Undisclosed bakken producer selected Cold Bore SmartPAD technology to digitise completion operations. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Cold Bore Technology, a provider of fracking completion optimisation technology, announced that one of the largest oil producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation has integrated the company’s proprietary SmartPAD technology.The SmartPAD platform allows for ultra high-resolution operations data to be captured, analyzed and acted on in real-time. This results in higher levels of efficiency, increased transparency and a safer onsite environment for workers.Although it is currently deployed with fracking operators throughout North America, including six of the top 10 producers, these represent the first integrations of the platform in the Bakken region.“We’ve seen interest in our SmartPAD technology grow exponentially in the last 12 months and I’m very pleased to now have our first integrations in the Bakken which is the third largest U.S. shale oil field, behind Texas’ Permian,” said Brett Chell, President at Cold Bore. “We do expect further producers in the region to begin integrating the technology over the coming months as field results demonstrate the significant value of having real-time access to ultra high-resolution data.”Benefits of SmartPAD integration for producers include:Remote visibility of onsite operations in real-timeReduced downtimePrecise identification of average service operating timesIncreased pad efficiency and reduced completion costsMitigation of several major safety issues including trapped pressure, leaking valves and hot zone incidentsHow it worksCold Bore’s patented SmartPAD uses a combination of valve positioning, pressure monitoring sensors, field data collection systems and proprietary software to fully digitize completions operations.The monitored data sets drive an automated algorithm that tracks and records the start and completion of each activity carried out by multiple onsite service vendors – including frac, wireline, pump down and several others – down to the second. The real-time data can then be remotely accessed by those monitoring operations from anywhere in the world. The SmartPAD platform allows for ultra high-resolution operations data to be captured, analyzed and acted on in real-time Source: Company Press Release
A Jan. 29 storm in Ocean City was one of five that closed schools this year.The Ocean City Board of Education voted Wednesday to add April 21 to the school calendar to make up for a snow day.The vote keeps the last day of school and high school graduation on Friday, June 20.The district had to close schools on five different days this winter because of snow.“Generally, we think we may have to make up two,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said of snow days in typical years.The last day of school had been scheduled for June 17. The district made up one day by adding March 17 (originally a teacher’s in-service day) back to the school calendar. The end of the school year was then pushed back to June 20 to make up for three more days.That left the school board with a choice to make up for the fifth day: Move graduation and the last day of school to Monday, June 23 or add Monday, April 21 as a school day.Spring break for students falls during the week before Easter this year, and the Monday following Easter (April 21) was also part of the break.The board considered a range of factors in making its decision: family plans for attending graduation, teacher and family vacations for spring break, custodian overtime for holidays, an extra day of teaching before AP tests, the chaos of a Friday evening in late June, even students who had purchased tickets for the Firefly Music Festival on June 20 (thinking they would be done school by then).In the end, citing April 21 as a more likely day for learning than June 23, the board passed the schedule change in a 7-1 vote.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
November 29, 2015: Sunday Calls for service: 68Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 22Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 3 EMS callsFraud, 3400 block Simpson Ave., at 9:49amMotor vehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave, at 9:01pm November 29 – December 5, 2015Calls for Service: 503Daily Average: 72 November 30, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 55Motor Vehicle Stops: 12Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 17Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 9 Fire and 6 EMS callsHarassment, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 2:23pmTheft, 100 block Asbury Ave., at 2:23pm December 1, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 45Motor Vehicle Stops: 13Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 15Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 54th St., one in custody, at 4:54pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES December 3, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 84Motor Vehicle Stops: 25Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 28Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsBurglary, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 10:01amWarrant, 500 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 1:19pmTheft, Waterway Rd., at 4:40pm December 2, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 86Motor Vehicle Stops: 26Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 31Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 10:52amDomestic violence, 300 block Bay Ave., at 11:30amTheft, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 1:26pm December 4, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 71Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 16Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS callsDomestic violence, 1000 block Wesley Rd., at 8:14amDomestic violence, 300 block West Ave., at 10:12pm December 5, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 94Motor Vehicle Stops: 35Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 26Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, 900 block Asbury Ave., at 2:23pmTheft, 400 block Haven Ave., at 2:31pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Central Ave., at 3:13pmTheft, 800 block West Ave., at 3:27pmFraud, W. 17th Street, at 4:15pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department
All bakery fats in Bako’s own-label Classic range are now made using ethically and sustainably produced palm oils.The buying group has sourced fully segregated and accredited palm oil and an independent fats processor to produce its boxed bakery fats. It said the move was in response to customer requests.The reformulated range of fats which includes shortening, cake margarine, pastry margarine and bread fat is similar in nature and performance to previous Bako Classic fats so bakers achieving the same results without changing recipes.
Since the birth of airpower, British industry has been crucial to maintaining our military’s world-leading position. As we celebrate 100 years of the RAF protecting our skies, it is fitting that we create bold and ambitious plans to help our brave Armed Forces keep us safe in the face of intensifying threats. The Combat Air Strategy will bring together the best of British engineering, skill and design, and deliver a compelling vision for the future of air power. The MOD will work across Government and closely with industry and international partners to explore the UK’s future Combat Air capabilities, building on the Industrial Strategy and refreshed Defence Industrial Policy launched last year.The strategy will examine the operational capability needed in the future and the skills and resource required to deliver it. The work will take new and emerging technology into account, as well as export potential, whilst testing British industry’s ability to deliver our future requirements. It is expected to be launched in the summer.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: It is especially fitting that we launch the Combat Air Strategy as our Royal Air Force marks its 100th anniversary. Combat Air capabilities have been at the heart of the RAF’s capabilities throughout its history, and are constantly employed on operations across the world today. This strategy will ensure that the RAF can continue to remain at the forefront of the high-end airpower technology and innovation we need to deal with future threats, working in close collaboration with UK industry and our international partners. The UK is already a world-leader in the air sector which accounts for 85% of the Britain’s defence export orders. The industry is made up of close to 2,500 companies, generating more than £33.5bn in turnover and employing more than 128,000 people – some 26,000 of them in highly skilled research, design and engineering jobs.Investment in combat air technology combined with the strengths of UK industry has resulted in the UK being the US’ only Tier 1 partner on the F-35 Lightning II programme, with British industry building around 15% of every F-35 which is built. The UK has been able exploit the operational capabilities of the aircraft, while reinforcing UK industrial capability, skills and wider economic prosperity.The UK also continues to lead the way in combat air power as one of the four partner nations in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme. With more than 20,000 flying hours on global operations to date, the Typhoon has offered unparalleled reliability and proven interoperability with our allies.The F-35 Lightning II and the Typhoon are two complimentary multi-role combat aircraft that will make up the RAF’s combat air fleet, placing the UK at the forefront of fighter jet technology – with the Typhoon expected to remain in UK service until at least 2040.Just last week the UK led the bid to replace Belgium’s fighter jets with 34 Typhoons with the offer to include a comprehensive defence and industrial partnership between the Governments of Belgium and the UK. The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was also in Qatar at the end of last year to oversee Qatar’s multi-billion pound purchase of 24 Typhoon aircraft, supporting thousands of jobs across the UK.The announcement of the strategy comes after an initial review of the defence aerospace sector by the MOD, which involved engaging across Government and with industry. The development of a Combat Air Strategy is consistent with the themes of the Modernising Defence Programme. It will set out in practical terms how the MOD can deliver its critical military capability requirements whilst considering wider economic and international factors, and our national security objectives.
Yesterday, James Murphy posted on LCD Soundystem‘s Facebook that the band would release two new songs at exactly midnight. “call the police” and “american dream” are now available for listen on all “the digital things that people use now on their devices.” The two new songs mark LCD Soundsystem’s first release of new music since 2010, though the songs made their live debut several weeks ago during a five night residency at the new Brooklyn Steel in NYC.Listen to “call the police” and “american dream” below:In the same post from yesterday, James Murphy provides an update on the forthcoming album’s status, which he says will happen as soon as he’s able to “finish last mix > get to bob to master > get masters to pressing plant” so that a record can be produced as vinyl. “I insist that there is vinyl on the day it’s released (because… well… because i’m an old person),” he writes.The LCD frontman also says that there is a “LOT” of new music, and that it will be released as a “double A side.” The band will bring this new music on the road eventually, but no concrete plans have been made. Read Murphy’s full, honest update below:The band will bring their futuristic drum circle to the storied Studio 8H at New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza to serve as the musical guests for Saturday Night Live’s May 6th episode.
Pension funds should be able to finance UK infrastructure through a bond aimed solely at the industry and offering a yield above the prevailing market rate, Alan Rubenstein has suggested.Speaking in a personal capacity, Rubenstein, chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), suggested the pension bond as one way to support the defined benefit (DB) industry in the UK, with assets ringfenced into a sovereign wealth fund.In a debate at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference in Manchester, former pensions minister Steve Webb urged the industry to focus on the risk-sharing made possible by his defined ambition agenda, while Bill Galvin, chief executive of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, argued it was vital to be honest about the role played by trustees in tackling the DB challenge.Rubenstein argued that the pension bond he proposed dealt with the industry’s hunt for yield but also helped the UK government in its attempts to secure financing for infrastructure projects. “My idea is that these bonds would be long term, say 30 years,” he said.“They might be inflation-linked, or they could be fixed. But, crucially, they would pay a yield that is perhaps 1% above current – instead of 2.5%, in Gilts perhaps 3.5%.”He argued they would only be sold to pension funds, with income ring-fenced to rebuild infrastructure.“Frankly, if we can rebuild our schools, our roads, our hospitals at this kind of rate, we will be getting a good deal,” he said.“If [chancellor of the Exchequer] George Osborne really wants £20bn (€27bn) quickly for infrastructure, this would be the way to do it.”Rubenstein argued that it would help address the problem of pension scheme underfunding and held out the possibility that if deficits improved markedly, it could spell the end of the PPF levy, set at £615m for 2016-17.“I’m asking you to support pension bonds, build a better Britain and save DB pensions,” he said as he concluded his presentation.Webb struck a note of caution, however, questioning whether Rubenstein’s argument that the pension bond was in the interest of inter-generational solidarity rang true.In a good-humoured rebuttal that eventually saw Webb’s call for collective defined contribution voted the best proposal by the audience – 56.6% to Rubenstein’s 43.4% – the former MP noted that the debt incurred through the bond would need to be paid off by future generations, at a higher rate than the UK currently borrows.Webb hypothesised how a conversation on the proposed pension bonds would occur in the Treasury.“I don’t think I could go the chancellor and say ‘You know you can borrow at next to nothing at the moment, do you like to pay more for your borrowing for infrastructure?’” he said.“I don’t think I’d even get through the door. It’s a lovely idea, but it won’t happen.”
Ørsted and project partners have held an inauguration ceremony for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan.Formosa 1 Phase 2 is an extension of the existing two-turbine Formosa 1 Phase 1 project, which was officially commissioned in April 2017.The 120MW project comprises 20 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines installed approximately 2 to 6km off the coast of Miaoli County.To remind, the installation of turbines was completed at the site in October, with Formosa 1 Phase 2 producing first power a month later.“Today is a historic moment for all who participated in the Formosa 1 project. All the intensive efforts invested together with our joint venture partners, local authorities, financial institutions and stakeholders have flourished,” said Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia Pacific and Chairman of Formosa 1.“Formosa 1 marks the first milestone for Ørsted’s expansion in Asia Pacific. With this successful first step, we are confident that Ørsted will continue to lead the growth of offshore wind in Asia.”The 120MW project is owned by Formosa I Wind Power Co. Ltd., a partnership of Ørsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%) and Swancor Holding (7.5%).
“It was confirmed that Gerard has suffered a soft tissue injury in his right hamstring,” the Toffees boss said. “Obviously we now need to make sure he recovers well. We don’t think he’s going to be out for too long, probably the best part of five weeks. “But, knowing Gerard, he’s a sprinter and we need to make sure he’s fully fit. “Gerard is happy. Obviously he was disappointed, but we were probably a little bit fearful that it could have been a bit more than (it is), so we’re pleased that it’s an injury that we know exactly what it is and that it’s not going to bring any more problems in the future. “But we need to treat it right because those sorts of injuries cannot be underestimated.” Deulofeu is on a season-long loan from the Catalans and will return to his parent club later this week so they can also assess the extent of the injury. Martinez said Everton would be liaising with Barcelona over the player’s rehabilitation. “We’re working with the two medical departments,” he told evertontv. “They’re working together because, as you can imagine, there are many things to take into consideration and it’s important they have a look as well. “From there, we’re going to use the best possible route to treat the player. “Gerard has got a good feeling about him and all he wants is to get back as quick as he can. “I think this is going to refresh him and it’s going to make him a real impact player when he comes back, so we’re excited about that.” Scans on the hamstring injury the teenager sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Fulham suggest the forward will be out for up to five weeks. On Monday the club confirmed the 19-year-old would be sidelined for some time but Martinez has been more specific on the timeframe to get Deulofeu back. Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not expect to have on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu available again until late January. Press Association
“I’m very pleased with the way Romelu has been adapting in a demanding season.” While seventh-placed Liverpool go into Saturday’s contest having lost only one of their previous 11 league games, winning seven of those including the last three, 12th-placed Everton chalked up their first victory in seven by beating Crystal Palace last time out. Martinez believes this fixture finds both sides in good condition and is anticipating something similar to the thriller they played out at the same venue last season. The Spaniard, who took over at Everton in the summer of 2013, said: “These derbies are special. “When you are involved and on the inside, you understand why it’s such an incredible fixture in world football. It’s everything that you expect and more in an intense derby. “The last derby we had at Goodison – on top of all the emotions and what it means and the rivalry in the city – was a phenomenal game with plenty of goals between two teams with a really attacking mindset. “I do expect very much the same from two teams who are going into the game in very good moments of form. “Liverpool have found a way of performing and are enjoying a good run, and we feel in a similar situation in terms of the confidence from the win that we had against Crystal Palace.” Martinez expects James McCarthy to be available for Saturday’s clash and is also ready to hand Aaron Lennon a Toffees debut in the game. Midfielder McCarthy is set to return after missing six matches with a hamstring problem, while winger Lennon is coming into the squad following his arrival on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day. The fixture looks to be too soon for Tim Howard (calf) to make his comeback, and Leon Osman (foot), Steven Pienaar (knee) and Tony Hibbert (unspecified) remain sidelined. The Barclays Premier League contest on Saturday is set to be the last meeting between the Toffees and Liverpool that Reds skipper Gerrard plays in. But when asked for his thoughts on that and the midfielder’s decision to move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season, Martinez said: “When we play the Merseyside derby at Goodison, we want it to be our Merseyside derby and that’s the only thing we are looking at. “As a football club, we have been in a period when we haven’t been enjoying the results that we wanted, so we will look forward to it being our Merseyside derby.” Everton have won only one of their last 12 encounters with Liverpool and none of the last nine, although they came close to beating them at home last season when only a late Daniel Sturridge equaliser ensured Martinez’s men were held to a 3-3 draw. Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice in that game, was a stand-out performer on the day. And he is heading into this fixture – which is set to give him his 100th Premier League appearance – in decent form, having netted three times in his last five matches in all competitions to take his tally for 2014/15 to 10. The 21-year-old Belgium international has had his detractors at times this term but Martinez has been keen to point out that in a “demanding” campaign, which followed him playing at a World Cup and has seen Everton involved in the Europa League, Lukaku has more goals for the season now than he did a year ago. “That he is 21 and could play his 100th game in the Premier League at the weekend, it is an incredible figure,” Martinez said. “He is in a moment where he is enjoying his football and he already has a goal more than he had last season at this stage. “He is a player who is going to grow, and we want to go with him to reach our full potential. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen for his players to steer the spotlight away from Steven Gerrard in this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. Press Association