ADNOC Technical Academy welcomes more than 300 Emirati students



Photo: ADNOC Technical Academy 2nd annual Open Day.

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced that more than 300 young Emiratis have expressed interest in working for the company during ADNOC Technical Academy’s (ATA) 2nd annual ‘Open Day’, where the prospective students and their families learned how ATA’s training program is equipping its students with the skills and tools needed to pursue potential careers in the oil and gas industry – particularly, within ADNOC’s various operating companies.

More than 3,500 people visited the ATA’s program web-page, signalling young Emiratis’ growing interest in joining the ATA’s on-the-job training program.

ATA conducted its ‘Open Day’ as an invitation for prospective students and their parents to come to its Al Shawamekh campus to gain more insights on the Academy’s academic curriculum and training program, which is open for 17- to 25-year-olds who are UAE Nationals – or are the son of a UAE mother – and have finished Grade 12 and UAE military service.

Dr. Mohamed Taleb Al Menhali, manager of the ATA said, “The number of applications received during our second annual ‘Open Day’ underlines the remarkable interest among our youth to pursue careers in the oil and gas sector. This year’s visitors – just as last year’s – showed an eagerness in upskilling themselves through the extensive training that ATA offers.

“We are committed to promoting Emiratis’ participation in the oil and gas sector, and we will continue to focus on nurturing their knowledge and skills. Our industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world – one that is vital to the UAE’s socio-economic development. It is great to see young talent recognize this fact, showing enthusiasm and ambition in launching a career through the theoretical and on-site practical training that the ADNOC Technical Academy provides.”

The ATA’s curricula and on-the-job training are designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and competencies of their enrolled students and enable them to be successful oil and gas technicians and operators. Training includes one-on-one mentoring, hands-on knowledge-gaining sessions at job sites and on-the-ground views of ADNOC’s real-time working environment. It is led by industry experts, all of whom have years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

Established in 1978, the ATA has provided education and technical training to more than 5,000 Emiratis, who, upon graduation, joined ADNOC’s workforce. The ATA’s classroom, workshop and simulated trainings are designed to equip students with the wide range of operational, mechanical, electrical and instrumental skills needed to control oil and gas industry processes.

The 2.5-year academic program combines a year of classroom learning, followed by a year and half of onsite on-the-job training. The curriculum integrates the latest technological advancements to ensure ATA graduates are well-prepared to work in ADNOC’s modern and innovative operational environments.
Based in Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi, the ADNOC Technical Academy is a large purpose-built campus with educational, technical and recreational facilities, in addition to a hostel that houses more than 500 students. It employs best-in-class educators and instructors from around the globe to ensure that students receive high-level general education and technical training before entering ADNOC’s workforce.

Hess sanctions Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana



Noble’s Tom Madden drillship. Photo: Noble.

NEW YORK — Hess Corporation has announced it has received regulatory approval from the government of Guyana and has made a final investment decision to proceed with the second phase of development of the Liza Field on the Stabroek Block, offshore Guyana.

Liza Phase 2 will utilize the Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) which will have the capacity to produce up to 220,000 gross bopd. Six drill centers are planned with a total of 30 wells, including 15 production wells, nine water injection wells and six gas injection wells. First oil is expected by mid-2022. The development is expected to have a gross capital cost of approximately $6 billion, including a lease capitalization cost of approximately $1.6 billion for the FPSO, and will develop approximately 600 MMbbl of oil. Excluding pre-sanction and lease costs (which will be accounted for as operating expense), Hess’ net share of development costs is forecast to be approximately $1.6 billion, of which $210 million is already included in Hess’ 2019 capital and exploratory budget.

“We are excited to achieve another significant milestone in the development of the Stabroek Block,” CEO John Hess said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Guyana and our partners to realize the extraordinary potential of this world class resource.”

Update on other Stabroek Developments

Liza Phase 1 remains on track to achieve first oil by the first quarter of 2020. It will produce up to 120,000 gross bopd at peak rates utilizing the Liza Destiny FPSO, which is expected to arrive offshore Guyana in the third quarter of 2019.

A final investment decision is expected later this year for a third phase of development, Payara, subject to government and regulatory approvals. The Payara development is expected to produce between 180,000 and 220,000 gross bopd with startup as early as 2023. Following the recent Yellowtail and Tilapia discoveries, the Turbot area is also expected to become another major development hub, and additional development potential is being evaluated in other areas of the Stabroek Block including at Hammerhead.

Exploration and appraisal update

Exploration activities continue at other locations on the Stabroek Block. Following completion of well operations at the recently announced Yellowtail discovery, the Noble Tom Madden will next drill the Hammerhead-2 well. The Stena Carron will next drill the Hammerhead-3 well and will drill a second well at the Ranger discovery later in 2019. The Noble Bob Douglas drillship is currently completing development drilling operations for the Liza Phase 1 development. ExxonMobil also will add another drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in the fourth quarter bringing the number of drillships offshore Guyana to four.

Community Investment

The partners’ investment in the Guyanese economy has continued to increase. The number of Guyanese nationals supporting project activities more than doubled in 2018 to more than 1,000. ExxonMobil and its co-venturers spent nearly $60 million with more than 500 Guyanese vendors in 2018. More than 1,500 Guyanese companies are registered with the Centre for Local Business Development, which was founded by ExxonMobil and its co-venturers in 2017 with the mission of supporting local businesses to become globally competitive.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 km2). Current gross discovered recoverable resources are estimated to be more than 5.5 Bboe. The 13 discoveries on the block to date have established the potential for at least five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 bopd by 2025. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45% interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30% interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25% interest.

Venture Global LNG achieves regulatory milestone for Plaquemines LNG, Delta LNG export project



Plaquemines LNG project. Photo: Venture Global.

ARLINGTON, Va. -– Venture Global LNG, Inc. announces that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the company’s 20 MMtpa Plaquemines LNG facility in Plaquemines Parish, La. On Aug. 31, 2018,  FERC notified Venture Global LNG that it plans to issue a Final Order for the Plaquemines LNG facility and the associated Gator Express Pipeline no later than Aug. 1, 2019. The project remains on track for a Final Investment Decision and commencement of construction in late 2019 with full commercial operations expected in 2023.

Co-CEOs Bob Pender and Mike Sabel jointly stated, “We thank FERC for their timely issuance of the final EIS, which is an important regulatory milestone for our Plaquemines project. Plaquemines LNG has a binding 20-year offtake agreement with our partner PGNiG for 1 MMtpa, and we are looking forward to announcing additional commercial milestones in the near-term.”

Venture Global is also pleased to announce that FERC has accepted the company’s pre-filing request for its 20 MMtpa Delta LNG project, on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans, and associated Delta Express pipeline.

“Delta LNG will allow us to accommodate additional customer demand beyond Plaquemines while replicating the industry-changing, low-cost approach taken by our Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines projects.  We are excited to be under construction and in development on a total of 50 MPTA of liquefaction capacity, to bring North American natural gas to the world.”

New 911 Vs Audi R8, Nissan GT-R Nismo, BMW M850i In Drag Race

It’s a bit of a mismatch but can the new 911 stand tall against other coupes with bigger and more powerful engines?

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is out and about, as well as the Speedster and the Cabriolet. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine under its hood, capable of making 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque to pull its almost 3,487 pounds of body weight. It’s definitely a fast car, there’s no doubt in that. Even Top Gear‘s Chris Harris was pretty impressed by its performance in his review.

But how does the new 911 compare against other coupes out there, particularly the Audi R8 Performace, Nissan GT-R Nismo, and the BMW M850i? While it seems like a mismatch from the get-go, that’s what CarWow has in this drag race video.

To quantify how handicapped the new 911 is on this drag race, let’s look at the numbers of the other cars.

The Audi R8 Performance has a naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 that churns out 620 metric horses and 406 lb-ft torque, sent to all four wheels. The Nissan GT-R Nismo, on the other hand, has 3.8L twin-turbo V6 that can max it out at 600 hp and 481 lb-ft torque. Lastly, the BMW M850i, which we got our hands on, is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4L V8 that produces 523 hp and 553 lb-ft torque. It’s also the heaviest among the four coupes.

With at least 80-hp deficit against three high-powered rivals, can the new 911 stand tall in a straight-line race? Or does it need help from the 911 GT2 RS or the 911 Turbo?

Watch the video on top of this page to find out. Check out the rolling race and brake test towards the end of the video, as well.

Source: CarWow via Youtube

1979 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ45 With Pop Top Camper For Sale

It has a long wheelbase, extra headroom, and two diesel fuel tanks. What’s not to love?

The Toyota HJ45, one of the many versions of the Land Cruiser J40 series, is probably one of the many classic Toyotas that would probably be present in the must-have list of off-roaders and car nuts alike. Just look at it. Seriously. It has the classic retro look, represented by its round headlamps, while solid grille, and boxy shape that would carry any absurd color you could think of and yet still rocking it.

Now, take a Toyota H45, splash mustard yellow paint on it, extend its wheelbase, and install a pop top camper on it because, why not? That’s exactly what’s for sale on Bring a Trailer, and you have until May 10, 2019 to convince your partner that you need this mean machine in your garage.

This Toyota HJ45 is up for bidding over at Bring a Trailer, with a current bid at $5,000 as of this writing. According to the ad, it’s an import from Australia, which explains the right-hand-drive configuration. Apart from its long wheelbase conversion, the yellow truck is fitted with a Trakka overlanding conversion that includes full-roof pop-top, dual diesel tanks, a water tank, and extra-capacity exterior air intake. 

Under its hood, this Toyota HJ45 has a replacement 4.0-liter diesel inline-six that drives all four wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. For reference, Toyota HJ45s came with 3.6L diesel engines off the factory during the late ’70s.

Of course, a vehicle this old won’t be without any issues at all. It has received metal repair and anti-rusting treatment before the seller’s ownership, while the mustard yellow paint has been retouched. There is also some corrosion that can be found at the rear corners, front floor pan, drip rail, around the wheel arches, and in the cargo area floor.

If you’re into this stretched Toyota Land Cruiser HJ45, head on over at Bring a Trailer, register, and bid. It’s only a matter of time before this goes off at the hammer.

Source: Bring a Trailer