BP trials remote monitoring of methane emissions at North Sea sites

first_img BP executed a pilot for remote monitoring methane emissions at North Sea (Credit: BP) Oil and gas major BP revealed it has executed a pilot project to test remote monitoring of methane emissions on its North Sea assets.The pilot combined a sensor technology that was designed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover with a fixed-wing remote piloted air system (RPAS), or drone.BP claimed the RPAS broke the record for the longest commercial drone flight in the UK and had shown the feasibility of the new method to monitor methane emissions.The oil and gas giant said the drone hovered around the Clair platform at a radius of 550m for 90 minutes. Travelling for more than 185km, the pre-programmed drone live-streamed data collected by the methane sensor.BP North Sea regional president Ariel Flores said: “Improving our knowledge, understanding and performance by testing new technologies and working closely with suppliers is central to the North Sea’s carbon reduction plan, which aims to limit greenhouse emissions in our North Sea business. This pilot project represents a significant step forward in our ability to do that.”Pilot to be extended for remote monitoring of methane emissions at other North Sea assetsThe oil and gas major now plans to deploy the specialist drone at all of its North Sea assets, including ETAP and Glen Lyon, in 2020.BP project manager and Clair field environmental lead Joe Godwin said: “We wanted to test a method for collecting large amounts of data on our emissions over long periods of time, without having to send people or equipment offshore. The solution would also have to deal with the turbulent atmospheric conditions that we typically experience offshore in the North Sea.“Ultimately, we identified the RPAS drone solution provided by UK supplier FlyLogix combined with the ultra precise sensor technology by SeekOps, as a good fit with our requirements. We set up a test project to monitor methane emissions from our Clair Phase 1 platform, West of Shetland.”Prior to the North Sea trial, BP undertook a leak detection drone programme in the US. Its subsidiary BPX Energy is currently using drone-mounted leak detection technologies, which help in the survey of up to 1,500 well sites every month across all of its operating basins. By using a drone and sensor technology, BP successfully trialled remote monitoring of methane emissionslast_img read more

VPR to begin Champlain 400 series on how the lake helped shape the region

first_imgBeginning June 1, VPR presents a special series exploring the history, culture, and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Champlain 400 marks the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain s exploration of the region. Each Monday in June, VPR News will air Stories from the Lake. In the morning, Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb focuses on the lake s history, from the days when whales frolicked where ferry boats now sail to the stories of how battles and trade helped to form a nation.In the afternoon, All Things Considered host Neal Charnoff looks at culture and life in the Champlain basin, from what the region looked like when Champlain arrived in 1609, through the warriors, farmers, and sailors who followed.Champlain 400 continues throughout the summer with a broad range of special programming, including:Stories about Lake Champlain shipwrecksMusical showcase recorded in VPR studios by Vermont artists including Alan Greenleaf, Lisa Ornstein & Andre Marchand, Robert Resnik and Marty MorrisseySeries tracing the region’s musical traditions from Native American songs to Vermont’s own punk rock. Through the Eyes of Champlain, a series of commentaries by Mike MartinAn investigation into reported sightings of the elusive Lake Champlain monster, Champ.VPR has launched a special Champlain 400 website, with comprehensive program archives, photos, and resources about the lake. The site, which will develop and unfold as quadricentennial celebrations continue, is available by visiting VPR.net and clicking on Champlain 400.Source: VPR. Colchester, Vt., May 29, 2009 – –last_img read more

Pakistan cricketers guilty of betting scam

first_imgNewsSports Pakistan cricketers guilty of betting scam by: – November 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Ex-Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were on trial at Southwark Crown CourtPakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been found guilty of their part in a “spot-fixing” scam.Former captain Butt, 27, and fast bowler Asif, 28, had denied conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. But a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found Butt guilty of both charges and Asif guilty of conspiring to cheat. They plotted to deliberately bowl no-balls during a Lord’s Test match against England last summer. After deliberating for nearly 17 hours, the jury unanimously convicted the pair of conspiracy to cheat.The jurors also found Butt guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments by a majority of 10 to two.The jury has not yet reached a verdict on whether Asif was also guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, and is continuing its deliberations.BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce, at the court, said the pair showed no reaction as the jury’s verdict was read out.The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, extended bail for them until sentencing later this week.The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool, in Lahore, said the story was leading the national news in Pakistan and the four-week trial had been closely followed in the country. ‘Rampant corruption’Butt and Asif were charged after a tabloid newspaper alleged they took bribes to bowl deliberate no-balls.The court heard the players, along with fast bowler Mohammad Amir, conspired with UK-based sports agent Mazhar Majeed, 36, to fix parts of the Lord’s Test last August.Three intentional no-balls were delivered during the match between Pakistan and England from August 26 to 29 last year.Prosecutors said Butt and Asif had been motivated by greed to “contaminate” a match watched by millions of people and “betray” their team, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the sport itself.Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC said the case “revealed a depressing tale of rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket”.BBC Newslast_img read more

Bob Bradley hopes for dignified end to World Cup campaign

first_imgEgypt coach Bob Bradley says he is hoping to restore some pride to the bruised national side following their 6-1 loss to Ghana in the first leg 2014 World Cup play off on October 15. The Pharaohs would have to score 6 unanswered goals before they can edge Ghana out to make their first World Cup since 1990.It’s unclear the American trainer will even get the chance to play the second leg amid reports that he will be asked to step aside before the game.But Bradley says he wants to stay and finish off what he started two years ago.”If it is left to me I would be with the team because we had been together throughout this period with a dream,” Bradley said. “It’s important that we can stand together one more time, our team has worked very, very hard to try and make a dream, an important dream for all Egyptians. “I am sad that we’ve put ourselves in a position right now where that dream is at risk, it’s going to be difficult, but we still have 90 more minutes.”Egypt is set to host the return leg in Cairo on November 19.last_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Going through Tiger withdrawal

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)I miss Tiger Woods. I miss dominant, inspiring, scary, invincible, healthy Tiger Woods.On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain. This is not the first tournament that Woods has had to withdraw from this year. Instead, Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on March 2, 2014 when a spokesman cited “lower back spasms.”  Later that month, Woods underwent a surgery to ease a pinched nerve in his back on March 31, 2014.On Sunday, Tiger was visibly hurting and it was painful to watch. I don’t want to see him with any kind of sickness or injury. I don’t like to watch him working his way back into game shape.  Instead, I like to watch Tiger Woods already in game shape. Winning. Dominantly.After his recent withdrawal on Sunday, Tiger Woods stated his back injury, “happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker.” He further explained, “I just jarred it and it has been spasming ever since.”Alexis CobbWoods has been plagued with injuries for the past several years. He underwent major knee surgery after his 2008 U. S. Open Championship. Also, Woods has had persistent knee issues, an Achilles injury, and an elbow injury, to name a few. Because of his physical ailments, Woods has been forced to withdraw from eight tournaments with 5 of them being within the last 5 years.Woods has been beleaguered with injuries and with each injury, Woods has become more and more human. He is no longer invincible and I don’t like it. He has become a mere mortal man just like you and me. And it is devastating.The only reason I follow golf is because of Tiger Woods. Golf was always my father’s sport. It didn’t interest me. However, when I discovered Tiger’s existence in the late 1990’s, I was riveted.This exotic, toothy, young man with a strong willed father and loving mother burst onto to the scene; he made grown men fear him. He made me fall in love with golf. I wanted to know everything about the game.  What was this infamous Eagle? So, why are we rooting for a birdie?  Okay, so Par is not terrible but it’s not wonderful either.  Please God, not a bogey!!I had to know more about this sport and the history. I studied Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and other golf greats.  All because Tiger Woods had opened my eyes to this sports. I decided that I didn’t like Phil Mickelson, also known as Lefty. He wasn’t that exciting. He didn’t keep my attention like Tiger.But no golfer has ever captured my attention or the attention of the nation quite like Tiger Woods. Not Phil Mickelson. Not Rory McIlroy. Not Bubba Watson. None of them.Currently, I find myself looking to see if Tiger’s playing before I can dedicate myself to watching golf. He did this to me. Tiger made me fall in love with his dominant game. He made me run to the fairways.I never cared about his personal life. It didn’t bother me that he went through an open and controversial divorce. I didn’t care.I just wanted him to continue to play.  I rooted for him play through the noise and chatter.  I wanted him to keep his mind focused on the game.But, now this problem of Woods dealing with physical pain is actually greater than any emotional or mental issues that could plague him. If Tiger’s body is not healthy, then he physically is unable to play to his potential.And so, while I refuse to believe that he will never win another major championship; I know that if he doesn’t take time to get his body healthy, he will be physically unable to surpass Nicklaus’ record.So, I am asking Woods to take time off. Take significant time off. Perhaps he can enroll in the Derrick Rose school of thought. (Mr.-They-can’t-force-me-to play-and-I won’t-play-until-I’m- physically-and-mentally-comfortable.)Certainly, I miss Tiger Woods. I miss his swagger. I miss his dominance. I miss his fist pumps. I miss his Sunday red shirts. I didn’t know that the last time I watched Tiger win a major championship would be the last time I would see him win a major championship for several years. I would have appreciated it more. I would have savored it. Rather than greedily looking for the next one.So get healthy, come back and take your rightful place among the Golf Gods.  You are not a mere mortal. Yes, I’m in Tiger Woods withdrawal. But, I would miss Tiger even more if his health precluded him from playing, forced an early retirement and permanent withdrawal from the game he made relevant.(Two sources for this story were AP and ESPN.com)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  [email protected] or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more