Subsea 7 Nets Woodside Contract Offshore Australia

first_imgSubsea 7 has been awarded a sizeable contract by Woodside Energy for the Greater Western Flank Phase 2 Project, offshore Australia.The Greater Western Flank is located on the North West Shelf of Australia, 60 km southwest of the Goodwyn Alpha (GWA) platform.The contract scope comprises the subsea tie-back of adjacent fields to the GWA platform, including the installation of manifolds, umbilicals and spool pieces, together with the pre-commissioning of the system.Project management and engineering will start immediately from Subsea 7’s office in Perth, Australia, with offshore operations scheduled to begin in 2018, the company said.Andy Woolgar, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this project from Woodside Energy. This is the fourth award from Woodside in recent times, and we are pleased to be able to continue this strong working relationship.”According to Subsea 7, a sizeable contract is in the range between USD 50 million and USD 150 million.last_img read more

Tracklaying begins on Northern Missing Link

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Tracklaying has begun on the 69 km Northern Missing Link in central Queensland, QR National announced on May 24.The A$385 connection between the existing 1 067 mm gauge Goonyell and Newlands coal networks is being built as part of the A$1·1bn Goonyella to Abbot Point expansion project, which includes work to increase capacity on the existing Newlands lines. Civil works on the Northern Missing Link are being undertaken by the CoalConnect alliance of QR National, Leighton Contractors, GHD and KBR. The Synergy alliance of QR National, UGL and Ansaldo STS is providing signalling, while QR National is responsible for railway systems, telecoms and project management. Despite recent wet weather, the project is on schedule for trains to begin using the Northern Missing Link in January 2012. Full completion of the GAP project in June 2012 will double the capacity on the route to Abbot Point Coal Terminal to 50 mtpa. A new balloon loop was commissioned at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal on May 23, enabling faster and more efficient coal unloading.last_img read more

Sochi favorite Takanashi gets ninth win of season

first_imgTakanashi’s victory, her first in three events, matched American rival Sarah Hendrickson’s single-season women’s record of nine she set in the 2011-2012 campaign.“I wasn’t satisfied with my first jump so I am happy that I could bounce back on the second jump,” said Takanashi, who has 18 career World Cup wins.Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was second with 226.9 points and first-round leader Slovenia’s Maja Vtic was third with 223.5.Elsewhere for Japan, Yuki Ito was fifth, Kaori Iwabuchi was 16th, Misaki Shigeno was 22nd and Ayumi Watase was 27th. Yurina Yamada failed to make it to the second round of jumps.Also on Saturday, veteran Noriaki Kasai narrowly missed out on a medal when he finished fourth at a World Cup meet in Germany.The 41-year-old, who will be competing in his seventh Winter Olympics in Sochi this month, was third after the first round with a jump of 142 meters.But he dropped one place down the rankings to fourth with a second leap of 140 meters for a total of 253.9 points.“I messed up (on the second jump)” said Kasai. “I felt like I was in a position to win and tensed up. I didn’t take off like I know I can.”Poland’s Kamil Stoch won the 19th individual event of the series, 263.2 points giving him his third win of the season. Germany’s Severin Freund was second with 262.2 and Slovenia’s Jernej Damjan was third with 258.5. Sara Takanashi, Sochi Olympics, 2014 Olympics, Noriaki Kasai KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOScenter_img HINZENBACH, AUSTRIA – Sochi Olympic women’s individual gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi came from behind to post her ninth World Cup win of the season on Saturday.The 17-year-old ski jumper from Hokkaido was second after a first jump of 87 meters on the K-85 hill in Hinzenbach, Austria, but a second effort of 90 meters was enough to secure her victory with 231.7 points. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Sara Takanashi aplast_img read more

LSU softball rebounds to beat Huskers in regionals

first_imgKellsi KlossKellsi KlossBATON ROUGE – After a long night on Friday night, the LSU softball team needed an even longer day just to stay alive in the NCAA tournament.LSU found a way to keep its season going by getting past a tough Nebraska squad in a 3-2 win in 10 innings to avoid elimination and squandering home-field advantage in the Baton Rouge Regional Saturday night at Tiger Park.Singles by catcher Kellsi Kloss and infielder Sahvanna Jaquish in the 10th inning helped the Tigers to pull out a tough win and move to the regional finals against Arizona State, a team that shut the Tigers out earlier in the day.That sets up a regional finals game against the Sun Devils at noon Sunday with a berth in the Super Regionals in the balance. ASU just needs one win, while LSU will need to beat the Sun Devils twice.“They call our team the Fightin’ Tigers for a reason, and that’s why,” LSU head coach Beth Torina said. “Kellsi Kloss caught a great game and we were finally able to get some big hits at the right time.”After Bailey Landry reached on a one-out walk, she beat out the throw at second on a fielder’s choice. Two batters later, Kloss lofted a ball to left field and Landry beat the throw to give LSU the lead. Then Sahvanna Jaquish singled home Bell for insurance that turned out to be the game-winning RBI.“Sahvanna drove in the run after me and it was huge,” Kloss said. “I give all the credit to my teammates for fighting so hard and putting me in position to succeed.”Nebraska (35-23) got the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the inning, then Laura Barrow hit an RBI single to cut the lead to one. But pitcher Carley Hoover came in relief and got the final two outs to secure the win.LSU (46-12) scored first in the fourth inning as Bianka Bell reached on an error and moved to third base two batters later. Sandra Simmons singled to left and the throw to the plate got away from the catcher, scoring Bell.Nebraska responded in the bottom of the fourth as Kiki Stokes moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt that confused the LSU infield. Stokes then scored on a sacrifice fly to foul territory by Alicia Armstrong.Pitcher Allie Walljasper was strong for LSU in her 9 1-3 innings, giving up eight hits and one walk. But she credits her defense behind her for most of the work. “I had great defense behind me the whole time and I could not have done it without them,” she said.Early in the day, the Tigers had its chances, but could not get the big hit in a 1-0 loss to Arizona State.LSU bats that were hot on Friday night were cooled off 14 hours later as Arizona State freshman pitcher Breanna Macha held the Tigers scoreless after they put up 15 runs against Texas Southern the night before.Rain and lightning delays that slowed Friday’s game returned on Saturday despite not much rain and mostly sunny weather. Two lightning delays resulted in a total of an hour and 18 minutes of paused game time.“I can find a lot of excuses with the short turnaround, the delays, the kid threw a good game, but ultimately we just didn’t get it done,” Torina said.Macha retired 15 Tiger batters in a row at one point and held LSU to four hits and a walk while striking out six. Also, LSU was 1-for-9 with runners on base and 0-for-5 when they were in scoring position.Arizona State (36-20) loaded the bases in the first inning on a walk, infield hit and a hit-by-pitch. Haley Steele then laced a single to left field that scored Sierra Rodriguez for the game’s lone run.Meanwhile, Hoover threw well the rest of the game, giving up only three hits in the game with three walks and a strikeout. Aiding her was a strong defense behind her that made a lot of strong, consistent plays.“We got a good performance on the mound, Carley was really good today,” Torina said. “She kept a really good offense from putting up big numbers; I think she was really good today. Hopefully she has a few more like this left in her.”Now that LSU has survived getting to the regional final, the team will try to find that swagger that had the Tigers ranked at the top of the polls for most of the season.“The big key is for us to play knowing how good we are,” Kloss said. “We’re not in this position for no reason. We worked so hard to get here and we need to come on with confidence and be aggressive and attack and not be on defense, we need to be on offense.”last_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations: Sudan win first point since 1976

first_imgSudan earned their first Africa Cup of Nations point in 36 years when drawing 2-2 with Angola in Malabo.The southern Africans took control after four minutes as Manucho pounced on a defensive error to drill home.That left Sudan needing their first finals goal since 1976 and it duly arrived when Mohamed Ahmed Bashir headed home after the half-hour.After Manucho converted a spot-kick for his second, Bashir struck late on to earn a deserved draw for the Sudanese.After winning the Nations Cup on home soil in 1970, Sudan’s national team has gone downhill and suffered a 32-year absence from the finals until returning at Ghana 2008, only to lose all their games without scoring.So after Manucho pounced on Nagm Eldin’s hesitation after four minutes, striding on unchallenged before cracking home an angled drive, there were legitimate fears for Sudan’s fortunes. Especially since the first job for Akram Elhadi, brought in for regular goalkeeper Mahjoub El Moez, was to pick the ball out of the net.But in a largely-deserted Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, where the sound of the Angola trumpets filled the void, Sudan – the second lowest-ranked tournament at the finals – gradually came into the game.Mohamed Tahir was the first to test Carlos in the Angolan goal as he fired in a terrific 25-yarder before Mohamed Ahmed Bashir made history in the 33rd minute.Mudather El Taib swung over a cross from the right wing which Bashir flicked into the top corner before charging to the corner flag where he kissed the ground in celebration.The goal was no less than Sudan’s play merited, after Angola had slackened off, but the East Africans gifted the Palancas Negras another lead in the opening minutes of the second period. Defender Hamid Nazar was the guilty party as his lazy challenge felled FC Porto’s Djalma, and Manucho slotted the penalty home to become the tournament’s top scorer with three goals.That left Sudan needing another strike to stay in the finals and they slowly worked their way back into a game where forward Nando Rafael made his long-awaited debut for the Palancas Negras.But the former Germany youth international suffered a mixed day as the second-half substitute was forced off with a shoulder injury, to be replaced by Jose Vunguidica.The Angolan made an immediate impact but not in the fashion coach Lito Vidigal would have wanted as he chested a hopeful punt into the path of Bashir, who swivelled to score his second of the game.Bashir could have scored a hat-trick but fired a late effort tamely at Carlos, who will miss Monday’s final group game Ivory Coast after picking up his second yellow of the tournament for time-wasting. Late on, Angola could have snatched victory when Manucho fired a yard or two over the crossbar from the halfway line after cleverly spotting Akram off his line.The result leaves both teams in with a chance of making the quarter-finals on the final day, when the Sudanese will take on Burkina Faso.last_img read more

STUBAs Asian specials will delight all travellers

first_imgWith hundreds of destinations vying for client dollars, it takes some special hotels to stand out from the pack. Stuba has renegotiated hundreds of contracts for Asian cities. With so many festivals and special events in Asia, lets take a look at some of the best, unusual, or special things to do in the following cities:Bangkok – April 2019:– Thai Heritage Conservation Day. Created in 1985 to celebrate the Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, all historical sites and museums usually have free admission.– Songkran (Thai New Year). In Mid April, the Thai people celebrate their own New Year, Songkran. Its a time for catching up with Family, but also a time of massive street water fights, so either join in, or make sure you have a poncho to protect your camera or baggage !Hong Kong – April 2019– Bruce Lee: Kung Foo, Art, Life. Curated from the Bruce Lee Foundation in the USA, this exhibition looks at the phenomenon of Bruce Lee as well as his martial arts and film background. Over 600 invaluable items are on display.– Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival. Make magical memories with a spectacular display of light, music, and entertainment, over various locations. Includes art exhibitions and much more. Tokyo – April 2019– Gotenyama Cherry Blossom Festival. With over 70 varieties of Cherry trees in the area which includes parks all under the banner of the Gotenyama Trust City. Just spectacular. If you’re not keen on this one, there are many many other Cherry Blossom festivals happening, including the Illuminated Weeping Cherry Tree in the Fuedal Lords Garden.– Okunitama Jimja Shrine (Darkness Festival). One of the oldest shrines in Tokyo located in Fuchu City where the Zelkova Trees are designated National Treasures. The Shrines annual festival is called the Kurayami (Darkness Festival). Plant lovers will love the fair where plants and stalls are exhibited.Singapore – April 2019– World Gourmet Summit. A celebration of fine cuisine, excellent wine, and unique dining experiences.Some of the top places to head are Bacchanalia Singapore, Hua Ting Restaurant, Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare, Majestic Restaurant and Tippling Club. If you are a foodie and aim to be in Singapore in April, this festival will blow your mind. More Michellin stars than you can poke a stick at.  Matched wines are a must, with special varieties from Bordeaux, Tuscany to start.– Minimalism: Light. Space. Object. New to south east Asia, is it first exhibition of Minimalism held at the National Gallery Singapore, and Artscience Museum. The exhibition includes work that guides us down the path of the connection between minimalism and Asian art, and spiritualism.Whatever the reason for your clients travel,  book with Stuba. The best rates, and superb 24/7 support. STUBA’s Asian specials will delight all travellers STUBA is the place to go for all your Asian travelcenter_img Source = STUBAlast_img read more