Statoil on Track with Mariner Field Development Project

first_imgStatoil has started the build-up of its Aberdeen operating organisation and reported today at SPE Offshore Europe 2013 that the company and its partners are on track with the Mariner field development project.The Mariner heavy oil field was discovered in 1981. Statoil entered the license as operator in 2007 with the aim of finally unlocking the resources.The company and its partners took the final investment decision in December 2012 and the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change announced their approval of the field development plan in February 2013.“This is the largest new offshore field development in the UK in over a decade. It has been 30 years in the making, and now we are on track developing the field and preparing for 30 years of production,” says Lars Christian Bacher, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production International.Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2017. The average production is estimated at around 55,000 barrels of oil per day over the plateau period from 2017 to 2020.Expected recoverable oil volumes are estimated to more than 250 million barrels.Statoil has started the build-up of its local organisation in Aberdeen and is planning to have a new operations centre in place by 2016.“The project will lead to substantial job creation in the region with more than 700 long-term, full-time positions,” Bacher says.Statoil aims to recruit most of these positions locally, and is now launching a branding campaign in Aberdeen to support recruitment efforts.“We started the year with one employee in Aberdeen and expect to have a 75-person strong organisation by year end,” Bacher says.Statoil has utilised its extensive heavy oil experience from Norway, Brazil and Canada in its efforts to find a viable development solution for the Mariner heavy oil field.The field will be developed with a production, drilling and quarters platform based on a steel jacket with 50 active well slots, and a floating storage unit of 850,000 barrels capacity. In addition a jack-up drilling rig will be used to assist the drilling for the first four to five years.The UK and global supplier industry will play a central role in the development of the Mariner project. The majority of facility contracts have been awarded, in addition to the contracts for drilling from the fixed platform and the jack-up rig.Contracts within operations and maintenance, drilling and well services, and business support will be tendered from 2013 to 2016.The majority of suppliers within these areas will be based in the UK, generating many long-term, UK-based jobs with contractors. Statoil has established an Aberdeen procurement organisation, and is actively informing UK suppliers of its plans and activities.Following the award of the major facilities contracts Statoil is currently ramping up activities at the construction yards. Offshore installation of the platform jacket is scheduled for mid-2015, followed by topsides during 2016.Statoil is also the operator for the Bressay heavy oil field on the UK continental shelf where expected recoverable oil volume is 200-300 million barrels.“We have chosen a stepwise approach starting with Mariner to ensure experience transfer and learning before we move forward with Bressay. The Bressay field’s reservoir characteristics make it even more challenging than Mariner. Our focus is now on making the required preparations for project decision and execution, including necessary preparations for authority approval,” says Bacher.Statoil and its partners have selected a development concept with clear similarities to the Mariner project, but with some differences due to subsurface characteristics. The Mariner contracts include options for Bressay, and execution planning is in progress.Press Release, September 03, 2013last_img read more

Officials: Engineer reported cracks in Florida bridge days before collapse

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) — An engineer at the firm that designed the ill-fated Florida International University pedestrian bridge left a message for a state transportation official days before the deadly collapse, saying that he had observed a crack in the bridge — but the message wasn’t heard until after the span fell, officials said.The worker at FIGG Bridge Engineers left a landline voicemail for an employee of the Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday, saying he saw some cracking on the bridge but was not concerned from a safety perspective, according to FDOT.The employee for whom the message was intended was out of the office on assignment and didn’t retrieve the message until he returned to the office on Friday, said FDOT officials who released the recorded message and a transcript.“Calling to, uh, share with you some information about the FIU pedestrian bridge and some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span, the pylon end of that span we moved this weekend,” the FIGG engineer said in the message.“Um, so, uh, we’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that.”FDOT said the FIU design-build team has solely responsible to identify and address life-safety issues and to notify DOT.“At no point during any of the communications above did FIGG or any member of the FIU design build team ever communicate a life-safety issue,” FDOT said in an email Friday.Despite the unheard voicemail, FIU released a statement after midnight on Saturday saying they held a meeting Thursday morning about the cracking in which FIGG engineers, FIU and FDOT representatives were present.“On Thursday morning (March 15, 2018), at 9:00 a.m., theDesign Build Team of MCM and FIGG, convened a meeting at the MCM trailer, located on the construction site, to discuss a crack that appeared on the structure,” FIU said in its statement. “The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge. This meeting lasted approximately two hours and included FIU and FDOT representatives.”The bridge collapsed just hours later.FIGG issued a statement Friday evening saying it was “heartbroken by the loss of life and injuries.”“[We] are carefully examining the steps that our team has taken in the interest of our overarching concern for public safety. The evaluation was based on the best available information at that time and indicated that there were no safety issues,” FIGG said in its statement. “We will pursue answers to find out what factors led to this tragic situation, but it is important that the agencies responsible for investigating this devastating situation are given the appropriate time in order to accurately identify what factors led to the accident during construction.”At a Friday evening press conference, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said his agency was not aware of the crack and its existence had yet to be confirmed.“I don’t think we know at this point if there was a crack in the bridge,” he said, adding that a crack doesn’t necessarily mean the bridge was unsafe. “That’s still too early in the investigation for us to determine.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Utah Jazz: Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey says ex-Ute Alex Jensen has a ‘bright future’ in the NBA

first_imgHe’s the kind of coach who can be friends with you, but he knows his basketball really well and has a high basketball IQ. He knows what every player needs and he’s helped me a lot this year. – Enes KanterSALT LAKE CITY — Dennis Lindsey remembers, even if Alex Jensen doesn’t recall the first time the two met.It was clear back in 2001 after Jensen had graduated from the University of Utah and had a brief “cup of coffee” with the Houston Rockets, playing with the Rockets in the old Rocky Mountain Revue in Utah.Jensen didn’t last long with the Rockets before taking his game to Europe, where he played, mostly in Turkey, for seven years. However, he made an impression on the current Jazz general manager, who had started as a video coordinator for the Rockets five years earlier and was working in player development at the time.“We had a lot of respect for how he played and how efficient he was and how unselfish he was,’’ Lindsey says. “We always thought he had a chance, but we released him. That’s when we first met, but I’m sure Alex barely remembers.’’After playing overseas, Jensen got back into coaching when his former college coach, Rick Majerus, invited him to join his staff at Saint Louis. Jensen coached there for four years before moving to the NBA D-League, where he coached the Canton Charge for two years, earning coach of the year honors in his second season.Jensen returned to his home state last August as a player development coach for the Jazz and has been working primarily with Utah’s big men all season. While it’s been a trying year for everyone involved with the Jazz, for Jensen it has been a valuable experience getting to know the NBA and working with young players.“I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve definitely learned a lot,’’ he says.Lindsey had something to do with Jensen joining the Jazz, although he says it was coach Tyrone Corbin’s decision to bring him in.“I’m sure everybody thought it was a local tie — not that it would hurt him — but this job we hire on merit,’’ Lindsey said. “Ty had him in for an interview and he fit the culture really well. He’s humble, loyal, very smart and he’s a good communicator. You take things from different coaches, like Coach Majerus, but I think Alex is very comfortable in his own skin.’’Corbin has been more than pleased with Jensen’s contribution to the Jazz this season.“He has a great relationship with the big guys and he’s got a complete understanding of what it takes for a big guy to get better in this league,’’ Corbin said. “He communicates with these guys very well. He gets on the floor and bangs with them at times and they understand from him banging with them on the floor that he knows what he’s talking about. He’s gained the respect of the players.’’That’s evident when you talk to the Jazz big men. Rookie Rudy Gobert gushes about “Coach Alex” in his broken English, and Enes Kanter has a special bond because of their connection to Turkey.“He’s the kind of coach who can be friends with you, but he knows his basketball really well and has a high basketball IQ,’’ Kanter says. “He knows what every player needs and he’s helped me a lot this year.’’*****For much of his adult life, Jensen was heavily involved in college basketball and March Madness — as a player with the University of Utah for four years and as an assistant coach at Saint Louis for four years.When he played at Utah in the late 1990s, Jensen was Rick Majerus’ favorite player. Although he may never have come right out and admitted it, Majerus always talked about “Al” with special fondness and never had a bad word to say about his three-year starter, who was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year in 1999-2000.The two seemed an odd match, Majerus a foul-mouthed son of a union leader from the Midwest and Jensen, a mild-mannered LDS returned missionary from Centerville. A lot of folks were surprised when Jensen went on to spend four years as an assistant to Majerus.“It was funny — we had different backgrounds, but that’s why we got along so well,’’ says Jensen. “Once we got on the court, we were very similar as far as not wanting to lose and doing things right.’’Jensen never has a sour word to say about Majerus and he’s aware the former Ute coach had his detractors.“Whether you liked him or not, the thing I learned was that no matter what, for 20 hours a week, he was there for every second. He walked into practice and he was focused and into it. He might have been grumpy, but he never had a bad day as far as coaching went.’’So when Jensen decided to grab an opportunity to become a head coach in the NBA D-League and leave Saint Louis, it was tough to tell his longtime mentor.“It was a hard phone call to make,’’ Jensen recalls. “It was right before the season started, so he wasn’t too happy about the timing. But he was supportive. One thing you realize in the coaching profession is the timing is never right.’’Jensen coached in Canton for two years and was named the coach of the year for the 2012-13 season. Then he had another decision to make — keep doing what he was doing or move back to his old stomping grounds for a job with the Utah Jazz.“I thought because of the profession I chose, the likelihood of me coming back to Salt Lake was slim, but after the season Coach Corbin called me,’’ Jensen recalls. “I was coming out anyway because I had two cousins getting married. I enjoyed what I was doing before, but I guess this was the next progression.’’The easygoing Jensen is the first to tell you he’s not an ambitious, climb-the-ladder type of person. But’s he’s been a wanted man in recent years.“I’ve been lucky,’’ he says. “Coach Majerus asked me to coach with him. I had no plans on leaving Saint Louis and got a call from Wes Wilcox who was in Cleveland. I was enjoying Ohio when I got the call from Coach Corbin.’’Jensen had 109 games of head coaching experience in the D-League, but has had to get used to his new spot just behind the Jazz bench.“If nothing else, it makes you a better assistant because you understand the movement a chair or two over is a big difference,’’ he said.*****So what does the future hold for Jensen? Does he want to return to college coaching and perhaps be a head coach someday? Or would he rather stick with the pros and work his way up through the ranks as an assistant?“I get asked that quite a bit and I feel like I should have some sort of aspiration, but I really don’t,’’ he says. “The enjoyable thing, whether it’s at a university or the pros, is to be on a staff that is like-minded and that’s what I enjoy here, especially the coaching staff. It’s a much different game. You never want to lose, but it has been good.’’Lindsey won’t come out and say Jensen can be a head coach in the league some day, but he is very high on his coaching ability.“He has the kind of demeanor that he could be a future assistant coach on the bench,’’ Lindsey said. “He has the background and expertise that players will respect.’’Lindsey points out that the D-League is an even better league for coaches than it is for players and that it has helped Jensen.“At some point of the season, you’re going to have the worst team in the league or the best team, because the players come and go so quick,’’ he said. “You have to adjust quickly to the different talents and personalities on the fly and that’s a very important part of a coach’s training ground’’It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities that Jensen could end up coaching an NBA team some day, even the Utah Jazz.Look around the NBA at coaches like Miami’s Erik Spoelstra or Indiana’s Frank Vogel, who both started as video coordinators and had no real head coaching experience before working their way up to their current jobs. Or Memphis’ Dave Joerger, who won some championships in the D-League like Jensen did before becoming an NBA head coach.Perhaps that will be Jensen’s eventual destiny.It wouldn’t surprise Lindsey, who says of Jensen, “I think he has a bright future in the league.’’last_img read more