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PetroTal announces restart of production at Bretana oil field

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first_imgPetroTal is an oil and gas development and production company domiciled in Calgary, Alberta, focused on the development of oil assets in Peru PetroTal restarts production at Bretana. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) On May 7, 2020, PetroTal announced that it had temporarily shut in the Bretana oil field operations in response to a directive issued by the Peruvian government’s health department related to COVID-19 prevention, that resulted in the operator of the ONP (Petroperu) having to shut down pipeline operations. The Bretana oil field was producing approximately 11,500 bopd prior to being shut in. PetroTal used this period to perform maintenance operations and effected improvements to the production facilities.In anticipation of the re-opening of the ONP, Bretana oil production recommenced on July 15, 2020 and achieved over 12,000 bopd when all seven wells were online.Crude oil production is the basis for royalty calculation purposes by Perupetro, the Peruvian government agency responsible for collecting the royalty payments, and such volumes are reported on its website: https://www.perupetro.com.pe/wps/wcm/connect/corporativo/7318e1ef-aaa2-4c91-8313-7d2090cba5fa/Producci%C3%B3n+l%C3%ADquidos.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&liquidos.The website reports all crude oil production in Peru, of which the Block 95 reference is the Bretana oil field. The reported crude oil volumes do not include the approximately 4% of natural gasoline blended into the Bretana crude oil to meet the required viscosity specifications, especially those at the ONP; hence oil sales volumes are slightly larger than the crude oil volumes reported by Perupetro.Oil deliveries have already commenced to the Iquitos refinery and approximately 40,000 barrels are expected be delivered during July 2020.Oil is being barged to the Saramuro Pump Station ready to be delivered into the ONP immediately at its recommencement of its operations, expected in early August 2020. To manage the Company’s inventory and barge storage capacity, Bretana production has been reduced to approximately 8,000 bopd pending the restart of the pipeline.PetroTal has implemented a stringent COVID-19 safety protocol, which has been reviewed and approved by PetroTal’s HSE-CSR Board Committee as well as Peru’s Health Ministry. PetroTal’s protocol includes appropriate distancing, use of facemasks at all times, temperature checks three times a day, rapid tests before entering the field and then in Bretana camp every three days, each person having their own room, constant disinfection of all spaces, and a doctor and two nurses on location to supervise. While the workers from the Bretana community stay at the camp during their rotation, the crew of all oil transport barges do not enter the camp, though they are subjected to the same protocol every time a vessel arrives at Bretana.PetroTal will hold its annual general and special meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) on September 9, 2020. Meeting materials for the AGM will be mailed this week. Further AGM details will be provided in subsequent announcements.Manolo Zuniga, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “On behalf of PetroTal, I would like to thank the 30 person team that stayed at Bretana during the shut down and ensured all the facilities were properly maintained, which is reflected by how quickly the new 130 person team was able to re-open the oil wells, recommence construction support activities and again reach 12,000 bopd of production. Our commitment is to ensure all stakeholders benefit from the Bretana project, including the local communities that support our Company.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

HAMRICK TOWING EXPANDING AND HAS SEVERAL JOB OPENINGS

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare HAMRICK TOWING EXPANDING AND HAS SEVERAL JOB OPENINGSHamrick Towing is expanding and has immediate openings for several positions.According to the firms President John Hamrick said “there are several full-time positions that he needs to fill right away.Mr. Hamrick also stated that these positions offer paid vacations and holidays. Performance bonuses are offered to those who excel in the workplace.  Also, the hourly pay is very competitive. An Equal Opportunity employer.The Following List Of Full-Time Positions Are Posted Below:1) Five (5) Tow Truck drivers2) Paint and Bodyman3) Welder4) Dispatcher5) Diesel MechanicFinally, Mr. Hamrick said; “that the workplace environment is employee-friendly with a downhome attitude.”Interested applicants need to immediately apply in person at Hamrick Towing located at 1277 Maxwell Avenue from thee hours 10;00 to noon Monday through Friday. No phone calls, please.last_img read more

City Takes Small Bite Out of Tax Increase for 2014

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first_imgCity Council on Thursday introduced a 2014 municipal budget that calls for a 2.57 percent increase to local taxpayers.A vote on a final budget will be held after a public hearing on April 24.The owner of a (not-quite-median) $500,000 home in Ocean City would see an increase of $73 in municipal taxes this year if the budget were approved as is.That figure represents a small decrease from the 2.89 percent tax levy increase proposed in a preliminary budget released last month.While the city had to budget about an extra $25,ooo to cover overtime work during an exceptionally snowy winter and an extra $155,000 to cover expenses on a front-loaded five-year capital improvement plan, substantial savings on required pension contributions helped reduce the overall burden on taxpayers.The overall budget falls from $71.9 million in 2013 to $69.7 million in 2014, but the decrease comes from one-time items (such as a FEMA reimbursement in 2013) and not from a reduction in annual operating expenses.The municipal budget and a small library tax account for about 50 percent of a property owner’s tax bill. School taxes (see related story) and county taxes represent about 25 percent apiece.With 4,500 homes reassessed in the final stage of a multiyear program to bring assessed values in line with market values, Ocean City has about $135 million less property value to tax.That helped lead to a 3.8 percent increase in the tax rate to 40.06 cents on $100 of assessed value.The owner of a $500,000 home that was one of 4,500 that were reassessed by the city this year will likely pay less in taxes this year. On average, that home would be reassessed at about $40,000 less, and the owner would see a decrease of about $85 in municipal taxes.With a three-year, in-house program to reassess 17,000 properties in Ocean City now complete, tax rates should begin to stabilize, according to Finance Director Frank Donato.While the local tax levy increases by 2.57 percent to $44.8 million, Ocean City will be $432,000 under the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap, according to Donato. The tax cap formula includes exceptions in what is calculated.City Council voted unanimously to bank money from this year to establish a cap bank for the next two budget cycles.See more detail on the proposed Ocean City budget.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Purdue University tuition freeze to remain in place despite pandemic

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first_imgIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp By Network Indiana – December 15, 2020 0 151 Facebook Google+ Twitter (“PURDUE UNIVERSITY” by taki Lau, CC BY-SA 2.0) Purdue University announced this week it will continue its tuition freeze through at least the 2022-2023 academic year.The extension will mean 10 years without a tuition increase at the university.President Mitch Daniels announced that the university would not increase tuition in spring 2013, shortly after he became the 12th president of Purdue University. Before that, Purdue tuition had increased every year since 1976.“We said very early on that we believe strongly that our students and their families deserve a high-value education that they can afford and that we will fit our spending to their budgets — not the other way around. Purdue is a national leader in the value of its degrees, and we intend to increase that value further,” Daniels said. “Our story remains the same. As long as we are balancing our operating budget, growing our faculty, and investing in necessary projects, we see no good reason to charge our students more. Our commitment to affordability has helped save families millions of dollars and, coupled with prioritizing our investments, we continue to believe that Purdue is delivering higher education at the highest proven value.”Base undergraduate tuition will remain at $9,992 per year for in-state students and $28,794 for out-of-state students through 2022-2023. Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Purdue University tuition freeze to remain in place despite pandemic Pinterest Previous articleEating champs to face off during shrimp eating contest in IndianapolisNext articleFormer Mayor Pete Buttigieg to serve as Biden’s Transportation Secretary Network Indianalast_img read more

HSPH student helps analyze consequences of raw milk distribution

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first_imgWith the continuing trend toward ever-more “natural” diets, the raw milk debate has gathered steam, including here in Massachusetts where lawmakers have been considering legislation to loosen restrictions on selling raw milk for the nearly 30 dairy farms in the state.While the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), like other public health agencies and organizations, had concerns about health consequences associated with consumption of raw milk products, it was critical to look more broadly across the U.S. at the prevalence of food-borne illness and to better understand economic impacts associated with the distribution of raw milk.  Unfortunately, DPH didn’t have the resources to thoroughly explore these issues.So DPH Commissioner John Auerbach turned for answers to the public health researcher expertise at Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and their Community Health Innovation and Research Program (HC-CHIRP). The HC-CHIRP staff includes research faculty from Harvard’s School of Public Health (HSPH).Kathryn Falb, a third-year doctoral student in HSPH’s Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, jumped at the chance to be paired with Sharon Greene, an epidemiologist in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and an expert on food-borne illnesses. Greene was paired with Falb by Charles Deutsch, a senior research scientist at HSPH and head of the HC-CHIRP effort, who used the Harvard Catalyst Profiles to find the best faculty adviser for this project.last_img read more

Two Harvard teams win energy grants

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first_imgTwo Harvard-led teams are among the 66 selected by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) that will receive a total of $130 million in funding through its OPEN 2012 program, which is designed to support innovative energy technologies, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced on Wednesday.The projects have the potential to produce game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, form the foundations for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts, according to Chu, who noted that the selected projects encompass 11 technology areas in 24 states, and support the Obama administration’s “all-of-the-above approach” to solving the nation’s most pressing energy challenges.Heading up the Harvard teams are Michael J. Aziz, Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at SEAS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.SEAS and storage batteriesTo give renewable energy a fighting chance, Aziz’s team, led by SEAS engineers and chemists, will use its one-year innovation grant to develop a new type of storage battery.“Storage of very large amounts of energy is required if we are to generate a major portion of our electricity from intermittent renewable sources such as wind turbines and photovoltaics,” said Aziz, who is the lead investigator. “Currently no cost-effective solution exists to this large-scale storage problem. Flow batteries may make stationary storage viable in the marketplace, and that will enable wind and solar to displace a lot more fossil fuel.”A type of highly rechargeable fuel cell, flow batteries are suitable for storing large amounts of electrical energy in the form of liquid chemicals, which are flowed past the electrochemical conversion hardware and stored externally in inexpensive tanks that can range in size. This permits each designer to independently size the electrochemical conversion hardware (which sets the peak power capacity) and the chemical storage tanks (which set the energy capacity).Aziz foresees using next-generation flow batteries for local energy storage, such as in the basement of a house or office outfitted with rooftop solar panels, or, on a larger scale, directly integrated into wind and solar farms. The technology could even outcompete lead-acid batteries for solar energy storage in remote areas without access to a grid.“While not eliminating fossil fuels, flow battery storage potentially eliminates a barrier to doing so within the existing energy system and market,” said Aziz. “The best engineering and chemistry alone are not enough to solve our energy challenges. Compatibility with current infrastructure is almost always essential, and economic viability is always essential. Flow batteries may play a huge role in our transition off of fossil fuels, and I am very excited that Harvard has the opportunity to develop a potential game-changer.”To read the full story.Wyss and self-repairing pipelinesMillions of miles of pipelines crisscross the United States alone, and when they become fouled by the likes of bacterial colonization or corrosion, the flow of fuel is reduced — causing tremendous energy loss. In fact, undesirable interactions between liquids and surfaces create problems just about everywhere liquids are handled or moved around: in fuel or water pipelines, medical tubing, power lines, and more, according to researchers at the Wyss Institute.But there is hope for drag-free transport in a material called SLIPS (slippery liquid infused porous surfaces) that repels just about anything it encounters. SLIPS, a technology inspired by the slippery surface of the carnivorous pitcher plant, creates novel super-slippery surfaces that can quickly repel liquids and solids and also have a unique ability to self-repair and to self-clean. Nontoxic and anti-corrosive, SLIPS is proving effective on almost any surface, including glass, plastics, and metals, and under a range of harsh conditions, such as high pressure, freezing temperature, extreme UV exposure, and high acidity.Aizenberg, with support from Wyss postdoctoral fellow Tak-Sing Wong, was selected by ARPA-E to further develop this coating. Under the proposed ARPA-E-funded work, the SLIPS technology will be leveraged to create novel pipeline surfaces that enable the energy-efficient transport of economically important fluids such as crude oil and biofuels in a range of temperature conditions.  The reduced friction enabled by SLIPS has the potential to reduce energy use by up to 50 percent.To read the full story.last_img read more

An Apple Orchard, Mutts, and IT Innovation

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first_imgWhat does the movie ‘Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes‘ (Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog) – a comedy about an apple orchard, communism, and the utopic world of art – have to do with IT innovation? Surprisingly, a great deal! It was screened last year at the 67th Berlinale, one of the most important events in the film industry. Movies have long gone digital, and this work by up-and-coming filmmaker Julian Radlmaier is no exception; it was digitally transmitted overnight to the screening venues.That doesn’t sound particularly spectacular. However, over 1,200 films are screened at the Berlinale, distributed within just a handful of days via a rapid fiber optic network to 25 screening locations with a total of 60 screens: all at the click of a mouse. Those are some pretty impressive figures! The process involves an enormous 500 terabytes of data, plus over 300,000 film fans who can hardly wait for the screenings. It’s all made possible by the Isilon storage cluster from Dell EMC, which offers 68 petabytes of memory. This ensures that everything behind the scenes of the Berlinale runs smoothly. The cluster can be scaled as desired, is incredibly easy to manage, and is wholly fail-safe – fans would show no mercy if there were even the slightest delay, to say nothing of a cancellation.Digitization has revolutionized the film industry via highly innovative IT systems, and we are proud to have made our small contribution to that field. As those responsible for IT at the Berlinale – especially after a fling in 2016 – are more than satisfied with the existing Dell EMC solution, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ a whimsical animated film by Wes Anderson about a corrupt mayor, his son, and many mutts, will also be transmitted digitally at this year’s 68th Berlinale. So will 1,200 other films – without interruptions. We hope the thousands of movie fans at the screening locations around Potsdamer Platz enjoy the show.If you speak German, make sure you also check out the video Dell [email protected] 2018!last_img read more

FARC Seeks to Influence 2010 Elections, Colombian Defense Minister Warns

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first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2009 FARC guerrillas seek to influence the 2010 presidential election by releasing hostages ‎‎“a few at a time,” Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos warned today.‎ ‎“Releasing hostages at a slow rate as political actions, they want to put themselves in ‎a position” to be “able to affect the upcoming elections (…) as they have done in past ‎elections,” Santos told Army officers and NCOs in a conference.‎ Santos stressed that, as in other occasions, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of ‎Colombia (FARC) reasoned as follows: “I decide whom I make peace with, the ‎people vote for that person, and we return to the same pattern of deceit. As President ‎Álvaro Uribe says, ‘you can’t neuter a dog twice.’”‎ The Minister made these statements days after the FARC handed over six hostages to ‎a humanitarian mission: Alan Jará, the former Governor of Meta; Sigifredo López, the ‎former Deputy of the Department Assembly of Valle del Cauca; three police officers; ‎and one soldier.‎ The hostages were handed over to the opposition Senator Piedad Córdoba as a gesture ‎toward the group of politicians, academics, artists, and intellectuals collectively ‎known as Colombians for the Peace (CCP).‎ Santos also reported today that a regular FARC tactic has been to perpetrate terrorist ‎acts in order to create a sense of insecurity among the population.‎ ‎“With one hand they free hostages, with another they throw bombs; they want to tell ‎the population that the FARC is alive (…) to create in the Colombian mind a need to ‎negotiate for peace,” said the minister.‎ The FARC issued two press releases yesterday in which America’s oldest guerrilla ‎organization announced that it will only free the 22 police officers and soldiers kept ‎under their control if 500 of their rebels are released.‎ The Colombian government responded today by demanding that the FARC ‎completely cease all terrorist acts as a first step toward launching a peace process that ‎will later include handing over weapons and an eventual dialogue, as happened in ‎Northern Ireland.‎last_img read more

Warning: ATM global cash-out scheme

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first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is an important alert to inform you about a scheme that could affect the payments industry.“Unlimited Operation” Schemes Threaten Financial InstitutionsUnspecified reporting obtained by the FBI indicates cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global automated teller machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach and commonly referred to as an “unlimited operation.” Such schemes involve the use of malware to access bank customer card information from financial institutions or card processors, enabling large-scale theft of funds from ATMs. Specifically, malware is used to manipulate/remove system controls, including balances, withdrawals, and daily transaction limits. Information obtained in the cyber attack can then be copied, sold, and subsequently used to withdraw an unlimited amount of funds from ATMs. Funds obtained from these schemes are often laundered via conversion to virtual currency, investments in local or regional criminal enterprises, or overseas transfers. 1ATM cash-out operations are usually launched on weekends, often just after financial institutions begin closing for business on Saturday. These schemes are expected to continue and possibly increase in the future.last_img read more

No plot change but new stars in made for TV Premier League season

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first_imgChelsea, who have invested heavily in new recruits, will aim to be in the hunt, while Manchester United hope to improve on a third-place finish, 33 points behind Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool.Leeds United are back in the top flight after a 16-year absence and the Yorkshire club, managed by idiosyncratic Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, start their campaign at Anfield.The partial return of spectators will be tested at lower league level, with the Premier League hoping to have some fans back in grounds in October, depending on the threat level of the novel coronavirus, but the sofa or pub is the nearest supporters will get to the action this month.It is a sad state of affairs that fans have reluctantly become accustomed to but the broadcasters are hoping the action will maintain enthusiasm levels until the return to the grounds. Familiar foesHaving ended their 30-year wait for a domestic league title, Liverpool have been surprisingly quiet in the transfer market, with Klopp sticking by the players who dominated last term.Pep Guardiola’s City will have a familiar look as well but they have lost their inspirational Spanish midfielder David Silva as well as Germany winger Leroy Sane.While the hopes of a move for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi were ended by the Argentine’s decision to stay put, Spanish wide-man Ferran Torres has joined from Valencia and Dutch defender Nathan Ake has been recruited from relegated Bournemouth.Frank Lampard has been the busiest of the big six managers, the Chelsea boss adding two German internationals in striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen plus Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax Amsterdam and England full-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester.While it is probably too soon to talk of the London club, who were fourth last season, being title contenders, those signings, combined with young players such as Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic who showed promise last season, should give Lampard the strength-in-depth for a more consistent campaign.Manchester United fans hoped for a summer of busy transfer market activity, but while the deadline for deals is not until Oct. 5, they have so far added just one new face in Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax.The prospect of the Dutchman alongside Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in midfield offers promise but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that a deal eventually gets done with Borussia Dortmund for England winger Jadon Sancho.The United boss, who must also balance the needs of a Champions League campaign, will be keen to add some defensive options to back up an exciting attack featuring talented youngsters Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.North London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will hope their first full campaigns under managers Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho will result in a return to the Champions League positions after they had to settle for Europa League spots.Leeds are the most interesting of the promoted clubs to watch given the influence of Bielsa and they are joined in the top flight by West Bromwich Albion and Fulham who both return after short spells in the second-tier Championship. Topics : The new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday with some fresh talent but still without fans as the world’s most popular domestic soccer competition continues, for the time being at least, as a made for television product.The plot is unlikely to be dramatically different from the past two seasons.After winning the title by 18 points, Liverpool start as favorites again but Manchester City will be strong challengers as they seek their third title in four years.last_img read more