Praxair achieves 18% annual hike in DEPS

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Linde calls for greater stability in US helium market

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Scaling up ethanol-based plastics production

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AkzoNobel to investigate green H2 opportunities

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Carnegie: Perth Project Offshore Foundations Installation Complete

first_imgCarnegie Wave Energy Limited concluded the offshore foundation installation activities for the Perth Project off Garden Island, Western Australia.The subsea drilling and installation of all pile type foundations has been successfully completed with the third and final pile completed over the weekend. The installation vessel will be demobilising from the site this week clearing the way for offshore pipeline lay to commence.Carnegie advised in December 2013 that the foundation installation vessel, the Endeavour (previously named the Eunsung 1200), was mobilised with all foundations and installation equipment sea fastened on the vessel. The foundation installation vessel was then mobilised offshore to the Project site where installation activities commenced.Onsite activities confirmed the geotechnical conditions, suitability of the pile design and the installation approach. Work was also carried out on improving accessibility to the installation vessel via preparing the vessel for helicopter transfer of the work crew. After a Christmas to New Year break, drilling and grouting of the pile foundations commenced with the third and final pile installation completed over the weekend.Carnegie Project Engineer Neil de Tisi said: “The relationship developed between Carnegie and Fugro Seacore Pty Ltd has been integral to the successful installation of the foundations. I’m pleased we were able to work together to find solutions to the inevitable challenges that one encounters with these sorts of offshore activities and to successfully complete the installation of all foundations.”Press Release, February 18, 2014; Image: Carnegielast_img read more

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UK: Conservatives show vast support for Swansea tidal lagoon

first_imgResearch released today shows overwhelming backing for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon among Conservative MPs and Councillors, with more than four in five saying they support the project.The ComRes research, commissioned by Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), surveyed 150 MPs from across the UK, including 61 Conservative, and 303 Conservative councillors across England and Wales.The research showed that 84% of Conservative councillors, and 83% of Conservative MPs support the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.Across the UK, the vast majority of Conservative MPs and Councillors recognise the project as a potential first step towards a large new source of power that is both secure and long-term, TLP said.They also agree that its environmental impacts are manageable, while its UK supply chain opportunities are high, according to TLP.Gower MP Byron Davies said: “I held an event for this project in the Houses of Parliament and it was striking how much support the project has not just from Welsh MP’s but from Members from across the United Kingdom. There is a genuine cross party consensus building on the potential of tidal lagoon technology and I look forward to continuing these cross party efforts in support of this project in the near future.”Andy Field, Head of Communications at Tidal Lagoon Power, said: “What’s interesting about this research is that support for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon runs deeper: there is a common appreciation among Conservatives that this project signals the start of something different in UK energy. And as the scale and cost efficiencies of tidal lagoons are better understood, we’re confident support will grow further still.”last_img read more

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Emission omission

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Grieg Star adds capacity on the Atlantic

first_imgEffective February 6, the 39,749 dwt Star Eagle will enter into the AC Service (Northern Europe to US Gulf / Mexico) which sails calls at Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bremen, Altamira, Houston, Mobile and Wilmington before returning to Rotterdam.Grieg Star says that the introduction of this additional capacity is based on the solid demand for space from customers in various cargo segments.In addition to the total capacity increase, this service upgrade will improve schedule reliability and sailing frequency (2 – 3 departures per month).The company states: “With this development, we continue a long and proud tradition in the North Atlantic, where we are operating regular services for more than 30 years. We are therefore glad that we can provide our customers with this product improvement.”GRIEG Star Shipping carries a wide range of project cargoes for the energy sector (including power generators and turbines), windpower equipment, railcars, cranes, oil and gas industry equipment, cable reels, boats and other breakbulk cargo as well as rolling stock; such as agriculture and construction equipment, mining equipment and other cargo for the automotive industry.Following the recent introduction of through transport from Europe to the West Coast of South America (via Houston), the fifth ship will also support Grieg Star’s growth strategy in other geographical areas.www.griegstar.comlast_img read more

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Merritts moves moulding machines

first_imgThe project included three weeks of machinery decommissioning, export packing and loading in Dubai, followed by delivery, installation and recommissioning works in the UK.Merritts used overhead cranes to lift the ancillary equipment from the machines and place it onto support structures in pre-manufactured timber cases. The company’s mechanical and electrical engineers then separated the clamp and injection units on each machine, skating the components outside where they were lifted and lowered onto steel and timber packing bases.The cases were subsequently loaded on to trailers.The cargo was shipped from Jebel Ali in Dubai to the UK’s port of Felixstowe. They were then delivered to the installation site in Horncastle, where Merritts performed reassembly and reconnection.An engineer from the manufacturer, Engel, completed the recommissioning process.www.merritts.uk.comlast_img read more

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Hakodate Liner is ready to roll

first_imgJAPAN: JR Hokkaido has unveiled the first of its Series 733-1000 EMUs for the Hakodate Liner shuttle service, which will be introduced on March 26 to coincide with the opening of the first phase of the Hokkaido Shinkansen.Four three-car sets are being built to operate the shuttle which will connect Hakodate with the new Shinkansen station at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, 17·9 km north of the city. Serving as a temporary terminus for the first stage of the high speed line, this station has been sited to facilitate the future extension of the route to Sapporo.JR Hokkaido plans to operate 16 shuttle trains each way per day between the Shinkansen terminus and the existing station in the city centre. In addition, there will be 12 Super Hokuto and Hokuto Limited Express services each way between Hakodate and Sapporo, calling at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to connect with Hokkaido Shinkansen services.The Hakodate Liner EMUs are derived from the stainless steel-bodied Series 733 sets which were introduced on Sapporo suburban services in June 2012. Built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, this fleet totals 21 three-car units plus a further six Series 733-3000 sets delivered in 2014 to work rapid services between Sapporo and Chitose Airport.Opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen will see the withdrawal of the current Super Hakucho and Hakucho Limited Express trains between Shin-Aomori and Hakodate, the Hamanasu express between Aomori and Sapporo, and the Cassiopeia overnight sleeping car trains between Tokyo and Sapporo.last_img read more

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