Red Nine, a company providing solutions in the inhospitable and remote locations for the oil and gas sector, has set up an office at the OrbisEnergy hub at Lowestoft in Suffolk, UK, in order to offer its services to the offshore wind sector.Red Nine believes that setting up its first UK office in the OrbisEnergy building will help broker solutions to colleagues in the offshore wind sector.Alan Leech, Red Nine Director and Consulting Engineer, said: “OrbisEnergy is a key location for developing offshore renewables. We have years of experience offshore, in oil & gas, but moving to OrbisEnergy will help us diversify and develop into the offshore renewables industry with a real emphasis on providing cost-optimised solutions. We will start with a two-man office, but plan to grow.”Red Nine Director Alan LeechRed Nine is one of the two businesses that recently opened an office at OrbisEnergy. Namely, Norwich-based Vissim Renewables, a provider of monitoring systems for ships, personnel and assets ranging from wind farms to military missile ranges, also decided to set up an office at the hub.The company hopes to use the new location to set up a marine control suite which will be used for training for up to six people, but can also be used as a standby control suite for clients if their own has problems.“This is an ideal coastal location – because we can rub shoulders with others in the offshore wind world, and it is as close as you can get to the wind energy environment,” Managing Director, Glyn Grayson, said.Glyn Grayson with colleagues James Offord and Rachel MorrisOrbisEnergy, opened in 2008, is an industry incubator owned by Suffolk County Council and managed by enterprise agency Nwes.The hub, home to 160 tenants, is close to a number of developing offshore wind farms.
EDS HV Group has completed its scope of work at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen offshore wind farm.EDS, part of James Fisher and Sons, was sub-contracted by Boskalis for the cable termination and testing work.Located off Aberdeen Bay, the 93.2MW offshore wind farm has 11 wind turbines, including the two of the most powerful units ever installed – the MHI Vestas 8.8MW turbines.The EOWDC project has enabled Swedish energy group Vattenfall, the developers behind the wind farm, to trial new technology and is only the second commercial offshore wind farm worldwide to use a 66kV cabling system. Compared with conventional 33kV cabling less inter-array cabling is required, and this reduces construction costs, EDS said.EDS completed the cable termination and testing work on the 11 assets.In addition, EDS HV Management also provided HV consulting services to the EOWDC as part of a separate contract that included safety rules implementation, the supply of Senior Authorised Persons (SAPs), network and SCADA system review and commissioning support services.Ken Ritson, Group Managing Director of EDS, said: “66kV is quickly becoming the industry norm, and any change such as this needs to be carefully managed. EDS were happy to offer the enhanced level of competence and experience required to help to manage this change.”Overall, the EOWDC involved just over 21km of cabling from the offshore site to the substation in Blackdog, Aberdeenshire – similar to the distance from Aberdeen to Stonehaven.
HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha led more than 500 people in jogging and cycling to aid those suffering mental illnesses at the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride.Cyclists cross the start line at Khao Chee Chan during the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride, Saturday, Jan 7.The Jan. 7-8 event near Silver Lake Vineyard and Khao Chee Chan raised funds for the princess’ Funds for Health Promotion foundation, which aids those with depression or other problems, specifically women who no longer have the will to live. The program hopes to help them bounce back and live a normal happy life.A competitor enters the finishing area after completing the testing but scenic cycle ride.On the first day, 500 men and women cycled 50 and 90-kilometers, in separate age and gender categories. The second day saw marathons and walking event in which HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha participated.
A resident standing in a section of the river that needs desilting to demonstrate how shallow it has becomeSand build-up at a section of the river…say farmlands, livelihoods affectedResidents of the Speightland and Karakara communities in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are appealing for sections of the creeks and the Demerara River area to be desilted. According to the residents, sections of the waterways in the communities are severely blocked due to bauxite overburden sediments caused by mining activities.They noted that this is an issue which has been affecting them for a number of years as farmers explained that many farmlands are under water.Residents further explained to this publication that some sections of the river and creeks which they utilise as modes of transportation have been rendered impassible.Speaking with this publication, affected resident Eddy Edwards noted that the situation gets even worse when there is low tide.“The issue is the sand that comes from the mines area – the tail end that draws to the creek…we’re looking for assistance…” he indicated.The resident added that there is a severe blockage which has caused a section of the community’s creek to disappear.“We had to cut a small channel to pass and it’s very hard to pass sometimes. It’s worse now,” he said.Edwards said he has made requests to the mining company in the area in the past but no assistance has since been granted.The issue, he noted, has had major effects on the livelihood of residents.“People need to use their land to farm, but right now it is under water, for ‘umpteen’ years…people does work up here, I mean for themselves, like lumber; Amerindians accustomed to farming, fishing. Now it’s become a even more bigger issue because it not only blocking the creek but the river too,” Edwards pointed out.Farmers of the predominantly Amerindian community, Speightland, utilise the creeks and rivers to transport their produce and according to Shouldel Persaud, a resident, it is difficult to traverse with paddles or speedboats due to the shallowness of the creeks and river.He noted too that this often results in damages to the boats.“Sometimes you come out here [to a section of the creek] and you can’t pass. It’s pure sand, no water. Every day you carrying out your greens you got to come out and push in your boat when you meet out at the creek mouth. If is high tide you could drive in but time like now [low tide] you got to come in and push in your boat. Otherwise to that, you got to wait til the water rise to come in back. That is the problem”, he noted.At a particular section of the river, one can actually walk to the middle without any hassle as was demonstrated by a resident.Persaud pointed out that years ago, residents got some relief after the affected areas were dug by an excavator but he said the issue has since returned.According to Edwards, there is need for proper maintenance of the areas to prevent the issue from recurring.“The Government should desilt this creek, get some sort of dredge operation. They need to build back the depth and they have to keep servicing it all the time because more the depth goes more sand will go. So they have to keep clearing it all the time. The other thing is, they got to do a diversion, re-channel the creek. That will serve a lot of the problems here – get all the lands that under water dry”, he said.Edwards said he is even willing to secure a dredge to undertake the works if he is given a contract to do so. But he noted that he is still sceptical that anyone will look into the issue since residents have been making this request for years.“This is a really big issue and nobody is paying attention,” he noted. (Utamu Belle)
An eight-month-old baby girl who inspired a major fundraiser for BUMBLEance this month has sadly passed away.Baby Willow Rodgers of Mullaghduff, Kincasslagh was born with a life-limiting condition called Smith-Lemli-Opitz.Her special needs made travel difficult for her parents Fiona Harrington and Dwain Rodgers, but the BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance came to the young family’s aid in August to help them fly to Cork for a special visit to see Fiona’s parents. Fiona, who is a native of Bere Island in Cork, was so grateful for this trip that she did an island-island swim from Owey to Cruit Island in November to raise funds for BUMBLEance. Over €26,000 has been raised this month and donations can still be made via www.justgiving.comBaby Willow’s battle for life sadly came to an end last week. A Mass of the Angels was celebrated in the Star of the Sea Church, Annagry on Monday 25th November, as locals said goodbye to a special little angel. Sadness at passing of special baby Willow Rodgers was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
20 FebruaryPlans for the first phase of Operation Phakisa, which promotes economic growth and job creation in line with the goals outlined in the National Development Plan, are on track, the Cabinet has heard.It was briefed on the progress made in Operation Phakisa’s oceans economy laboratory at its ordinary meeting in Cape Town this week.“The operation has now entered an implementation phase, which involves monitoring and project managing the implementation,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, said during the post-Cabinet briefing on 19 February.The oceans economy lab is estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create just over one million jobs by 2033.It has four priority areas: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, as well as marine protection services and ocean governance.“Delivery units have been established and monitoring and escalation mechanisms and processes are in place,” Radebe said.He added that the planning phase of the oceans economy lab took place in Durban during July and August 2014, and resulted in the production of detailed plans to grow the ocean economy.Operation Phakisa (“phakisa” means “hurry up” in Sesotho) was launched by President Jacob Zuma in July last year and is an adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology that was successfully applied by the Malaysian government in the delivery of its economic and government transformation programmes.Operation Phakisa consists of two projects aimed at growing the economy: taking advantage of the ocean’s untapped resources, and transforming all public sector clinics into ideal clinics that provide good quality care to all communities.The second phase of Operation Phakisa, which is led by the Department of Health, was launched by Zuma in November 2014.Source: SAnews.gov
The atmosphere for India’s matches has been unbelievable, and the Indian team needs to make use of it in the gold medal match against Australia. Whatever one says the crowd makes a difference and playing under such conditions can be a daunting prospect.Once India gets on a roll they feed on the crowd’s passion and tend to dominate proceedings. The hosts will also take heart from the fact that they dominated Australia for about 25 minutes of the first half in their league match.The Aussies tend to go for full court press in the first 10 minutes of each half and we need to keep them in check during that period. Another crucial factor will be penalty corner conversions.They played a key role in our victory over Pakistan and we cannot afford to miss out on these opportunities. We matched England in fitness and forced them to play at our own pace, which made them tire towards the end of the match. We need to continue in the same vein in the final.Another source of hope could be that Australia usually has one bad game in the tournament and they are yet to have one here. Luck also seems to be in India’s favour as can be seen from the England penalty corner that hit the frame of the goal when they were ahead 3-1.Also after the 5-2 win over India in the earlier match there may be an element of complacency which the Indians can exploit. Our game has improved as the competition has gone on. India still plays in patches but at least the flow is there.advertisementWe have started to beat opposition players with our stickwork. Sardar Singh has been the most-consistent player so far. A lot of hard work, though, will be needed to put it across Australia that frankly is a better team.The only way the gap can be made up is by raising energy levels and showing superior fitness. That is why the selectors picked just one goalkeeper in the squad to facilitate more rolling substitutions during the game.Chetri has done alright till now, although he was at fault for one of the goals in the match against Australia. The defence is still a cause for concern as we still leave players unmarked inside our own circle.We tend to use man-to-man marking these days while all the other top teams use a zonal-cum-manto-man system.