“We want to continue to maintain the momentum that has been generated during 2018 towards a targeted final investment decision in 2020,” he said. “We have made good progress since announcing last year that we had increased our stake in Scarborough. The award of these contracts brings us closer to unlocking the Scarborough resource. Each contract includes an option to progress to execute phase activities, which is subject to, among other conditions, a positive final investment decision (FID) being taken on the project by the Scarborough Joint Venture, Woodside added. Woodside’s preferred concept for development of the 7.3 Tcf (2C 100%) Scarborough gas resource (Woodside 75%) is through new offshore facilities connected by an approximately 430 km export pipeline to the Burrup Peninsula with onshore processing at the expanded Pluto LNG facility. Australian energy company Woodside has awarded four contracts for front-end engineering design activities for the proposed Scarborough project located offshore Australia. According to Woodside’s statement on Wednesday, the contracts are for engineering activities related to the upstream development’s floating production unit, the export trunkline, and the subsea umbilical risers and flowlines. The contracts Woodside CEO, Peter Coleman, said the award of these contracts would support the project schedule and Woodside’s targeted FID for the Scarborough Project next year. Each contract was awarded by Woodside in its corporate capacity as a Scarborough titleholder and will be funded initially by Woodside on a 100% basis. Intecsea has been awarded a contract for export trunkline engineering. Saipem has been awarded a contract to provide export trunkline engineering support services with an option to execute line pipe coating and installation activities. McDermott has been awarded a contract to undertake engineering studies for the floating production unit, which includes the option to progress to an engineering, procurement and construction contract for execute phase activities. Subsea Integration Alliance, a consortium between OneSubsea and Subsea 7, has been awarded a contract to undertake engineering studies for the subsea umbilical risers and flowlines, with the option to progress to an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for execute phase activities. It is worth reminding that Woodside has already found a buyer for a portion of natural gas to be produced from its Scarborough field, one of the most remote of the Carnarvon Basin gas resources. Namely, Woodside in November 2018 entered into a long-term gas sale and purchase agreement (GSPA) with W. Australia-based Perdaman for the supply of pipeline gas for a term of 20 years.
In spite of budgetary allocations totaling US$14 million between 2010 and 2014 for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, the project appears to have no end in sight and Lawmakers want to know why. Therefore, a three-member Joint Committee comprising Public Works, Executive and Public Accounts, is expected to advise the 73-member Plenary of the House of Representatives on the status of the renovation of the Executive Mansion.The advisement of the Joint Committee will entail whether the delay on the renovation works is legitimate or not.The Executive Mansion, situated on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, is the official seat of the Liberian Presidency. It was constructed in 1964 under the regime of the late Liberian President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman by 2,000 workers, including about a fifth of Monrovia’s labor force, and 150 foreign technicians.The imposing, eight-storey Mansion, which costs US$20 million, is equipped with a bomb shelter, an underground swimming pool, a private chapel, a trophy room, a cinema, an emergency power plant, water supply and sewage system, among others.But the Executive Mansion was damaged by fire in 2006, during Liberia’s 159th Independence Day celebration, in the presence of three West African leaders at a time when the then newly elected President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf switched on electricity to reach limited parts of the capital city.At the time, the cause of the fire at the Executive Mansion, according to South African forensic scientists, was an electrical fault.Following the fire outbreak at the Executive Mansion, the Government of Liberia (GOL) announced a closure of the Mansion, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf relocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has been performing her official functions since then.In the wake of the unfortunate incident, the National Legislature has over the fiscal periods appropriated the amounts of US$973,496 (2010/2011FY), US$1,230,078 (2011/2012FY), 2,000,000 (2012/2013FY) US$6, 466,667 (2013/ 2014FY) and US$6, 466,667 (2014/2015) for the renovation of the Mansion under the Public Sector Investment Plan and Technical Services budget of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.The total amount that has been allocated for the renovation of the Executive Mansion stands at US$14,933,334.A preliminary probe on the ruined Executive Mansion was made on Thursday, November 27 after the reading of a formal communication addressed to that August Body by Grand Bassa County District # 4 Representative Jeh Byron Brown.His communication was read during the 24th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the House of Representatives. A motion for the acceptance of the Grand Bassa County lawmaker’s communication was filed by Nimba County Representative Worlea Saywah-Dunah.In an interview with legislative reporters at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Brown stated that the Mansion is not only the official home of the Liberian President, but it also hosts reception and accommodates foreign guests and dignitaries.The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature.Speaking further, Rep. Brown recalled that for over five years, the Liberian government has been using local hotels to host foreign guests and dignitaries entering into the country. This, he said, has caused a huge loss of money to the Liberian government.He asserted that the money was exclusively set aside by the Legislature not only for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, but also for the relocation of the offices of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.He termed as “unfair” to the Liberian people the prolonged delay in the rehabilitation of the Executive Mansion.The Grand Bassa lawmaker averred that the renovation contracts were given to the Chinese Company CNQC QINGJIAN International, Liberia Group Development Incorporated and others (whom he did not name) that were hired to carry out the work, but the work is yet to be accomplished.”In an effort to restore the physical structure and other important architecture of the building, this Legislative body has consistently placed money in the National Budget since the occurrence of the ill-fated event. I believe it will be an appreciated undertaking as a matter of fulfilling a crucial Legislative oversight, were we to inquire into the current state of the Executive Mansion with particular reference to the level of work that has been done in commensuration with the amount of financial resources that have been approved over the budget years,” the Liberty Party lawmaker stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As emigrants the world over return for the Letterkenny Reunion, which starts this weekend, the chairman of Donegal County Council Ciaran Brogan, has spoken of the “significant boost” the event brings to the local economy. “Since it started back in 1991, the Reunion has brought literally thousands of emigrants back to their home town and this has, in turn, helped provide increasing amounts of revenue for local hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, shops, restaurants and bars.“We owe a serious debt of gratitude to the organisers who put a programme together every three years and invite all those people to come back and help provide such a significant boost to the economy. “It presents an opportunity for all those who are away to return at a given time and meet up again.“And there’s the added factor that because Letterkenny has got so big and spread out, the locals hardly get to meet each other from year to year and this gives them an opportunity as well to catch up.”Pointing out that the Reunion reached out to all corners of the globe, the County Mayor referred to the trips organised by the local committee which brought townspeople to various ports abroad including the United States, Scotland and England.“This in a way is a reverse of what will be happening over the coming week and helps to maintain that very important link between those at home and those overseas. “I can remember being on one of those trips to London about fourteen years ago and the huge attendances that turned up in the Grosvenor Rooms for one of the functions.“There were so many there and the staff were so overwhelmed that Charlie Fox, Con McDaid and myself had to go behind the bar to help out.“Those trips give you a chance to meet with the emigrants on their adopted soil and I remember catching up at the time with the likes of Teresa Gallagher, who has done so much for the Irish in London, and with Anthony Devine,” said Cllr. Brogan.The 2015 Letterkenny Reunion will unofficially get underway this Saturday night with a special function in the Station House Hotel featuring the return of the Marine Showband to the stage and run in conjunction with the Coravaddy School Reunion and the Letterkenny Memories get together.Officially the Reunion is launched with the mass in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Sunday at 6.30.p.m. followed by the opening reception in the Clanree Hotel. “The mass is a very special part of it because that’s when most of the returning emigrants and locals meet with each other for the first time for God knows how long,” said the Mayor who confirmed he would be putting his name down for inclusion in the G.A.A. celebrity match which takes place on Tuesday evening at 7.p.m. at O’Donnell Park.Other highlights during a week of many include the Re-Enactment of the Fair Day on Bank Holiday Monday at Lower Main Street – complete with train service! – and the Cultural Afternoon on Tuesday at the Regional Cultural Centre.“Every one of the events brings with them a chance for the sharing of stories from days gone by and the recollections of school days and social events from the past.“On behalf of the people of the town and those coming back for it, I congratulate the Reunion committee for making it all happen,” said the County Mayor. EMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SET TO RETURN HOME FOR LETTERKENNY REUNION was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnews