May 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Women’s Golf Commences NCAA Tournament Monday Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAUSTIN, Texas-Monday, BYU women’s golf, the only women’s program in Utah to make the NCAA Tournament field, commences tournament play at the Austin, Texas region.At the regional, hosted by the University of Texas Golf Club, the Cougars are the #11 seed out of 18 teams, with the Arkansas Razorbacks as the top seed in the regional.The Cougars will also be competing against host Texas, Michigan State, Florida, Auburn, Oklahoma, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Baylor, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Georgetown, Houston Baptist and Missouri State.The Cougars’ collective score is 41, placing them 38 strokes behind Arkansas, and are three-time defending West Coast Conference champions.BYU head coach Carrie Roberts brings an optimistic perspective into the Austin regional, saying she sees a “lot of beatable teams” and the Cougars look forward to competing.The Cougars also received all three major postseason honors from the WCC for the first time in Roberts’ tenure, as senior Kendra Dalton was the WCC’s Player of the Year, Roberts was the coach of the year and Naomi Soifua became the WCC’s Freshman of the Year. Tags: Arkansas Razorbacks/BYU Women’s Golf/Carrie Roberts/Kendra Dalton/Naomi Soifua Brad James
January 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Reaves/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tom Thibodeau has been let go as the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Sunday.The shakeup came following Minnesota’s 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday. League sources told ESPN Thibodeau had no idea he was going to be relieved of his duties.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”Along with Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also fired assistant coach Andy Greer.Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will step in as Minnesota’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season, the team said, while Scott Layden will stay put as general manager. However, sources tell ESPN Layden’s future with the team remains uncertain.Nearly halfway through the season, the Timberwolves are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-21.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
March 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Basketball Diogo Brito added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Neemias Queta had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (24-6, 14-3). They won their sixth straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Caleb Martin had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (26-3, 13-3) in their second loss in four games. Tre’Shawn Thurman added 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left, and Cody Martin had 16 points and seven rebounds. POLL IMPLICATIONS Utah State: At Colorado State on Tuesday. A loss to Utah State in a tough road environment will likely drop Nevada only a couple of spots in the AP poll. The Wolfpack used a 10-1 run to cut Utah State’s lead to 65-63. Brito hit a jumper with 4:05 left to keep Nevada from erasing the lead entirely. Nevada could not draw any closer after having several players foul out over the final three minutes. The Aggies hit 7 of 8 free throws and Brito drove for a layup in the final minute. Queta threw down a hammer dunk and Merrill followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that gave the Aggies a 19-12 lead. Merrill scored 15 of his 17 first-half points in the first 12 minutes. His final basket in that stretch put Utah State up 23-14. Written by Nevada: At Air Force on Tuesday night. UP NEXT Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 29 points and Utah State beat No. 12 Nevada 81-76 on Saturday night to take over the Mountain West Conference lead. The Aggies led 46-36 early in the second half behind back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brock Miller. Utah State led by as many as 13 points, going up 56-43 on back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brito. Utah State came into the game on the NCAA Tournament bubble and may have a bit more breathing room. THE BIG PICTURE Nevada closed the gap with five straight baskets. The final one — Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer — cut Utah State’s lead to 28-27. The Wolf Pack weren’t able to overtake the Aggies before halftime. Queta and Brito scored back-to-back baskets to keep Utah State in front and a scoop shot from Dwayne Brown, Jr. pushed the lead to 37-31 heading into the final minute of the half.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAaron J. Thornton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kelly Stafford, wife of NFL star Matthew Stafford, shared an announcement about their growing family from the happiest place on earth. The proud parents of three girls shared the news on Sunday that they are expecting a fourth child this summer in an Instagram post with a snap of the family at Disneyland in California.“Got to enjoy one of the most magical places with my husband and three of our kiddos,” Kelly Stafford wrote in the post. Their youngest daughter of three, Hunter, was not pictured. “Baby stafford #4 due this summer (no worries, well before training camp) — We won’t know whether the Stafford kids will continue as a girl squad or if a little brother will enter the craziness until baby is here. Excited and exhausted,” she said. The announcement comes less than a year after the wife of the Detroit Lions quarterback underwent a successful 12-hour surgery last April to remove a brain tumor. Stafford, 30, did not lose hearing or facial functions and shared a first person essay last October with ESPN to highlight the details on her road to recovery, including relearning to walk, battling extreme fatigue and being apart from her daughters.In the essay, Stafford wrote,”[Matthew] was literally by my side at every step.” “I had exercises I needed to do — some of them were seemingly simple, like shaking my head left and right — and Matthew helped me through all of it,” she wrote. April 17, 2020, will mark one year from her surgery, which is how long Stafford said her doctors told her it could take for her to “feel symptom-free and have the same energy” as before. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 2, 2020 /Sports News – National Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wife announce fourth pregnancy Beau Lund Written by
Brad James Tags: NFL Draft/Zack Moss Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHIALEAH GARDENS, Fla.-Per news Thursday, former University of Utah tailback Zack Moss had tele-conference meetings with the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins as reported by NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.The 5-10 220-pound Moss has previously met with the Lions and Buccaneers February 27-March 1 at the NFL Combine at Indianapolis.Moss, who ran for 4,067 yards and 38 touchdowns at Utah, is expected to be a Day 2 draft pick during next week’s NFL Draft. April 16, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Zack Moss Has Meetings With Lions, Buccaneers, Redskins
TorcSill is a provider of engineered helical pile and anchor foundation solutions across the energy, industrial, and power end markets Intervale Capital sells TorcSill Foundations to White Deer Energy. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. Intervale Capital, LLC (“Intervale”) has announced the sale of TorcSill Foundations, LLC (“TorcSill” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Intervale Fund III, to a newly formed entity owned primarily by White Deer Energy (“White Deer”). Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.TorcSill is a leading provider of engineered helical pile and anchor foundation solutions across the energy, industrial, and power end markets. TorcSill’s turnkey product and service package includes in-house research and development, design, manufacturing, installation and installation consulting services. TorcSill’s team is one of the most experienced in the industry, and the Company is a trusted partner in providing foundation solutions for some of the most demanding construction projects underway.Tim Swift, TorcSill’s Chief Executive Officer, will continue to oversee the business under new ownership. Swift commented, “It has been a pleasure to work with Intervale Capital. They have been an excellent partner as TorcSill has expanded over the past several years. The Intervale team has provided valuable strategic and financial guidance that leaves us well positioned as we move into our next phase of growth. I am excited for the next chapter under White Deer’s stewardship.”Jason Turowsky, Partner at Intervale Capital, commented, “We are proud to have partnered with Tim and the entire TorcSill team. During Intervale’s ownership, the Company has experienced rapid growth as its core helical pile foundation technology continues to displace traditional deep foundation solutions, such as concrete. We look forward to watching this technology continue to take market share.”Varun Babbili, Principal at White Deer, commented, “Tim and the rest of the TorcSill team have built a strong and defensible business with a unique technology offering that is used to address the foundation needs of equipment and infrastructure in multiple end markets. We look forward to partnering with the Company in the next phase of its growth.”Joe Bob Edwards, Partner at White Deer, added, “We believe that TorcSill will continue to benefit from the ongoing buildout, expansion and refurbishment of midstream, downstream, industrial and power infrastructure, and that the Company is well positioned to expand into new geographies and end markets.”TorcSill and Intervale Capital were advised by Harris Williams and Kirkland & Ellis. White Deer was advised by Locke Lord. Source: Company Press Release
The West of Shetland oil fields have long been overshadowed by their North Sea neighbours, but production levels are expected to increase significantly Oil rig off the Shetland coast (Credit: Cj Hughson/Flickr) The remote West of Shetland (WoS) region is set to play a bigger role in UK oil and gas production in coming years, with European majors Shell and BP among those expected to increase their activity in the offshore exploration fields.While the nearby North Sea basin has proved an abundant and popular resource, analysts at business intelligence firm Global Data expect the West of Shetland to replace it as Shell’s main production basin along the UK Continental Shelf by 2020.In doing so, Shell will follow in the footsteps of BP, for which the switch took place in 2018.GlobalData upstream oil and gas analyst Daniel Rogers said: “In 2018, Shell and BP’s hydrocarbon production combined accounted for more than half of the WoS total volume.“In recent years, both companies have seen North Sea production volumes lose dominance in relation to their UK portfolios – and as a result, the WoS is set to overtake the North Sea as Shell’s major producing basin in the UK by 2020, whereas this occurred for BP in 2018.“The WoS basin, in comparison to the North Sea basins, has been relatively under-explored.“The extreme water depths, challenging subsurface, and lack of knowledge and experience in the basin lead to higher risk than the North Sea exploration – but that being said, there is currently vast acreage open to explorers and the ‘yet-to-find’ volumes are significant.” West of Shetland oil fields expected to account for 30% of UK Continental Shelf output by 2025Infrastructure and location constraints could prove a hindrance to large-scale development down the line, but the decline of North Sea assets from the portfolios of European energy companies in recent years has so far been offset by their participation in the WoS.US-based exploration and production majors such as Chevron and ConcoPhillips, meanwhile, have retreated from the UK’s oil and gas sites recently, leaving their European counterparts to pick up the slack.BP and Shell’s West of Shetland activity (Credit: GlobalData)The comparatively underexplored nature of the West of Shetland means there is significant potential for lucrative new discoveries.According to management consultancy McKinsey & Company, the WoS region is expected to contribute about 30% of the UK Continental Shelf’s oil and gas production by 2025, up significantly from just 2% in 2014.Around 80% of the planned and announced projects in the deep waters of the WoS in 2017 were accounted for by European firms, compared to just 40% in the North Sea. Infrastructure constraints could restrict future outputFor now, oil will be the primary focus of activity for firms operating in the West of Shetland region, due to gas processing infrastructure not being sufficiently developed to manage a significant increase in output.The Shetland Gas Plant (SGP) facility currently runs with less than 25% spare capacity, and significant demands put on it could exert considerable strain.Rogers added: “Total’s recently discovered Glendronach gas-condensate field is expected to add more than 200 million cubic feet per day of gas supply to the SGP at its peak and could commence production as early as 2021.“This, in addition to gas volumes coming from the Cambo and Rosebank oil field developments, could further strain the existing infrastructure.“Operators looking to develop new gas fields in the West of Shetland through the mid-2020s could be challenged by these capacity restraints, and the investments required for facility expansions may impact project returns and force operators away from marginal gas developments.”By contrast, the key Sullom Voe oil processing terminal is currently only running at half capacity, meaning there is scope for European oil producers maintaining their interest in the region to make the most of this excess capacity.
Image: Emerson’s wellhead pressure monitoring technology will enhance safety during the Tyra redevelopment project. Photo: courtesy of Total E&P Denmark. Total E&P Denmark has awarded a contract to Emerson to provide wellhead pressure monitoring technology for the $3.3bn Tyra gas field redevelopment project in the Danish part of the North Sea.Under the contract, Emerson will provide more than 200 Rosemount wireless pressure transmitters for installation on the four riser platforms of the redevelopment project, which aims to extend the life of Tyra field, which has been in production for more than 30 years.According to Total E&P Denmark, the Tyra gas field is currently facing seabed subsidence, reducing the air gap between the sea level and the bottom of the platforms.In order to maintain production at the field, Total will install new and elevated topsides supported by 13m high jacket extensions on top of the existing jacket structures, replacing the existing wellhead platforms.Emerson’s technology will monitor wellhead casing pressuresAs part of the two-year redevelopment project, Total E&P Denmark will use Emerson’s technology to monitor wellhead casing pressures as a safety measure during the installation of replacement platforms and topsides.The Rosemount wireless pressure transmitters will transmit data to two Emerson DeltaV PK controllers that will be installed on the accommodation platforms.The transmitted data will be presented to construction workers locally and relayed to an onshore monitoring point, Emerson noted.Emerson Automation Solutions Europe president Roel van Doren said: “Emerson’s wireless technology has been successfully deployed within offshore applications around the world, helping improve the safety of people and operations.“The ability to offer a complete solution capable of providing real-time measurement and awareness to help Total monitor and respond to pressure changes safely was a key factor in the use of Emerson technology.”Emerson said that the lack of availability of power and cable infrastructure, a wireless and battery-powered solution will be needed to monitor the wellhead pressure.Earlier this year, Semco Maritime secured EPCI contract for the Tyra redevelopment project.Under the contract, Semco Maritime will be responsible for preparatory engineering work after which it will undertake system installation on five unmanned satellite platforms at the Tyra complex.Upon completion of the redevelopment project, the Tyra field is expected to produce more than 200 million barrels of oil equivalent. Emerson’s wellhead pressure monitoring technology will be used to enhance safety during the Tyra redevelopment project
The pipeline’s construction work and laying on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland were completed in summer 2019 Image: Balticconnector’s offshore pipeline ready for use. Photo: courtesy of PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay. The final phase of commissioning the Balticconnector pipeline was completed on 28 November 2019 when the offshore pipeline was filled with gas and pressurized as well as connected to Estonia’s gas transmission network. Balticconnector will be in commercial use as of 1 January 2020.The pipeline’s construction work and laying on the seabed of the Gulf of Finland were completed in summer 2019. To fill the pipeline with gas, it was first rinsed with nitrogen, which was then purged by conveying natural gas behind the pipeline scraper. Once the pipeline scraper, or the “pig” as it is called in the industry, arrived from Inkoo to Paldiski in Estonia, the pipeline was filled with gas and ready for use.“Filling the offshore pipeline with gas means that the Balticconnector pipeline is ready for use. The onshore pipeline was filled with gas earlier, and the trial runs of the Inkoo compressor stations were successfully completed. Everything is in place for bringing the pipeline into operation on 1 January 2020,” says Tom Främling, Project Director of Baltic Connector Oy.“We can be proud of our achievement. Professional project management and motivated project teams made it possible to commission the pipeline on schedule. Balticconnector will be brought into operation on 1 January 2020 when the Finnish gas market opens,” says Herkko Plit, President and CEO of Baltic Connector Oy. Source: Company Press Release
A map showing pre-salt area of the Santos Basin. (Credit: Total) Total and its partners have made final investment decision (FID) for the third phase of the Mero project offshore Rio de Janeiro in the Libra block, Brazil.Situated approximately 180km offshore Rio de Janeiro in the prolific pre-salt area of the Santos Basin, the Mero ultra-deepwater oilfield is under a production sharing agreement to a consortium involving Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras with 40% stake.Other consortium partners include Shell with 20% interest, Total with 20% stake, CNODC with 10% stake and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) with 10% interest.Total exploration & production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “The decision to launch Mero 3 marks a new milestone in the large-scale development of the vast oil resources of the Mero field – estimated at 3 to 4 billion barrels.“It is in line with Total’s growth strategy in Brazil’s deep-offshore, based on giant projects enabling production at competitive cost, resilient in the face of oil price volatility.“The Mero project will contribute to the Group’s production from 2020 onwards, and we are targeting a production of 150,000 barrels per day in Brazil by 2025.”Mero 3 FPSO to commence production by 2024Planned to enter service by 2024, the Mero 3 floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) will have a liquid treatment capacity of 180,000 barrels per day.Recently, Petrobras has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Malaysian contractor MISC Berhad for the charter of a FPSO, Mero 3, to be deployed at the Mero field.The FPSO will be interconnected with 15 wells through a subsea infrastructure comprising rigid production and injection ducts, flexible service ducts and control umbilicals.The Mero field commenced pre-production since in 2017 with the 50,000-barrel-per-day Pioneiro de Libra FPSO while the Mero 2 FPSO is scheduled for commissioning in 2023. MISC Berhad has signed letter of intent (LOI) with Petrobras to design and operate a FPSO Mero 3 at the offshore field