zoom DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept intended to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields by overcoming some of the exiting operational challenges.The concept is called Solitude and combines exiting technological advances into a solution that, according to DNV GL, offers some 20 percent reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increase the overall safety.The concept comes as the need arises for more remote projects that are able of overcoming even more challenging cost barriers, whilst still meeting increasingly stringent safety and environmental standards.“Solitude has been developed with maintainability foremost in mind,” says Elisabeth Tørstad, DNV GL CEO Oil & Gas. “By changing the focus from maximum efficiency to maximum reliability, and selecting robust processing options with built-in redundancy, we were able to develop a solution that ensures production levels and boosts the economic viability of FLNG projects.”Solitude’s power that would otherwise be generated by high-maintenance gas turbines would as an example be generated by fuel cells, thus improving power generation reliability and reducing the unit’s environmental footprint.Under the concept, equipment throughout the FLNG is modularised and monitored from shore with much of the routine maintenance and fault correction carried out by self-programming autonomous inspection and maintenance units (robots). The topside has a system of rails that run along each process train, providing these robots with access to all the equipment.Wireless sensor networks act as eyes, ears and noses, feeding information to a condition monitoring system that overseas fault detection, proactive maintenance and repair planning.As there will be no one living on board or working on the topside during normal operation, the associated personal safety risks are eliminated, DNV GL said.Elisabeth TørstadAs explained, when people do enter for large maintenance campaigns, the topside would be prepared for a safe working environment. A new support and accommodation vessel concept and its associated docking system on the FLNG further boost the safety of interventions.“Existing frontier oil and gas projects have resulted in tremendous technological developments, particularly in the subsea realm, and Solitude draws on this,” says Ms Tørstad. “Operators are already controlling subsea installations and simple, fixed offshore installations from shore. Given the on-going advances in autonomous systems and remote operations, unmanned offshore installations are a natural development over the next few decades.”“While Solitude is a holistic concept, many of its solutions can be implemented independently – and some are already available today. These projects are our way of thinking out loud. Our aim is to present high-level concepts that can form a basis for discussion and be further developed in collaboration with the industry. We see Solitude as a new opportunity for the future,” ends Elisabeth Tørstad.
Two initiatives announced in Sydney today, July 5, by Premier Darrell Dexter will improve primary and emergency health care in Nova Scotia. As part of the Better Care Sooner plan, Premier Dexter unveiled Nova Scotia’s first two-stretcher ambulance. It will improve the transfer of patients between health care facilities. A new nurse practitioner was also named for the Cape Breton District Health Authority to provide services to residents in North Sydney and Sydney Mines. The two-stretcher ambulance will transfer non-emergency patients between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Halifax Regional Municipality. “This ambulance will increase efficiency in our health care system,” said Premier Dexter. “It will also better protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians by opening up the availability of other ambulances for emergency response in communities.” The ambulance has been operating out of the Glace Bay paramedic base since June 20. It was manufactured by by TriStar Industries in Yarmouth. A new nurse practitioner will provide services to residents of Northside Community Guest Home in North Sydney and Miner’s Memorial Manor in Sydney Mines. “Nurse practitioners contribute to more effective and efficient patient care for residents, help reduce wait times in emergency rooms, and most importantly give seniors the care they need at home,” said Premier Dexter. “This is my passion and I’m excited to be in this new role. As a nurse practitioner I am fortunate to be part of a larger health team enhancing the delivery of primary care in the community,” said nurse practitioner Bev Justin-Muldoon. “Collaborating with team members and working directly with our nursing home residents and their families lets me be part of their everyday lives and that is special. This primary care approach as we know from experience is a great fit for a continuing care environment.” By the end of 2011, three additional nurse practitioners will be hired to work in nursing homes in the South Shore, South West and Cumberland health districts. Over the past year, government has taken a number of actions under Better Care Sooner which will lead to more improvements in emergency health service. They include: introducing Nova Scotia’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre in Parrsboro, with three more centres to be launched this year diverting almost 1,200 patients from the QEII emergency department to the new Rapid Assessment Unit hiring paramedics to work at nursing homes so seniors can be treated where they live, rather than making the frail and elderly wait in ambulances at emergency rooms training advanced care paramedics so they can immediately give a blood clot busting drug to people having heart attacks, rather than waiting until they arrive at hospital launching the Supportive Care Program, which gives low-income seniors and their caregivers greater control and flexibility to organize home care launching a Healthlink 811 public awareness campaign so people know they can call a nurse 24 hours a day and receive professional advice over the telephone
Fly Dubai said that passengers who wish to receive a refund are advised to contact their Travel Agent or the Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45. Fly Dubai apologised for the inconvenience caused to its passengers’ travel plans.The Mattala international airport had been operating at a huge loss since it was launched by the former Government. A spokesperson for the airline told the Colombo Gazette that Flydubai flights to Mattala will not operate after 08 June due to commercial reasons. The only international airline operating to Mattala has suspended its flights to the airport.UAE-based Fly Dubai has suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons. “Passengers who have purchased tickets between Dubai and Mattala are being rebooked on our flights to Colombo,” Fly Dubai said. The current Government has been in talks with an Indian company to reach a deal to operate the airport and make it profitable. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam