Shell sells New Zealand assets to OMV

first_imgThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell has completed the sale of its shares in New Zealand entities to OMV for $578 million.This includes the Māui, Pohokura, and Tank Farm assets, and the sale of Shell’s interest in the Great South Basin venture, which was subject to a separate agreement.The sale is consistent with Shell’s global drive to simplify the upstream portfolio, Shell said in a statement.The company also noted the employees of Shell Taranaki and Shell NZ 2011 have all become part of OMV New Zealand.last_img

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Wood bags two new Equinor jobs

first_imgOilfield services provider Wood has secured two new contracts from the Norwegian oil giant Equinor for onshore and offshore facilities in Norway.Equinor’s Grane offshore platform. Photographer: Øyvind HagenThe contracts continue Wood’s track record of delivering engineering and technical services to Equinor – both in-country and globally – for more than two decades, Wood said on Monday.In the first of the new contracts, Wood will deliver FEED (front-end engineering design) services for brownfield modifications to the Grane offshore facility. The scope of the FEED includes all topsides modifications required on the facility to prepare for the subsea tie-back from the GRAND (Grane Area Northern Development) project.The contract was awarded following concept study work for the GRAND project and includes an option for the EPCI (engineering, procurement, construction & installation) phase.The second new contract is for the Kollsnes MEG Upgrade (KMU) project where Equinor is Technical Service Provider on behalf of Gassco. Wood will perform the FEED for modifications to the Kollsnes gas processing plant in Øygarden, west of Bergen, and will be delivered by the company’s local team in Norway, supported by systems engineers in the UK.This new award at the Kollsnes gas plant increases Wood’s onshore portfolio in Norway where the company is also designing the upgrade to naphtha hydrotreating and storage systems at Equinor’s Mongstad refinery, as part of an existing maintenance, modification and operations framework agreement worth approximately $400m.The FEED for GRAND is scheduled for completion by end of 2019 and the Kollnes process plant FEED will be completed in mid-winter 2020.Dave Stewart, CEO of Wood’s Asset Solutions business in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, comments: “Wood has developed a successful long-term global relationship with Equinor, and these new contracts continue our work on installations in their portfolio.“We are delighted to cooperate and partner with Equinor in the development of the GRAND project and upgrade of the Kollsnes gas process plant.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img

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New chief financial officer named at Cluff Natural Resources

first_imgUK-based company Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has appointed a new chief financial officer (CFO) of the company.Cluff said on Wednesday that Sarah McLeod was named as the new chief financial officer and that she would report to the company’s board of directors.Sarah McLeod has over 20 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry and joins the company from New Age (African Global Energy), where she held the role of financial controller.She started her career with Deloitte, spending six years in its oil and gas team, during which time she qualified as a chartered accountant. She subsequently spent two years at Maersk before joining ConocoPhillips where she spent ten years in a variety of senior financial and strategic roles.Graham Swindells, CEO of Cluff Natural Resources, said: “On behalf of the board I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah as CFO. Sarah brings a wealth of financial and commercial upstream oil and gas experience and knowledge to the role, particularly in relation to the North Sea, which will be invaluable to the company as we continue to develop.“Sarah joins at an exciting time for the company following the completion of two farm-outs with Shell and will be a key part of the management team as we seek to build on recent achievements and continue to grow the company.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img

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Ocean Alliance Unveils Day 4 Product Deploying 325 Boxships

first_imgThe Ocean Alliance partners have presented their new service offering which would see the shipping majors deploy a total of 325 containerships.On January 9, 2020, French container shipping major CMA CGM signed with its Asian counterparts COSCO Shipping, Evergreen and OOCL the launch of Ocean Alliance Day 4 Product.The new offer is scheduled to start in April this year.Under the agreement, the companies will offer 38 services utilizing 325 boxships with an estimated carrying capacity of around 3.8 million TEUs. Out of the 325 vessels, 112 will be operated by CMA CGM, according to the company.Launched in spring 2017, Ocean Alliance has evolved to include a comprehensive service offer on the Transpacific trade with nineteen services, a strong offer between Asia and Europe with seven services, a large offer between Asia and the Mediterranean with four services, two Transatlantic services linking North Europe to the East Coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico, four services between Asia and the Middle East and two Asia-Red Sea services.“One year after the extension of Ocean Alliance until 2027, the launch of the Day 4 Product will enable us to further strengthen the competitiveness and quality of CMA CGM’s offer. With this agreement, we are pursuing the continuous improvement of our services,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, commented.last_img

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Nude jogging ‘same as a gang patch’ – judge

first_imgDominion Post 1 Dec 2012The right to go jogging in the nude has been upheld by the High Court. Andrew Lyall Pointon, 47, was wearing only a pair of shoes when he was spotted by a woman while running at 8.30am in a forest near Tauranga in August last year. The woman, who was walking her dog, was so offended and threatened by what she had seen that she vowed not to return to the Oropi Bike Park. She lodged a complaint with police and three days later Mr Pointon was arrested as he emerged naked from the forest after another run. He was charged with offensive behaviour and found guilty in Tauranga District Court last December. An appeal was thrown out in June, but a second appeal was yesterday upheld by Justice Paul Heath in the High Court at Tauranga. “If it was [offensive] then God wouldn’t have given us genitals,” Mr Pointon told The Dominion Post yesterday. “It is a win for all libertarians and a setback for all conservatives in the country.” However, Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said he was disappointed with Justice Heath’s decision, which showed “double standards”. “Is it OK for someone to streak through his courtroom? He’d be the first one to put them in the cells.”….Mr Pointon’s lawyer Michael Bott – a specialist in human rights and civil liberties – said he could not understand why women were able to ride naked down the main street of Tauranga during the Boobs on Bikes event without intervention and yet days later his client was arrested going about his business in a remote area: “It just appears inconsistent and grossly sexist.” If the original decision went unchallenged, it would have had a “chilling effect” on freedom of expression, he said. “Police should learn to become more tolerant and learn New Zealand is becoming increasing tolerant of a . . . variety of lifestyle choices and expressions.” Mr McCoskrie said there was a time and a place for nakedness and it was not in a public place. “It’s offensive to most of the population – that’s why most of us wear clothes.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8021908/Nude-jogging-same-as-a-gang-patch-judgeUPDATE: We even got a mention in the UK newspapers!http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242211/Man-wins-appeal-jog-naked-New-Zealand-If-offensive-God-wouldnt-given-genitals.htmlUPDATE 2: The judge has a history!Court quashes Auckland’s brothel lawNZ Herald 15 March 2012The High Court has quashed Auckland City Council’s brothels bylaw, saying it was too restrictive. A challenge from the owners of a brothel known as Club 574, which operated from an address in the leafy suburb of Epsom, brought about the decision, released today by Justice Paul Heath.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/epsom/news/article.cfm?l_id=335&objectid=10372755San Francisco lawmakers give final approval to law banning nudity in most public  placesRead more:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/04/san-francisco-lawmakers-give-final-approval-to-law-banning-nudity-in-most/last_img

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Hillary Clinton: Abortion Extremist

first_imgWhile the media is busy taking a joke Donald Trump made at a rally over a crying baby into national news, they are avoiding any reporting on Hillary Clinton’s abortion extremism. Hillary Clinton’s stance in favor of abortion rights is pretty well-known, but do you know just how extreme she is? American Values Action is releasing a video today to make it easy for you to quickly educate your friends on her record of promoting abortion over her entire lifetime.The video is less than a minute long and highlights four issues: her belief in expanding taxpayer funding for abortion; her stunning statement that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs have to be changed;” her assertion that unborn babies have no constitutional rights whatsoever; and her repeated commitment to appoint only pro-abortion judges to the Supreme Court.Make no mistake: when she says religious beliefs have to be changed — she means your beliefs! Please take a minute — literally :58 seconds — and watch and share the video to help spread the word that Hillary Clinton is an abortion extremist.last_img

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EXCELLENT – Queensland abortion bill rejected

first_imgQueensland rejects bill to decriminalise abortionStuff co.nz 30 August 2016Family First Comment: Great decision. And NZ will do likewise. But it’s amusing reading the bias of the reporter. #chooselife #prowomen After 1400 submission, scores of expert appearances and public hearings, Queensland’s Parliamentary inquiry into abortion law reform has rejected a bill to decriminalise abortion across the state.Cairns Independent MP Rob Pyne, who introduced the Women’s Right to Choose bill in May, said the decision was politically motivated and that it was “disappointing that some of the politicians can’t be a little more courageous in their approach to some reform”.However, chairwoman and Labor MP Leanne Linard said careful consideration was given to the complex issues in regulating termination of pregnancy.“The committee was unable to support the Bill as it failed to address a number of important policy issues and to achieve a number of its own stated objectives,” she said.Far from being a fatal blow to the process to end antiquated laws that prevent women from seeking terminations to pregnancies, academics agreed, suggesting recommendations were made on constructive grounds and that the “door to reform is not closed”.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/83736988/Queensland-rejects-bill-to-decriminalise-abortion?cid=app-iPhonelast_img

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Should these political advocacy charities be worried?

first_imgCurrent registered charities who also do political advocacy:Child Poverty Action GroupAmnesty International New Zealand IncSave Animals From Exploitation (S.A.F.E.)The Vegan Society of AotearoaASH New Zealand IncorporatedNZ Drug FoundationNational Council of WomenRainbow WellingtonHumanist Society of NZHuman Rights Action Trust Aotearoa / New ZealandHuman Rights Foundation Of Aotearoa New ZealandSave the ChildrenRoyal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand IncAction For Children And Youth AotearoaCaritas Aotearoa – New ZealandHuman Rights In Education TrustHuman Rights Network of Aotearoa/ New Zealand TrustInternational Shia Cultural and Human Rights OrganizationYouth For Human Rights (NZ) IncorporatedWaves TrustAgender Christchurch IncAnimal Welfare Institute of New ZealandQ-Topia IncorporatedGroups who opposed Family First during the anti-smacking debateEPOCHTe Kahui Mana RirikiUNICEFNew Zealand National Committee For Unicef Trust BoardGroups who opposed Family First during the ‘gay marriage’ debateQSA Network AotearoaWaikato Queer YouthRainbow Youth Incorporatedlast_img

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Ethiopia’s ruling party headed for parliamentary elections victory

first_imgPartial results of Ethiopia’s elections show the ruling party with an  overwhelming majority. Preliminary elections released by the countrys electoral commission show the party headed for victory.According to the electoral body,the ruling EPRDF party and its allies have won all the parliamentary seats decided so far – 442 out of 547.At a news conference held Wednesday, NEBE chairperson Merga Bekana confirmed EPRDF has won 80.8% of the total parliamentary seats including 23 parliamentary seats from the capital, Addis Ababa.The Ethiopian Political Revolutionary Democratic Front won all of the seats in the capital city, Addis Ababa.Final election results will be announced on June 22.The African Union (AU) observers’ mission said Ethiopia’s Sunday general elections were “credible” and in line with African Union standards.Over 90 % of the total registered 36.8 million people have cast their votes on Sunday’s national elections; the country’s first since Ethiopia’s long-time ruler Meles Zenawi, died in office in 2012.In the last vote in 2010, opposition parties won only a single seat in the 547 seat parliament.The U.S. State Department commended Ethiopia for holding peaceful elections, but also said it is deeply concerned by “continued restrictions on civil society, media, opposition parties, and independent voices and view.”Ethiopia’s National Electoral Board said an equal platform was created for all political parties, and the government has denied accusations of obstructing the opposition in any manner. Voters in Ethiopia’s electionlast_img

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