GALLERY: Giant Pioneering Spirit vessel removes another Brent platform for Shell

first_imgProduction from the field continues through Brent Charlie, with Pioneering Spirit booked to remove the 34,000-t topsides when the platform finally ceases production. According to Allseas, the removal of Brent Alpha was the first offshore lift to utilise specially developed “horseshoes”: connection tools that clamp around pre-installed lift points called bearing brackets mounted on the upper sections of the steel jacket’s legs. All photos by Allseas Connecting the horseshoesMoving away from the jacket Shell selected the Pioneering Spirit vessel for all four jobs. Brent Alpha is the third of four platforms, after Delta (2017) and Bravo (2019), to be decommissioned and removed from the Brent oil and gas field. Located 186 km off the northeast coast of the Shetland Islands, Brent Alpha comprised a topsides structure supported by a steel six-legged jacket standing in 140 m of water. Like Delta and Bravo, the Alpha topsides features multiple decks with living quarters, power generation, process systems, drilling derrick, flare stack and other platform facilities. The Brent Alpha topsides removal project involved engineering, preparation, removal and disposal of the 94 m tall, 52 m wide structure. Pioneering Spirit will now deliver the 44-year old structure to Able UK’s Teesside decommissioning yard in North East England for dismantling and recycling. Allseas’ heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed its first decommissioning job of this summer, the single-lift removal of Shell’s Brent Alpha platform from the North Sea. Several years of planning and 15 months of offshore preparation, including strengthening and cutting the steel jacket’s six legs, culminated in the 9-second “fast lift” of the 17,000-t topsides in the evening of 21 June 2020, Allseas reported on Monday. As with the two previous Brent jobs, Pioneering Spirit will transport the Alpha topsides to a nearshore location off the Hartlepool coastline, where it will be transferred to Allseas’ cargo barge Iron Lady for the final leg of its journey by towage up the Seaton Channel and load-in to the quay at Able UK.last_img read more

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Pellegrini: Buck stops with me

first_img Pellegrini claims City’s faltering campaign has not been a “disaster” despite recent failings at home and in Europe and is determined to pick his players up. City were taught a footballing lesson as they were dumped out of the Champions League by a mightily impressive Barcelona side on Wednesday. That might make the job of lifting morale a little easier, although Pellegrini recognises it will be no easy task. He said: “It’s always hard to pick your players up when you don’t win, it doesn’t matter which competition it is but we must have a strong personality and recover as quickly as we can. “As I said to the players, we are still in this competition, we have nine games left and we must try to play well and try to do what we must for this team, which is to stay in second position and never give up, because in football anything can happen. “We will fight to retain the title to the end, until it is mathematically impossible. The best way to do it is to play every game as a final, and we will see this year if we have the same mentality as we did last year.” City return to action against West Brom at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but will do so without midfielders Yaya Toure and James Milner. Toure suffered an Achilles injury during the defeat at the Nou Camp while Milner has had a troublesome knee for some time. Milner was rested for the games immediately prior to both legs against Barcelona due to the problem. The 29-year-old could continue but Pellegrini believes further rest is required and that could also curtail his involvement with England in their upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy. Pellegrini said: “Now we have the international break. Both will go away with their squads and see if they will play or not. “I don’t think Yaya will be able to do it, but we will see in the way he improves in the next day. “With Milner I think he can play because he played against Barcelona, but I don’t think it’s good for him to continue playing because he has had the same kick on the same knee and unfortunately in all the games he received another kick on the same part. So we will see what will happen, but he can play.” Under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini accepts the blame for Manchester City’s shortcomings lies with him – but insists the season is not yet over. But that was merely the latest in a string of disappointing results, with a run of just three wins in 12 games having done considerable damage to City’s season and Pellegrini’s continued employment prospects. The champions trail Chelsea by six points at the top of the Barclays Premier League having played a game more and the year looks set end in disappointment. “I think that always it will be my responsibility because I always choose the starting XI, I choose the squad and I choose the way we like to play,” said Pellegrini. “I have a very good relationship with the players, always they try to give their best and we are not doing as bad as everyone has tried to demonstrate this year. “We can do better – especially in both cups, that was not good for our team – but I don’t think I have anything to complain about. “Second position in a whole year I don’t think is a disaster. We are not in eighth, ninth or 10th. Only Chelsea have done better than our team. “We will try at least to keep second position and pressure Chelsea in the next nine games.” City were completely outplayed by Barca but, largely thanks to the brilliance of Joe Hart, kept the score to a flattering 1-0 and managed to avoid humiliation. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Flat Sportech has full focus on US prospects

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Related Articles UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Andrew Gaughan – SportechLondon-listed racing and wagering systems supplier Sportech Plc continues its group North American strategic alignment as the company reports a flat interim performance for H1 2018 trading (period ending 30 June).Year-to-date, Sportech records group revenues of £31.6 million, matching its corresponding H1 2017 performance, with period profits of £23million (H1 2017: £22.8 million).However, undertaking a number of corporate adjustments, designed to accelerate the firm’s position within the liberalised US sports betting market, Sportech governance declares a lower adjusted EBITDA of £2.8 million (H12017: £3.4 million), combined with a period operating losses of £600,000.Closing its H1 2018 trading, Sportech holds a cash reserve of £12.5 million with no corporate debt. Corporate cash has been further extended by £2.5 million secured through the sale of Dutch racing asset Sportech Racing BV sale.As anticipated, all period highlights are concentrated on North America, with Sportech governance outlining the firm’s recent deal with Sportradar to implement its comprehensive sports betting solutions across its US portfolio.Furthermore, the trading period saw Sportech secure its new leadership team of Andrew Gaughan (CEO), supported by Thomas Hearne as group financial lead.Andrew Gaughan, Chief Executive Officer of Sportech PLC, said: “The May 2018 US Supreme Court decision that effectively permitted US states to enact legislation to license and regulate sports betting was very exciting for Sportech.  Soon after the decision was announced, we signed an agreement with Sportradar for sports betting data, trading and risk management services, and technology platforms.We concluded the previously announced sale of Sportech BV, realising €2.8 million (£2.5 million), enhancing our cash reserves, and providing capital to execute on our US sports betting opportunities.Our Racing and Digital business maintained consistent levels of service revenues for H1 2018 versus the prior year.  We continue to assess further operational efficiencies to maintain profit levels in the business.  We also believe the market outside of North America is moving to more service-based contracts versus one-time sales contracts and are positioning our teams accordingly.Our Stamford, Connecticut Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has begun to grow both in terms of handle and food and beverage sales.  Growth is slower than originally forecast, but we expect our new highly-experienced Food and Beverage and Group Sales Managers to deliver a beneficial impact as we enter the 2019 financial year.”last_img read more

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Puppy Bowl 2019: Time, date, TV channel, live stream, lineup of dogs for the cutest game of the year

first_imgHow to live stream the Puppy BowlA live stream of the Puppy Bowl is available via Animal Planet GO. Is there a halftime show?You’ve got to be kitten me. Of course there’s a halftime show. In fact, the Puppy Bowl halftime show may give Maroon 5 a run for their money. The mid-game entertainment will feature kittens playing with lights, laser pens, balls of yarn and other toys. List of dogs featured in the Puppy Bowl 2019Here is this year’s starting lineup of doggos. You can check out their pictures here. Who ya got — Team Fluff or Team Ruff?TeamNameShelterFluffAceVirginia Beach SPCA, VARuffAlexanderBig Fluffy Dogs Rescue, TNFluffAstroAnimal Friends Humane Society, OHRuffBeeThe Sato Project, PRRuffBellaThe Sato Project, PRFluffBradyDog Star Rescue, CTFluffBrooklynAHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, IARuffBugsyThe Sato Project, PRFluffBumbleDouble J Dog Ranch, IDFluffClaraFlorida Little Dog Rescue, FLFluffDawnCitizens for Animal Protection, TXRuffEmmittPlanned Pethood, FLRuffFloHelen Woodward Animal Center, CAFluffFloraAnimal Refuge League of Greater Portland, MEFluffFolesProvidence Animal Center, PAFluffGallagherPet Rescue & Transport, IARuffGeorgeNevada SPCA, NVRuffHarryThe Sato Project, PRRuffHankGreen Dogs Unleashed, PAFluffLolaFlorida Little Dog Rescue, FLFluffMaiseyJersey Girls Animal Rescue, NJFluffMarisolTerritorio de Zaguates, Costa RicaFluffMelodyMemphis Humane Society, TNRuffMosesBig Fluffy Dogs Rescue, TNRuffPirateAnimal Welfare League of Alexandria, VARuffPistachioEvery Dog Counts Rescue, INFluffRemingtonBonnie’s Animal Rescue Kingdom, NJFluffScooterVirginia Beach SPCA, VARuffScotchPaw Works, CARuffShy BoySPCALA, CARuffSierraMuddy Paws, NYFluffSmudgeAnimal Friends Humane Society, OHRuffVioletVanderpump Dogs, CAFluffWillDoodle Rock Rescue, TXRuffWhitneyBig Fluffy Dogs, TNFluffZiggyAHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, IA The Puppy Bowl is essentially two teams of adorable, adoptable puppies facing off inside a makeshift stadium for the coveted title of Puppy Bowl champion. PHOTOS: Meet the cutest starting lineups for Puppy Bowl 2019This year’s Puppy Bowl features 93 puppies from 53 different shelters from across the U.S., Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Two of the puppers in this year’s starting lineup of 36 have special needs. Keep an eye out for Bumble, who is hearing-impaired and a member of Team Fluff, and Will, a three-legged cutie, also representing Team Fluff. This is set to be the cutest, least competitive bowl game matchup of all time. Here’s everything you need to know about of the 2019 Puppy Bowl, including how to watch live on TV and where find the stream online plus a full lineup of the dogs.When is the Puppy Bowl 2019?The Puppy Bowl will air on the same day as Super Bowl 53, Feb. 3, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Animal Planet. If you can’t wait until 3 p.m. for some puppy action, pregame coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET, featuring puppy correspondents Rodt Weiler, James Hound and Sheena Inu. What TV channel is the Puppy Bowl on?Tune into the Animal Planet to see Team Ruff and Team Fluff face off in the cutest game in sports. Dog-lovers can also rewatch the game starting at 6 p.m., when the Super Bowl is on, but good luck changing the channel if there are other humans around.MORE: Everything you need to know about Super Bowl 53 If watching the Super Bowl isn’t really your thing, but puppies are … well, Animal Planet has just the thing for you.On Sunday prior to the big game, the 15th annual Puppy Bowl will air on Animal Planet and make the world forget that in just a few short hours, two NFL teams will be playing in Super Bowl 53 (OK, not likely). last_img read more

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