APA and Cooper Energy unite for sole term gas supply to commence and Orbost completion

first_imgThe Transition Agreement supplements the existing project documents, and sets aside potential claims and entitlements available to either party APA and Cooper Energy unite for sole term gas supply. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) APA Group and Cooper Energy announce execution of an agreement (“Transition Agreement”) which outlines terms for the parties to work together to complete the commissioning of the Orbost Gas Processing Plant (“OGPP”), and commence firm supply to Cooper Energy’s term gas customers as early as possible.The Transition Agreement supplements the existing project documents, and sets aside potential claims and entitlements available to either party. It also provides for the sharing of costs and revenue whilst OGPP commissioning proceeds towards completion. The Transition Agreement is subject to the support of Cooper Energy’s financiers.APA Managing Director Rob Wheals said “APA and Cooper Energy remain jointly focused on commissioning the plant safely and to a high standard of quality and operating performance. The Transition Agreement provides a practical commercial way forward for both entities to ultimately deliver much needed additional gas to south-east Australia.”Cooper Energy Managing Director, David Maxwell said “the Transition Agreement has cleared the table so the single focus of APA and Cooper Energy at Orbost is the start-up of firm gas sales from Sole as soon as possible, whilst preserving the incentive for increases in the Orbost gas processing capacity.“Commissioning has taken much longer than could have been envisaged. The Transition Agreement provides the basis for gas sales from Sole to continue and increase, and for firm gas supply to our customers to commence in advance of Orbost project completion and production at full rates.”Commissioning and production operations will continue, as set out under the heading “Current and expected work program” below. The parties’ near term objectives for the OGPP are:• completion of minor plant modifications later this month• execution of Phase 2 Plant works (scope currently being finalised) planned for the December 2020 quarter; and• establishment of a stable processing capacity that will enable firm supply from Sole.Root cause analysis to identify the cause of the foaming that has impeded completion to date is continuing (see “Background” following).BackgroundThe Sole Gas Project brings a new source of gas supply to south-east Australia. The project comprises two separate elements: an offshore project to develop and connect the gas field managed by Cooper Energy and an onshore project managed by APA to upgrade the OGPP to process Sole gas for supply into the Eastern Gas Pipeline.The upgrading of the plant to the required performance standards, and the processing and tolling of Sole gas by the OGPP, are provided for under existing development and processing agreements between the parties. The satisfaction of plant performance criteria enables completion of the Development Agreement (the “DA”), commencement of the Gas Processing Agreement (the “GPA”) and commencement of firm gas supply to Cooper Energy’s gas customers.As advised in updates provided to the ASX, the OGPP has yet to satisfy the plant performance requirements necessary for completion of the DA, one of which is a demonstrated capacity to maintain stable supply of 68 TJ/d. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Will Be Featured On ’24 Hours Of Reality’ To Benefit Climate Crisis

first_imgBob Weir and Wolf Bros has announced an upcoming performance on 24 Hours of Reality, the largest global conversation on the climate crisis, which will be live online on December 3rd and 4th.Last year, 39 million people tuned in to 24 Hours of Reality and learned what climate change is doing to our planet. The Climate Reality Project is a nonprofit organization funded by like-minded supporters who believe that there is hope in unity, and that together we can build a safe, sustainable future. The Climate Reality Project’s work brings real-world stories about the climate crisis to millions of people each week.To learn more about 24 Hours of Reality and Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ performance head here.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros closed out their first-ever tour with a bang at New York’s storied Beacon Theatre last week. While Bob Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was‘ first night at The Beacon highlighted the core trio’s abilities as a unit, the final night of the tour was all about getting their friends involved, as a rotating cast of guests joined the band throughout the show, including guitarist Steve Kimock,  saxophonist Kenny Brooks, trumpeter Reggie Pittman, and  bassist Tal Wilkenfeld.Weir will have a few weeks off before heading to Hawaii on New Year’s Eve to join Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., and more for Billy’s “Rising Up To Paradise” benefit.last_img read more

Candidates compete for nomination

first_imgAlthough the 2012 presidential election is still a year away, primary season is in full swing as GOP candidates battle for the Republican nomination and the chance to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama. American Studies Professor Robert Schmuhl said it is normal to see a number of candidates battle it out early in the election season, as they try to win their party’s nomination. “The party that doesn’t occupy the White House usually has several competing candidates at the beginning of the primary and caucus season,” Schmuhl said. “That’s nothing new.” Sixteen candidates have officially declared their intent to run for the Republican nomination. The most recent polls show former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, as the current GOP favorite. “Mitt Romney has the advantage of having run for the nomination in 2008 and ready access to campaign money,” Schmuhl said. “For some reason, though, about three-quarters of Republicans remain lukewarm toward him. He needs to do well in the early states, or he runs the risk of rejection.” Other candidates continue to rise and fall in the polls. Most recently, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared at the top of the GOP radar after he secured the coveted endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, a prominent newspaper. Vincent Muñoz, associate professor of Political Science, attributed Gingrich’s recent success to his debate skills. “Gingrich seems to have momentum right now on account of his very good debate performances,” Muñoz said. “Whether he can keep that momentum, however, with increased media scrutiny given his personal baggage is an open question.” Rick Perry, governor of Texas, fell out of favor recently after poor debate showings. African American businessman Herman Cain is deciding whether or not to stay in the race amid sexual harassment allegations. Michelle Bachman, the Tea Party candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman and others are having trouble gaining enough support to become the frontrunner in the race. “Republicans are passionate about defeating Barack Obama, but there isn’t the same passionate intensity in support of a particular GOP candidate to do it,” Schmuhl said. “Whether that develops after the primaries and caucuses is a key question. It could be a ‘hold-your-nose’ election — with both major parties having standard bearers about whom there’s little excitement.” Since the Civil War, incumbent presidents have been reelected 73 percent of the time. Those who have lost, however, have shared Obama’s lower than 50 percent approval rating 13 months prior to the election, a New York Times analysis on Gallup polls reported in January. “Incumbents usually have an advantage, but the economic realities could offset incumbency for Obama,” Schmuhl said. With jobs and economic growth as two main issues in the 2012 election, less than a third of voters think a second Obama term will help improve the state of the nation, an October Quinnipiac poll showed. Despite news outlets’ constant coverage of personal scandals, debate slip-ups and political indifference, both Schmuhl and Muñoz said it was too soon to make predictions. “I don’t think most voters have actually started to pay attention to the GOP candidates yet,” Muñoz said. “The Republicans have already had six different figures at the top of one poll over the course of this year.” The last three midterm elections were change elections, which makes this primary season even more significant, Schmuhl said. “It’s a volatile and unsettled time, and many Americans think our politics are broken and in need of repair,” Schmuhl said.last_img read more

Congressman Says Future Is Bright For Area As Reopening Begins

first_imgCongressman Tom Reed with New York State Senator George Borrello, State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Assemblyman Joe Gigilio. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20CORNING – Areas throughout New York State are starting to reopen, but many are wondering if and when those regions economies will fully recover to where they stood prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. WNYNewsNow asked Congressman Tom Reed, who has been a staunch supporter of a regional reopening approach, where he expects the local economy to stand as Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and other counties reopen. Reed says he sees the economy bouncing back over the next few months as each reopening phase progresses.“I do believe because the economy was so strong coming into this crisis that there is a great potential to recover and rebound,” Reed said. “I do recognize that there is structural damage going on with the economy given the nature of the bankruptcies and closures because when you go two, three months without cash flow. That is a problem that is difficult to maintain those business operations and keep those people employed.”Reed says that the future will be bright once the nation begins to recover. “I do believe there’s an upside here once we get through that recovery phase, and we will also see what’s necessary in regards to a stimulus package that could potentially be put together in regards to not only recovery dollars, but things like infrastructure, that trillion dollar investment in America that needs to be done,” Reed said. “Might as well do it right now, in my opinion, with zero percent money out there and that will have a huge fiscal stimulus long term, because we aren’t just talking about shovel-ready jobs in that infrastructure bill, we are talking about making that sound, long term investment necessary to rebuild America which has that ripple effect of a positive impact on the economy.”The Congressman says he realizes the journey isn’t over, but he believes the nation will get through it together.“We’ve got a road ahead of us, and it’s going to be us working together, and it’s going to be a difficult road at times, but I know we are going to get through this because of the potential that we had coming into this, and also the potential of the American people that when they’re united in a vision, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear.  Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oh, Hello’s John Mulaney & Nick Kroll Get Inked

first_img Oh, Hello on Broadway Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017 Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. © Justin “Squigs” Robertson View Comments John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are bespectacled, cardigan-clad and ready to grumble as their respective (though perhaps not respectable) characters George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon in Oh, Hello. The pair describe the production as their love letter to the Great White Way (as well as “a stalker’s note scrawled in lipstick on a mirror”). Helmed by Alex Timbers, the comedy play, which combines scripted sketch, celebrity guests and improvisational shenanigans, officially opens on October 10.To honor the glamorous Main Stem bow of Mulaney and Kroll (a.k.a. George and Gil), Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave them the ink treatment. The duo are perfectly represented in their fuddy-duddy duds and arms in the air, most likely gabbing about the important things in life (like pigeons).Broadway.com wishes Oh, Hello’s crotchety gents a wonderful opening night and hilarious run filled with laughter, inappropriate hand gestures and tuna, of course! Catch the show before January 8, 2017.last_img read more

Historic osprey nest destroyed; CVPS offers reward

first_imgSource: CVPS An active Lake Arrowhead osprey nest has been destroyed, and Central Vermont Public Service is offering a reward in an effort to find out how. If it turns out that the nest was destroyed on purpose, CVPS is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible. It s unclear whether the nest was intentionally destroyed or blown down by the wind, but it s suspicious, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.  We re looking for information from anyone who knows how the nest was destroyed, whether by the hand of a person or Mother Nature. It is illegal to harass migratory birds or disturb their nests, and ospreys are still vulnerable, even though they are no longer endangered in Vermont said Tina Scharf, coordinator of the Osprey Recovery Project of the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife.  We want to know what happened.The nest, on an island in the middle of Lake Arrowhead, was on top of a tripod set up for the birds at the CVPS hydroelectric site.  CVPS began working with the state and local resident Meeri Zetterstrom to restore ospreys at the site for more than 20 years ago. This nest site was the first to produce a chick as part of our efforts at Lake Arrowhead, in 1998, said Costello, who manages the company s osprey program.  The ospreys have produced chicks at that site for 11 straight years, and were there when their nest was toppled.  It s unclear whether the birds were still brooding on eggs or chicks had hatched, but either way it s a big loss.Inspection of the site showed that weights on one leg of the tripod were detached, and the structure flipped over and crushed the nest.  The tripod and nesting platform will be restored in time for the 2010 nesting season.In 2008, four pairs of ospreys produced a record nine chicks at Lake Arrowhead, where an ambitious statewide restoration effort began back in 1988.  Zetterstrom, a feisty, warm-hearted nature lover, was the impetus for the effort, which included installation of nesting platforms, educational efforts and political arm-twisting.  Her work inspired a children s book, Meeri Meets the Ospreys, which was donated by CVPS to every second-grader and public library in Vermont in 2001.Restoration efforts ultimately expanded from Lake Arrowhead across the state, and resulted in the removal of the osprey from the endangered species list in 2005.  Ospreys are still protected by state and federal law.Three other osprey nests remain active at Lake Arrowhead, along with dozens of others now scattered across the state.  It all started with Lake Arrowhead, Costello said.  As the birds there produced offspring, they slowly expanded up and down the Champlain Valley, and today ospreys can be seen all across Vermont.Anyone with information about the destroyed nest should call Game Warden Curtis Smiley at 849-2156.last_img read more

Foundation, Historical Society seek member contributions

first_img May 15, 2002 Regular News Foundation, Historical Society seek member contributions Foundation, Historical Society seek member contributionscenter_img Members also have an option on the fee statement this year to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.Darryl Bloodworth, president of the Foundation, is asking members to make a $25 tax-deductible contribution to its Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign to help bring the benefits of the law and of lawyers to the lives of poor children.The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state.“As members of the legal profession, we already do a great deal for our community, including our pro bono work and contributions to legal aid,” Bloodworth said. “Yet, even with this support and all of our other resources, every year thousands of low-income children in Florida routinely are denied their legal rights to education, health care and other services — services that are essential if these children are to become productive adults.” Historical Society Dexter Douglass, president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, said the society needs the membership’s financial support to help expand its program and activities “that capture the rich history of Florida’s judiciary and educate the public about that history.“For example, we’ve recently begun publication of a quarterly newsletter for society members and supporters,” Douglass said. “We’re moving toward publication of the second hardcover volume in our series on Florida’s judicial history. Our docent program continues to educate thousands of Florida school children about the important role of the judicial branch of government. And, we’re talking with the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society about bringing a special lecture program to our state during 2003.”Douglass said the Florida court system is recognized as one of the “top judicial systems in the world,” and “your support will assure the continuation of the various programs designed to chronicle and preserve our judicial history for generations to come.”last_img read more

West Babylon Crash Kills Motorcyclist

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Lindenhurst man died when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with a car in West Babylon.Suffolk County police said Doris Wagner was driving a Nissan Maxima northbound on Great East Neck Road when she tried to make a left turn into a parking lot and her car collided with a southbound Suzuki ridden by John Hart at 4 p.m. Friday.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead. Wagner, 68, of West Babylon, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicles for safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to contact them at 631-854-8152.last_img