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Scottish Gov’t injects another $6.45M to decommissioning fund

Highlands and IslandsFollowing the announcement by the Scottish Government, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) said it was considering applying to the DCF.“Energy sector supply chain companies across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged by HIE to consider applying to the DCF,” the development agency said.Last year, the DCF awarded grants totaling £4.8m for projects that strengthen Scotland’s decommissioning capacity.These included more than £800,000 for infrastructure upgrades at Kishorn Dry Dock in Wester Ross, more than £90,000 for work in the Lyness Oil and Gas decommissioning base in Orkney, and almost £60,000 was invested in feasibility studies commissioned by Stornoway Port Authority for the proposed decommissioning facility at Arnish on Lewis.Other projects include £118,000 for upgrading the plant and machinery by EMN Plant, and Lerwick Engineering and Fabrication received more than £80,000 for the purchase of equipment to enhance capabilities within the decom market in Shetland.Gavin MacKay, HIE’s head of energy industries, said: “The decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure is already presenting opportunities for the Highlands and Islands. The obvious example is the Buchan Alpha decommissioning, which is being carried out at Dales Voe in Shetland, following major upgrading of the quayside.”Alongside the Decommissioning Action Plan, launched by HIE and Scottish Enterprise at the end of 2016, the DCF will help Scotland’s oil and gas sector make the most of decommissioning opportunities at home and abroad. An additional £5 million ($6.45M) has been made available by the Scottish Government to the country’s supply chain to help maximize the economic benefit to Scotland from decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure.Decommissioning of the Buchan Alpha taking place at Dales Voe in Shetland; Photo by: John Coutts; Source: HIEThe Minister for Energy, Connectivity, and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, announced on Thursday that the Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF) would reopen for the third round of funding. The announcement was made during his visit to the new CEOs of Decom North Sea and Aberdeen Harbour, John Warrender and Michelle Handforth.Following grant awards of £4.8 million in 2017, the third round of DCF funding will continue to support infrastructure upgrades at Scotland’s ports, innovation in retrieval and transport approaches as well as supply chain projects that will strengthen Scotland’s decommissioning capability and capacity.The DCF can also support engineering scoping work, feasibility studies, and business development at key sites to help to attract further private investment.Wheelhouse said: “This round of the DCF includes both capital and resource funding, and it widens the scope of potential projects given that support is also now available for business development.“We fully recognize that decommissioning is an emerging, but growing, activity in the North Sea. More than £17 billion is expected to be spent on decommissioning activity in the North Sea in the period up to 2025, with the peak for decommissioning activity in this area predicted to go beyond this.“Scotland’s supply chain is winning the lion’s share of project value in areas like well-plugging and abandonment, but there is room to further increase market share in areas such as the salvage and disposal of top-side infrastructure.“The budget for the DCF in 2018-19 will reflect the projects coming forward, and our ambition is to match the £5 million successfully awarded last year, however, there is flexibility for this to increase if demand is demonstrated.” read more

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ISP investigating possible police impersonator

first_imgIndianapolis, IN – Troopers from the Indiana State Police Indianapolis District are investigating a citizen’s encounter with a possible police impersonator. An unidentified suspect pulled over a victim driving on I-74 westbound between the 99 and 103-mile markers, near the Shelby and Marion County line, on April 19. The suspect was driving a black and tan Dodge Charger and activated a full-sized red and blue light bar “emergency lights” to conduct a traffic stop on the victim. The suspect allegedly approached the vehicle from the driver’s side, tapped his flashlight on the window, and identified himself as a State Trooper. The man then requested the victim’s license and registration but never returned to his car with the documents. The suspect was described as a black male between five feet, eight inches and six feet, weighing 180 to 200 pounds with a buzzed haircut and mustache. He was wearing a police uniform consisting of a dark blue long sleeve shirt, dark blue pants, a red tie, badge over the left shirt pocket, and gloves. His badge was described as an oval with an eagle on top. The victim did not see any other identification, a hat, a gun belt, or firearm.Indiana law requires a police officer to either be in full uniform or a marked police vehicle to conduct a traffic stop. A police officer in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle is not permitted to make a traffic stop for a traffic violation. Anyone with information about this suspect or suspect vehicle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-232-TIPS (8477)last_img read more

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SPORT-KIRMANI 2 LAST

first_imgStressing that a wicket-keeper has a vital role to play Stressing that a wicket-keeper has a vital role to play in leading a side to victory, Kirmani, who was here in connection with the recent Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup cricket tournament, said he would like to contribute in whichever way he can to help improve the game in the country. The IPL T20 is a great platform for youngsters to showcase their talent and learn from seasoned players, said Kirmani, who played a crucial role in Indias historic World Cup win in 1983. “Its (IPL T20) a terrific platform to unearth talent, young talent who are on the bench to represent state level and then higher standards of the game and it gives an opportunity for those youngsters to share the dressing room with the world class players and to exchange some pleasantries and learn from those great players who they could emulate and put it into practice to help themselves,” he said. The IPL T20 also brings the best out of an individual if he can adapt himself to the three formats of Tests, one-day match and the T20, Kirmani said. “It brings out the best of an individual to adapt himself from a five-day game to a 50 over and then 20 overs. If one can adapt these three formats, it speaks about the quality of the individual. There is different thinking, approach in the three different formats. It brings the best out of a cricketer if he can adapt himself (to the three),” he said. Kirmani also said he cannot name anyone as the best player in contemporary cricket though he would have named Sachin Tendulkar had he not retired. “There is lot of fluctuation and it is very difficult to compare. Each one has its own style and technique. I would have immediately said Sachin Tendulkar if he had not retired,” he said. “There are many promising, young players who are in the making of high class, quality players who could become legends who can break some existing world records. At the moment, I dont see anybody who could be the best,” he said. He also recalled that the Moin-ud-Dowlah tournament provided him a spring board to reach higher levels of the game. PTI SJR RS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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