Scoreboard roundup — 3/6/19

first_imgMarch 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/6/19 Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEHouston 11, Miami 5Pittsburgh 6, Boston 1St. Louis 9, N.Y. Yankees 5Atlanta 8, Detroit 2Toronto 9, Philadelphia 7Chicago Cubs 4, Kansas City 1Texas 12, San Francisco 5L.A. Angels 6, Colorado 5Cleveland 6, L.A. Dodgers 1AMERICAN LEAGUEBaltimore 9, Tampa Bay 6Oakland 7, Seattle 4NATIONAL LEAGUEAtlanta 4, Miami 0Milwaukee 5, Arizona 4Cincinnati 6, San Diego 4NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 131, Minnesota 114Washington 132, Dallas 123Miami 91, Charlotte 84San Antonio 111, Atlanta 104Brooklyn 113, Cleveland 107Chicago 108, Philadelphia 107Utah 114, New Orleans 104Phoenix 107, N.Y. Knicks 96Boston 111, Sacramento 109Denver 115, L.A. Lakers 99NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 5, Philadelphia 3Vancouver 3, Toronto 2St. Louis 5, Anaheim 4Vegas 2, Calgary 1TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLLSU 79, Florida 78Seton Hall 73, (16) Marquette 64Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coco Gauff to face Naomi Osaka at US Open

first_img Written by August 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Coco Gauff to face Naomi Osaka at US Open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Overnight phenom Coco Gauff will face defending champion Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open this Saturday, setting up the first-ever face-off between the two young stars.At 15 and 21, Gauff and Osaka’s ages, combined, are less than Serena Williams’ age. As such, the young women represent the upcoming generation of tennis icons, and their meeting in the third round of the tournament is being treated with the respect — and excitement — that it deserves.The teenage Gauff took the tennis world by storm this summer when she became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon. In making her first Grand Slam appearance there, Gauff took down her idol, Venus Williams.From there, she became a media sensation, with a Wimbledon match scheduled at its famed Centre Court, going on to beat Magdaléna Rybáriková and Polona Hercog. Gauff’s sensational Wimebledon run came to an end when Simona Halep — who went on to win the tournament over Serena Williams in the final — beat her in straight sets.The U.S. Open then granted her a wild card position in the tournament. She went on to beat 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova of Russia in the first round and Tímea Babos of Hungary in the second round, both in three sets.Osaka, meanwhile, is the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player. While the 21-year-old is coming off of disappointing appearances at Wimbledon and the French Open, she started 2019 by winning the Australian Open.That victory, in turn, came off a heart-wrenching win at the 2018 U.S. Open over Serena Williams that left both women in tears on the podium as the crowd alternately booed and cheered after a passionate argument between Williams and the umpire.Now returning to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, Osaka, who was born in Japan and plays as a Japanese athlete, but largely grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and south Florida, has a new coach and a new stated purpose.“I probably haven’t had fun playing tennis since Australia and I’m finally coming to terms with that while relearning that fun feeling,” she wrote on Instagram last month. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and I feel like I grew up so much as a person in this past year(s) so I’m really excited [to see] what the future looks like on and off the court.”The third-round match between Osaka and Gauff hasn’t been scheduled yet for Saturday, but given the frenzy around the two, it’s likely to be a big draw.“We’re both pretty young, but I’m a little bit newer to the game. So I’m just curious to see how my game matches up against her,” Gauff said about Osaka during her post-match interview Thursday, ESPN reported. “Obviously I want to win.”“When I hear people talking about someone, I want the opportunity to play them just to assess it for myself,” Osaka said of Gauff Thursday, before the younger player won for her third-round spot. “You know what I mean?”Certainly, fans everywhere know what she means.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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No. 13 Utah Football Hosts Northern Illinois Saturday

first_imgSeptember 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 13 Utah Football Hosts Northern Illinois Saturday Tags: Air Force/Demari Simpkins/Francis Bernard/Illinois State/Jalen McKie/Julian Blackmon/Kyle Whittingham/Leki Fotu/Mika Tafua/Northern Illinois/Pittsburgh/Quintin Wynne/Rice-Eccles Stadium/Ross Bowers/Tre Harbison/Tyler Huntley/Tyrice Ritchie/Utah Football/Zack Moss Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Saturday, No. 13 (in the AP poll)/No. 15 (in the coaches poll) Utah hosts Northern Illinois for an 11:00 am kickoff at Rice-Eccles Stadium.Since what was once known as Rice Stadium became Rice-Eccles Stadium in 1998, the Utes are 91-35 at home (.722) all-time.The Utes have not lost a home opener since 2007, when they fell 20-12 to Air Force. Currently, this is head coach Kyle Whittingham’s only loss in a home opener at the helm of the program, as he is 12-1 in such games.Should the Utes prevail against the Huskies of the Mid-American Conference Saturday, they would improve to 2-0 for the seventh consecutive year.Utah athletics reminds all Utes fans attending Saturday’s game to wear red. Currently, the Utes have had 57 consecutive sellouts, dating back to the 2010 season opener, when they hosted Pittsburgh and prevailed 27-24 over the Panthers.By virtue of intercepting BYU quarterback Zach Wilson twice and returning each of those thefts for scores in a 30-12 win over the rival Cougars August 29, the Utes are tied with Nebraska for the most defensive touchdowns in the nation with two.The Utes are only meeting Northern Illinois for the second time in school history. Last year, Utah defeated the Huskies 17-6 at DeKalb, Ill.In their Pac-12 history, the Utes are 24-1 in regular season non-conference games since joining the conference. The only such loss came at the hands of Utah State at Logan, Utah in 2012.The Utes are tied with several other teams with the 67th best scoring offense in the country by scoring 30 points against BYU. They are 30th in scoring defense, again tied with several other teams throughout the nation, by surrendering only 12 points to the Cougars.The Huskies come into this game at 1-0 as they bested FCS foe Illinois State 24-10 August 31.Northern Illinois’ scoring offense is currently tied for 82nd nationally with various other teams and the defense is tied for 25th nationally by surrendering only 10 points to the Redbirds.Senior quarterback Tyler Huntley was efficient for the Utes in the win at BYU, completing 81.2 percent of his passes (13-16) for 106 yards.The bell-cow for the Utah offense is senior tailback Zack Moss who ran for 187 yards on 29 carries (6.4 yards per carry) and a score.The Utes’ leading receiver is senior receiver Demari Simpkins through one game as he hauled in four passes for 35 yards in the rout.Defensively against the Cougars, the Utes had numerous stars. Chief among them were senior linebacker Francis Bernard and senior defensive back Julian Blackmon, each of whom returned interceptions for scores.Additionally, sophomore defensive end Mika Tafua had a sack and recovered a fumble and senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu had two tackles for a loss to pace a stout Utah defense.For the Huskies, senior signal-caller Ross Bowers completed 20 of 33 passes (60.6 percent) for 299 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Redbirds.Redshirt junior tailback Tre Harbison led Northern Illinois against Illinois State with 23 carries for 99 yards.The leading receiver for the Huskies through Week 1 is junior receiver Tyrice Ritchie who had three grabs for 102 yards and a pair of scores in the win over the Redbirds.Northern Illinois’s defensive stars against Illinois State included redshirt sophomore Jalen McKie who had an interception and redshirt senior Quintin Wynne, who contributed a sack. Written bylast_img read more

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Utah Men’s Basketball Faces Washington State Saturday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Saturday, Utah men’s basketball (11-7, 2-4 in Pac-12 play) hosts Washington State (12-8, 3-4 in Pac-12) as the Utes and Cougars are middling in the conference standings ahead of the tilt at the Huntsman Center.In his ninth season at the helm of the Utes’ program, Larry Krystkowiak (166-118, .585 at Utah; 208-138, 601 as a collegiate head coach) led Utah to a 67-66 win over Washington Thursday.The Utes score 75.3 points per game as Utah ranks 89th nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore forward Timmy Allen leads the Utes in scoring (19.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.6 boards per game).Sophomore guard Both Gach (10.9 points per game) and freshman guard Rylan Jones (10.4 points per game, and team-bests in assists [86] and steals [18]) also score in double figures on-average for the Utes.Freshman center Branden Carlson continues to lead the Utes in blocked shots on the season with 15 swats.Utah gives up 72.4 points per game as the Utes are tied for 252nd nationally in scoring defense with Cal Poly.Washington State is coached by Kyle Smith who is 12-8 (.600) in his first season at the helm of the Cougars’ program.Washington State scores 71.6 points per game as the Cougars rank 173rd nationally in scoring offense.Sophomore forward CJ Elleby leads Washington State in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (7.1 boards per game) and steals (33).Junior guard Isaac Bonton (14.3 points per game) leads the Cougars in assists (72) and Slovenian national, forward Aljaz Kunc has a team-best 11 blocked shots.Washington State surrenders 67.5 points per game as the Cougars rank 138th nationally in scoring defense.The Utes lead the Cougars 25-4 all-time and 17-1 at Salt Lake City. Utah has won the last 11 games overall in the series. Tags: Utah Men’s Basketball/Washington State Men’s Basketball January 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Faces Washington State Saturday Brad James Written bylast_img read more

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UHSAA Cancels All Remaining Spring Activities, Including Sports, and State Championships

first_imgApril 14, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local UHSAA Cancels All Remaining Spring Activities, Including Sports, and State Championships Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMIDVALE, Utah (April 14, 2020) – In accordance with Governor Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson’s announcement earlier today that Utah schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) has cancelled all remaining spring activities, including sports, and state championships.  Current UHSAA policies prohibiting the use of school facilities and organizing practice and/or team gatherings remain in effect until further notice.The UHSAA Board of Trustees (Board) promotes the benefits of participating in education-based high school activities and recognizes the overwhelming disappointment this decision is for the students and athletes, especially seniors.  The Board’s highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students, schools and communities during this challenging time and looks forward to the day when students are again participating in education-based activities.  The Board will meet in the coming weeks to address any concerns that arise with member schools from the COVID-19 pandemic.While the UHSAA staff remains optimistic that fall sports will commence as scheduled, it is still too early to reach any decisions or offer guidance at this time.  The UHSAA staff will continue to monitor any additional information provided by the Governor’s Office and the State Superintendent’s Office as it relates to interscholastic activities. Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/UHSAAlast_img read more

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BYU Football To Face Army September 19 At West Point

first_imgAugust 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Football To Face Army September 19 At West Point FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWEST POINT, N.Y.-Monday, BYU football confirmed another game on the 2020 schedule as they will visit Army September 19 at West Point, N.Y.A BYU source has confirmed the BYU-Army matchup on Sept. 19 first reported by Times Herald-Record of Middletown, New York; My source says Army will return the game in Provo in a future year yet to be determined.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 18, 2020Should this game between the Cougars and Black Knights occur, this would be the first all-time matchup between the two squads.The Black Knights, who went 5-8 last season, are slated to start the season September 5 at Middle Tennessee State and would host Louisiana-Monroe September 12.If this holds up, this would be the fifth game on the season for the Cougars.The others on the docket for BYU include a game at Annapolis, Md. against Navy September 7 and home contests against Troy (September 26), Houston (October 16) and North Alabama (November 21).Wednesday morning, it was determined that Army will return the favor by visiting Provo in November 2032.BYU and Army have announced a home-and-home series in football. First game played at West Point on Sept. 19th and will air on CBS at 1:30 pm MDT. Second game played at Provo is November 2032. #BYU #BYUFootball— John Coon (@johncoonsports) August 19, 2020 Tags: Army Black Knights/BYU Football Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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PDC Energy to acquire rivals SRC Energy for $1.7bn

first_img Image: PDC Energy, SRC Energy sign £1.4bn deal. Photo: courtesy of John R Perry/Pixabay. PDC Energy has agreed to acquire rival US oil and gas company SRC Energy for about $1.7bn (£1.39bn) in an all-stock transaction to create a premier mid-cap operator with peer-leading cost structure and free cash flow profile.The total consideration includes SRC Energy’s net debt of around $685m (£560.53m) as of 30 June 2019.Based in Colorado, PDC Energy operates in the state’s Wattenberg Field and also in the Delaware Basin in West Texas. The company’s operations are centred on the liquid-rich horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays in the Wattenberg Field and the liquid-rich Wolfcamp zones located in the Delaware Basin.SRC Energy, which is also based in Colorado, has been operating since 2008. The company’s oil and gas assets are located mainly in the Wattenberg Field in the Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) in northeast Colorado.Following the merger, PDC Energy will expand its acreage in Wattenberg to nearly 182,000 net acres, of which almost 100% is located in Weld County, Colorado.The second quarter 2019 total production of the enlarged company is around 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day. The combined company is expected to become the second largest producer in the DJ Basin, and will also hold nearly 36,000 net acres of acreage in Delaware Basin.PDC Energy president and CEO Bart Brookman said: “SRC’s complementary, high-quality assets in the Core Wattenberg, coupled with our existing inventory and track record of operational excellence will create a best-in-class operator with the size, scale and financial positioning to thrive in today’s market.“We remain committed to our core Delaware Basin acreage position and are confident the combined company with its multi-basin focus will be well-positioned to deliver superior shareholder returns.”Terms of the PDC Energy, SRC Energy mergerAs per the transaction terms, SRC Energy shareholders will exchange each of their shares with 0.158 of PDC Energy shares. Post-merger, PDC Energy’s shareholders will own nearly 62% stake in the combined company, while SRC Energy’s shareholders will own the remaining 38% stake.SRC Energy CEO and chairman Lynn Peterson said: “We believe that this transaction will establish the combined company as a leader in the Colorado energy industry. The transaction also provides SRC shareholders with the opportunity to participate in the significant upside potential created by a larger-scale DJ Basin producer with complementary assets in the prolific Delaware Basin.”The deal is likely to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. The merger of the two oil and natural gas exploration and production companies is expected to create the second largest producer in the DJ Basin last_img read more

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MetalNRG seeks to acquire majority stake in Romania oil and gas company

first_imgThe non-binding exclusivity agreement will set out the terms by which MetalNRG will acquire 75% stake in unnamed Romanian oil and gas firm Image: MetalNRG seeks to boost business with stake acquisition in Romanian oil and gas operator. Photo: courtesy of D Thory from Pixabay. Natural resource investing and exploration company MetalNRG has signed an exclusivity agreement with an undisclosed partner to acquire a majority stake in the Romanian oil and gas operator.The non-binding exclusivity agreement will allow the two firms to set out the terms by which MetalNRG will acquire 75% of the issued share capital of unnamed Romanian oil and gas firm.The undisclosed Romanian oil and gas firm owns 100% of a oil and gas concession in the country which is valid until 2034.The acquisition would involve an upfront payment and a free-carry component on the initial development capital. The exclusivity period will run until 28 February 2020.MetalNRG said in a statement: “The Vendor will sell the operating company’s shares to the purchasers with full title guarantee, free of any charges, mortgages, encumbrances or security interests of every whatsoever nature and the Transaction will be subject to shareholder and UK/Romanian regulatory approvals.”Additionally, the two firms agreed that the potential transaction would be completed upon concluding a comprehensive due diligence process and signing of mutually satisfactory acquisition documentation.MetalNRG CEO Rolf Gerritsen said: “I am pleased to have agreed the basis of a robust deal for this investment opportunity and to have entered the exclusivity period. Due diligence has commenced in earnest, and we look forward to delving into the detail of the oil and gas concession in the coming months.“This near term cashflow generative project has the potential to add substantial value to the Company alongside our Gold Ridge Project and I look forward to updating the market as we make progress with our due diligence process. As announced previously it has always been my intention to seek additional asset to invest in and this is one project that appears to tick all our investment requirements”MetalNRG said that the exclusivity agreement has been signed in collaboration with a London-based oil and gas investment specialist.Earlier this year, Mkango Resources signed a non-binding agreement with MetalNRG, for Thambani exclusive prospecting license in Malawi.last_img read more

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How ABB’s ‘game-changing’ subsea power system will impact the offshore oil and gas industry

first_imgAt depths of 3,000 metres, in a region known as the abyssal plain, little to no light finds its way to the ocean floor. Strange, jelly-like creatures subsist on decaying organic matter raining down from above, while atmospheric pressure 300-times that experienced at the surface exerts itself in every direction.Yet despite these hostile conditions, ambitious oil and gas explorers have sought to extract fuels from the deep reaches of the sea – constructing elaborate equipment capable of extending thousands of metres down from the surface to breach the seabed.Delivering the necessary power to this subsea equipment has proven a tricky obstacle to overcome, requiring the construction of surface-level platforms to accommodate the tools for generating and distributing electrical energy to pumps, compressors and other devices.The great vision for many firms pursuing this kind of deep-water resource exploration is for an underwater factory capable of sitting on the sea floor near to the well, operating autonomously to carry out the various operations needed to support extraction. Subsea power system is the end result of a $100m joint industry projectThe culmination of the $100m underwater power project was a successful 3,000-hour test run of the equipment at the remote harbour town of Vaasa, Finland – which ABB claims proves the commercial viability of its creation.The subsea technology has been developed to operate at depths of up to 3,000 metres and to deliver up to 100MW of continuous power through a single cable over distances reaching 600 kilometres.ABB’s equipment being lowered in the harbour in Vaasa for underwater testing (Credit: ABB)These parameters dramatically widen the scope of existing deep-water power infrastructure, offering a range of financial and operational benefits, including lower risks and energy intensity, fewer costs associated with topside construction and a lower cost of decommissioning at the end of a project.“You have in principle new a technology that can reach 3,000 metres deep, reaching assets far from any infrastructure and reaching wells much farther out than we could manage before,” says Per Erik Holsten, ABB’s head of energy industries in northern Europe.“And you can provide this technology with green or hybrid energy that really gives the benefit of environmental friendliness.“There are productivity and energy savings that you can achieve by putting the energy source close to the well. You don’t have to transmit electricity through many cables over long distances — instead, you have just one cable and then distribute the power in the vicinity of the system.“And if you consider that it’s almost a completely autonomous unit – you don’t need to intervene for thirty years – you can only imagine the calculation of financial benefits you could get out of this.” Subsea tech had to be designed to withstand hostile conditions of the deep oceanOnce power has been deployed to the sea floor through the long-distance cable, it is then regulated by infrastructure designed specifically to withstand the harsh environment of the deep sea.Developing and testing mechanical equipment that can survive the conditions of the abyssal plain, particularly without significant maintenance for up to 30 years, was a challenging venture – one that required a concerted effort of trial and error with various components and manufacturing techniques.The vision for a subsea power unit controlling oil and gas production in the deep sea (Credit: ABB)ABB research and development principal engineer for subsea technology Henning Nesheim explains: “The deep sea is comparable to outer space in several ways – but especially the remoteness and unknown conditions.“Our equipment has to withstand the immense pressure of the ocean. The electronic modules are filled with nitrogen at atmospheric pressure levels and the equipment is protected by very thick steel walls.”The infrastructure’s core components comprise a control hub for remotely managing and monitoring the system, medium voltage switchgear for distributing electricity to the various parts of the substation, and variable speed drive (VSD) units which control the motor torque and speed of pumps and compressors. Deep-sea power equipment will open up new opportunities for oil and gas companiesTotal, Chevron and Equinor partnered ABB throughout the six-year process, providing their end-user expertise of offshore exploration to the manufacturer, and giving regular feedback throughout the development period.This involvement naturally allows them early access to the subsea technology – although now fully-developed the equipment is commercially available to any company that wishes to use it.Head of Total’s research centre in Stavanger, Norway, Jeremy Cutler says: “This is what we call disruptive technology.“It’s a transformative technology that is going to allow us to put power subsea where we need it, without the expensive solutions of the topside variable speed drives and the different power cables.A topside offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Credit: Office of Response and Restoration/Flickr)“It’s going to enable us to open up some of the unexplored areas of the ultra-deep down at 3,000 metres, bringing in new reserves – and who knows what the future applications could be in terms of the renewables industry?“Ultimately, it’s about putting the subsea production system as close as possible to the reservoir, to achieve the drawdowns you need from a pressure point of view to maximise the economic recovery of the oil and gas fields.“It’s about the bigger vision of a subsea factory, which opens up all sorts of vistas for opportunities in the deep water.“This technology means we no longer have this heavy equipment on the platforms – instead we have a more efficient system that should see better use of energy and a reduction of carbon emissions by putting everything subsea.” ABB’s subsea power technology signals a ‘new era’ for offshore oil and gas productionLast week, Swiss-Swedish industrial engineering firm ABB announced it had reached a key milestone in realising this vision – the commercial development of a complete subsea power substation, capable of operating independently in the deep ocean to distribute electricity to drilling equipment.The achievement was the result of a six-year joint industry partnership (JIP) with oil majors Total, Chevron and Equinor, and was celebrated as a significant step forward in the mission to develop a fully-operational subsea factory.ABB senior vice president and managing director for energy industries Kevin Kosisko says: “This signals a new era for oil and gas operations — an era in which we can go into deeper and more remote waters, and place equipment on the seabed without maintenance for more than 30 years.“Full subsea electrification has been a long-time coming. It’s not easy, but we’ve done it. Oil and gas companies now have access to technology that will completely transform how they operate.”Illustration outlining how the subsea system works (Credit: ABB)The autonomous subsea power substation has been heralded as a “game-changing” development for an oil and gas industry under pressure from environmental campaigning and global initiatives to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.ABB claims the new equipment will allow firms to halve emissions created during existing offshore extraction processes — due in large part to the fact that a single umbilical cable, which can be tied back 600 kilometres to land, enables power generated onshore to be deployed to the underwater drilling site.This opens the door for these companies to use clean, renewable supplies of energy to run their deep-water operations, rather than needing to burn hydrocarbons out at sea to generate power.ABB vice-president and global industry manager for oil and gas Martin Grady explains: “With the arrival of long-distance subsea power transmission and distribution, we are enabling a step-change in the offshore oil and gas industry.“Just as new power transmission capabilities transformed cities globally in the early nineteenth century, the ability to transmit power subsea, over longer distances, and then distribute it locally, will truly transform the way offshore oil and gas developments are designed, built and operated.“We really are at the start of a new epoch in cleaner, safer, more energy-efficient hydrocarbon production using technology that will open up access to power for all users in the ocean space.” ABB’s subsea technology can deliver 100MW of stable power to deepsea drilling equipment at depths of up to 3,000 metres, more than 600 kilometres from shore ABB has developed autonomous power distribution infrastructure for deep-water oil and gas operations (Credit: ABB) Industrial technology manufacturer ABB has completed final testing of an autonomous subsea power system, which has been designed to improve oil and gas production from deep-water locations. Andrew Fawthrop travelled to the harbour town of Vaasa, Finland, to see the equipment in its final stages of development.last_img read more

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Aker BP makes minor gas discovery in Norwegian Sea

first_imgThe discovery was made at the wildcat well 6506/5-1 S located about 50km southwest of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea The Well 6506/5-1 S was drilled using the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling facility. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) Norwegian oil exploration and development company Aker BP has made gas discovery at the wildcat well 6506/5-1 S in the production licence 1008 located in the Norwegian Sea.The well, which was drilled about 50km southwest of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea and 210km west of Brønnøysund, was intended to prove the presence of petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Lysing Formation).The well was drilled using Deepsea Nordkapp drilling facility to a measured depth of 3225m and a vertical depth of 3166m below sea level.Following drilling, the well 6506/5-1 S encountered a total gas column of about 15m in the Lysing Formation, of which 10m of sandstones is claimed to be very good reservoir quality.Additionally, the firm identified about 25m of net water-bearing reservoir rocks deeper in the Lysing Formation, mainly of moderate reservoir quality.Discovery ranges between 1.0 and 2.4 billion Sm3 of recoverable gasAccording to preliminary estimates, the size of the discovery ranges between 1.0 and 2.4 billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable gas.Terminated in the Lange Formation in the Lower Cretaceous, the well was not formation-tested and has been temporarily plugged and abandoned. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been conducted.Aker BP operates the production licence 1008 with 60% interest while Wellesley Petroleum owns the remaining 40% stake.The licensees are planning to assess the discovery together with nearby prospects for further follow-up.Additionally, the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling facility will drill observation well 25/4-K-7 H on the Aker BP-operated Alvheim field in the central part of the North Sea.Earlier this year, Aker BP has secured consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for the start-up of the Skogul field in the North Sea.last_img read more

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