The Sillimanite gas field is located approximately 200km off the coast of Den Helder The E18-A platform at sea. (Credit: Wintershall Dea) Wintershall Noordzee has commenced gas production from Sillimanite field in the Southern North Sea.Discovered in June 2015, the gas field is located approximately 200km off the coast of Den Helder and stretches across the UK and the Dutch Continental Shelves.Wintershall Noordzee is a joint venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom EP International.Dijkgraaf added: “As part of our sustainability programme, we pay highest attention to the re-use of offshore platforms where the production has ceased. In this way, we can further improve our company’s environmental footprint and at the same time keep our operations cost-efficient. Giving this platform topside a third life, now at Sillimanite is a best-case example for our industry.“In addition, Sillimanite will be monitored 24/7 from the Remote-Control Operations Center in Den Helder. This enables us to make our operations even leaner and more cost efficient. The project was delivered safely, within just 16 months from the investment decision.”Sillimanite field is operated by Wintershall NoordzeeWintershall Noordzee operates the field with 39.7% stake while other partners include Energie Beheer Nederland (25%), Gazprom International UK (19.9%), Neptune Energy Netherlands (2.3%), Neptune Netherlands Participation (1.6%), Neptune E&P UK (3.6%), ONE-Dyas (3.1%) and ONEDyas UK (4.8%).The gas produced from field will be transported through the 12km-long pipeline connecting the D12-B platform to the existing Neptune-operated D15-A production platform.The gas will then be transported to shore through the NGT (Noordgastransport) gas transportation system.Recently, Wintershall Dea signed a concession agreement with Egypt’s Petroleum Ministry for exploration of oil and gas in the East Damanhour block. read more
With many live music favorites heading to LOCKN’ this weekend, fans have been eager for any news about live streams of the festival. This morning we got our first news on that front, as SiriusXM Jam ON revealed plans to stream live from the festival all weekend long. It seems that the audio streams won’t be the only way to tune in, as festival organizer and jam scene impresario Peter Shapiro is doubling down on his own enterprise with a free video stream on FANS.com.Though FANS.com has been in beta testing for years now, the Shapiro-run platform is set to make its official launch with interactive live streams from this year’s edition of LOCKN’ Festival. The website itself is something of a Facebook for live music fans, where users can integrate their current social media settings to track favorite artists. Fans can also input past concerts and communicate with others about them as well, serving as an important tool to further one’s love of live music. You can read all about it in the New York Times.“We wanted to make LOCKN’ accessible for music-lovers of all types, no matter where they are,” said Peter Shapiro, Founder, FANS.com and co-founder of LOCKN’ Festival, in a statement. “Tuning into the LOCKN’ livestream on FANS.com will allow everyone to celebrate the music and experience it together.”Naturally, to start everything off, Shapiro will offer a free stream to his own festival, complete with interactive features that will allow you to communicate with other FANS.com users during the performances. The stream starts with performances from tomorrow night, including Vulfpeck, Umphrey’s McGee, Ween and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Other bands like Phish, Phil Lesh & Friends, Tedeschi Trucks Band, My Morning Jacket and more will also be featured throughout the weekend. The stream is powered by Nugs.net and Qello Concerts, two leaders in online music streaming.In addition to the stream, FANS.com will also interacting with fans on the LOCKN’ site, using contests and giveaways to incentivize sharing photos and memories on the new platform. Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes! You can find out about the stream, contests, and more by heading here.Check out the full streaming schedule below.THURSDAY:Vulfpeck – 7:30pm ETUmphrey’s McGee – 8:30pm ETWeen – 10:00pm ETJoe Russo’s Almost Dead – 1:00am ETFRIDAY:Donna the Buffalo – 11:00am ETMoogatu – 12:00pm ETTurkuaz – 12:30pm ETVulfpeck – 1:30pm ETWhite Denim – 2:30pm ETCharles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – 3:30pm ETWeen – 6:00pm ETPhish – 8:30pm ETJoe Russo’s Almost Dead – 1:00am ETSATURDAY:Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass – 10:30am ETDJ Williams Projekt – 12:00pm ETMoon Taxi – 12:30pm ETTwiddle – 1:30pm ETGalactic w/ Lee Oskar – 2:40pm ETHard Working Americans – 4:10pm ETBrandi Carlile – 5:40pm ETPhil Lesh & Friends (ft. Jon Fishman, Page McConnell, Anders Osborne, Joe Russo & The Infamous Stringdusters) – 6:40pm ETTedeschi Trucks Band – 8:20pm ETMy Morning Jacket – 10:20pm ETLettuce – 1:00am ETSUNDAY:Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel – 10:30am ETThe Dharma Initiative – 12:00pm ETDoobie Decibel System – 12:30pm ETTwiddle – 1:00pm ETThe Wailers – 2:00pm ETChris Robinson Brotherhood – 3:00pm ETPhil Lesh & Friends (ft. Chris Robinson Brotherhood w/ special guest sit-in by Gary Clark Jr.) – 4:45pm ETGary Clark Jr. – 6:15pm ETPhish – 8:30pm ET read more
Football coach Lane Kiffin fires up Trojan fans at a pep rally Tuesday night to celebrate the start of spring football practice. The rally, hosted by the Trojan Knights, also featured the Trojan Marching Band and USC Song Girls. The football team held its first practice Tuesday afternoon at Howard Jones Field and will practice three times per week until May 1.Tim Tran | Daily Trojan
Dear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has noted the contents of an article titled ‘Ex Rose Hall workers refuse to take up jobs at the estate – SPU accuses union of undermining interests’ which appeared in sections of the media on March 10, 2018.We found the comments that are attributed to a senior SPU official as unfortunate and surprising.Our Union during an engagement with the SPU on March 9, 2018, raised the concerns of the Rose Hall workers. During that meeting, the GAWU told the SPU team that it was unaware of its plans to re-engage workers. We reminded the SPU representatives that the Unit had previously committed that it would keep our Union abreast of its plans. In response, the SPU team informed that, at that time, no contract/s were formalised to engage workers and the Unit undertook that it would advise the GAWU when such arrangements were finalised.It should not be forgotten that the Rose Hall workers, like other workers, have a right to accept or not accept what is being offered to them. In fact we did share with the SPU that there is a point where workers would choose to stay home and starve than to work and starve. It was against this background that our Union’s President expressed the workers concerns as the report. We must say too that we have urged the SPU to take account of such factors as expressed by the workers and take this opportunity to publicly urge that it does so.While the GAWU recognises that the Union and the SPU may not always see eye-to-eye, we sincerely believe, we both must be frank with each other in the interest of promoting good and positive relations. We were, therefore, disturbed that the SPU did not express its concern, as was outlined by the news article. We nevertheless look forward to strengthening and improving the fruitful relations we have with the SPU as we work in the interest of the sugar industry and the thousands dependent on its operations.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU read more
23 May 2008Riding on the back of major economic growth, the Eastern Cape is reaping the rewards of investor confidence, with billions of rands being pumped into sprawling retail and commercial developments, residential establishments and golfing estates.Almost anywhere you go, especially in the larger centres, land is being cleared for development, roads are being widened and huge retail and commercial centres are springing up. Analysts say one of the primary reasons for the current boom is that the Eastern Cape has benefited significantly from South Africa’s export, tourism, industrial and infrastructure boom.Investec Bank regional head Andy Vogel said investor confidence in the province had been supported by four years of excellent equity returns and gross domestic product (GDP) growth in excess of 5%, a massive property boom, low interest rates and a strong stable currency.“This together with the region playing catch-up and the anticipation of growth driven by the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) initiatives has resulted in massive investor confidence,” said Vogel.The Coega IDZ and adjacent deepwater port within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is set to generate investment of R24-billion, with spin-off demand for retail and residential property in and around the area.“Capital investment in the region by the automotive industry, as well as growth in automotive sales has also supported local growth. We forecast satisfactory GDP growth in excess of 4% per annum to 2010,” said Vogel. “And the full impact of the Coega IDZ has yet to be felt in the region. In addition, the government’s R400-billion plus infrastructure programme is set to take centre stage for the next few years.”Quest for convenienceThe current surge in shopping complex developments can be attributed to strong competition between major national retailers that all want a slice of the convenience shopping market, say analysts. Shopping has never been more competitive – offering great opportunities for investors.Bureau for Economic Research economist Hugo Pienaar said part of the competition was due to changes in shopping behaviour.“Convenience shopping has become much more complex because of time pressures, more working families and changes in lifestyles,” he said.Boost for the BayRode & Associates property economist Erwin Rode said Nelson Mandela Bay was beginning to reap the rewards of investor confidence as the area repositioned itself as a growth node both in terms of industry and tourism.Economist Dr Neal Bruton agreed the property boom signified “buoyant economic circumstances”, linked to the growth of the motor industry and increased business interest in the Bay – particularly Coega.Some of the Bay’s major new developments include the R300-million King’s Court complex on Buffelsfontein Road, which combines retail and office space, hi-tech mini storage and accommodation.The R325-million, 25 000m² Moffett on Main complex in Walmer, will house the city’s first lifestyle centre, concentrating on interior decor and food. Other centres include the adjacent 10 000m² 17th Quarter shopping complex, 3 000m² extension of Sunridge Village, and, planned new centres of R150-million and R100-million for Wells Estate and New Brighton townships respectively.Other developments include golf estates in Walmer, Fairview and Greenbushes, while a R350-million, nine-storey Radisson hotel in Summerstrand will offer guests panoramic views over Algoa Bay.ERA South Africa property group CEO Gerhard Kotze said property in North End, traditionally a commercial area, had grown as a direct result of the 2010 World Cup stadium, which is being built there at a cost of more than R1-billion.In addition, the old showgrounds in the area are to be converted into an industrial node – in a landmark industrial property deal, JSE-listed property group Pangbourne bought the largest privately owned industrial development in the city, the Greenbushes Industrial Park, for R140-million, and will spend R600-million on developing it over the next three to five years.The latest Rode Report, containing quarterly property market analyses, reveals 28% growth for Port Elizabeth – by far the highest in South Africa.Growthpoint industrial division director Tyrone Govender said this demand had been the driving force behind the 2 800m², R40-million Pickering Square development in Newton Park, which the company, South Africa’s largest listed property firm, was currently building.Billions for Buffalo CityBuffalo City, the province’s second largest centre has boasted an economic growth rate of 5.7% over the past few years.Billion Group executive chairperson Sisa Ngebulana said the group’s R2.3-billion, 70 000m² Hemingways and R500-million Mdantsane malls were among the largest private sector construction projects taking place in East London.Construction of the Hemingways Super Regional Mall, to be the largest in the province, is well underway with the launch date set for October 2009, while the recently opened 30 000m² Mdantsane Shopping Mall has attracted major groups and banks as tenants.Billion’s latest development, the R2-billion Gqunube Golf Estate, was given the green light by the provincial economic development and environmental affairs department in December 2007.Ngebulana said his vision was to see East London develop into a golf tourism destination, with the 420-hectare estate featuring a five-star hotel and spa, conference facilities, 789 houses and a golf lodge.East London’s planned R2-billion Triple Point multi-use retail, commercial and residential precinct will be modelled on Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch. The developers, Novate Property Investments, said the 25-hectare Beacon Bay project would be rolled out in phases, and the initial 12 hectares completed by 2010 and the remainder by 2015.‘Sleepy corridor’ to awakeProperty analysts predict that the sleepy corridor between the provincial capital Bhisho and King William’s Town could merge within the next three years, following the area’s first construction boom in decades. The 6 600m² upmarket Stone Towers shopping centre opened in King William’s Town last year, while Novate is set to build the R20-million Kwantu Shopping Centre in nearby Alice.Malls for MthathaMthatha, the gateway to the Wild Coast, has also seen an increase in retail and commercial developments, including the Mthatha Plaza. Plans to build a new 30 000m² mall is expected to further boost the economy.The upgrading of roads linking small rural settlements to Mthatha, Queenstown and the coastal areas has also brought new economic growth to towns such as Cala, Elliot, Ngcobo, Dutwya and Lady Frere.Kouga cashes inDemand for property in the Kouga municipality is also on the up.Jeffreys Bay, which services not just its 20 000 permanent residents but those from neighbouring towns and villages such as Hankey, Patensie, Kareedouw and Joubertina in addition to up to 120 000 holiday makers a year, is one of the fastest growing towns in South Africa.Fountain Estates local developer Oswald Buchner, who heads the Buchner Propvest Group, said Jeffreys Bay boasted a recorded 10% growth rate per year.Construction of the R3.5-billion Fountain Estates development has commenced and will comprise a 40 000m² mall – due to open in October 2008 – an industrial park and an equestrian estate. Also being developed adjacent to the mall is a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, the Jubilee Golf Estate.A limited supply of light industrial space in Jeffreys Bay has seen a huge demand for space in the Loodspark Industrial Park development, and a 32-unit development is planned for the main business centre of the town.Pam Golding properties regional area principal Keimpe Weistra said investors were buying on the back of a three-year, 30% annual growth in rental rates of commercial and industrial properties in the area.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2008 edition. Republished here with kind permission. read more
South African motorists enjoy complaining about the country’s minibus taxi drivers – often with justification, but as often without appreciation for the service they provide, and the challenges that go with their work. Take a ride with Tahir on the Wynberg-Cape Town route, and ask how you might fare in his place.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 4 October 2010.
The annual World Economic Forum is an opportunity for dialogue, debate and problem solving on a global level between political leaders, business experts, and civil society. Held in Davos, Switzerland, this year’s theme is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. When Nelson Mandela attended Davos in 1999, he spoke of fostering acceptance and democracy. (Image: WEF, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberThe Swiss village of Davos is once again hosting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). From 20 to 23 January, it is a platform for global political leaders, business and industry experts, academia and civil society to come together to discuss the world’s economy.Numerous things have been said about Africa and the state of the continent by its leaders and others. We look back on some of the more compelling statements from previous WEFs.Images sourced from: WEF, Facebook read more
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