Wärtsilä’s scope of work on the project includes the engineering, the civil works, installation, and commissioning of the plant LNG/bioLNG production plant. (Credit: Wärtsilä.) The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a major contract to supply and construct a plant for production of CO2-neutral liquid transport fuels. The plant will liquefy gas from the natural gas grid to produce carbon-neutral LNG. It will have a capacity of approximately 100,000 tons per year and located in Cologne, Germany. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in September 2020.Wärtsilä’s vast experience and state-of-the-art technologies developed for the process design, fabrication, and delivery of gas liquefaction plants and mature gas treatment solutions prior to liquefaction, were key factors to secure the contract.“It is an honour to have been awarded this order for a landmark project. We take this as a clear endorsement of Wärtsilä’s capabilities in this field. The use of LNG as an emissions-reducing fuel in the marine and transportation industries is already well established, and to introduce bioLNG which can be mixed with LNG is the next obvious step in enabling a CO2-neutral transportation fuel. We look forward to continuing on our mission to enable sustainable societies with smart technology,” said Antti Kuokkanen, VP Gas Solutions.The feedstock for bioLNG is based on biological waste material e.g. liquid manure and food waste. The feedstock is fed to an anaerobic digestion reactor that produces biogas, which is then upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. Green gas certificates are issued along with the injected biomethane, which then permits operators at other locations, such as liquefaction plants producing bioLNG, to buy the certificates and utilise the biomethane.The Wärtsilä scope for this project includes the engineering, the civil works, installation, and commissioning of the plant. The plant will include a gas treatment system based on Wärtsilä’s Puregas CA technology, a liquefaction unit utilising Wärtsilä’s Semi-Dual Brayton technology, storage tanks, truck filling stations, and all necessary safety flare and auxiliary equipment. The plant is expected to be fully operational by autumn 2022.Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions. We help our customers on the journey towards a sustainable future through focus on lifecycle, innovation and digitalization. Source: Company Press Release
HELPING TRUMP ISN’T EASYMaking Sense by Michael ReaganDonald Trump actually looked like a statesman in Mexico City Wednesday afternoon.It didn’t matter what he and the president of Mexico talked about.It didn’t even matter if they made a secret handshake deal to split the cost of building the great Wall of Trump.For the first time in his long campaign, Trump actually looked presidential. The visual gravitas didn’t last long, though.Six hours later in Arizona the old Trump was back, reading a speech from the teleprompter and throwing big slabs of U.S. Prime red meat to his hardcore fan base.He erased all thoughts that he was headed to a kinder, gentler place on immigration, which, unfortunately, remains the signature issue of his campaign.Not only did he promise to build his wall taller and deeper and stronger, and make Mexico pay for it, but he also promised to get tougher on illegal immigrants in every way.That’s great. But Trump —- and his campaign —- still don’t get it.He’s still pounding away at immigration when he should be talking about the economy, Obamacare and making the country safe.His tough stand on immigration is what won him the Republican primary. It’s what keeps his hardcore base applauding and cheering for him at his rallies.But he doesn’t have to pander to that base anymore.He also doesn’t need to be boosting Fox’s ratings every night by appearing with his soulmates Greta, Bill and Sean.He doesn’t need to please the conservative Fox audience anymore, either, who tune in to see everyone beat up on Hillary. They’re already in his bag of votes.How hard is this? Trump needs to address all those people out there who are not part of his base —- people who aren’t Republicans but who dislike Hillary enough to vote for him because of issues like the economy or trust.Speaking to a black audience this weekend and pointing out how the Democrat Party has failed blacks for 50 years is the right idea.He has to do more of that. Next, I’d like to see him shaking hands at a corner taco stand in L.A. After that, he should show up on CNN and even PBS, if they’ll have him.He needs to eat away at Hillary’s base. And that means talking about the economy, jobs and lying Hillary’s personal failings, which are huge.Trump’s campaign staff had a good week.But calling Hillary a bigot because she takes the black vote for granted was a total waste of time. It’s not going to win Trump votes in November.When I tried to tell the Trump team that in a tweet this week, the response I got from a campaign operative in Trump Tower was, “Oh, are you on the Hillary Clinton payroll?That’s the common response from Trumpsters and the campaign’s brain trust. If you say anything critical they say, “You must be on Hillary’s payroll.”They don’t want my advice, but everything I’ve said about Trump’s campaign has been proven to be true.I told them not to hire Paul Manafort to run the campaign. But they did —- and then had to fire him.I told them long ago Trump had to soften his approach to Latinos —- and eventually he did. I think.I refuse to be a Trump enabler. I’ve decided to be a consultant to him via Twitter or my columns.But when I criticize Trump’s campaign I get grief from his followers and his campaign people for being a Hillary lover.When I told my father in 1980 to fire Paul Manafort and the rest of his campaign team because I could see they were losing the Iowa caucuses to George H.W. Bush, did that mean I was a supporter of Jimmy Carter?No.There are too many major differences between Trump and my father to count. But one difference is that my father had the sense to listen to me when I gave him good advice.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Ensure you have a varied and diverse range of soft drinks available. Stock innovative, new and different products that offer credibility and added value elements. Ensure you offer premium, quality, ’healthy’ alternatives alongside carbonates. Create new occasions for soft drinks, such as breakfast or mid-morning. Soft drinks and smoothies are ideal products with which to kick-start the day and they provide incremental sales. Many retailers are seeing increased sales for soft drinks in a bottle or in a carton. Provide descriptors of unusual soft drinks on a menu and mimic the language of wine. Describe the ingredients, taste and flavour and indicate where it originates from – eg a new brand on the market is Hib! which Is made from the Hibiscus flower. As well as providing information, this will enhance the premium perception of your soft drinks range. As the saying goes, ’Eye level is buy level’, so ensure your soft drinks range is visible to the customer, particularly at lunchtime or when ordering food
Greenhalgh’s craft bakery has expanded its business-to- business delivery service into Wigan, with the addition of a third catering van.The Bolton-based firm, has been delivering to the Bolton area for the last 18 months. Due to numerous enquiries from Wigan companies in the industrial and commercial parks in the area, the bakery decided to extend this side of the business. “We now deliver to over 100 businesses,” said Greenhalgh’s production director David Smart.The service operates from 7.30am until 2.00pm, five days a week. Products available include pies, pasties and sandwiches.
2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for Particle. The jamtronica pioneers are planning the release their first album, Accelerator, in over a decade, and fans new and old couldn’t be happier with the band’s current sound. The new creative energy has been quite the source of excitement on their winter tour, and this year is only just getting started.We’re fortunate to be able to share the very first track from Accelerator. Titled “Home Away From Home,” the spacey jam was actually inspired by the discovery of an earth-like exoplanet called Kepler 452-b. As keyboardist Steve Molitz explains, “Scientists have theorized that future humans could live there, so this song imagines what might happen to us upon our arrival to this distant new home.”Listen to the futuristic “Home Away From Home” below:With such a unique blend of sounds on the track, we asked Molitz to shed some light on how it was made. “There’s a ton of sound design on the track that helps transport the listener on an audio journey, much like the old-time radio shows used to do before the advent of television. Conceptually, the song is kind of a mix of the old Twilight Zone and the new Battlestar Galactica.” He continues, “Musically, the song combines elements of Drum & Bass, Breakbeat and House to create a sound that I can only describe as pure Particle space porn!”Pure Particle space porn indeed! If this progressive composition is any indication of what’s to come on Accelerator, fans are certainly in for a treat. The new song is one of many that Particle has been playing live in 2016, with a whole album’s worth of tunes to get live music fans in the groove. It’s a great time to be a fan, as Particle continues their evolution into one of the best bands in the scene.Don’t miss the group on tour! The full schedule of dates can be seen below:[Photo credit: David S. Davis]
Music Masters Camps’ sixth-annual Roots Rock Revival will take place from August 6th through 10th at Full Moon Resort in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York. The camp was created by the late drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, in conjunction with bassist Oteil Burbridge (formerly ABB, now Dead & Company) and brothers Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.These all-star players sought to bring fans and musicians together to explore the world of the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band, and the music that forms the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll. Despite the sudden death of Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton, who also joined the RRR family in 2016, Roots Rock Revival goes on in their memories and extends the focus onto the Grateful Dead.In addition to Burbridge and the Dickinson brothers, the 2018 lineup will once again include Grahame Lesh (son of Phil Lesh, Midnight North), NOLA jazz drummer Johnny Vidocovich, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (son of Butch Trucks), Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Berry Oakley), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and Sister Sparrow, Jackson Kincheloe, Brian Graham, and Phil Rodriguez of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.Today, the event announced the 2018 special guests, including founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and drummer Jaimoe, jazz keyboardist John Medeski, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik, Thievery Corporation‘s Congo Sanchez and Ashish Vyas, and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band guitarist Junior Mack.Whether you’re a campfire player, a full-time musician, or a passionate music fan, this experience offers the opportunity to dive deep into the world of your favorite musical artists. Roots Rock Revival will feature not only outstanding music but also three gourmet meals a day. Bountiful and fresh, the menu features many locally grown ingredients and a full spectrum of exceptional catering from the arrival meet-and-greet to the farewell breakfast.Eat, drink, jam, and immerse yourself in music with the masters! Five days and four nights of memories and inspiration at Full Moon Resort, an enchantingly unique facility offering over one-hundred acres of mountains, meadows, forests, and streams. This gorgeous setting has proven time and again to be a perfect host for these inspiring and memorable events. Sign up today and learn more about the event here.
CVPS wins national award for storm responseSCOTTSDALE, AZ The worst storm in Central Vermont Public Service history brought national acclaim for the company, as CVPS recently received the electric industrys highest honor for emergency response.CVPS President Bob Young was presented the Edison Electric Institutes Emergency Recovery Award for the companys response to the April 2007 noricane, a devastating storm with hurricane-force winds. The company responded to unprecedented damage to its system by more than doubling its workforce overnight and effectively deploying those workers so that the power was back on as quickly as possible, with no injuries to workers or the public, said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn. CVPSs effort in the face of this devastating storm offers a terrific example of a company bringing all of its resources to bear in order to get the lights back on.In years past, this award has frequently been won by large regional utilities, but your storm response and safety record were remarkable, particularly for a relatively small company, Kuhn said. CVPS orchestrated an extraordinary response to what we hope was an once-in-a-lifetime storm.The April noricane knocked out power to 68,000, or 42 percent, of CVPSs customers. CVPS brought in more than 200 outside line workers to assist the companys 90 line workers, and hundreds of CVPS accountants, lawyers and other employees took on support roles. Repair costs totaled $4.2 million.The EEI Emergency Recovery Award is presented annually. Criteria include the ability to respond swiftly and efficiently, overcome difficult circumstances, utilize unique or innovative techniques, communicate effectively with customers, and restore service promptly. A panel of judges selected CVPS following an international nomination process. The award was presented during EEIs winter CEO meeting January 8, 2008.In more than 20 years at CVPS, Ive never been more proud of our employees, Young said. We faced damage that far exceeded anything wed faced before, yet employees pulled together, executed our storm plan, developed mobile feeding and supply chains, and managed the recovery with extraordinary skill.Weve made extensive improvements in our storm response over the past few years, and it paid off in the noricane, Young said. Employees, at great personal expense, did in five days what would have likely taken two or three times as long if the same storm hit 10 years ago.Young said the award was a tribute to employees and the hundreds of workers who came to CVPSs aid, as well as state and local officials, customers, and local media outlets. The media did a tremendous job informing the public during the recovery, which made our job much easier, Young said. And state and local officials and customers did everything possible to assist us, for which we are extremely grateful.Governor Jim Douglas congratulated the company.Vermonters have a powerful reputation for their dedication to neighbors, whether next door or in the next state. I am proud to see employees of Central Vermont Public Service continue that spirit and service, the governor said. On behalf of all Vermonters, I congratulate CVPS for receiving recognition from the Edison Electric Institute for their recovery efforts, and for rendering assistance to other utilities in their time of need.Chris Gandin, operations manager in Rutland, said the storm showed the employee resolve and commitment he sees daily.Its hard for people to understand all that goes into operating the electrical system in a rural territory like ours, especially when bad weather hits, Gandin said. The storm put the spotlight on people who dedicate themselves to customers every day, so the award will be really meaningful to employees.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine a proposed merger between SunTrust and BB&T, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger – in an op-ed for Fox Business – encouraged lawmakers to focus on big bank riskiness.“Ahead of the August recess, what lawmakers should be discussing [is] the economic impact of excessive, unbridled risk-taking by Wall Street banks,” wrote Berger.Berger also pressed lawmakers to discuss the potential benefits of a modern Glass-Steagall Act, as well as the economic concerns posed should big banks succeed in pushing for the removal of common sense restrictions that prevent improper, speculative trading under the Volcker Rule.“Certain banks are hoping Congress will ignore the moral hazard of using taxpayers as a backstop for their speculative bets [in the absence of Glass-Steagall] and want regulators to reinterpret the [Volcker Rule] to loosen requirements, thereby reviving the same risky trading practices that contributed to the financial crisis and fundamentally degraded the stability and liquidity of our capital markets,” Berger argued.
The Democratic-led county legislature voted Tuesday 14-3 to confirm Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s nomination of Timothy Sini, who is from Bellone’s hometown of Babylon. Sini inherits the tall task of cleaning up the mess left by Bellone’s previously appointed chief of the department, James Burke, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges two months ago for allegedly beating a suspect and orchestrating a cover-up.“I’m humbled by this experience,” Sini said after the vote. “I’m going to do everything in my power to move this department forward and do the right thing by the residents of Suffolk County.”Sini, who previously served as Bellone’s deputy county executive for public safety, unsuccessfully challenged Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), the legislature’s GOP minority leader, in November.Around the same time, Ed Webber, the previous Suffolk police commissioner, announced his plans to retire. Bellone then appointed Sini as deputy police commissioner, and, once Webber left office last month, Sini was named acting police commissioner.Sini wasted no time in signaling he was intent on turning the department around. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invite the FBI to work more closely on the Long Island Serial Killer case, gang investigations and other probes. More recently, he unveiled plans to revamp the internal affairs unit, crack down on drug houses and hinted at an upcoming “unprecedented” law enforcement partnership.Despite his efforts, not everyone lent Sini their support. Some critics questioned why Bellone declined to perform a national search for candidates to replace Webber and instead opted for a local political appointee. After first taking office, Bellone had appointed Webber acting commissioner amid a national search before opting to name Webber the department’s previous top cop.“I’m disappointed in the process that was used here,” said Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former detective and leading Burke critic. “There was no search.”Trotta added that he’ll give Sini a chance, but warned that he’ll be watching for any mistakes.Other Republican lawmakers questioned whether Sini planned to use the experience to pad his resume and run for district attorney in the future. Sini said he had no such plans.But he did win the vote of two members of the GOP minority. Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer, broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted for Sini. So did Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip). Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Smithtown) abstained from the vote.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, blasted Bellone during a prior hearing on Sini’s appointment, but later opted to vote for the commissioner.Sini’s confirmation comes amid reports that the federal probe into the Burke case has expanded to include Christopher McPartland, the public corruption bureau chief under District Attorney Tom Spota. The charges and continuing investigation loomed large over the confirmation hearing. Democrats resisted GOP lawmakers’ calls to open a legislative review into the Burke scandal, citing their concern that it would clash with the federal probe.“Mr. Sini has instituted aggressive changes within the department,” Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said. “He has also promoted some of Suffolk County’s most respected officers to leadership positions, and he has committed to ensuring women and minorities are better-represented among the department’s ranks. I look forward to the Legislature’s continued work with Mr. Sini to increase both transparency and trust in our department.”Meanwhile, in neighboring Nassau County, acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who was also appointed after a predecessor resigned following a scandal, has yet to be sent by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to the Nassau County Legislature for confirmation, more than two years after taking over. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers voted in a 35-year-old former federal prosecutor as the new Suffolk police commissioner, making him the youngest man to lead the department.