52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.IT was the sweeping river and Hinterland vistas that made the Baker family fall in love with this Broadbeach Waters home.After living in London for 16 years, Lisa and Charles Baker along with their two children were desperately craving a house that embraced the warm weather and its picturesque surroundings.That fact that it needed a fresh lick of paint and some tender love and care barely registered with the family.“We bought it because of that view,” Mrs Baker said.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.Three years later, they have breathed new life into the five bedroom home.What was once a dated 1980s-style house with an apricot and beige palette has been transformed into the epitome of modern living. “We literally did everything — I think the only thing we didn’t touch was the clothes line,” Mrs Baker said. “All the hours spent on Pinterest, it was worth it.”They chose neutral tones to give it a coastal theme with wood accentuated throughout.“We really wanted everything to be white inside but if we left it with just white, sometimes it can look like a box and there’s no character to it,” Mrs Baker said.The main living and dining area, which has an eco-fireplace, is at the heart of the home.The kitchen with stone breakfast bar and DeLonghi appliances is on the right while a second living area is on the left.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.All three living areas open up onto the covered outdoor entertainment area.There are two bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs, the master of which has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to the balcony.Outside, the pool and sun lounging terrace overlook the water and there is a sunken firepit at the rivers edge.Mrs Baker said the outdoor entertainment area was her favourite part of the house, particularly at sunset.“There’s always some action on the river,” she said.Mrs Baker said it had been tough at times, particularly when moving from room to room throughout the renovation, but said it had been a labour of love.“It’s been worth it, it’s been a fun job,” she said. “We’ve just really enjoyed the process.”The family have decided to sell the home so they can pursue another renovation project.The property is in a quiet cul-de-sac close to parks, schools, golf courses and shops.
37 Daru Ave, Runaway Bay. 37 Daru Ave, Runaway Bay.THIS spectacular waterfront property in Runaway Bay offers a lifestyle many only dream about. Noel and Carol Carr bought the Daru Ave house in 2007.“The home has some of the best water views available in the Runaway Bay canals,” Mr Carr said.“I don’t know how many times my wife has said ‘there are dolphins in the canal’ as we get such an excellent view from the kitchen and family room down the canal to the Broadwater.“What we will miss most is wine o’clock sitting on the balcony taking in the serenity of the ever-changing water views.” 37 Daru Ave, Runaway Bay.“If additional bedrooms are required, the media room on the middle level can easily be converted into two bedrooms or one large master suite with a walk-in robe and private entry to the bathroom,” he said.The kitchen has granite bench tops, a walk-in pantry and a Bosch oven.There is also a pool, combustion wood fireplace, security system, laundry chute, wrought iron handrails and plenty of storage. 37 Daru Ave, Runaway Bay.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 37 Daru Ave, Runaway Bay.Mr Carr said with an engineering background, he was most impressed with the house’s solid suspended concrete slab construction.Built in 1998, the three-level 545sq m residence offers plenty of space for the whole family with almost every room in the house offering spectacular water views.The middle level features living areas while the main bedroom is on the top level.There are two additional bedrooms and a private self-contained guest suite with bedroom, bathroom and living area with kitchenette on the ground floor.
How COVID-19 is changing buyer wish lists An internal lift makes it easy to access all four levels.The considered four level design allows for open planing living on the ground floor, four spacious bedrooms on the first floor and a grand luxury master above. The basement doubles as a party zone with a bar and games lounge set up with pin ball machines, a darts board and billiard table while a five-hole putting green is wisely positioned alongside the water. “My grand son adores playing putt putt, but there are usually more balls in the water than on the green,” Mrs Jordan said. The alfresco entertaining area is tucked away out of the weather.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe home has been the ideal entertainer over the years, hosting extended family and friends for special occasions.“The house is big enough to entertain everybody without everybody getting under your feet,” Mrs Jordan said. The alfresco area with built-in barbecue is a favoured space in any conditions. “It doesn’t matter if it’s rail, hail or shine, you are so protected,” said Mrs Jordan. “It is the best space to sit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No wind or rain comes in.“I love having people over for breakfast these days and that’s the best place for it.” Sit in the sun and watch the boats cruise by.Having moved to Australia from the UK in 1974, Mr Jordan built homes in Brisbane before moving to the Gold Coast to create their own piece of paradise. In a nod to his Irish roots, the words ‘Caoga A Sé’ feature on the front of the home, which translates from Gaelic to the number ‘56’. MORE: Top end buyers splash cash on main river The outlook is spectacular from 56 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.Each morning when they wake, Muriel and Bill Jordan have a treasured ritual. They raise the blinds in the master suite and enjoy a cup of tea as they take in the wide expanse of water lapping the shores of Brown Island and South Stradbroke Island. “We can sit and watch the sun come up before we get out of bed,” Mrs Jordan said.“We watch the boats going past but no one can see us.” You can watch the sun rise each morning from the master suite.Peaceful and private are the words Mrs Jordan chooses to describe life in the estate, which has been home for the past seven years.“We can be sitting out the back with a cup of coffee and cake in the sun and half the time Bill will fall asleep it’s that quiet,” she said. “The water can make you feel really relaxed.” Virtual southern buyers bypass border closure The pool runs alongside the Broadwater.The Jordans hope to remain on Sovereign Island where security offers peace of mind.“We don’t want to move really, but the house it too big for us now,” Mrs Jordan said.“Sovereign Island really is unique and the people are lovely. The security is also great. We feel very safe here.”Hanan Cawley, of Harcourts Coastal – Broadbeach, is taking offers over $5 million.
LNG World News Staff (Article updated on 23.05. with a comment by the Port of Milford Haven)For the past two years, United Kingdom’s special forces have been reportedly searching for mines attached to LNG tankers transporting the chilled fuel from the Middle East to the UK’s receiving terminals. According to a report by the Mail on Sunday, Special Boat Service and the specialist divers from the Royal Navy, have been conducting secret searches on LNG carriers as threats of attacks by the terrorist groups like the Al Qaeda or ISIS grow.A senior Naval source was cited by the Mail as saying that the groups have acquired limpet mines which can be attached to the hull of the LNG tankers heading for the UK.Such mines can be activated once the ships reach LNG import terminals’ such as the South Hook LNG terminal in Milford Haven or the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent. An incident at one these facilities could have severe economic consequences and lead to gas shortage in the United Kingdom, the report said.Although a large number of vessels has been searched over the past couple of years it is unclear whether any limpet mines or similar improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been found, the report noted.In addition to the dive searches on LNG carriers, Royal Navy warships calling in Egyptian ports as well as Beirut, Lebanon, are undergoing routine checks as these vessels have also become a target for terrorist attacks, the report said.LNG World News invited the Port of Milford Haven to comment on the report.Bill Hirst, Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We have seen the recent media reports but do not have access to information regarding any activity that may or may not be carried out by UK Special Forces.”
Turkish security forces have seized one tonne and 71 kilograms of heroin on board an offshore supply ship identified as Commander Tide, Turkish anti-narcotics police department said.The Democratic Republic of Congo-flagged cargo ship was raided by Turkish naval forces, the coastguard and special police forces, on June 2nd while sailing in international waters bound for Turkey.The contraband, estimated to be worth around USD 57 million, was found in secret compartments on the ship.As informed, this is a record drug bust for the security forces in Turkey.Commander Tide’s nine crew members were detained and taken to a naval base in Marmaris, Reuters reports.The 1984-built vessel’s current position on Marine Traffic shows that the vessel, which is said to be laid-up, was stopped.According to the data by VesselsValue, the ship was bought by Marshall-Islands-based Corbata Maritime.World Maritime News Staff
DONG Energy will support two PhD research studentships at Durham University through the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). The PhDs will focus on the operation of wind turbines and helping to predict technical faults before they happen. This research could prove vital in improving the availability of offshore wind turbines, ultimately helping to further drive down the cost of energy, DONG Energy said.The PhDs will bring together turbine maintenance data and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) data, with a view to developing algorithms for predicting turbine malfunction. One student (Roger Cox) will focus on developing a method for analysing and categorising relevant maintenance issues from the maintenance database. This will feed into the work of the second student (Luke Payne), who will focus on developing advanced data methods to positively identify turbines that are developing faults before they become critical and require the turbine to be taken off line.The PhDs will be supervised by Dr Peter Matthews and Dr Christopher Crabtree from Engineering at Durham University, and will be undertaken both in Durham and on site at DONG Energy’s offices. By including the students as part of the DONG Energy team, they will be able to rapidly gain deep understanding of the company’s key challenges and priorities. This will ensure that research remains highly relevant to DONG Energy, as well as enabling knowledge transfer between DONG Energy and Durham University, the offshore wind developer said.The research is expected to be completed in December 2020.DONG Energy is funding 66% of the two PhDs, with the remaining 34% funded by Durham University.To remind, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced last week that it will support a new offshore wind partnership, including DONG Energy and Durham University, with GBP 3.2 million.
Nexans has opened a new high voltage test laboratory at its Calais Center of Excellence in France, making it fully operational with the capacity to test cable systems up to 1.5 million volts.The new laboratory is dedicated to high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, a market Nexans believes is of primary importance for high-capacity links and connection of renewable energy sources, such as the DolWin 6 offshore wind farm, for which the company will provide and install two 90km-long HVDC cables.The decision to enhance its testing capacity by building a new direct current (DC) laboratory is a result of the HV market requiring an increasing number of tests at higher and higher voltage levels, Nexans said.The laboratory allows simultaneous testing of three independent qualification loops, each composed of multiple cable sections and joints and connected to the electrical network through two terminations.According to Nexans, the lab is designed to represent the various configurations existing in power grids. The generators, rated for voltages up to 1.2 million volts, operate in a controlled environment, which guarantees the optimum equipment availability required for performing ageing tests typically lasting more than one year, the company said.“As the global energy needs continue to grow, the world will require extremely reliable cable systems for power transmission at ever higher voltage levels for both AC and DC applications,” said Dirk Steinbrink, Nexans’ Senior Executive Vice President, High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group.The Calais Center of Excellence for HV testing is now composed of 12 HV test laboratories equipped with generators operating up to 1.5 million volts, and addresses both alternating current (AC) and DC applications.“With its new laboratory, the Calais Center of Excellence will be positioned as one of the leading hubs for helping our clients address the challenges of the future,” Steinbrink said.
As coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline.Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland.The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.“Coastal Louisiana is losing a lot of its wetlands — about a football field every hour,” said Jaap Nienhuis, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. “It’s really, really fast.”The Mississippi River has been leveed to prevent occasional flooding. But the levees have also prevented sediment from coming through and building land to offset the subsidence and land loss.Engineers and coastal experts have been looking at ways to make small cuts in the levees to allow for some of that sediment to flow through. The idea of a sediment diversion has been around for a long time, but figuring out how much land will be built or how long it will take has been a challenging issue.That’s where Nienhuis’ model comes in to play. He and his fellow researchers created a simulation that took several factors into account to see how long it would take to build land under a variety of scenarios. They looked at water and sediment discharge, root strength and soil consolidation.The effectiveness of sediment diversions vary depending on wetland characteristics. When determining the best way to build land in these at-risk areas, researchers or engineers could plug the relevant data into Nienhuis’ model to sketch out potential outcomes.“We wanted to know what kind of wetland or what kind of diversion would be most conducive to land building,” he said. “It really is a very delicate balance looking at the sediment concentration, what vegetation is there and how much. It requires a lot of very good data.”In the “sweet spot,” Nienhuis said that, engineers could potentially build 30 to 40 square kilometers of land within a few decades. However, in areas where there might not be as much vegetation or too much sediment or water is allowed in, the areas could wind up eroding more sediment and causing land loss instead of land gain.“We can use models like this to tell civil and environmental engineers what is important for land building and what’s not,” he said.Nienhuis added that his model is relatively specific to the Mississippi Delta, but it could potentially be applicable to other areas as well.Other authors of the study are Torbjorn Tornqvist and Christopher Esposito of Tulane University.
PNG LNG (Image courtesy of Oil Search)The ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG project has entered into a mid-term sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina for the supply of liquefied natural gas starting in July 2018.The mid-term deal is for the supply of about 0.45 million tonnes of LNG per year over a three-year period from the LNG project in Papua New Guinea, according to a statement by Oil Search that has a 29 percent interest PNG LNG.This deal takes the total contracted volumes from the LNG project to 7 mtpa, with 6.6 million tonnes of PNG LNG’s annual output already committed under long-term contracts to JERA, Osaka Gas, Sinopec and CPC.ExxonMobil, on behalf of the PNG LNG project participants, is negotiating with a number of other parties for potential mid-term LNG supply agreements in lieu of spot sales.These agreements are expected to be concluded in the near-term and increase sales under new mid-term agreements to 1.3 mtpa, the statement said.The LNG export project includes the gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby with a capacity of 6.9 million tonnes per year. LNG World News Staff
Plexus has made an investment of £735,000 to acquire a 49% interest in KMS, a precision engineering business focused on the oil and gas industry. The transaction is said to be in line with management’s strategy to position Plexus as an IP-led company based around its POS-GRIP friction grip method of engineering with a design, development and now a machining capability.KMS was founded in 2001 and manufactures parts used in harsh and demanding subsea environments within the oil and gas industry. KMS supplies a range of blue-chip international clients, including Schlumberger, Halliburton, GE Oil & Gas, NOV and Weatherford.Post the sale of its niche wellhead exploration equipment services business for jack-up applications to TechnipFMC in February 2018, Plexus is focused on commercialising and exploiting its existing IP as well as developing new POS-GRIP-enabled products either organically or with partners such as TechnipFMC, with whom the company has entered into a collaboration agreement.It is anticipated that KMS will provide Plexus with additional means by which to machine bespoke equipment for new applications and technologies as well as for R&D testing, and will potentially enable Plexus to more effectively supply specific markets.Plexus is acquiring its 49% interest in KMS by means of a subscription for new shares in KMS. KMS intends to use the proceeds from the Transaction to expand existing capacity and fund other growth initiatives. For example, KMS has recently acquired a new large bore machine which has already resulted in a significant expansion in capacity. KMS intends to use circa £310,000 of the proceeds arising from Plexus’ investment, in settlement for this piece of machinery. Under the terms of the transaction, Plexus will be entitled to future distributions/dividend payments which would provide an annual return on Plexus’ investment, subject to KMS’ profitability, in addition to any capital appreciation in the value of Plexus’ 49% shareholding in KMS. An additional cash payment of up to £150,000 may be payable by Plexus to the current owners of KMS, subject to the future performance of KMS in the year to 31 December 2018.Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said, “As a highly experienced engineering company based in Aberdeenshire with a blue-chip customer base, KMS shares many similarities with Plexus. We already have first rate IP in the form of our POS-GRIP technology, and now thanks to today’s transaction, we are further able to support our programme to expand the application of our proprietary technology throughout the oil and gas supply chain and beyond into areas such as geothermal and decommissioning. Having established our jack-up exploration wellhead business as the dominant supplier to the North Sea HP/HT market, we know the challenges companies operating in the sector face. Therefore, we look forward to working with and supporting the KMS team going forward, as we look to grow our business substantially over the coming years.“