ExxonMobil’s Skipjack well comes up empty

first_imgAs US oil giant ExxonMobil continues exploration in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, the company reported that its Skipjack well did not yield “commercial quantities of hydrocarbons”, according to the Natural Resources Ministry.The Ministry in a statement said ExxonMobil and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) informed authorities that on August 29, 2016 the well proved not to have commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.“We are continuing to have verification work done and awaiting a full report and more information will be provided then. This announcement reminded us of the undulating fortunes of mining in general and of oil exploration in particular,” the Ministry’s statement said.The Stena Carron: Drilling ahead of Liza 3 offshore Guyana (Upstream photo)ExxonMobil, the statement continued, will continue with plans to develop the Liza well with its declared capacity of approximately one billion barrels and also look for other possible targets for drilling.“Likewise, the Government continues its preparations for the eventual production of oil and gas in the near future by building capacity at the legislative, technical and regulatory levels,” the statement continued.Efforts to contact ExxonMobil’s local manager, Jeff Simmons, proved futile, as Guyana Times was told he was out of the office. However, sections of the local media quoted Simmons as confirming that indeed the Skipjack well did not turn up the results expected.International oil and gas newspaper, Upstream quoted ExxonMobil sources who confirmed that the company failed to hit commercial hydrocarbons at the Skipjack exploration well, where the super major was targeting similar conditions to its massive Liza oil find of between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.The US super major confirmed reports from Upstream sources that Skipjack, which was spud on July 17, was a dry hole.The company did not detail if there were any hydrocarbon shows during the drilling.Sources familiar with the geology in the vast Guyana-Suriname basin called the Skipjack prospect a geological lookalike to Liza, reiterating comments previously made by executives at ExxonMobil’s partner Hess that the Stabroek Block contained potentially more than 20 structures with similar attributes as Liza.The Stena Carron drillship is on location at the Liza 3 appraisal well after drilling Skipjack 40 kilometres to the north-west of Liza.ExxonMobil spud Liza 3 on September 4 and, like its predecessor Liza 2, the well will focus on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.Liza 2 hit more than 190 feet of net pay and caused ExxonMobil, along with partners Hess and CNOOC subsidiary Nexen, to boost their estimate of the recoverable oil in place at Liza.In July, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process.That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the east. Production will be sent to an FPSO with capacity of around 100,000 barrels of oil per day.Under that plan, first production from the field would come online sometime in 2020 or as late as 2021.last_img read more

Hispanic Caucus faces possible shake-up after internal strife

first_img“I share Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s sentiment about the lack of respect afforded to women members of the Hispanic Caucus,” Solis said in a statement. “If the Hispanic Caucus is to be truly representative of the Latino community, it must give equal treatment to all its members, regardless of gender or seniority.” The women have demanded that Baca apologize for the insult – he allegedly referred to Sanchez as a “whore” – which he denies ever having uttered. In a letter issued Feb. 2, Baca states that in his short time as chairman of the group, he has furthered leadership positions for women in the caucus by appointing several female members to important task force chairmanships. He has admitted in published reports to having called Solis a “kiss-up” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Baca publicly apologized for the remark. Three unnamed male members have threatened to quit the caucus if Solis and Linda Sanchez leave – their departure would reduce the number of women in the caucus to three. The internecine battle has led to marathon closed-door sessions among caucus members about possible reforms to the group’s leadership structure. The leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus could get a makeover after one Southland congresswoman quit the caucus and two other local representatives threatened to resign. Members of the caucus, an informal group formed in 1976 to advance issues affecting Latinos, will continue closed-door discussions this week stemming from allegations by female members that they have been discriminated against by the group’s male chairman. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, left the caucus last month after alleging that Chairman Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, made a disparaging remark about her during a conversation with California Latino lawmakers last summer. Since then, Sanchez’s sister, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, have also threatened to quit the 21-member caucus. An aide for Solis has said that discussions include possibly splitting the chairmanship into three posts, each focused on different policy areas. Baca did not return calls seeking comment on the possibility of a three-chairmanhip leadership format. Such a move – which would mirror the multiple-chairmanship structure of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats – might work to the caucus’s advantage, said David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College. “It would depend on the quality of leadership by the new co-chairs,” Menefee-Libey said. “If the policy focus enables them to pull their colleagues together and present a unified point of view, then it is all for the better.” He added that any multiple chairmanships would likely be divided along regional, ethnic and gender lines. Most caucus members are of Mexican-American and Puerto Rican descent. Jim Dau, a spokesman for Rep. Linda Sanchez, would not comment on the nature of the reforms being considered by the caucus. “We have some pretty big things coming up, and frankly this caucus discussion is distracting us from the important work before us,” Dau said. California Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said female politicians must always be prepared to face discrimination head-on. “I am the highest ranking woman in the state Legislature, and I know I have been called every name in the book,” Romero said. “Smashing the glass ceiling is not easy, but we don’t move forward by calling each other names, or resigning. We move forward by standing our ground and fighting. “I am a member of the Latino Caucus in the Senate, and some of us can make a case for disrespect toward women here,” she added. “But we don’t get anywhere when we take our marbles and go home.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NEBC coalition hosting first meeting next week

first_imgThe Mayor’s Partnership consists of Bill Streeper of Fort Nelson, Dale Bumstead of Dawson Creek, Merlin Nichols of Chetwynd, Darwin Wren of Tumbler Ridge, Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John, Fred Jarvis of Taylor, and Bill Plowright of Pouce Coupe.“During the official launch of the Coalition on September 08, members made it clear that the work of the Coalition would be open and transparent,” Media Relations Officer, Kevin Brown said in a written statement. “Part of this commitment includes having the monthly Mayors’ Partnership Meetings be open to the public.”During the Mayors’ Partnership Meeting, members will hear from the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Energy Services B.C. and staff from the Regional Ministry of Transportation to name a few.- Advertisement -The first meeting is being held inside Fort St. John’s Council Chambers, Wednesday October 22, with two chances to attend; once at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and another at 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

Lightning starts six more fires in Northeast B.C.

first_imgThe Prince George Fire Centre has responded to eight new fires over the weekend.  Six of these fires are in the northeast corner of the Province.The largest fire is currently 1,300 hectares in size east of Mount Bigfoot.  Mount Bigfoot is located east of Prophet River.  There is a structure to the east of this fire. The structure has been surrounded by fire retardent and crews are on route to set up sprinklers if it is safe to do so. The new fires are being assessed and prioritized.  Many of the new fires are located in remote areas an access by ground is limited.  All of these fires are suspected to be lightning-caused.- Advertisement -One of the largest fires burning in the northeast is the Petitot River Fire, located 110 km northeast of Fort Nelson.  The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality issued an evacuation alert for an area near the fire that includes the Penn West Wildboy facility.Learn more about this evacuation alert, by clicking here.At this time there are no fire bans in Northeast B.C.  Up-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be obtained online at: www.bcwildfire.ca or by calling 1 888 3-FOREST.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘We’ve sold our soul to get Mourinho!’ Mixed emotions as Giggs leaves Man United

first_imgManchester United fans were split on Saturday as one-club legend Ryan Giggs confirmed his long-rumoured exit from the club.The Welshman leaves Old Trafford after 29 years with the Red Devils, having made his debut as a 17-year-old in 1991.He went on to make a club record 963 appearances, scoring 168 goals, before retiring in 2014 to become a coach first under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal.RELATED – ‘Ryan Giggs deserved chance to be manager of Manchester United’, says former Red DevilIt was claimed the club were grooming Giggs to be manager after his time as number two, but the appointment of Jose Mourinho scuppered his plans for the top job.And United confirmed on Saturday that the former winger had left to pursue a career in management, and while some fans saw sense in the move, others believed the club had made a grave mistake.Check out how fans reacted to the news below… Has Jose Mourinho pushed Ryan Giggs out of Manchester United? 1last_img read more

Quantity surveyor downed five drinks before Garda chase and crash

first_imgA quantity surveyor who downed five drinks before fleeing from Gardai, going the wrong way around a roundabout before crashing into a car with five young women in it has escaped going to jail.James Reilly appeared before Letterkenny District Court facing five charges of dangerous driving and endangerment in what Judge Paul Kelly described as “an extraordinary incident.” The court heard Reilly, who didn’t even like rallying, had been attending the Donegal International Rally with friends on June 17th last year.The 25-year-old was spotted by Gardai driving his Seat Leon leaving Ballyraine in Letterkenny who followed the car as Reilly tried to escape.He overtook vehicles at speed, went the wrong way around two roundabouts before colliding head-on with another car on the wrong side of the road.The car, which contained five young ladies, was damaged and at least one of the woman was injured.The charge read that Reilly “drove his vehicle at high speed in an aggressive and dangerous manner, overtook vehicles on approach to roundabout, entering roundabout against the flow of traffic and colliding head-on into an oncoming vehicle.”Reilly, with an address at Darkley Road in Co Armagh, but who now lives in Monaghan, fled from his car.He tried to escape on foot but Garda Michael Kilcoyne gave chase and eventually caught him and arrested him.Reilly failed to provide a specimen of breath when arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was a senior quantity surveyor who came from a very respectable family and had been accompanied to court by his mother.Mr Dorrian said his mother was not an apologist for her son but said he was the eldest of a family of four and that none of the other siblings had been in trouble.Judge Paul Kelly had previously ordered a probation and community service report on O’Reilly.However, he had warned “It is clearly a matter which suggests a sentence be given under the circumstances.“However, I note the plea and the fact that he has no previous convictions. I will fully explore all the options but I will not limit myself to those options.”When O’Reilly appeared again today, Judge Kelly took more time to read the Probation Report.It read how he had no previous convictions and that he accepted responsibility for his actions. He is employed in the construction industry and plans to move abroad to further his career.Judge Kelly sentenced Reilly to three months in prison but suspended the jail term for three years and also disqualified him from driving for a total of four years but agreed to postpone the ban until March 19th next.He also struck out a number of other charges.Quantity surveyor downed five drinks before Garda chase and crash was last modified: December 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chasecourtdonegaldrinksGardaJames Reillylast_img read more

DD NOTICE: COLÁISTE AILIGH SET TO HOST 5K NEXT MONTH

first_imgDD NOTICE: COLÁISTE AILIGH SET TO HOST 5K NEXT MONTH was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colaiste AilighDDNoticesSportlast_img

Paul Nkata in hot soup over Match Fixing

first_imgNkata has over seen 7 consecutive losses in the KPL (Agency Photo)Ugandan coach Paul Nkata is at the center of a match fixing storm in Kenya and has reportedly disappeared.His Kakamega Boys side is winless in seven Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches, a run that has seen them drop to 13th in the table.The club management launched an inquest into the cause of the poor run and according to a senior source at the club, the veteran tactician and a number of players have been involved in match fixing.“We are shocked. We thought the poor run was just a normal one but we decided to do some investigations and we found out that our coach has been placing bets on games, said the Club Official.“He has been paying some of our players between 50,000-200,000 to lose games,” the source disclosed.The matter has since been reported to the police and Nkata is reported to have left Kakamega for Uganda.“We understand that he has traveled to Uganda. Someone tipped him and he decided to run away. It’s a very sad situation, the source added.The team is now under striker Allan Wanga and keeper David Juma who are in charge of training.Comments Tags: Kakamage BoysKenyan Premier LeaguePaul Nkatatoplast_img read more

White crosses shock drivers on main Donegal route

first_imgDrivers travelling to and from Letterkenny this morning have been met with thousands of white crosses along one of Donegal’s busiest roads. Thousands of small crosses have been placed on one side of the road stretching from Bridgend up to the Dry Arch Roundabout in Letterkenny.The crosses, which were placed overnight, have been linked to the pro-life campaign ahead of the May 25th Referendum. White Crosses from Letterkenny to Bridgend. Photo: Northwest NewspixDonegal Pro-Life have not yet made a statement to take responsibility for the display. However, a comment from a local pro-life campaigner has said the crosses are to “represent the lives that will be taken per year in Ireland if there is a yes vote.”Spokesperson for Donegal Together for Yes Sinead Stewart has strongly criticised the demonstration. Speaking to Donegal Daily this morning, Sinead said: “The hypocrisy of it all is really staggering. We’ve had people who are really upset and annoyed by this. “I think they are absolutely brushing over the pain and the suffering of the women and families of Donegal by doing something like this.“My question is: What are those crosses for? Are they for the babies in Tuam? Are they for the women in the Magdalene Laundries? Are they for each child that was sold to American couples from the Catholic Church? “The hypocrisy is absolutely outstanding. They have outdone themselves.“We are very aware it’s a stunt, but where they are getting the money for this is questionable as well, because they are not SIPO registered.”Donegal Together for Yes have recently lodged a formal complaint against Donegal Pro-life with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO). The group have claimed that Donegal Pro-Life are not registered as a Third Party body campaigning in the forthcoming referendum, which is necessary for any bodies which are in receipt of a donation of over €100.Sinead added: “Our concern is obviously for the women and families who are very upset this morning, and I just wonder do they realise the effect they are having.” White crosses shock drivers on main Donegal route was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Braced for the drop

first_img“I’m so unlucky, if I fell in a bucket of boobs I’d come out sucking my own thumb!” One of Ian Holloway’s favourite pearls of wisdom during his tenure at Loftus Road.Not a lot, it seems, has changed.My initial reaction on seeing Clint Hill’s bullet header against Bolton was there was enough room to drive a double-decker bus in the gap between ball and line.After watching several TV replays, I revised my estimate to a small family saloon.Roberto Di Matteo jumped around like a toddler with a sugar rush, hugging every player in sight – a move clearly not appreciated by some.Admittedly you could make no case for the defence as Darren Pratley went up the other end to nod Bolton ahead after finding himself in more space than the Starship Enterprise.And yes, Djibril Cisse was offside for his equaliser, while Rangers showed no urgency in their quest for a winner until Akos Buzsaky and Jamie Mackie were inexplicably brought on with just 10 minutes to go.But if linesman Bob Pollock (it’s what spoonerism was invented for) had been watching the goal-line instead of wondering what he was having for his tea (and he looks like he’s had a few dinners, does Bob), the game could have finished so differently.The reality, though, is that QPR have simply not been good enough this season – and with six of their last 10 games against the top six, they look destined for a quick return to the Championship, much to the delight of posters on Norwich and Swansea messageboards.I can understand their schadenfreude, with both tipped by just about everyone to go down at the beginning of the season, while big-spending QPR didn’t even make the frame.But it still hurts that my club – who once upon a time seemed to be everyone’s favourite second side – are now despised by many because of their flash signings and propensity to go through managers like water. There is more to life than success.Not that I’m particularly relishing the thought of relegation either. After 15 long years bouncing around the second and third tiers it would have been nice to hang around for at least another season –as miserable as this one has been.There are some schools of thought suggesting it would be good to go down to the Championship, relive the glory days of last season’s successful campaign and duly win a second title in three years, without the added complication of an FA inquiry this time.Watch this man take Leeds up.There are two words that could scupper that plan – Neil Warnock. If he doesn’t get Leeds up this season (and I wouldn’t back against it) I reckon they’ll be champions come May 2013.Throw Leicester, a couple of the teams that don’t go up this year and the other relegated teams into the mix and it might be a tough ask for some of the pampered ‘superstars’. Barnsley on a Tuesday night, anyone?And if Warnock does take Leeds up this season, you just know he’ll come-a-calling for some of his old favourites – although possibly not Joey Barton.The skipper sounds like he’d welcome a move from the Smoke, mind you, after squatters invaded his gaff. “ Barton tweeted: “What’s with this London place, no one squats up north. You’d get t******d for even trying that s***.”Of course the real reason no one squats up north is because you can comfortably buy your own place for the price of a round down here (more of that later).The only saving grace in Rangers’ gruesome run in is that they traditionally tend to raise their game against the bigger teams.While my head says we’re going down faster than Adele’s waistline, my heart is instructing me to salute magpies and dive into the path of oncoming black cats…just in case.As if things couldn’t get any worse after the Bolton game there were reports of a ding-dong between QPR players and fans arriving at Euston Station.Piecing together information from various reports it seems one particular clown was salivating at the mouth and trying to have a pop at Jamie Mackie – the one player who in Kevin Keegan speak always gives a million per cent.Incidentally the description of the main aggressor was “middle-aged, probably in his 40s, with short brown hair” – and yes I can account for my whereabouts at the time.The incident was witnessed by Stoke players about to board the train on the opposite platform after a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.Chelsea’s hero of the hour.It was a far from convincing performance from the Blues given that Stoke were down to 10 men for the majority of the game after Ricardo Fuller’s horrific stamp on Branislav Ivanovic.But the big Serb personified the phrase ‘No pain, no gain’ when three days later he popped up with the winner to secure an astonishing 5-4 aggregate win for Chelsea over Napoli in the Champions League after they had looked dead and buried.Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo jumped around like a toddler with a sugar rush, hugging every player in sight – a move clearly not appreciated by some.Indeed, Fernando Torres’ reaction looked like he’d been transported back to his childhood when his blousy auntie with the cheap-smelling scent attempted to plant a smacker on him.If Chelsea beat Benfica in the last eight, the chances are they will have to get past Barcelona for a place in the final. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.Elsewhere in west London, Fulham’s recent good run came to an end at Aston Villa, where they were punished for failing to turn their superiority into goals as Andreas Weimann (me neither) struck a late winner.And there was more doom and gloom for Brentford as Sheffield United won the battle of the red and white stripes – an experience not enjoyed by ‘Ruislip Rich’ on the Griffin Park Grapevine forum.He wrote: “Heard some northern muppet say ‘£10. 40 for a round… these bloomin London prices’. He was sporting a gold hoop earring and a tash. I don’t like Brentford being invaded by the 1980s.”But his mood changed a little later when he added: “Just got back to my local, The Bell in Ruislip. All the QP-hah supporters telling me how (rubbish) they are and they’re going down. Priceless. It’s cheered me right up!”You can go off some people.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more