use these to match segments with the appropriate products and offers.  And, to construct campaigns in such a way that even if they fail to generate the desired amount of new accounts, there are embedded learning goals that explain the results, providing direction to do better next time.With your new member database installed, how will you work with your ad agency to maximize your investment?  The following are based on the premise that you have a good working relationship with your agency and would like to continue working with them as you grow into using member data.  Introducing analytics into your marketing discussions can be disruptive at first.  As you go through your initial data discovery, it is important to identify team members and make sure all team members are involved – including your ad agency.  Understanding the process, priorities for the member experience and segmentation framework put everybody on the same page – communication is important within your designated team to gain the most value from everyone participating on the team.   Many CUs create a “Power Users” group.  This group is the driving force for data discovery; they typically meet on a regular basis to swap analytic techniques and insights.  Be sure to include someone from your ad agency in this group.  The Power Users are the core of data innovation for your CU; learning new insights about members and then bringing them back to the full team to begin defining marketing and sales opportunities.Finally remember your ad agency has a skill set that up to this point has served you well.  That skillset gives them a uniquely different perspective of your member insights and the opportunities they represent.  It has been my experience that your ad agency is a valuable marketing partner uniquely qualified to turn member insights into successful campaigns by managing the many tactical decisions required – and that is where your investment in a member database is maximized. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Koechlein Frank Koechlein is the President at Empower Your Analytics and coauthor of the marketing resource book “The New Marketing Analytics”. Frank has over 40 years of marketing experience in the … Web: empoweryouranalytics.com Detailslast_img read more

Indonesia closes doors to travelers from China

first_imgAfter repatriating 238 citizens from Wuhan and other cities in China, the Indonesian government declared on Sunday that it would ban all travel to and from China to prevent the spread of a deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus.The ban, which took effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa on arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.“The government asks Indonesians not to take trips to mainland China for now,” said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, after a Cabinet meeting held by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Sunday afternoon. While the Philippines reported the first death outside of China due to the recent coronavirus on Sunday, Indonesia has not yet confirmed any cases.Indonesia’s travel ban was announced hours after 238 Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province landed on Natuna Island and were placed in quarantine at Raden Sadjad airbase.“They will undergo observation [in quarantine] for 14 days. This observation period will also be implemented on the 42 airlifting personnel from Wuhan, so 285 people will undergo this observation. They are still healthy so far,” Retno said.Spread of the new coronavirus (AFP/-)The evacuees disembarked from the Batik Air Airbus A-330 airplane at 9:23 a.m. at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands.They disembarked one by one, with long intervals between each passenger. Officers wearing hazmat suits examined the passengers and escorted them to the planes that later transported them to Natuna.The Indonesian Military (TNI) used three planes to carry the returnees from Batam to Natuna: a Hercules A-1315, a Boeing AI-7304 and a Boeing A-7306.The passengers underwent medical examinations inside the Batik Air aircraft before boarding the planes that brought them to Natuna Island.Batam Class I Port Health Office head Achmad Farchanny previously said that several health assessments, such as temperature checks, would be made.The quarantine facility will be guarded by 117 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers sent on a Wings Air plane to Natuna, Riau Islands, according to Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Harry Goldenhardt.“We sent our officers for preemptive security as there has been a protest from the locals [about the quarantine on Natuna],” Harry told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.On Saturday, residents protested in front of the Ranai subdistrict Military Command (Koramil) in Natuna regency in opposition to the decision to make Natuna Island the site of the quarantine.Natuna Deputy Regent Ngesti Yuni Suprapti said the central government had not consulted the administration.Of the 245 Indonesians planned to be evacuated from Hubei, only 238 arrived in Indonesia. Four people were unwilling to leave China, while three people were sick at the time of departure and were not given clearance by the Chinese government to leave the country.Read also: Coronavirus: Indonesians from Wuhan arrive in Batam, before taken to Natuna for quarantineFollowing standard health protocol, the passengers underwent multilayered medical examinations conducted by both Chinese authorities and an Indonesian medical team at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport.“It’s their right for those that refused. For those that did not pass, that’s the rule; the sick cannot [leave China],” Health Ministry spokeswoman Widyawati told the Post on Sunday.In quarantine, she said, the evacuees would be treated as healthy people and would be told to continue their activities, albeit at the facility.“They are actually healthy residents so we treat them as healthy people, not as sick people. We will also make them as comfortable as we can,” Widyawati said.She said that the evacuees would be treated, provided with healthy food and allowed to exercise for two weeks while their health was observed to determine if they were free from the coronavirus, which has an incubation period of up to two weeks.“They cannot be visited yet, but they can communicate using their gadgets,” Widyawati said.Viral fears: Natuna residents protest in front of Raden Sadjad Air Force Base in Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Saturday. They opposed the arrival of Indonesian citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China, in the regency, where the evacuees will be observed to ensure they are free from the new coronavirus. (Antara/Cherman)Other national governments have instated quarantines for those returning from China amid the coronavirus outbreak.The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan and has quarantined them at the March Air Reserve Base in California for 14 days.Singapore has evacuated 92 citizens from Wuhan. All Singaporeans coming from China have been put on quarantine order at home or at three university hostels in China designated as quarantine facilities.Australia plans to evacuate at least 150 of its residents from Wuhan on Monday to be quarantined on Christmas Island, Australian territory.The Foreign Ministry said the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing would take care of the four Indonesians who chose to stay in China with their family and the three others who were unable to depart because they did not pass the health screening.The Indonesian Embassy said it would be in constant communication with the remaining Indonesians and would coordinate with authorities in China to ensure those staying behind would still be able to access supplies.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the Indonesians who remained would be taken care of by the authorities.”The government will fully protect them,” he said. Indonesia has followed the United States, the Philippines and Singapore in imposing travel restrictions to and from China amid rapid contagion of the virus worldwide.AFP reported that, as of Sunday, the coronavirus had killed 304 in China and had infected nearly 14,500 globally, surpassing infections caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the result of another strain of coronavirus originated in China, in 2003.Often called the first pandemic of the 21st century, the SARS outbreak resulted in 8,100 cases worldwide and killed at least 775 people.Read also: Virus deaths in China rise to 360, exceeding SARS mainland tollcenter_img — Marchio Irfan Gorbiano contributed to this report.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta injects Rp 2 trillion more for COVID-19 countermeasures

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has allocated an additional Rp 2 trillion (US$121 million) for COVID-19 countermeasures, increasing the total amount of regional funds earmarked for fighting the disease until May to Rp 3.03 trillion.Jakarta Financial Management Body (BPKD) head Edy Sumantri said the additional money was allocated from the budget for urgent expenditures, land acquisitions as well as other regional investments, including for the infrastructure development for the now-delayed Formula E electric vehicle race.“For now, we are adding Rp 2 trillion to overcome the outbreak as well as for social security measures for affected residents,” Edi said in a press statement on Thursday. He added that Governor Anies Baswedan had issued two gubernatorial regulations in March regarding the regional budget reallocation for COVID-19 matters. The money would be given to various agencies, including the health agency, social affairs agency and the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so far“The Jakarta administration will increase the budget to handle the outbreak if the outbreak cannot be contained by May,” said Edi.The provincial administration had allocated Rp 54 billion in March to the Jakarta Health Agency for urgent expenditures of handling and preventing the transmission of COVID-19.The budget reallocation was stipulated in a 2019 gubernatorial regulation, which allowed the administration to allocate funds to regional expenditures for urgent matters outside the control of the regional administration.Jakarta also reached out to the Social Affairs Ministry, which agreed to provide Rp 1 million to each affected family for two months.The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the capital city has continued to surge, as health authorities had recorded 971 confirmed cases and 90 deaths as of Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

Ukraine reports ‘alarming’ record rise in virus cases

first_imgTopics : “The threat is still here, but take a look at the streets, take a look at what is happening around you,” he said.”We all came out of isolation, we all decided that (the virus) no longer exists,” he added.Lockdown measures are set to further ease this month with a resumption of public transport, including metro systems and long-distance and local train services.Ukraine launched domestic flights on June 5 and will restart international flights on Monday. Ukraine on Thursday cited an “alarming” rise in coronavirus cases after a daily record of 689 new infections were reported as the country eases its lockdown measures. Cases have surged in Ukraine in recent days, with the total now reaching more than 29,000, according to official figures. Since Friday, the number of cases has risen by over 3,600, 21 percent more than in the previous seven days.center_img “Today we have very alarming figures,” Health Minister Maksym Stepanov wrote on Facebook, saying the tally for the last 24 hours was the highest since the outbreak hit. Some experts said the uptick was due to an increase in testing rather than a second wave of the disease. But Stepanov berated Ukrainians for failing to stick to safety rules after lockdown restrictions were eased last month with the reopening of outdoor cafes, beauty salons, dental clinics and parks.He promised to come up with some “urgent” steps to slow down the spread of the virus.last_img read more

PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing

first_img Comment PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signing Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 7:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Houssem Aouar is hot property at the moment (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar during the transfer window, but sporting director Leonardo appears to have ruled out a move in the coming days.The 22-year-old is one of the most talked-about players in Europe this summer, with a string of clubs looking to snap him up.Arsenal are thought to be in a strong position to sign the Frenchman, but Juventus and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in the talented star.Ligue 1 champions PSG have also been touted as a possible destination for Aouar and Leonardo admits he is a fan of his, but it is unlikely to happen before this year’s transfer deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time,’ said the Brazilian.That is good news for Arsenal, who have been in negotiations with Lyon but are struggling to agree a price, with the Gunners initially offering £32m but the French side wanting closer to £50m.Juventus have pulled out of the race to sign him because of Lyon’s asking price, but Real Madrid could be the most serious competition Arsenal face after manager Zinedine Zidane made contact with his compatriot over a move.Aouar is reportedly thrilled by the prospect of moving to the La Liga champions, but Arsenal also appeals to him and the interest from Madrid may just encourage the Premier League club to up their offer in the near future.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about possible new signings on Friday, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: ‘Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally. [I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can. ‘But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future. We are all very much aligned but I’m afraid that I cannot give you any updates or news. ‘I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season.‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment. ‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs TottenhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Aker BP given nod for three North Sea wells

first_imgMaersk Intrepid. Image source: Maersk Drilling under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licenseAker BP has been given a permission by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill three wells in the North Sea.The company will use the Maersk Intrepid jack-up drilling rig to drill production wells 25/10-16 S, 25/10-16 A, and 25/10-16, after it completes drilling production wells on the Martin Linge field in the northern part of the North Sea.The drilling program for wells 25/10-16 S and 25/10-16 A relates to the drilling of two appraisal wells and the drilling of one wildcat well 25/10-16 B in production license 028 B. Aker BP ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 percent. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (50 percent) and Spirit Energy Norge AS (15 percent).The area in this license consists of part of block 25/10. The wells will be drilled about ten kilometers north of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea.Production license 028 B was awarded on 15 December 1999, and was carved out of production license 028 which was awarded in 1969 in the 2nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. These are the first three exploration wells to be drilled within the actual license, but two exploration wells were drilled when oil and gas discovery 25/10-8 Hanz was proven and delineated for the first time in 1997.last_img read more