first_imgRecent years have seen marked advancement of the shale gas industry due to key enabling technologies in shale gas extraction.This includes hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, microseismic monitoring technologies, information and communication technologies, and produced water technologies. Powered by these technologies, the shale gas industry has managed to influence the US energy mix, enabling the country to achieve energy self-sufficiency.An analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Technologies Enabling Extraction of Shale Gas, finds that the US is the key innovator and adopter of new extraction technologies.“Other countries with ample shale reserves also look to develop shale gas resources with the aid of advanced technologies,” noted Technical Insights Research Analyst Lekshmy Ravi. “The high price of oil and gas that has prevailed since the middle of the last decade, along with the opportunity shale gas presents to reduce import dependence, has been instrumental in driving up interest in shale gas production and extraction technologies.”However, with the global market witnessing an oversupply of shale products, oil prices have fallen, dampening the pace of shale gas production and consequently the need for related technologies. During the shale gas boom, no other country besides the US focused on developing these resources, clearly demonstrating a downtrend in the industry.“Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are the major technologies which have made shale gas extraction economical and easy,” pointed out Ravi. “To survive current market volatility, however, enabling technologies in shale gas extraction must be even more cost effective.”Since shale gas players are trying to minimize production costs to maintain competitiveness, they will patronize technology developers who make the extraction of shale gas cheaper. Companies that can introduce interconnected smart systems with built-in feedback to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs will be particularly attractive.In fact, the shale gas industry may witness a shake-up this year as companies attempt to acquire technology providers and developers. They will obviously target enterprises with the most attractive proprietary and innovative technologies.[mappress mapid=”16880″]last_img read more

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first_imgThe jack-up was executed in Singapore on September 7, 2013 says Mammoet. The landmark event was celebrated by Jan Kleijn, ceo of Mammoet, who commented: “The 25th jack-up all time highlights Mammoet’s legacy of innovation and our commitment to providing safe, efficient engineered solutions and added value for our customers. We are proud to have engineered and developed this heavy lift solution.” Mammoet developed and engineered the jack-up system for the lifting of topside structures and was first mobilised in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to Mammoet the push-up system reduces the production time of a topside and requires no modification to a topside’s design for lifting.An example of Mammoet’s jack-up in action www.mammoet.comlast_img read more

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first_imgAllseas’ new Central Asian network of offices and door-to-door services has been created in response to increasing demand for high-level logistics support in the region, said group project manager, Des Nott, who will be overseeing the network. “There are some incredibly big projects going on in the region, including infrastructure and oil and gas developments. A lot of cargo movement is happening.”In Georgia, Allseas has opened offices in Tbilisi and the Black Sea port city of Poti, where a team of eight staff will be managed by Nott and Selim Nurlu.By the middle of January, Allseas will have opened a fully-staffed office in Baku, Azerbaijan, ready to handle the huge number of infrastructure and oil and gas developments taking place in the region.The company will also open two offices in Turkey, in Mersin and Istanbul. The Mersin office will also come under the direction of Nott and Nurlu, while Allseas has appointed Gürkan Yucekaya as project manager for the branch in Istanbul.Allseas’ Dubai office, which is headed up by regional manager for the Middle East, Paula Bellamy, now houses a team of eight, and Nott says that the operation will serve the UAE and Middle East Gulf, as well as Iraq and the wider Central Asian region.Last year, Allseas set up a joint venture with Pakistan’s Raaziq International to help maintain two critical supply chain corridors into and out of Afghanistan, which was reported by HLPFI on June 24, 2014.Allseas is also working closely with forwarder, SABA International, which has a strong presence in both Iraq and Kuwait, to provide secure transport routes, trucks and trailers, and warehousing.Nott emphasised the importance of working with partners experienced in local regions: “When you have time-sensitive projects or cargoes, you need to have people you can rely on. They [Allseas’ partners] have proven track records and know how to move consignments in the terrain, while working around political and military flare-ups.” Des Nott, who will be overseeing the new network. www.allseasglobal.comlast_img read more

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first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington city council members on Monday approved a plan to honor local veterans, by hanging decorative banners on light poles in the Grand River/Oakland Street area.Banners like this will hang on light poles along Grand River in Farmington.Farmington Public Safety (FPS) Commander Andrew Morchè said the banner idea bubbled up after officers escorted local resident and World War II veteran Albert Roe on an Honor Flight in May of 2019. Honor Flights transport veterans to Washington, D.C. to view the memorial dedicated to the war in which they served.”It got my staff talking about local veterans and who they were,” he told officials during their 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.Officer Jacob Cote later texted a photo to Morchè of veteran standing with his banner in Sault Ste. Marie and asked whether something similar could be done in Farmington.“We wanted something that was locally focused,” Morchè said. “We wanted some recognition for our veterans in downtown Farmington.”While the city’s Historical Commission hasn’t been able to make a formal commitment for lack of a quorum, the group has agreed in principle to fund the project, Morchè said. Cost for the first five banners is $1,210; they’ll be installed in May and come down in November.Families can apply for veteran recognition by submitting information about and verification of service (DD214), a photo, and an optional essay of around 500 words that tells the veteran’s story.In addition to the outdoor display, veteran profiles will be linked on the city’s website. Morchè said the stories may be compiled and published. “That’s something we are planning for.”Melissa Andrade, assistant to City Manager David Murphy, is also involved in the project. She said after meeting with members of Groves-Walker American Legion Post in Farmington, the group agreed to include veterans who live in Farmington Hills.Veterans who have issues obtaining a DD214 to verify their service should call their congressional representative. In Farmington Hills, call Rep. Brenda Lawrence, 248-356-2052; in Farmington, call Rep. Haley Stevens, 734-853-3040. Reported bylast_img read more

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