The Mako gas field is located in the Natuna Basin, offshore Indonesia. (Credit: Conrad Petroleum Ltd.) Conrad Petroleum has increased the resource estimates for the Mako gas field offshore Indonesia by 76% to 323 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from the pre appraisal gross (full field) 1C (contingent) resource estimate of 184Bcf.The gross (full field) 2C (contingent) resource estimate of the gas field has been upgraded to 493Bcf of recoverable raw gas, which is an increase by 79% compared to the pre appraisal estimate of 276Bcf made by a previous, post-discovery and pre-appraisal drilling, independent resource assessment by Gaffney Cline & Associates (GCA) in 2019.There has been an increase of 70% in the gross (full field) 3C (contingent) resource estimate at 666Bcf of recoverable raw gas compared to the pre appraisal estimate of 392Bcf in the 2019 assessment.Conrad Petroleum has updated the resource estimates following the completion of an appraisal drilling campaign in the fourth quarter at the Mako gas field, which is contained in the Duyung block in the West Natuna basin.During the appraisal drilling campaign, both the Tambak-1 and Tambak-2 wells showed the presence of well-developed, high quality reservoir sandstones that have a common gas water contact across the Mako structure.Mako gas field likely to have a plateau production rate of 150MMscf/dEmpyrean Energy, which is partnering Conrad Petroleum in the offshore Indonesian gas project said that revised development scenarios, which are under review, indicate a plateau production rate of 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d). Previously, the plateau production rate at the Mako gas field was estimated to be 44MMscf/d.Empyrean Energy CEO Tom Kelly said: “Obviously, we are in an extremely challenging macro environment; however, we are extremely pleased to see that the fundamental technical aspects of this project have, with excellent planning and a very well thought out and executed appraisal drilling program, become more robust.“Despite global oil prices being significantly depressed, it is worth noting that this project is high quality methane gas that will ultimately be supplied to the Singapore/ Indonesia region where the longer term demand for energy and in particular methane gas is forecast to grow.”Conrad Petroleum is the operator of the Duyung block with a 76.5% stake, while Empyrean Energy holds a stake of 8.5%. The other partner in the offshore Indonesian concession is Coro Energy, which holds the remaining stake of 15%. The resource estimates at the Mako gas field have been updated following the completion of an appraisal drilling campaign in the fourth quarter
View post tag: completes View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) completed a major developmental test, March 20, demonstrating the integration of the Engineering Control System (ECS) software and the ship’s Integrated Power System (IPS) at the Land Based Test Site at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station.The test verified the software and hardware compatibility and interoperability between the ECS hardware and the IPS. Conducted by a joint Navy and industry team, this occasion marks the successful completion of the second of two developmental test events, and focused on demonstrating the dynamic control and monitoring features of the IPS using actual DDG 1000 class control system interfaces and tactical hardware.“This is an extremely significant test milestone for the DDG 1000 program,” said Capt. James Downey, DDG 1000 program manager from Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “This test demonstrates that the DDG 1000 program’s incremental development of technologies and robust testing plan are on track to deliver unprecedented capability to the Fleet.”DDG 1000 is the first surface combatant to be built with an IPS, which will use electric power for propulsion and ship services. The IPS generates the total ship electric power requirements, then distributes and converts it for all ship loads, including propulsion, combat systems and ship services.The test demonstrated IPS control at various levels of intelligence, including manual, man-in-the-loop and automated scenarios under normal and fault conditions. Among the functions tested were operating mode transitions, control of the IPS under full propulsion motor power demand, and automated control under various fault scenarios.Completion of this testing marks a significant milestone in a planned three-year integration and risk reduction test effort where the IPS has been demonstrated at full power – now integrated with major portions of its shipboard control system. Thoroughly testing the units at the land- based test facility greatly reduces construction risk at Bath Iron Works. Additional risk reduction testing will continue to support ship activation into 2013.The lead ship of the DDG 1000 class, USS Zumwalt, is currently 67 percent complete and scheduled to deliver in fiscal year 2014, with an initial operating capability in fiscal year 2016. The second ship, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), is over 26 percent complete. DDG 1002 is scheduled to start fabrication in April 2012.As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships, an affiliated PEO of NAVSEA, is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, special warfare craft, and foreign military sales.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 23, 2012; Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Zumwalt Completes Major Developmental Test View post tag: Zumwalt View post tag: major View post tag: Developmental View post tag: News by topic March 23, 2012 Industry news USS Zumwalt Completes Major Developmental Test View post tag: test Share this article
Job DescriptionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, College of Aviation,invites applications for Adjunct Faculty in support of our B.S.degrees in Applied Meteorology, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, AirTraffic Management, and Aviation Stress Management. Embry-RiddleAeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus is respectedworldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow’saviation, aerospace, security and intelligence leaders. Prescott isa mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weatherexcellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80°F in the summer and45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mildclimate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby nationalforests. The university is a small, private, residential universityin the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students.Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a centraltheme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.Description:Applied Meteorology teaching assignments may include, butnot be limited to, Survey of Meteorology, Aviation Weather,Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation and Survey ofMeteorology Lab. The selected candidate must have a Master’sDegree, preferably in Meteorology or Aviation- Weather relatedfield. A Ph.D./doctoral degree and teaching experience is highlydesirable.Unmanned Aerial Systems teaching assignments may include,but not limited to core courses which focus on the technologies ofUnmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs); governmental and private sectorapplications of UAS to meet mission needs, and operations withinthe architecture of the current national airspace and federalaviation regulations. Additionally, knowledge of private,instrument, and commercial pilot operations is required. Theselected candidate(s) must have a Master’s Degree, preferably inUnmanned Aircraft Systems or Aeronautical Science. A doctoraldegree preferred with applicability to the aviation related fieldsof study, experience in higher education, industry, or governmentaleducational setting; Commercial Pilots License, Certified FlightInstructor Certificate or Fundamentals of Instructing testcompeted.Air Traffic Management teaching assignments may include, butnot be limited to Air traffic Basics I and II, Introduction to AirTraffic Control Tower, Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations,& En-Route Terminal Radar Operations. The applicant must alsohave experience with simulation and training software such asMetacraft, SimSuite, and Prepar3D. The Selected Candidate(s) musthave a Master’s degree in technical aviation-related field andapplicable previous work experience. Previous teaching experienceis preferred.Aviation Stress Management teaching assignments may includeteaching Aviation Stress Management and University Success Courses.The candidate must possess an understanding of stress on the humancondition (physically, psychologically, and emotionally), personalresponses or tendencies when stressed, and the ability to teachpractical tools, concepts, and techniques to effectively managestress and human physiology. A master’s degree in Education orHuman Factors or psychology with professional experience in StressManagement required.QualificationsSpecific qualifications are listed above by area.Interested individuals should submit an application, cover letterand resume/curriculum vitae clearly showing that the applicantmeets the minimum qualifications. Please include unofficialtranscripts and three professional references with contactinformation.
Of the 29 sitessurveyed nationally, which included London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Oxford sawthe largest decrease in air pollution. Oxford City Councilreport that travel restrictions have caused levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide inthe air to dip below the legal limit for the first time since records began. Oxford City Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019 and was named the number one local authority in the UK for tackling air pollution by magazine Government Business. Reports commissioned in recent years have highlighted the need to reduce private car usage in the city for health and environmental reasons. Why should wereturn to pollution-spewing traffic that harms human health when we know thepandemic is preying on people with underlying health conditions?” The planned Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ), due to be introduced this year, has been pushed back to 2021 as a result of COVID-19. Under the new scheme, diesel and petrol vehicles will be charged to enter Oxford city centre, similar to the London Congestion Charge. Research shows that more than 75% of nitrogen dioxide emissions in Oxford come as a result of transport. Speaking about theproposed changes, Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Financial Inclusion andZero Carbon Oxford, said: “Coronavirus has suddenly given British cities cleanerair. Increasingly, those braving Oxford’s empty streets are crying out to cleanup our communities, and this City Council is listening to them. Models produced byenvironmental consultancy Ricardo Energy and Environment show that current airpollution levels have dropped by 59% as a direct result of the lockdown.Between 2009-2019 pollution levels dropped by only 37%. Air pollutionlevels in central Oxford have fallen significantly as a result of the government-imposedlockdown, and the City Council are looking at ways to sustain this change inthe future. Plans are now beingdiscussed to maintain these levels. The City Council is exploring measures suchas increasing the number of bike lanes and pedestrianising Broad Street.Nationally there has been a large increase in the number of people cycling andwalking, with bike retailer Halfords reporting a 500% increase in the sales ofsome cycling equipment. Image Credit to: Liv Cashman/Unsplash.com
Bakers in the West Midlands can get a competitive edge by using a new free, online market research service called Food Insights.The Heart of England fine foods business website is hosting the service at [http://www.heff.co.uk/] foodinsights, which offers food and drink companies industry reports, analysis and statistics.Funder, West Midlands Food Partnership, urged SME food companies to register. “Having free access to key point summaries of some of the most recent consumer research, across a range of food categories, is a genuine asset,” said manager James Allen.
Business confidence among British food and drink manufacturers has plummeted ahead of Brexit, latest research from the Food and Drink Federation has revealed.Economic uncertainty saw net confidence fall by 21 percentage points by Q3 compared with Q1 of this year, according to the survey of 50 companies with a combined turnover of £11.4 billion.Almost two-thirds of the companies polled, cited future tariff implications as a risk to their company.Just under 60% of thought business investment across the overall UK economy would fall in 2019 and 96% expected to see rising input prices.The findings also showed that 38% of food and drink manufacturers were reporting an increase in costs as a result of stockpiling ahead of a possible ‘no-deal’ Brexit.“These results tell us just how seriously the food and drink industry, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, takes a ‘no-deal’ Brexit,” said Ian Wright, FDF chief executive. “It is a grisly prospect to which we edge closer every passing day. [The Budget] announcement from the Chancellor – with measures to support productivity, exports, enterprise and investment – offers some respite for our SME food and drink manufacturers.”Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, said: “Just like everybody else, we are living with uncertainty and lack of clarity and the sooner that we do have some clarity, the better.”Retail market consolidation was also identified as one of the top three barriers expected to impact the success of small businesses, which account for 97% of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector.This follows the recent takeovers of Booker by Tesco, Nisa by the Co-op, and the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda, which present significant concerns for UK manufacturers.The survey also stated that business conditions for food and drink manufacturers had been especially difficult this year, in part due to the fall in the value of sterling, which has contributed to increased costs of ingredients and raw materials.More than three-quarters (79%) of businesses reported increased ingredient costs as the biggest impact on their businesses in Q3, while 71% of those polled cited increased packaging costs.
Funky Denver outfit Analog Son are taking time off from their on-going recording sessions to hit the road this winter. The band has added a slate of new tour dates that will take them to Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana before returning to Colorado for a show in Fort Collins, before bringing things to a close with a huge night at the Bluebird Theater in Denver. The band has been locked away in the studio while recording their new album, so they are ready to hit the pavement and play some shows. Analog Son co-founder Jordan Linit expressed via a press release that “the band is sounding better than ever and we can’t wait to play these new tunes on our winter tour.”In coordination with the tour, the band have released a brand new single featuring the one and only Ivan Neville. Neville and Analog Son members Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman have been playing shows with Neville for years, opening up for Dumpstaphunk in various projects and playing alongside each other in super groups, also having collaborated with each other on a Neville Jacobs recording session. Neville has been featured on every Analog Son album to date. Analog Son have spent a lot of time recording their new album in New Orleans, but invited Neville out to Littleton, CO for a session that led to this new track, called “Sunshine” (perhaps named after Colorado, the sunniest state in America).Linit was effusive when talking about his relationship with Neville, expressing that “Ivan Neville is a living legend who is a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Working with him has been an unreal experience not only when Analog Son opened for Dumpstaphunk, but also his massive presence in the studio, From the Rolling Stones to Dumpstaphunk, all musicians, myself included, have been influenced by him for years. Having him sing a song I wrote is an experience I will never forget.”Listen to “Sunshine” featuring Ivan Neville and find full tour information for Analog Son below.Analog Son Winter Tour Dates1/19 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, Utah1/20 – Town Square Tavern – Jackson Hole, Wyoming1/21 – Whiskey Jacque’s – Ketchum, Idaho1/22 – The Filling Station – Bozeman, Montana1/26 – Hodi’s – Fort Collin’s, Colorado1/27 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, Colorado
As Notre Dame seniors enjoy their final semester at the University that has become their home over the past four years, questions regarding how to live in “the real world” are hard to ignore. In an effort to provide some peace of mind and ease the transition to independence, the Alumni Association will host “Life Beyond the ND Bubble” on Sunday in the Dahnke Family Ballroom.Kevin Brennan, associate director of marketing and communications for the Alumni Association, said the idea for an afternoon of advisory talks from alumni and other members of the Notre Dame community came out of the Alumni Association’s strategic planning regarding young alumni-student engagement.“We looked at what offerings we have for students and what additional services we might be able to provide for students that make sense given the Alumni Association’s role at the University, and this idea was one of the things we identified early in that process,” Brennan said. “It was something that was coming up again and again as a new thing that a lot of our peer institutions in higher education were starting to provide for students — some sort of life-skills, ‘adulting’ training.”The program, Brennan said, works well with the Alumni Association’s mission of keeping Notre Dame graduates connected with each other and with the University in preparing students for the next stage of their lives as alumni. The Association relied upon the input of students, rectors and the Senior Class Council to choose focus topics and make the program as effective as possible, Jackie Thomas, the young alumni programming director for the Alumni Association, said.“I think personal financial literacy is always something people are really interested in because it’s confusing,” she said. “You have to hear it a couple of times before you actually understand it, so that was a big one.”The event will be divided between two rooms — one hosting the main stage and broader talks, and the other, called the Room of Requirement in reference to the Harry Potter series, containing a smaller stage, more targeted talks and tables at which members from 10 sponsors and partners will be available to answer specific questions.“They [Senior Class Council] emphasized to us that they thought that the graduating students would want multiple options, because one session might not apply to you or it might not be something you’re interested in,” Brennan said. “So we totally shaped the program as you see it now around that feedback and having, at any time during the afternoon, multiple topics and speakers that you can choose from.”Speakers include Mendoza College of Business professor Carl Ackermann on financial planning, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on following your passions and former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz on having an attitude of success. In addition, there will be an alumni panel open to student questions and talks regarding the importance of networking, how to find an apartment, maintaining a responsible social media presence and even wine appreciation.Brennan said everything including the food that will be served at the event has been chosen with a purpose.“Everything at the event is built around the idea that this is something that’s going to help you in your life after Notre Dame,” Brennan said. “What [food] we’re serving is built around things that someone who is a year out of college would be able to make themselves in their kitchen, and we’re going to be handing out recipe cards so that everything we serve at the event, you’ll have the recipe so you can then recreate it on your own when you’re out in the world.”Raffle drawings will occur between each talk and at the end of the event, with prizes ranging from Amazon gift cards to kitchen appliances to follow-up lunches with the speakers. Brennan said the program received overwhelming support from sponsors and speakers.“There’s not a person that we asked to speak at this event who said they couldn’t do it, and we feel that the programming and presentations are going to be so strong because of the great people who are presenting — who are almost entirely Notre Dame alumni or faculty and staff,” Brennan said.The response from the Notre Dame community, Thomas said, should serve as encouragement to those students leaving the University at the end of this academic year.“People really were excited to help, and when they were called upon to assist our students, seniors and graduating grad students should know that they’re entering into a community of open arms,” she said. “This group is really special, and they really want to help and be of service and provide any assistance they can. That was really nice to see.”Tags: Alumni Association, Life Outside the ND Bubble, Lou Holtz, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Notre Dame Alumni Association
Merchants Bank donates $50,000 to help Vermonters heat homesSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT -Thomas S. Leavitt, Executive Vice President forMerchants Bank has announced that Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank Foundation are providing a total of $50,000 to support fuel assistance programs in Vermont. Fifteen thousand dollars will be granted to the CVPS SHARE HEAT program and $35,000 will be granted to Vermont’s six Community Action Agencies. The contribution is part of an effort by Merchants Bank to help Vermonters heat their homes this winter and rise to the challenge of higher fuel costs.The six agencies receiving contributions from Merchants Bank include BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (Bennington and Rutland Counties), Central Vermont Community Action Council (Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties), Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties), Northeast Kingdom Community Action (Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties), and Southeastern Vermont Community Action Council (Windham and Windsor Counties).”This is another Merchants Bank Vermont Matters initiative. Our company is pleased to be in a position to support Vermonters in a challenging economic climate. Merchants Bank has a 159 year tradition of serving Vermont’s communities. This is a meaningful way of partnering to provide important assistance,” commented Leavitt.”As one of our Vermont Matters initiatives, this commitment is part of a larger program of service. Merchants Bank branches and employees statewide find ways to make a difference every week,”said Doreen Allen, Merchants Bank Community Reinvestment Act Officer and Northfield Branch President.Vermont Matters! Merchants Bank strives to provide funding to support organizations with programs and services throughout Vermont that help meet basic needs; advance environmental initiatives, energy efficiency and awareness; and promote community enrichment through local sports related initiatives.The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a state-wide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Banking with CashRewards Checkingsm, Free Checking for Life(r), a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit mbvt.com for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.###
BioTek Instruments of Winooski, Vermont, has appointed Millennium Science Pty. Ltd., as their official distributor in New Zealand. Millennium now retains responsibility for sales and support of the entire BioTek line of microplate-based instrumentation and software across the Tasman.”Millennium has a strong focus on applications with expert technical sales and support. They are a natural fit for BioTek as we grow inAustralasia,” noted Dominic Herring, Business Development Manager of BioTek Instruments Singapore. “By having dual representation pan-Tasman, our customers will have access to greater levels of support, which is critical as life science and biotech collaborations between the two nations continue to increase.”Bren Collinson, Managing Director at Millennium added, “We are very pleased to now be the exclusive distributor in New Zealand for the entire BioTek product line. Our long-standing relationship with BioTek in Australia, together with our proven experience in laboratory automation, puts us in an excellent position to serve the needs of New Zealand life science researchers.”Millennium Science, established in 1999, is a scientific solution supplier to the Australasian Life Science market with a core competency in the delivery of high technology products including hardware, software and consumables. They focus heavily on pre- and post-sales technical support and employ scientifically qualified Technical Sales Representatives in each state. Each is backed by PhD Application’s Scientists and a team of highly experienced Service Engineers and support staff.BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to facilitate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research.Source: BioTek. July 9, 2009, WINOOSKI VT, USA