PetroSA, Sinopec partner on refinery

first_img22 May 2012 PetroSA Group CEO Nosizwe Nokwe said the JSA (Joint Study Agreement) with Sinopec would significantly advance the realisation of Project Mthombo. In September 2011, PetroSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sinopec Group aimed at creating the conditions for cooperation in the areas of developing a crude oil refinery, exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon opportunities and downstream activities. Sinopec was ranked 5th in the Fortune Global 500 index for 2011. It specialises in industrial investment, the marketing and comprehensive utilisation of oil and natural gas, oil refining and transportation of petrochemicals. In preparation for the studies, PetroSA says they have also established a steering committee to guide and manage the process. A working group will also be set up to work closely with SEI. “This JSA will align the partners and develop an integrated owner’s team, in line with best practices for the planning and executing of this mega project. Project Mthombo will significantly gain from the experience and expertise of Sinopec,” Nokwe said. The agreement has made it possible for PetroSA and Sinopec to contract Sinopec Engineering Incorporation (SEI) to conduct the studies on behalf of the two companies. The two phases are expected to last 18 months. FEED refers to the basic engineering which is conducted after the completion of a conceptual design or feasibility study of a project. At this stage, before the start of engineering, procurement and construction, various studies take place to figure out technical issues and estimate rough investment cost. The first phase will focus on market studies, the review and selection of a business case, while the second will develop a business case that is expected to prepare Project Mthombo for the important Front End Engineering Design (FEED) stage. Market studies, business case She added that as PetroSA, they are convinced that the results of this important study will be key in the development of the 20-year Liquid Fuels Plan and the work of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission. The US$11-billion refinery in the industrial port of Coega near Port Elizabeth will have a 400 000 barrels a day capacity and will ensure security of fuel supply in South Africa. Liquid Fuels Plan Source: BuaNews Construction on project Mthombo project, which will be the biggest refinery in Africa, is expected to start this year, with the refinery to come on stream by 2015. The agreement, according to PetroSA, will involve the commissioning of studies over two phases. State oil company PetroSA has partnered with China’s Sinopec Group to work together in pushing the building of the proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery project, PetroSA said on Monday.last_img read more

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Eskom, SABC to give ‘power bulletins’

first_img16 May 2013 Eskom has partnered with the SABC to give South Africans daily real-time information on the power system, the power utility said on Wednesday.“The new power bulletin initiative announced today aims to encourage South Africans to shift their energy usage during the peak demand period: every evening between 5pm and 9pm,” Eskom said in a statement.In terms of the agreement, the SABC will use all three of its television channels and 18 radio stations at various times to urge households to help reduce the electricity demand during peak hours.The bulletins will be aired especially in the mornings and afternoons, Eskom said.“The power bulletin will be flighted on television immediately after the news, starting with the 5.30pm news bulletin through [to] 7.30pm.”The announcements, which will follow the weather forecast format, will run for 60 seconds on all three television channels for five days a week until the end of the year.The radio announcements will be run three times a day – morning, midday and afternoon – and will also continue until December.“The power bulletin will not replace the power alert campaign that is currently running on eNCA, eTV, DStv, and the SABC television channels.”Eskom said South Africa experienced the highest demand for electricity during the winter months, particularly at night, when demand increased by more than 3 000 MW in one hour.This is equivalent to the output of a large power station and more than the total energy use of some neighbouring countries.“Taking four simple steps over the four hours of the peak period can reduce demand for energy during peak times.”These steps are: to switch off all geysers and pool pumps during peak hours; to switch off all non-essential lighting; to find alternatives to electrical heaters, such as dressing warmly or using gas heaters; and to respond to alert messages by switching off all appliances not in use.Eskom said it usually performed most of its planned maintenance in the summer months. However, this winter would be different.“Eskom will for the first time plan to do extensive, long duration maintenance work to improve the reliability and performance of its power stations.”This meant the power system would be constrained in the next few months.“The proposed planned maintenance over the winter period is considered fixed, and must be implemented,” said Eskom CEO Brian Dames.“We therefore urge all customers to partner with us to save electricity. This will ensure that adequate space is created for the planned maintenance, while ensuring there is sufficient operating reserve.”“The electricity supply system continues to be constrained, but we have put comprehensive plans in place to manage this,” said Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.“As we approach the winter and make South Africans participate in monitoring their own personal impact, Eskom and the SABC have collaborated to create an exciting initiative to educate and inform consumers about the country’s electricity status,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

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Jefferson City take multiple kids into custody after Salute to America fight

first_imgJefferson City police said they took six juveniles into custody after a fight broke out during Salute to America.Officers said they were notified that several kids were throwing fireworks from the parking garage onto people who were walking below.After police responded to that incident, they were notified the same group was fighting in the 200 block of East Capitol. Officers attempted to break up the fight but were having difficulty due to a large crowd of people interfering.Police said during the fight, officers were pushed. After multiple verbal warnings, officers sprayed OC spray on those who continued to fight.The juveniles face charges of affray and resisting arrest.last_img read more

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How do NVMe SSDs shape the future Data Center?

first_imgI would love to hear your stories, comments, and bowtie recommendations… Tell us how you are using SSD technology to do more with less, or change the future!-James  @DoeboizMyers SSDs are enabling the hyper-convergence era, increasing infrastructure utilization and increasing data center flexibility, however, traditional storage device interfaces are limiting the performance which Non-Volatile memory can bring to the platform.  To enable continued scaling of SSD performance, the industry has created a new SSD interface standard, and created a new SSD form factor, using PCI Express* as the interconnect vs. traditional SATA or SAS interfaces.  This new direction is called NVMe*.Intel has introduced a family of SSDs in these new form factors, called the Intel® SSD Data Center Family for NVMe*I was honored when asked to help create a video introducing this new SSD family, and explaining how they are changing the face of the data center.  I was so honored in fact, that I donned a bowtie!   This latest line of SSDs from Intel brings up to 6x the performance of the previous SATA SSDs, with 1/2 the latency, and 1/2 the CPU cycles needed for each IO request!  If you are looking for a high level overview of the benefits of NVMe SSDs, here is a four minute video where I take you “Under the Hood”.Under the Hood: Intel® Solid-State Drives for a More Flexible Data Center – YouTubeIf this video left you wanting more information about NVMe, here are several links which go into the next level of detail:last_img read more

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WWE Wrestlemania 28, see pics

first_imgWrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually by WWE , a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. WrestleMania XXVIII was held on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida. There were eight official matches on the event’s card.The best of WrestleMania XXVIII photos Along with WrestleMania XXVIII, a series of events grouped as “WrestleMania Week” were held in the week preceding the event including WrestleMania’s annual WrestleMania Axxess fan convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at the American Airlines Arena, the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, and a Celebrity Pro-Am Golf tournament.WWE first produced the event in 1985 to be its premiere annual event and has since then produced twenty-seven editions.WWE regards it as a flagship event due to it being the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history. WrestleMania was conceptualized by WWE owner Vince McMahon.WrestleMania’s widespread success helped transform the professional wrestling industry and make WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world.last_img read more

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Position Vacant – Competitions and Events Coordinator

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator, based in our Victorian office in Melbourne.   Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm on Wednesday, 9 June.  To view the Position Description, please click on the attachment below.   For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email careers@touchfootball.com.au. Related Filesposition_description_-_competitions_and_events__tfv_-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacant (VIC)last_img read more

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a month agoFowler says Man Utd have long lost fear factor

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fowler says Man Utd have long lost fear factorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler says Manchester United have long lost their fear factor.Arsenal are the visitors to Old Trafford on Monday night.And Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “The fear factor has been leaking away from Old ­Trafford for several years now – but now it has ­vanished entirely.”That is a huge problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even if he may not be the root cause of what it approaching a crisis for Manchester United.”You saw the way Rochdale – yes, Rochdale – had no ­concerns about going there and had no concerns about going a goal behind.”They didn’t fear a thrashing, they were just ­wondering how they’d get back into the game.”All the mistakes made at United since Sir Alex ­Ferguson retired have well and truly come home to roost.” last_img read more

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Syracuse Basketball: Syracuse Commits And Their Parents Approve Of Putting Duke Gear In The Trash

first_imgJim Boeheim applauds his team.SYRACUSE, NY – FEBRUARY 22: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange applauds his team’s efforts during the game against the Duke Blue Devils on February 22, 2017 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse upsets Duke 78-75. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)Since joining the ACC, Syracuse and Duke have sparked a pretty intense rivalry. The two games in 2014 were classics, with each side taking their home game, and the undermanned 2015 Syracuse team played Duke hard at the Carrier Dome before losing definitively in Durham a few weeks later. While ‘Cuse vs. Duke is not Duke-UNC, the rivalry is budding, as evidenced by this tweet exchange between the father of 2015 Syracuse signee Tyler Lydon and 2016 Syracuse commit Matthew Moyer.Perfect spot for duke gear pic.twitter.com/KlGT8ok384— Tim Lydon (@tlydon618_tim) June 10, 2015Absolutely perfect. https://t.co/b9TsegctC1— Matthew Moyer (@matthewmoyer13) June 10, 2015We assume most Syracuse fans would agree. Duke and Syracuse will only face off once this season, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.last_img read more

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Photos: Jim Harbaugh Hung Out With Legendary NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon Today

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has gotten to hang out with a lot of interesting people since he’s become the head coach of Michigan. Today, it was legendary NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon who paid the khaki-loving leader of the Maize and Blue a visit. Harbaugh even presented Gordon with a customized No. 24 Michigan jersey. Twenty-four was the number of Gordon’s car during his driving career. Great to have @JeffGordonWeb meet with @CoachJim4UM today!#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/COEGEwFv85— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) March 30, 2016Harbaugh sure is a popular guy, except for maybe in Ohio.last_img read more

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McGill research finds significant driving impairment 5 hours after cannabis use

first_imgMONTREAL – Driving under the influence of cannabis remains dangerous even five hours after use, a new study by McGill University researchers has found.The study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that subjects who consumed cannabis had difficulty performing certain manoeuvres and were at greater risk of crashing a vehicle.Researchers recruited people aged 18 to 24 who were already recreational cannabis users. They were tested on a driving simulator at four stages: before inhaling a regular dose of cannabis, then one, three and five hours afterwards.Under the effect of cannabis, participants were able to perform simple driving tasks such as braking and steering. They even showed increased vigilance one hour after consumption.But when confronted with slightly more complicated scenarios — parking between two cars at a shopping centre, passing through an intersection or avoiding pedestrians and cyclists — they had trouble.“There were a lot of drivers … who took part in the test and did not manage to do those manoeuvres,” said Marco Harrison, director of the CAA-Quebec Foundation.The study, conducted with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, was funded by the Canadian Automobile Association.A majority of the 45 people in the study said they did not feel they were in a condition to drive within five hours of consumption. Harrison said the amount of cannabis consumed — 100 milligrams — was less than would be found in a typical joint.Isabelle Gelinas, a professor in McGill’s school of physical and occupational therapy who was co-author of the study, said there was no significant improvement in drivers’ abilities five hours after they consumed.“At all levels, we did not necessarily see a marked difference, even after five hours,” she said. “Their capacities were quite impaired, which tells us they could not take the wheel.”The study did not look at effects beyond five hours, meaning a person could remain unfit to drive for even longer. With legalization coming to Canada on Wednesday, the authors said their findings support a recommendation that people wait at least six hours after use before driving.last_img read more

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