30 Dec

Bluff Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

first_imgIf you are like me, you spent the Fourth of July holiday celebrating all that is America by saluting our flag, thanking our veterans, and pigging out at a backyard barbeque. Sure, you may have worked in the casual volleyball or cornhole game, but that isn’t going to burn off the calories of that hotdog-eating contest with cousin Larry or Aunt Sally’s 17-layer dip. Time to get back on the horse, and that means taking a hike. Nothing captures the spirit of the American can-do attitude like the Appalachian Trail, so bring those good Independence Day vibes full circle by taking a day hike on the quintessential American footpath.Nearly a quarter of the A.T., almost 550 miles, runs through Virginia making it easy to access the trail from many points in the state. This weekend, work off those cookout calories with a hike up Bluff Mountain, outside Buena Vista, Va.Directions: The hike begins at the Bluff Mountain Overlook at milepost 51.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pick up the A.T. heading south on the other side of the parkway from the parking area.This is a moderate 4-mile hike to the summit of Bluff Mountain, following the A.T. the whole way. There is a blue blazed spur trail a half mile in that will lead you to the Punchbowl Shelter. Check it out and see how the thru-hikers do it. You may even run into one along the way. The top of Bluff Mountain is marked with a plaque signifying the spot where they found Ottie Cline Powell.After the hike, pop into Lexington, Va. for some history: both Washington & Lee and the Virginia Military Institute are in the town and are full of museums and military exhibits.View Larger Maplast_img read more

28 Sep

Qatar Petroleum to further boost North Field output with new LNG train

first_imgSaad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: “This new capacity increase will further strengthen our leading position as the world’s largest LNG producer and exporter, and will further boost Qatar Petroleum’s strategic growth plan.“We believe that LNG has bright prospects and that the new expansion project reflects Qatar Petroleum’s commitment to meeting its worldwide customers’ growing needs for this reliable and environmentally friendly fuel.”As for the North Field, the expansion project on the field is underway with various activities currently ongoing including the FEED of the onshore facilities, which is being executed by the Chiyoda Corporation of Japan.The engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore wellhead jackets is expected to be awarded before the end of the year, and development drilling activities are expected to begin soon. To remind, QP awarded a detailed design contract for the offshore jackets to McDermott in May.Woodmac: Good timing in cost cycle Commenting on Qatar Petroleum’s announcement, Giles Farrer, research director, global gas and LNG supply at international natural resources consultancy Wood Mackenzie said: “Since announcing the lifting of its North Field moratorium, Qatar has gradually scaled up its development plans,” said.Farrer said that Qatar Petroleum’s motivations to add the fourth LNG train were likely to be informed by a number of considerations: “Firstly, costs. With worldwide activity in the oil and gas industry still low, now is a good time in the cost cycle to invest in a new project. And there are likely to be economies of scale from developing a bigger project, particularly in light of the promising appraisal results at the North Field, mentioned by Qatar Petroleum in its announcement today. These economies of scale will make what is already the most competitive new LNG project worldwide even cheaper.”Farrer added: “Our estimate of capex for the three megatrains previously announced was around $24 billion, encompassing both the upstream and liquefaction components of the project. Qatar could probably add an additional train without significant additions to capex.“However, making sure megaprojects are delivered on time and on budget will be a huge undertaking. Another consideration is market share,” he said.“Since Qatar announced its initial plan, the market environment has improved. Forecasts of future oil prices are higher and forecasts of future LNG demand have grown stronger, particularly in Europe and China. Having already taken the decision to compete for LNG market share, Qatar is doubling down, making sure that it will be fully able to benefit from LNG market upside.“Further, one of Qatar’s major competitors for new supply development – US LNG – is currently engaged in a tariff war with China, the world’s largest growth market for LNG. Qatar could see this as an opportunity. It has recently signed a contract doubling the volumes that it will sell to PetroChina and is likely to be looking at further opportunities to supply the Chinese market.”Farrer said: “As we have previously noted, by front-loading development of its huge hydrocarbon reserves now, Qatar is also responding to the growing pace of decarbonization, which represent a threat to long-term demand for oil and gas.“On top of this, Qatar is keen to further its growth ambitions outside of the country. Qatar Petroleum has publicly indicated it is in discussions with a range of players about the expansion. Qatar Petroleum’s chief executive Saad Sherida al-Kaabi previously called this a ‘beauty parade’.“As part of those partnership discussions, we believe Qatar is expecting these companies to provide access to other discovered resource opportunities around the world. Another train could mean another partnership opportunity, furthering Qatar Petroleum’s international growth ambitions. We expect partner selection for the megaprojects to be completed sometime in summer 2019.” Qatar Petroleum (QP) has decided to increase the capacity of Qatar’s LNG expansion project, announced last year, by adding a fourth liquefaction train.QP said on Wednesday that Qatar’s LNG production capacity would reach 110 million tons per annum (MTA) following the completion of the project. This will represent an increase of around 43 percent from its current production capacity of 77 MTPA.Namely, QP started a project to develop additional gas from the offshore North Field and build three new LNG mega trains. The North Field, considered to be one of the largest gas fields in the world, is located in the Persian Gulf, and is shared between Qatar and Iran. Iran’s part of the field is known as South Pars gas fieldFollowing the good results obtained through additional appraisal and testing, Qatar Petroleum has said it will add a fourth LNG mega-train and include it in the ongoing front-end engineering of the project.When the project is completed, and all four new trains are online, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 MTPA. This will increase the country’s total production capacity from 4.8 to 6.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.With the addition of the fourth train, the new project will produce about 32 MTA of LNG, 4,000 tons/day of ethane, 260,000 barrels/day of condensate, and 11,000 tons/day of LPG, in addition to approximately 20 tons per day of pure helium.center_img Related: Qatar to boost gas production from giant offshore fieldlast_img read more

25 Sep

307 Antique IP beneficiaries receive cash grants from DSWD

first_imgWith the cash grants, the beneficiaries,who came from the eight villages of the said town, may now use the money to buynecessary goods in the time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)outbreak. Meanwhile, Gabucay said that they areasking other 4Ps beneficiaries to wait for a while as DSWD’s cash grants forthe month of November to December 2019 are expected to be released on April 4. Recipients of modified conditional cash transfer Valderrama, Antique observe social distancing as a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 while they wait to claim their cash grants. A total of 307 indigenous people in that town received their grants on March 25 to 27. PNA Gabucay added that the processing forthe release of the cash grants to the regular 4Ps beneficiaries may further bedelayed due to the threat of the said virus.(With a report from PNA/PN) “In Antique, there are 28,000 regularPantawid beneficiaries,” he said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department ofSocial Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released an amount of P1.080 millionas cash grants to the 307 indigenous people (IPs) living in Valderrama,Antique. DSWD is still studying on how to releasethe cash grants during the threat of the COVID-19. “We released the cash grants to the IP beneficiaries through their cash cards using the Point of Sale Terminal,” he said. According to DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) provincial operations officer Jeffrey Gabucay yesterday, the IPs are beneficiaries of the modified conditional cash transfer, which was released on March 25 to 27 at the Valderrama Municipal Covered Gym. last_img read more

14 Aug

“Warm Bodies” to play at Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Warm Bodies” Movie Synopsis:A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. (c) SummitRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 78%. Audience review: 80% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:March 8 — Identity Theft.March 15 — Safe Haven.March 22 — Escape from Planet Earth. (Movie trailer is below) Rated: PG-13. Length: 1 hour 37 minutes. When: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 7 p.m.last_img read more