Illustration of the Sangomar Field Development FPSO. (Credit: Woodside) Woodside Energy has awarded a contract to MODEC to supply a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Sangomar oilfield located offshore Senegal.In 2019, MODEC secured a front end engineering design (FEED) contract of the FPSO. The latest FPSO purchase contract follows the recent completion of final investment decision (FID) on the Sangomar field development.The Sangomar field development is being executed by the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture. The partners in the joint venture are Woodside Energy (Senegal), FAR, Petrosen, and Capricorn Senegal, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy.Sangomar FPSO to be delivered in 2023Scheduled to be delivered in 2023, the FPSO will be deployed at what it claims to be Senegal’s first offshore oil development, Sangomar field located approximately 100km south of Dakar.The FPSO vessel will be permanently moored at a water depth of approximately 780 metres.SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will be responsible for the delivery of a external turret mooring system required to permanently moor the FPSO vessel at a water depth of approximately 780m.MODEC president and CEO Yuji Kozai said: “We are delighted and proud to have been selected to provide the memorable first FPSO for Senegalese waters.“We consider West Africa where numerous offshore oil and gas fields have been discovered in recent years, as one of our most important core regions, and this contract award should geographically reinforce our business portfolio.“We are equally pleased to be a part of the team that will provide a needed energy resource for the people of the Republic of Senegal.The FPSO will be equipped to process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 130 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, and 145,000 barrels of water injection per day. It will have minimum storage capacity of 1,300,000 barrels of crude oil.Estimated to contain 2.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves, the Sangomar oilfield is planned to be developed in phases, recovering 230 million barrels under the phase one development project. The Sangomar oil field offshore Senegal will be developed with a permanently moored FPSO facility
By Andrew WilliamsThe branded coffee chain sector is predicted to grow by a whopping £1 billion over the next decade, with the market showing few signs of reaching saturation point, according to industry analyst Allegra Strategies.Growth over the past year has exceeded expert forecasts, while London, previously considered a saturated market, grew by almost 10% year-on-year.”The growth in the branded coffee chain market is stronger than at any time I have seen in the last decade, because coffee has become such a mass-market phenomenon,” said analyst Jeffrey Young, who was previewing figures from Allegra Strategies’ 2008 report into coffee chains at Caffè Culture.The faster-than-anticipated pace of coffee shop openings over the last year has seen the total branded market grow to 3,400 outlets in the UK. Turnover is predicted to exceed £1.5bn this year and “conservative estimates” forecast the £2.5bn mark being broken by 2017.Allegra’s study splits the chains into “coffee-focused” and “food-focused” categories. The coffee- focused side, including Costa, Starbucks and Caffè Nero, has grown the number of outlets by nearly 15% in the last year. These trends are likely to continue amid favourable conditions on the high street, he predicted.”There are opportunities for independents, but chains are dominating the prime footfall sites,” said Young. “Those that are thinking medium- to long-term are taking the opportunities, despite the credit crunch.”l Caffè Culture report, pgs 14-15—-=== In Short ===== Baker still under offer ==Administrators for Tindale & Stanton are still locked in negotiations with potential purchasers. A spokeswoman for PricewaterhouseCoopers said it was still in discussions with “several interested parties” about the Durham-based baker. PWC is expected to make an announcement early next week.== Photocake online ==Greencore Cakes and Desserts is trialling a new photocake website, in partnership with Sainsbury’s. The website – [http://www.designyourcake.co.uk] – allows consumers to create their own cake design, combining images with personal photographs. Consumers purchase the cake in-store and can then create an edible design transfer online, which is sent to them in the post.== UBUK’s TV spend ==United Biscuits UK is investing £1.2m in an advertising campaign for the Go ahead! brand. The TV ad will hit our screens over the summer months. It will run from 2 June to 22 August and will focus on its Yoghurt Breaks range.== Fox’s grows up ==Fox’s has launched a range of biscuits aimed at the indulgence end of the market. Whipped Creams have been designed to fill the gap in the grown-up biscuit market. Available from June, the shortcake biscuits will be filled with cream and either Sinfully Strawberry Conserve or Lustfully Lemon Curd.== Peter’s football freebie ==Peter’s Food Service gave away free pies to hungry fans on the day of Cardiff City’s FA Cup final clash on 24 May. Over 1,000 pies were given out at Ninian Park as fans boarded buses for Wembley. Technical director David Jackson said: “As a Welsh-based bakery, we wanted to celebrate Cardiff’s achievement in the FA Cup.”
Feb 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.As noted in a WHO report released last month, the agency currently takes the position that it’s not possible to stockpile a vaccine for a pandemic flu virus in advance, because the vaccine must closely match the pandemic strain. New Scientist said the policy shift will be detailed in a report to be released next month.The magazine said the change reflects the fear that a pandemic is likely and that there will not be enough time to produce much vaccine once it starts. Flu vaccine is grown in chicken eggs, a process that takes months.The view that an H5N1 vaccine couldn’t be made until a pandemic started has been bolstered by research showing that H5N1 has evolved in recent years, extending its range of hosts and lingering longer in the environment.However, some recent research suggests that a stockpiled vaccine could provide some protection even if it didn’t precisely match the pandemic strain, the New Scientist report said. Experiments on animals exposed to the H5N1 virus suggest that a vaccine that is only a near match may reduce the severity of illness.The article said people normally require two doses of vaccine to gain immunity to a new flu virus. An H5 vaccine would prime the immune system so that a person might need only one dose of a closely matched pandemic vaccine to gain immunity, the report said.Clinical trials of H5 vaccine based on the strain circulating in Asia are about to start in the United States, with others planned for Canada, Australia, and Japan, New Scientist said. The United States has contracted for 4 million vaccine doses, while Italy and France anticipate stockpiling 2 million doses each.Countries are trying to hedge their bets against a pandemic on the basis of relatively limited information. Canada is already planning to stockpile the antiviral drug oseltamivir, which has shown some effectiveness against the H5N1 virus. Now the country is considering buying up to 16 million doses of an older antiviral, amantidine, according to a report yesterday by the Canadian Press. Although amantidine isn’t effective against the current strain of H5N1 in circulation, an official said a pandemic strain might be vulnerable to it.”While the H5 that’s currently in Southeast Asia appears to be resistant to amantadine, who knows what it is we will face?” Dr. David Butler-Jones, head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, was quoted as saying.In related news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) yesterday urged the rest of the world to help fight avian flu in the affected Asian countries. “Major efforts are needed to curb it before other regions of the globe are affected by the virus,” the FAO advised in a news release issued by the UN News Centre.Countries with endemic avian flu must spend more money to control the disease by improving animal health and animal healthcare, the FAO and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) said. They said donors are needed to help support national avian flu campaigns in poorer countries.The two agencies have called a meeting in hard-hit Vietnam next week. Veterinarians, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and donor representatives will meet in Ho Chi Minh City to address issues as varied as scientific advances, diagnosis, trade, international cooperation, and human health implications, the UN release said.See also:January 2005 WHO report on pandemic preparednesshttp://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/B115_44en.pdfFeb 16 FAO statementhttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=13363&Cr=bird&Cr1=flu#
If the Chargers score a touchdown, but there’s no one around to see it, did it actually happen?In an interview with Marcus Cromartie, former Chargers running back and current Bronco Melvin Gordon may have answered the question. When Marcus Cromartie asked if Gordon will be prepared to play in stadiums where no fans are present due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gordon said that his former team prepared him for the situation. In 2020, the plan is to move into SoFi Stadium, which could see attendance figures skyrocket — if L.A. fans show up. SoFi Stadium, which will be shared with the Rams, has the seating to allow for up to 100,000 for special events with normal gamedays allowing for 70,000 fans.Still, the amount of Chargers fans in the building in 2019 were seemingly minimal, with one of the most glaring examples a Los Angeles “home” game vs. the Raiders in December 2019, when (now) Las Vegas fans hijacked the Chargers’ home field.Well, if nothing else, at least the Chargers have sweet-ass uniforms heading into the 2020 season . Even if no one will be around to see them. I asked former Chargers and current @Broncos RB @Melvingordon25 about the possibility of playing in “fanless stadiums” and his response was PRICELESS! #NFL pic.twitter.com/ErGo5tr2Oc— Marcus Cromartie (@Cromartie_M) May 28, 2020″Bro, we didn’t have fans anyway,” Gordon quips. “Man, we didn’t have many Charger fans — man, I’ll be honest — we didn’t have many Charger fans at the game. Much loyalty, love. But we didn’t have many. So I’m not missing — I ain’t really missing out on much.”MORE: Here are the new rules for the NFL in 2020To Gordon’s point, the Chargers ranked dead last in the NFL in attendance in 2019, drawing an average of just over 31,000 fans per game. In their defense, that’s at capacity, though, as their last digs didn’t have the 70,000 to 80,000-plus seating capacity of most NFL stadiums these days. Though, L.A. has come under fire for ditching San Diego and leaving their loyal fan base behind in the process.