DNV GL Secures Multi-Million GBP Contract for Statoil …

first_imgDNV GL, February 6, 2014 Print  Close My location zoom DNV GL UK has secured the third party ICP (Independent Competent Person) multi-million GBP contract, related to compliance with UK Offshore Regulations for the Statoil Mariner project.The award is the culmination of two years’ of project FEED support, assisting Statoil in developing Performance Standards and the Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) under the UK Offshore Safety Case Regulations for the Production Drilling Quarters (PDQ), Subsea, Umbilical’s, Risers & Flowlines (SURF) and the Floating Storage Unit (FSU).The Mariner Field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150km east of the Shetland Isles. The project is the largest new offshore development in the UK in more than a decade, with production expected to start in January 2017. The field is estimated to produce for 30 years, with average production of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day over the plateau period from 2017 to 2020. The project will involve DNV GL offices world-wide and draw on integrated services of third party verification, classification and consultancy; with the majority of the design review work being undertaken in London where the three main design subcontractors reside.Hari Vamadevan, Regional Manager UK and Southern Africa said the project is complicated as it involves many contractors working across multiple countries. “The commercial and technical support teams in the UK and Korea worked hard to explain to all the project stakeholders the role of ICP and Class in UK waters which was critical to securing the contract. This project will continue to cement DNV GL’s position as the verification and classification company for the North Sea, and open more opportunities for us in the future.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Report says Kitimat BC airshed can accommodate oil gas smelter industries

Report says Kitimat, B.C., airshed can accommodate oil, gas, smelter industries VANCOUVER – Kitimat’s air, water, land and residents can handle prospective oil, gas and aluminum industry expansions in the area, says a British Columbia Environment Ministry report released Friday.Environment Minister Mary Polak said the government-funded, independent report concludes that with the proper management, Kitimat’s airshed can safely accommodate industrial growth.Polak said as long as companies use world-leading emission standards, sulphur and nitrogen oxide levels will be significantly reduced and industrial expansion can be managed.The airshed assessment looked at Rio Tinto Alcan’s existing smelter and its upgrade project, a proposed oil refinery, four proposed liquefied-natural-gas facilities, the BC Hydro gas turbine facility, and the predicted increase in marine shipping.“The study tells us that with proper management there is significant capacity in the Kitimat airshed to safely accommodate industrial growth, while still protecting human health and the environment,” said Polak at a news conference. “This report is helping shape management strategies to protect air quality, human health and our overall environment.”Scientists and environmentalists have expressed concerns about emissions from the proposed LNG plants in Kitimat, which is located in a tunnel-like valley, near Douglas Channel, and off the north coast.Last fall, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, an environmental organization concerned about wild salmon, released a report that estimated three proposed Kitimat LNG plants will burn 2.5 times more natural gas than is consumed in Metro Vancouver annually.The Liberal government provided $650,000 last October to study industrial development in the area and the potential impacts of air pollution.That prompted Prof. Douw Steyn of the University of B.C.’s earth, oceans and atmospheric sciences department, to state that business, government and the community must have a better idea of the area’s environmental capabilities before massive development occurs.Clean Energy Canada spokeswoman Merran Smith said burning natural gas to make LNG elevates levels of air pollutants that create acid rain and worsens asthma and respiratory illnesses.Smith said Kitimat’s pollution problems would be greatly reduced if the government required the proposed LNG plants to use electric power instead of natural gas.“If the industry moves forward with proposals to build gas-fired LNG plants in Kitimat, more people are at greater risk of getting sick more often,” said Smith in a statement.“Proponents can largely eliminate this threat — reducing air emissions by 70 per cent — by powering their plants with electric drives running on locally generated, renewable energy. Industry needs to step up to the plate. Kitimat already has a smog problem. There is simply no need to make it worse.”Polak said the study focused on nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions and did not examine potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with the proposed LNG plants. She said plans to measure and control GHG emissions associated with global warming will be in other government reports and initiatives, but she did not elaborate.The airshed report examined potential health and environmental impacts in the area surrounding Kitimat, Kitamaat Village, Gitg’at, Hartley Bay and Terrace.Polak said the report found low environmental impacts associated with nitrogen dioxide levels, but some increased levels of sulphur dioxide soil contamination and the potential danger of acidification in seven of the area’s more than 300 lakes.B.C.’s lone Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver said the study indicates that increases in sulphur and nitrogen oxides will create human-health hazards.He said the government is trying to protect its LNG goals by downplaying the report’s findings.“They are trying to paint what is actually a dire conclusion in good light to avoid undermining their LNG dreams,” Weaver said in a statement.“The study undeniably concludes that if you put four LNG plants into Kitimat you will have critical impacts on human health.” by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2014 12:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Taxi drivers ordered to smarten up by council after fellow cabbies complain

first_imgThe council received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them down The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have included drivers having to wear uniform colours laid out by the council Hackney taxi drivers have been banned from wearing jeans and t-shirts after a local council received complaints from cabbies “that other drivers were letting them down.” Cab drivers in Plymouth are now banned from wearing denim jeans, football tops, hoodies and flip flops following a public consultation and council meeting on the issue. Councillors agreed on Monday that the new guidelines should be enforced to “professionalise the trade” following complaints from fellow drivers.A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “There was already a dress code but it was voluntary and not followed by all drivers. Our licensing officers would regularly find this during their patrols and often received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them down. “Officers and councillors agreed to include a new dress code within the proposals to set clearer standards on this.” “But I do think there needs to be a balance, I have been a taxi driver for 18 years and wear black jeans because they are practical, I don’t want to change a tire in smart trousers.” Councillor Ian Bowyer added: “We [councillors] had noticed a change in the appearance of drivers and I think it is important to professionalise the trade and strike a balance.  Yesterday councillors welcomed the decision which was branded as an important step for the upcoming Mayflower 400 celebration in 2020.The event, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts, is expected to draw in crowds from around the world to Plymouth. Councillor Sally Bowie said: “This change in regulations was brought in by the council as a way to smarten the appearance of taxi drivers before the Mayflower 400. “We felt it was the right time to bring in these changes and I think most people do feel safer and prefer to have a taxi driver who is wearing trousers and a polo shirt rather than shorts and flip-flops. “The Mayflower is a big event in Plymouth and we want to ensure Plymouth is looking its best.” The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have included drivers having to wear uniform colours laid out by the councilCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The dress code ban is less restrictive than one originally proposed which could have forced drivers to wear uniform colours laid out by the council.The decision to ban jeans has however received mixed reviews from local cab drivers, with some raising concerns over the cost of new clothing, but others agreed that some drivers looked “awful” at work. Shane Jacobs, director of Plymouth hackney cab company Tri-star taxis, said: “I think some drivers are bringing down the reputation of the industry and they look like they’ve just crawled out of bed and it looks awful. “We want to put forward a good image of Plymouth and this is a step towards achieving this. Especially with the Mayflower 400 in 2020 these drivers will be at the forefront of welcoming visitors and we want to ensure the right image is put forward.”In addition to the new dress code each driver must attend an ambassador course as well as complete a spoken English test and are also banned from using e-cigarettes while they have passengers on board.A Council spokesperson added: “The new policy aims to enhance the professionalism of the service and ensure drivers are ambassadors for Plymouth, presenting a positive image to the public and our visitors.” The council received complaints from drivers that other drivers were letting them downCredit:Gettylast_img read more