Putting Auntie’s house in order

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Thermo Fisher Scientific drives innovation at ACHEMA

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C-Capture appoints new CEO

first_imgWhite holds a strong technical foundation in carbon capture and storage (CCS), and joins C-Capture from BadrEOR, an oilfield services company based in Oman, where he served as CEO for three years.“Tom’s expertise in chemical engineering perfectly complements the development of C-Capture’s technology and the strength of Tom’s business development expertise will help in C-Capture’s rapid expansion,” said Tristan Fischer, Chairman of C-Capture.As a former officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, White also serves as Vice-President Regions of the Board of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, responsible for the governance of overseas entities and for representing its 20,000 non-UK members.“I am incredibly excited to be joining C-Capture at this pivotal time; its award-winning carbon capture solution is exactly what UK and global industry need to achieve cost-effective decarbonisation,” said White.“C-Capture’s novel solvent technology is viable on a large scale and offers a safe, low-cost way to remove carbon dioxide from emissions sources such as power stations, cement and steel works.”“When coupled with sustainably sourced biofuels, C-Capture is able to achieve carbon-negative power, which is revolutionary. The time for large scale deployment of CCS is now and C-Capture’s solution represents a step change in performance and existing technologies.” Source: C-Capture“As C-Capture enters the next exciting phase of company growth and with the need for CCS at a large scale increasingly urgent with the climate crisis unfolding before us, we are delighted to have Tom join the C-Capture team,” Fischer concluded.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

Important Milestone for Koopmanspolder

first_imgThe Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, has recently visited the Koopmanspolder in Andijk.The Minister turned on the low-energy water link between the IJsselmeer and the Koopmanspolder, which consists of a windmill and a fish-friendly outlet through which water and fish poured from the IJsselmeer into the polder.The polder was restructured in 2012 as a nature area and a testing ground for water management. Over the next three years, experiments will be conducted with water-level management to determine the impact on the safety of the dike and the land behind it, water quantities, water quality, nature and the living environment. Deltares will play a central role in monitoring and evaluation.The Koopmanspolder is the first-ever application of the ‘inland shore’ concept, which was co-developed by Deltares. An inland shore is an area to the landside of a dike that is linked to the main water system and where there is room for additional water storage using changes in water level and reservoir formation.The Koopmanspolder is a joint project of the Provincial Authority of North Holland, the Hollands Noorderkwartier water authority, Rijkswaterstaat, Deltares and the municipal authority of Medemblik.[mappress mapid=”19493″]Press Releaselast_img read more

Wende demolishes viaduct

first_imgWende Erdbau has carried out the demolition of the 35 m (114 ft) high Langenschwartz Viaduct running between Kassel and Würzburg in Germany.Built in 1947 and currently being replaced due to increasing traffic loads, the 326 m (1,069 ft) long section of motorway was brought down by Wende’s 70-person demolition team.Sebastian Wess, Wende managing director, said: “The high art of demolishing a bridge structure is all based on proceeding rationally. We’re breaking new ground with this demolition project and have equipped ourselves specifically to this end.”The first phase of the project involved the complete demolition of the structure’s western section, including pylons, foundations and abutments.Wende used both a 30 t excavator and long-front excavators with Genesis GDT 290 demolition shears to crush the structure’s box girder and sort the materials. Genesis GXT 225 R scrap shears were used to cut the rebars and a 35 t long-front excavator took down the bridge’s exposed pylon.A 40 t excavator was then used to demolish the lowest part of the bridge’s pylons.Sebastian said: “The equipment possesses a heavy-duty and high-quality while very slim design. It allows the wearing parts to be replaced quickly. These shears enable us to make rapid progress while maintaining high operational safety and low wearing costs.”last_img read more

Neuberger: Brexit will hand power to the judiciary

first_imgThe EU Withdrawal Bill will remove power from the UK parliament and hand it to the judiciary, former president of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has warned. Withdrawal, Neuberger said today, will have ‘a profound effect on the balance of power between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary’.Neuberger told the EU Withdrawal Bill Summit, organised by City & Financial at London’s Guildhall, ‘The principle behind withdrawal was to restore parliamentary authority. Yet the process can be argued to have weakened, not strengthened, parliament against the two unelected branches.’Some of parliament’s loss of power, Neuberger said, came from its own inaction. MPs ‘sat on their hands’ on questions affecting its own authority, which led to the courts deciding a key point through the Gina Miller case.Central to Neuberger’s view is the so-called ‘Henry VIII’ powers, especially as contained in Clause 6 of the bill. Clause 6, unless ‘reworked’, Neuberger warned, would mean, ‘UK judges, not parliament, will make judgements on diplomacy, economics and law – classically policy areas for parliament’.‘Parliament would be supreme in name only,’ he warned. ‘I am not saying this is a good thing or a bad thing,’ he said. ‘I’m not concerned that judges are being pushed in to the limelight. I am concerned that those doing the pushing don’t realise it.’Edward Garnier QC, former solicitor general, told the summit that Henry VIII powers would be hard to avoid as ‘we are constrained in this two year period’.Asked by one-time Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie if the article 50 process could be postponed, or withdrawn from, Neuberger said he believed it could. ‘Yes, it’s pretty clear,’ he replied. ‘The EU can [agree to] extend the time by qualified majority voting.’The position if Northern Ireland is not well understood in London, a later discussion heard. Professor Christopher McCrudden, of Queens University Belfast and Blackstone Chambers, said: ‘Northern Ireland requires a radically different response to Scotland… The Good Friday Agreement is an international treaty. It cannot be changed without the consent of Ireland.’Breaking the agreement, McCrudden said, would affect the trust other EU countries had in the UK in future treaty negotiations.last_img read more

C5 to Humanes

first_imgON SEPTEMBER 29 the Spanish government approved the award of a contract for extension of Madrid suburban line C5 from Fuenlabrada to Humanes. The 6·2 km extension is costed at Pts4·6bn. The work includes double-tracking, electrification and resignalling of the single track line forming part of the Madrid – Valencia de Alclast_img

East Coast Rail Link back on

first_imgMALAYSIA: Construction of the East Coast Rail Link to open up the country’s eastern seaboard is set to resume next month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on April 15.Contracts had been awarded in 2017 for China Communications Construction Corp to develop the 530 km ECRL linking Port Klang on the west coast with the Thai border via Kuantan and Kota Baru, together with 66 km of branches. The electrified double-track 1 435 mm gauge line was to be developed under China’s Belt & Road Initiative. However, following his election last year Mahathir halted work on the project as part of a cost-cutting drive.According to the Prime Minister’s office, following ‘months of negotiation’, promoter Malaysia Rail Link Sdn has signed a supplemental agreement with CCCC reducing the total cost of phases 1 and 2 from the original 65·5bn ringgit to 44bn.Explaining that ‘the interest payment will be far less’, the Prime Minister said the revised deal would avoid a so-called ‘debt trap’ which could have seen Malaysia paying 81bn ringgit in total over the life of the project.The ECRL was to be largely funded through a 56·7bn ringgit loan from China’s Exim Bank, but Mahathir said this would no longer all be needed. Reducing the size of the loan ‘will result in lessening the principal repayment amount, total interest costs and other fees’, he explained. The domestic contribution to civil works has been increased from 30% to 40%, while the two countries have agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture to operate the line. Mahathir said the two organisations would share any operating losses, but ‘the profit will be 80:20 to us’. Malaysia has also committed to negotiating a contract for the supply of palm oil to China, he added.He pointed out that Malaysia would have had to pay almost 22bn ringgit in compensation if the project were cancelled. A similar amount had been paid to a Chinese company as a lump sum by the previous regime ‘through a direct award’, but he could not confirm suggestions that this related to the activities of the 1MDB investment fund.Revisions to the alignment have been agreed to divert the line away from the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge in Gombak, Selangor, which the government has put forward for consideration as a UNESCO world heritage site. A more southerly route via Negri Sembilan would reduce tunnelling and shorten the line by around 40 km, while facilitating closer integration to the existing rail networks. Eight stations have been cut out, although a new stop is envisaged at Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor province. Completion is now expected by the end of 2026, two years later than originally anticipated.last_img read more

Soufriere playing field to receive upgrade works

first_img Tweet Share Contractor Ignace Detouche and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Mandra Fagan signing contracts on Monday.The Soufriere playing field could soon receive some upgrade works with a cash injection of over two hundred thousand dollars. The government of Dominica this morning signed contracts with contractor Ignace Detouche for the construction of 150 meters of concrete box drains on the southern side of the playing field. The project is valued at over EC$234,602.99 is expected to last some ten weeks. Parliamentary representative for the Soufriere constituency, Ian Pinard told the signing ceremony that the project is timely. “I think it was long in coming because several storms have flooded this playing field several times and we have talked about it and today we are here witnessing this ceremony. I think the contractor Ignace Detouche better known as Avandale is going to do and excellent job by putting up the 155 meters length of concrete box drains on the southern side of the playing field, and I think that is where the stream is passing and I think after these drains are complete I think we’re going to have the most secure playing field in Dominica,” he said. He also announced other major plans for the transformation of the playing field to serve all three hamlets. “The thing is we also expect after the drains are complete to have the Brooklyn playing field to be one of the best playing fields in Dominica because after we are done with the drains we intend to also light the Brooklyn playing field which will be tremendous and also to transfer the basketball court or the multipurpose court up in the Brooklyn area which would mean that the Brooklyn or the Soufriere playing field will now be the housing all the major sporting facilities in Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion,” Pinard added. He thanked the government and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for recognizing the importance of the upgrade works. Meanwhile, Sports minister Justina Charles says the pending work on the Soufriere playingfield is critical. Parts of the playing field have been damaged due to Flooding of the drains. “I must say that I visited the Soufriere playing field together with the sports coordinator sometime and recognized the importance of the work that we are now going to do because of the damage that has been done repeatedly to the playing field as a result of flood waters rolling onto the playing field and so it is important that we create those storm drains so that we can divert the water instead of running on to the playing field and continuously destroying or damaging the playing facility,” Mrs. Charles said. She says work on several other sporting facilities on the island will receive attention. “The Soufriere playing field is one of those we are beginning to work on soon we will have something similar for the Woodford Hill playing field and this to was budgeted for in this year’s budget so we will be looking at the improvement of the Woodford Hill playing field,”“As I speak I can say during the budget to we had the lighting of the Tete Morne basketball hard court and I can say to you two days ago the gentleman was up there and he has erected the lights so before the end of the month hopefully we should see light to the Tete Morne hardcourt facility and so we are moving speedily with the work that has to be carried on by the ministry,” she said. Dominica Vibes News 246 Views   no discussions LocalNewsSports Soufriere playing field to receive upgrade works by: – March 23, 2015center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Softball Association to host Fathers’ Day fun day

first_imgThe Dominica Softball Cricket Development Association will host a fun day for fathers on Fathers’ Day, Sunday 17 June 2018, from 12 noon. The sports filled event is carded to take place on the playing field in Point Michel, president of the softball association Heston Charles told Dominica Vibes in an interview. Charles said the association prides itself on softball development and hosts a festival every year.“What we’re hoping to do is for fathers is to show the mothers that we can do it too and let fathers show mothers that they can have fun, and hence we have this big event which will feature softball cricket, dominoes and small goal football,” Charles explained.He encouraged all men to take part in the event with their sons adding that this year’s theme is ‘Love and Unity’. The association is aiming to bring back love and unity into fathers’ relationships with their sons. “We have not seen fathers playing their role the way they should. The male species for whatever reason, they have fallen short in terms of what they should do…we’re hoping that this Sunday men will come out there with their sons and have fun.”Charles also encouraged women to come out to support the event. “Ladies come and cheer for your men; whether he can play cricket, whether he can play football, whether he can play dominoes…so come out there and cheer for your man, support your man.” 112 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share EntertainmentLocalNewsSports Softball Association to host Fathers’ Day fun day by: Dominica Vibes News – June 15, 2018last_img read more