Uzbek GTL project milestone for Sasol

first_img28 September 2011South African petrochemicals giant Sasol and its partners have signed an investment agreement with the government of Uzbekistan for the development and implementation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in that country.Under the investment agreement, the investors and the GTL project will enjoy investment protection and fiscal benefits, to ensure the successful implementation and operation of the GTL facility.The conclusion of the investment agreement is an important milestone in the development of the project, in which Sasol and local state-owned oil and gas firm Uzbekneftegaz each hold 44.5% interest, and Malaysia’s Petronas an 11% interest.World leader in GTLSasol CEO David Constable met with Uzbek President Islam Karimov prior to the signing ceremony in Tashkent last week, where he thanked the government for their ongoing support of the project.Constable said the ability to harness the benefits of natural gas to make cleaner transport fuels is a key element of a lower emissions energy future.“GTL technology is the most cost effective way of achieving this and, as a world leader in GTL, Sasol is very pleased to be working with partners who have both the vision to see the opportunity and the capacity to act on it,” he said.Reducing oil dependenceThe GTL project will reduce Uzbekistan’s dependence on imports of crude oil and transportation fuels and will diversify the use of its domestic gas resources.The project will also improve the quality of the fuel pool, reducing emissions, thereby securing the associated environmental benefits.Uzbekneftegaz will supply the feedstock, from the already developed Shurtan group of gas fields and will off-take the majority of the production, under long-term arrangements.The next phase will be the front end engineering and design of the GTL project, which will commence before the end of the 2011. Depending on the final investment decision, the plant will be operational in the second half of this decade.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Earth’s colossal crater count complete

first_imgMars is pocked with more than 300,000 craters, created by asteroid impacts. The moon is blanketed with millions more, too many to count. But the surface of Earth, constantly eroded by wind and rain, hides its history. Just 128 confirmed impact craters have been spotted on Earth’s surface. However, a new study suggests that this low number is not the result of lazy searching; all of the big impact craters on the planet’s surface have been found, leaving none to be discovered.“I’m definitely surprised.” says Brandon Johnson, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, who was not involved in the study. “It’s the first time anyone has done this kind of thing—taking into account the effects of erosion.”In 2014, Johnson led a similar study, which found that for craters 85 kilometers in diameter and larger, the geologic record ought to be complete. Based on the rate of impacts and the age of the crust, his team predicted eight craters this size, and there are six or seven that have been confirmed. These giant craters are deep enough to survive erosion, but they can be destroyed by plate tectonics, which splits apart, subducts, or otherwise jumbles up the crust the craters sit on—a process Johnson’s study examined.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, Stefan Hergarten and Thomas Kenkmann, geophysicists at the University of Freiburg in Germany, have taken the analysis further and found that the documented record is complete down to much smaller impact craters. They combined estimates of asteroid impact rates with rates of erosion, and compared the resulting theoretical crater distribution with what geologists actually see. For the 70 craters larger than 6 kilometers across, the record is complete, they say: There are no more to be found, as the researchers will report in the 1 September issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.On one hand, the result is reassuring, Hergarten says. “It tells us that it’s not just others being too stupid to find new craters,” he says. On the other hand, it suggests researchers should change their focus. Crater hunters should give up the search for big ones and focus on finding smaller ones. Perhaps 350 craters between 0.25 kilometers and 6 kilometers wide remain undiscovered, Hergarten says.The new paper is consistent with the diminishing returns of crater hunting, says Jay Melosh, an impact crater expert at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In spite of ever-improving remote sensing techniques, which enable almost anyone to search for circular features on Earth’s surface, fewer and fewer true craters are turning up, he says. “What the new paper does is give the crater hunters a lot of hope for smaller craters,” Melosh says.Johnson points out that the current study examines just surface craters. There are also 60 documented craters that have been buried, and preserved, in basins, underneath deep piles of sediment. Some are quite big. One example is Chicxulub, in Mexico, the remnant of the dinosaur-killing impact; another large crater lies underneath the Chesapeake Bay in the eastern United States. So if big is your thing, you’re not completely out of work, Johnson says. “Don’t stop searching,” he says, “just search deeper.”last_img read more


first_imgNormally when a Black Cat crosses your path there is reason to be apprehensive, bad luck and all that…However when THE Blackest Cat steps in front of you, at the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships you can consider yourself blessed…Chances are you’ll be learning heaps about the game of Touch and having a lot of laughs into the bargain.“The Blackest Cat” is one of Australia’s most decorated and respected Touch Football identities Tony Eltakchi.Tony, fellow World Cup winner Garry Sonda, and Australian Open Men’s Coach Tony Trad have spent the week in Coffs Harbour assisting with TID. Player mentoring, and providing spontaneous entertainment to the gathered Touch Football community.“The Blackest Cats” is the brainchild of Eltakchi and fellow Touch Football icon Jason ‘Stanto” Stanton.The two decorated World Cup champions have put their considerable knowledge, talent, skill, passion, and wide ranging abilities together to provide a catalogue of services for Touch Football participants.The Blackest Cats will work with the blessing of the ruling bodies of the game to provide development assistance to projects that enhance the profile and best interests of the sport.Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire, and New South Wales Touch Association General Manager Dean Russell are excited by the possibilities of the concept.“It’s great to see such a high profile group of people in our sport looking to contribute to the touch football community in Australia. We have had some exciting preliminary discussions with the Blackest Cat group and we are exploring avenues of mutual support to help the game develop,” Mr. Maguire said.Dean Russell is also excited by the prospect of supporting the development endeavours of the Blackest Cats.“The NSWTA is pleased to work with the game’s elite to support development efforts that aid the sport with services and resources that compliment our efforts,” Mr. Russell said.So just what is the “Blackest Cats” all about?According to Tony Eltakchi, the Blackest Cats concept is born out of the desire to be the best of the best, to have fun, to give something back, and play the game.“It’s all about giving something back to the game. There is a niche there for a group of people who are passionate about the game and who want to contribute. We are looking at engaging people in a range of development efforts and give people opportunites to benefit from our collective knowledge,” Eltakchi said.What does it take to be a Blackest Cat?Garry “GS7” Sonda, one of a select band of 10 people in the Blackest Cat family, explains the “criteria” for inclusion as a Black Cat.“You just need to want to help people and give something back. It’s about sharing your knowledge and doing your best. We really just want to give others a chance to get something out of what we’ve learnt,” Sonda said. The origin of the name “The Blackest Cats” has stumped many casual observer who have seen the Sydney Mets Boy and Girls teams sporting hooded “Blackest Cats” jackets this week at the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.The concept is based on the theory that everyone claims that their cat is the “blackest” in the neighbourhood, it’s the best of the best, and the “blackness” of the cat in question could not possibly be trumped or improved upon.The “Blackest Cats” have arrived in the Touch Football community determined to provide unsurpassed quality of knowledge, personnel, endeavour, and experience to enhance the sport in Australia.The Blackest Cats will appeal to those who want a unique mix of fun and fitness, of laughs and learning, and a heightened awareness, ability, understanding, and experience of the sport that they can’t find anywhere else.The Blackest Cats will engage themselves in activities such as Development Camps, Junior clinics, Player and Coach development sessions, On-line coaching and feedback, Concept tournaments, Game innovation and training aids, Merchandise, entertainment initiatives and much more for all levels of endeavour from grassroot to elite.Who are the Blackest Cats?The Blackest Cats brains trust have assembled a crack group of 10 of the game’s most talented, knowledgeable, and experienced touch football minds to support all levels of touch football development.These people know their sport, but more than that, they are committed to the best ideals of the sport – fun, friendship, and fitness against a supportive background that enables participants to access rare opportunities for learning and development from the most well credentialed sources available.The Blackest Cup line up includes Australian World Cup superstars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Garry Sonda, Amanda Judd, Bo De La Cruz, Amy Fong, as well as Hall of Fame member Mark Boland, and National coaching identities Tony Trad, Karley Banks, and Ian Stanley.The Blackest Cats will launch their website in a month’s time and it will feature forums, player profiles, merchandise, tactical and technical advice for the touch community, as well as the opportunity to become fully fledged members of the Blackest Cat army.The Blackest Cats have already been enlisted to conduct a Development Camp for the Woolgoolga Touch Association on Saturday 10 November 2007, and if the interest thus far is anything to go by, the Blackest Cats will be run off their feet in the future with touch associations keen to benefit from the expertise of the elite group.The Blackest Cats website is www.blackestcat.com.aulast_img read more

Work on Morant Bay to Port Antonio Highway to Begin Soon

first_img The US$384-million Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project entails rehabilitation of the 110-kilometre roadway between Harbour View in Kingston and Port Antonio in Portland, and extension of the tolled East-West Highway, which will run from May Pen, Clarendon, to Williamsfield, Manchester. Story Highlights Work on the Morant Bay to Port Antonio leg of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project is slated to begin soon, says Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz. Work on the Morant Bay to Port Antonio leg of the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project is slated to begin soon, says Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz.The US$384-million Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project entails rehabilitation of the 110-kilometre roadway between Harbour View in Kingston and Port Antonio in Portland, and extension of the tolled East-West Highway, which will run from May Pen, Clarendon, to Williamsfield, Manchester.Speaking at today’s (September 12) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz said “we are looking to start three of 15 packages for the local segments, which will start the improvements from Morant Bay to Port Antonio”.Mr. Vaz said the works will be carried out on 6.72 kilometres from the Yallahs Bridge to Lowden, St. Thomas, at a cost of approximately US$5 million; 4.9 kilometres from Lowden Hill to Pomfret,St. Thomas, valued at approximately US$3 million; and 9.52 kilometres from Drapers to Port Antonio, valued at approximately US$5.2 million.“This was approved at Cabinet on Monday (September 10), and now it will be for the procurement process to go through to name the contractors, and I would expect the work to start in the next few months,” he said.Mr. Vaz said additional details will be provided through the National Works Agency (NWA), as the process continues.“We are now one step further in terms of being able to break ground, and I can categorically state that this will be done in the 2018/19 fiscal year, which ends March next year. So, between the end of this year and January, I would expect that roadwork will start on segments and that will continue into the ‘19/20 financial year,” he said.The Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project will entail realignment and widening of the roadway to four lanes, among other features, which will require land acquisition along the designated sections.The project is being financed through a loan agreement with the China EX-IM Bank. It will be executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). Speaking at today’s (September 12) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz said “we are looking to start three of 15 packages for the local segments, which will start the improvements from Morant Bay to Port Antonio”.last_img read more

School closed for violations leaves kids stranded

first_imgAPTN National NewsA school in suburban Winnipeg has been closed because it doesn’t meet provincial health and safety codes.The school had been used by children evacuated from the flood-ravaged Lake St. Martin First Nation since last year.About 80 children may soon be split-up and sent to different schools.It’s more bad news for the entire community of St. Martin who had to be relocated from northern Manitoba to Winnipeg because of a flood last year.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Paitpo goes inside the school.last_img read more

Tuccaro If were not involved with the oil sands then what are

first_imgAPTN National NewsDavid Tuccaro is sometimes called the richest First Nation person in Canada and he is one of the big players in the Alberta tar sands.He is currently chair of Indspire, formerly known as the Aboriginal Achievement Awards. He is also president and CEO of Tuccaro Inc. He was also a major part of the launching of APTN and helped it through its early development.APTN anchor Michael Hutchinson sits down with Tuccaro on this edition of Face to Face.last_img

Theo Fleury talks hockey and dreams at Whitehorse hockey camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsTheo Fluery is a special guest at a youth hockey camp in Whitehorse.Along with teaching youth what to do on the ice, Fleury talks about what happened to him off the ice and how to follow dreams no matter the obstacles.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Congress candidates will not fill 7 seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: The Congress on Sunday announced it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh to return the favour of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance, which has left two seats for the party in the state. Addressing a press conference at the Nehru Bhawan here, Congress state unit chief Raj Babbar said, “The SP-BSP-RLD have not fielded any candidates from Rae Bareli and Amethi (represented by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) and so our party has also decided not to contest seven seats.” He said the Congress will not contest in Mainpuri, the seat from which SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting the polls. The Congress will also not contest in Kannauj, a seat represented by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple and Firozabad, represented by Akhilesh’s cousin Akshay Yadav. Babbar said the Congress will also not field candidates from those seats that the BSP Chief Mayawati, RLD Chief Ajit Singh and RLD Vice President Jayant Chaudhary want to contest. He, however, said the name of the seventh seat will be announced in a few days. According to party leaders, Congress may give up the Azamgarh seat, from where Akhilesh Yadav is expected to contest. The BSP is contesting 38 seats in the state, the SP 37 and the RLD three. The UP Congress chief also announced an alliance with the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) for seven seats in the state. He said the JAP will contest five seats on its own symbol and two seats on the Congress symbol. The JAP will contest on its own symbol from Jhansi, Etah, Chandauli, Basti and one more seat, which will be decided in a day or two. It will contest on the Congress symbol from Chandauli and one more seat, which will be declared in a few days, Babbar added. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 73 of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014. Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Moroccos Football Federation Adopts Statutes In Accordance With FIFA Laws

first_imgRabat-   The Moroccan football federation (FRFM) unanimously adopted on Sunday its updated statute to conform with the FIFA laws.The document was adopted during an extraordinary general assembly in the presence of managers of first league, second league, regional and amateur clubs.The new text provides for a legal framework to support the development of football worldwide and secure to all components of Moroccan soccer representation at the general assemblies and steering committee. The text also stipulates the establishment of bodies that contribute to guaranteeing transparency in the management of football affairs and the respect of democratic rules.The meeting took place in the presence of representatives from FIFA, the African football confederation, the ministry of youth and sports and the Moroccan Olympic committee.FIFA annulled last November the election of Fouzi Lekjaa as the new president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and demanded a fresh vote.The world governing body accused the FRMF of failing to adopt the correct statutes before organizing the election.last_img read more

Kevin Love Broke Hand Doing Knuckle Pushups

Well, at least Kevin Love did not do an Amare Stoudemire and knowingly thrust his hand into harm’s way. But how the Minnesota Timberwolves all-star and Olympic forward broke his hand is almost as bizarre.Unlike Stoudemire, who was so frustrated after a playoff loss to the Miami Heat that he crashed his hand through a glass fire-hydrant case, causing a huge gash, Love accomplished his injury by, of all things, excercising.Yes, Lowe, the team revealed, fractured his hand doing knuckle push-ups with trainer Rob McClanaghan at his condo prior to the team’s practice. No surgery will be required and Yahoo Sports reports that Love could miss less time than first expected six to eight weeks.Here’s Love via a statement:“Yesterday, I had a post-practice commitment and decided to work out at my home with my personal trainer before heading to Target Center. While doing various pushups, including knuckle pushups, which are part of my regular workout routine, I hurt my hand. I immediately knew something was wrong and called head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam.“Although I’m disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible. We have added a lot of depth to our roster this season, and I have complete confidence in my teammates and coaching staff that they will step up and we will be successful during this time. I’m looking forward to supporting our team and helping out any way I can until I get back on the court.”Coach Rick Adelme said, “”I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe it. Here we’re trying to get ready and then we have something like this happen. I learned a long time ago. I’ve had so many injuries to good players, I’ve started to think maybe it’s me.”Any missed time by Love will be detrimental to a young team looking to make noticeable advances this season. Second-year forward Derrick Williams of Arizona — who had moments of outstanding play as a rookie — will assume many of the minutes available in Love’s absence. read more