Highlights of the Week

first_imgSubsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (January 08 – January 14). Kreuz Subsea Lands Historic Deal with L&T Repsol Files Rev Pipeline and Umbilical Decom Plan Oceaneering’s Umbilicals for Statoil’s Johan Castbergcenter_img Ocean Infinity: Malaysia Greenlights New MH370 Search Wood Wins Subsea Contract for Celtic Interconnectorlast_img

Wintershall Dea: Hydrogen from natural gas instrumental in decarbonisation of energy

first_imgHydrogen is supposed to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the energy system – but only if it is harvested from renewable energies, that is according to the German government’s draft National Hydrogen Strategy (NHS). “If we want to ensure the rapid development of a functioning and viable hydrogen market we cannot leave any potential technologies on the shelf. Otherwise, we risk falling into a new subsidies trap, and thus the failure of the strategy. Market outlooks “The German government is losing sight of what the actual objective is. For our ambitious climate targets and hydrogen strategy to succeed, it is not so important whether the hydrogen comes from natural gas or renewables: what is important is that its production is climate-neutral”, points out Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Dea, with regard to the draft strategy at the SPD Economic Forum, in which more than 500 listeners participated. Wintershall Dea has called for the National Hydrogen Strategy to be open to all technologies. While other countries such as the Netherlands and Japan are forging ahead, Germany runs the risk of missing out – instead of playing a leading role in the global hydrogen market, Wintershall Dea pointed out. In other news related to the development of the hydrogen market, DEME Offshore has joined the team behind the PosHYdon project, which aims to integrate the offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen as part of the first offshore green hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. “We need an approach that is open to all technologies, one that considers all climate-friendly hydrogen production methods”, Mehren continued. Subsidies trap Categories: Thanks to its considerable price and volume advantages, decarbonised blue and turquoise hydrogen from natural gas can make up for the shortfalls in renewables capacities and accelerate the much-needed development of the hydrogen market. Hydrogen on oil and gas industry’s decarbonisation horizoncenter_img Posted: 4 months ago After all, renewable hydrogen will also benefit from a functioning market, the German company concluded. Mehren emphasized the company’s commitment and support of the German government’s climate targets and concluded: “Hence, we wish to play a key role in the decarbonisation of our energy system. And we firmly believe that hydrogen from natural gas will be instrumental in achieving this“. As reported by DNV GL, carbon-free hydrogen production, transmission, and distribution are now widely recognized as central components to the oil and gas industry’s decarbonisation efforts. Posted: 4 months ago The publication of the National Hydrogen Strategy has been delayed for months. On top of that, Wintershall Dea pointed out that the hasty decision to limit it to green hydrogen – the one produced from renewable energy – doesn’t help anyone because at the moment hydrogen cannot be produced from renewables competitively or in sufficient quantities. Wintershall Dea is currently conducting research together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) into the CO2-free industrial production of turquoise hydrogen from natural gas. The PosHYdon pilot is an initiative of Nexstep, the Dutch association for decommissioning and reuse, and TNO, the Dutch organisation for applied scientific research, in collaboration with the industry. German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea believes that hydrogen from natural gas will be instrumental in the decarbonisation of energy system and that the much-needed hydrogen market will not succeed without natural gas. According to DNV GL’s recent report, named Heading for Hydrogen, while hydrogen gas produced from renewable energy – so-called ‘green hydrogen’ – is the industry’s ultimate destination, analysis shows that the sector can only realistically scale up to large volumes and infrastructure with carbon-free hydrogen produced from fossil fuels combined with CCS technology, or what is known as ‘blue hydrogen’.last_img read more

Cole, Bauer carry UW against UND

first_imgLed by a series of offensive attacks, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team swept the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in their conference series this weekend. The third-ranked Badgers improved their overall record to 6–1 overall and 4–1 in the WCHA.Wisconsin’s potent offense controlled both games, producing 11 goals. Saturday’s game was a blowout, with the Badgers scoring eight goals while limiting the Fighting Sioux to just eight shots on goal. Wisconsin’s unrelenting offense produced 53 shots on goal and controlled the puck for most of the 8–0 victory.The points-producing duo of Sharon Cole and Sara Bauer started the scoring three and half minutes into the first period, with Cole setting up Bauer for a short-handed goal. While North Dakota’s power play shifted lines, the two broke into the offensive zone unopposed, taking advantage of the Fighting Sioux’s sloppy line change.A single defender managed to catch Cole and Bauer, but was unable to break up the play. Bauer scored two goals and recorded one assist, while Cole recorded two assists in Saturday’s contest.Wisconsin freshman forward Erika Lawler, who has emerged as a real offensive threat in recent games, set up freshman Angie Keseley in the final minute of play in the first period. As the puck drifted down North Dakota’s end of the ice, Lawler raced to catch the puck to prevent an icing penalty. Trailed by Keseley, Lawler fed the puck to the slot where Keseley snapped a wristshot for the final goal of the period.The Badgers would score two even-strength goals in the second period thanks to forwards Jinelle Zaugg and Cyndy Kenyon. The third period was marred by 10 penalties, six of which were committed by North Dakota. With tensions flaring between the two teams, Cole and North Dakota freshman Melissa Jaques both went to the penalty box following an altercation.”It was that point in the game where we got up by four, five or six goals,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “Obviously, nobody likes to get beaten like that. I think [North Dakota] was getting kind of frustrated so the referees wanted to keep the game in check and under control. That’s what happens when one team gets up quite a bit.””That’s going to happen in some games,” defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar said, who finished the game with four assists. “It’s how you react to it and I think we reacted in a positive manner.”The Badgers would take advantage of the frustrated and tired Fighting Sioux by scoring four goals in that period. Junior forward Heidi Kletzien would score her first goal of the season and Zaugg added her second goal of the game, both on the powerplay. Bauer and Keseley would score later, giving Zaugg, Bauer and Keseley two goals each.Friday’s game was quite similar. The Badgers won 3-2 in another display of offensive talent, but showed an inability to capitalize on a plethora of scoring chances. Wisconsin missed several open-net shots when North Dakota goalie Amber Hasbargen was out of position and hit the pipe several times as well.The Badgers were not able to cement the win until freshman defenseman Alycia Matthews scored her first goal of the season on a powerplay, giving the Badgers a 3-2 lead with five minutes left in the third period.Johnson credited Friday’s struggle to a lack of preparation.”I was a little disappointed with our preparation [on Friday],” Johnson said. “It was kids’ day at the Kohl Center and there were a lot of distractions. The players also had to go to school so I don’t think they were very focused. It certainly showed in our play.””So to come back [on Saturday] and see how the players responded, I think they should be proud of themselves … I was very pleased with the effort from the start to finish.”last_img read more

Hot shooting sparks season turn around

first_imgTaylor Wurtz leads the Badgers with a 331 points on the season, averaging 15.8 per game and 160 rebounds, averaging 7.6 per game. Before Wisconsin’s three-game run, Wurtz shouldered much of UW’s offense, but with more help from her teammates, they’ve been able to get their season back on track.[/media-credit]It has been a struggle this season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team. At one point enduring a six-game losing streak, the Badgers were clawing to scratch off a single W in the win column. But the Badgers have answered their struggles in recent weeks with a new kind of streak.Winners of three straight conference games and four of their last six, the Badgers are playing with a renewed sense of energy, responding strongly to a rough start that saw the team lose three straight to open up conference play. The string of victories is something Wisconsin is new to this season, as the team had not won consecutive games since the last week of November. For the players, this streak was always a feat they knew they could accomplish.“We’ve always expected to win those close games in the past,” senior forward Ashley Thomas said. “It’s disheartening when you work so hard in the first half and then you come back out in the second half and it’s almost like a completely different game. It’s really encouraging we’ve taken that step and grown through that and now we’re able to play the complete 40 minutes.”One of the areas the Badgers have improved on vastly to this point is closing out games. In four of the team’s 13 losses this season the Badgers have either been trailing by one or leading at halftime, only to allow the second half and the game to escape through their clutches. In their past three victories, however, Wisconsin has held on to any lead it has possessed on its way to closing out games. Perhaps the biggest indicator of the improvement the team has made to this point was seen in their game against Michigan this past Monday. Allowing the Wolverines to claw back from a 16-point hole and take the lead in the second half, the Badgers turned the ball over and started to self-destruct, as poor shot selection and a Michigan press spelled conundrums for Wisconsin.But the Badgers and head coach Bobbie Kelsey would not let another game slip away, calling a timeout that resulted in sophomore guard Morgan Paige slicing down the lane for a layup in what was the defining moment of the game.“When coach called the timeout she told us to stop settling for threes against their zone and look to attack,” Paige said. “We made the adjustment at the timeout to either attack the middle or look to pass it into one of our posts down low. I looked down the lane and saw a lot of space so I just took it strong.”Offensively, the Badgers have been models of consistency during their three-game streak. Although Wisconsin has finally begun to cement the flow and chemistry of Kelsey’s offense, the first two months of the season were characterized by the Badgers struggling to find a single good look in a possession. In the Badgers’ 13 losses this season, the team has shot on average 36.1 percent from the floor. While the Badgers have shot an average of 46.8 percent during their recent streak, the team has looked more in sync than ever, as dribble penetration, solid post production and smart passes have given the Badgers high percentage shots throughout the court.Another side effect for the Badgers in their offensive awakening has been the production of junior Taylor Wurtz. While Wurtz had led Wisconsin in scoring with an average close to 16 points per night, her teammates have recently helped shoulder some of the scoring load. Earlier in the season when the Badgers struggled from the field, it often looked like Wurtz was pressing for her shots, as the star guard was often the only Wisconsin player in a rhythm from the floor. In the Badgers’ 13 losses this season, Wurtz has shot on average 36.3 percent from the field, but in the Badgers’ recent streak, Wurtz has shot 47.1 percent from the floor, resulting from better looks, thanks to her teammates’ recent hot shooting.During the first two months of the season the Badgers struggled to find looks early during a possession, often letting the clock wind down under eight seconds before hoisting up a contested look. After nearly three months of competition, the Badgers’ offense has a new feel of flow to it, as the team continues to run a quick transition offense that finds open looks earlier in the shot clock. With the average time per offensive position seemingly dropping every week, Kelsey’s fast paced system is finally yielding fruits in the form of wins for Wisconsin.“It definitely was an emphasis by coach for us over winter break that we didn’t have class so we should be in the gym all the time working on offensive stuff,” Thomas said. “I think that definitely helped us getting in that extra work. But constantly going over offense in practice has helped us get that flow and be consistent. We know the plays work, but we don’t always execute them properly and get those good shots that come from executing properly.”The Badgers’ recent success will be tested in the coming days, as the team faces three opponents ranked in the top 25 in their next five games, with every ranked matchup occurring away from the home floor of the Kohl Center.“I think it’s great we’re still the underdog because we play like we have nothing to lose,” Thomas said. “Going into these next games with this streak of wins should give us that confidence to know we can play with anybody.”last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Minister says Bahamas concerned about cuts to US Coast Guard

first_img Bahamas & TCI Meet, concerned on possible cut to US Coast Guard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard, #magneticmedianews, #OPBAT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas is concerned about the decision by the new Trump Administration’s proposal cut in funding by $1.3 billion to the US Coast Guard.  “In the discussions with the Premier, there is a lot of concern in this country as there is in the Bahamas  about OPBAT and its future because there appears to be a draw back of resources in the United States.  And one of the things that happens, we find ourselves as countries in a kind of catch 22 with the U.S. accusing us of being conduits for drugs and illegal trafficking and smuggling and all the rest of it, but it’s really in their security interest, we are really paying the price for their security.”During his trip to the Turks and Caicos island this weekend, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that this matter was discussed as it is unclear how the announcement will impact OPBAT aka Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos which is a joint operation designed to control human, arms and illicit drug smuggling.Minister Mitchell said it is mainly a wait and see situation, but also advised that the Bahamas is not taking it lying down and has already made representation on how our smaller countries lack the capacity to cope with heavy smuggling operations; “We’re waiting to see who will become the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because that’s the person who will really be the key point person in the State Department to deal with policies with the Caribbean.  There is a meeting I think coming up on the 29th of March, which will have to do with this new Act that was passed by Congress for engagement in the Caribbean.”Minister Fred Mitchell said the US has to be made to understand that helping our countries ultimately means helping their own country in its interdiction and border control efforts.#MagneticMediaNews #fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard #OPBATlast_img read more