The company said that a client in the Middle East has reserved three rigs for two years, with an option to extend by two additional years Image: KCA Deutag has secured $460m of land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Photo: courtesy of KCA Deutag. UK-based drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag, through its land drilling business, has secured land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.The contracts are estimated to be worth nearly $460m.The company said that a client in the Middle East has reserved three rigs for two years, with an option to extend by two additional years.In Oman, KCA Deutag has bagged a three-year contract extension, which begins in 2021, for five rigs operating for one of the country’s exploration and production companies.According to the company, these rigs are presently being upgraded with the group’s latest equipment automation features, which are part of our +veDRILL Future technology range. The objective is to remove people from the red zone and lessen invisible lost time.Additionally, one of their rigs in Oman has won a new two-year contract with two one year extension options.In Iraq, two companies rigs had secured one-year contract extension.KCA Deutag has bagged a one year contract for one rig in Nigeria, with an option to extend by one more year.In Algeria, the company has been granted three contracts for four rigs in total. The biggest is a three-year contract for two of these rigs, with a two-year extension option. The other two are for short drilling programmes.Furthermore, KCA Deutag rig has won a new contract for a short drilling programme with a salt mining company in the Netherlands.To face the demanding drilling requirements, the rig is being improved with a new 750t Top Drive, supplied by Bentec, the company’s manufacturer of drilling rigs and oilfield equipment.KCA Deutag land president Simon Drew said: “These awards significantly increase KCA Deutag’s contract backlog and are a testament to the strength of our operational capability and reputation in the marketplace.“It is also exciting to see the client response to our recently launched Well of Innovation Campaign, with a number of the new contracts now incorporating different +veDRILL technologies. We believe this adds to our already strong offering around safe and effective operations, and is another reason we are seeing strong demand for our rigs in our core markets.”KCA Deutag secured £135m new drilling contracts in Russia in JulyIn July, KCA Deutag secured three new contracts for eight high-performance land rigs in Russia worth approximately $168m.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Americans of a certain age likely remember Tennessee Ernie Ford, a TV entertainer whose musical rendition of a coal miner’s lament, “Sixteen Tons,” sold millions of records in the mid-1950s. Written a decade earlier by a former Kentucky coal miner, “Sixteen Tons” opened with the evocative question: “You load sixteen tons, what do you get?” In his sonorous baritone voice, Ford offered up a doleful reply. What you get when you load sixteen tons of number nine coal, he sang, is “another day older and deeper in debt.”More than a half century later, Texas Rick Perry, the nation’s energy secretary, knows whereof Tennessee Ernie sang. Although Perry can’t admit it, he knows that coal-mining is a dying industry and, despite its proud tradition, a dangerous, dead end occupation for fewer and fewer American workers. Texas Rick knows that, and yet, “bless his little, ol’ pea-pickin’ heart” — as Tennessee Ernie would have exclaimed — he’s now having to warble his own coal-mining ditty.Perry has been ordered by President Trump to prepare immediate steps to keep money-losing coal and nuclear plants from shutting down. One plan under consideration is to require operators of the nation’s electricity grid to buy power or reserve generation capacity from plants scheduled to be retired. Phillip Bump of the Washington Post has compared the Trump/Perry plan to “having a failing grocery store in your neighborhood and the government mandating that everyone do enough of their shopping there to keep the place from shutting down.”Never mind that we consumers will be paying more for our “groceries” under the Trump directive. Never mind that coal is losing out in a power market dominated by cheap natural gas and increasingly efficient forms of renewable energy. What’s important is an ongoing effort by the White House to fulfill an implausible Trump campaign promise to bail out the coal and nuclear industries and to reward the operators who are his cronies. Perry, if he wants to keep his job, can only salute his boss—and betray his oft-proclaimed faith in the free market.Texans can appreciate the irony. This is the erstwhile governor who was so “fed up,” he even wrote a book, an impassioned screed decrying federal government intervention. Gov. Perry would have sneered at the blatant government intervention in the free market that Secretary Perry insists is necessary, and he would have scoffed at the “national security” rationale offered up by the White House.Now, of course, Perry—and we—are at the mercy of a president so ill-informed about the environment that he would reverse the progress we’ve made with natural gas and renewables. If Trump’s unprecedented effort to intervene in the energy market goes forward, whether through mandates or subsidies, then both natural gas and Texas suffers, and so does the rest of the country.More: Perry vs. Texas: Coal bailout will sell out wind and natural gas [Editorial] Editorial: Trump bailout turns free market upside down
In addition to minimizing the impact on Rio’s traffic, convoys will provide security. “As soon as the escort arrives, the person who is being transported requires protection,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos explained. “Stopping the motorcade along the route or in a dangerous neighborhood means exposing the official to an attack or an activity that could cause injury. If suddenly someone with criminal intent or someone seeking to disturb the peace […] gets out of a car and pulls out a gun and opens fire on the motorcade, the escort rider will need to intervene. So the course has a shooting techniques element in addition to motorcycle riding.” The Armed Forces are preparing the strategy in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice’s Extraordinary Department for Large Events. The plan focuses on providing comfort, flexibility, and protection for foreign delegations, especially the nearly 170 heads of state who have confirmed they will attend the world’s largest sporting event. The Armed Forces will deploy a Platoon of 160 convoy motorcyclists, whose mission is to escort the motorcades. An escort’s work requires a good deal of skill and concentration, according to Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos. “The escort rider is three people rolled into one. He is a skilled motorcyclist, a responsible traffic officer, and a security agent on the lookout for any suspicious movement along the road from the point of origin to the motorcade’s destination.” The security and safety of international delegations traveling through the streets of Rio de Janeiro is one of the main concerns for the organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games. To ensure that traffic through the region moves safely and efficiently, the Brazilian Armed Forces will provide Military escorts to Olympics delegations and heads of state, and officials are working to minimize the disruption to the civilian population. “Olympic lanes” – traffic lanes that will be marked for the exclusive use of motorcades – are currently being created. The goal is to route the delegations through these express routes: Linha Vermelha (Red Line), Linha Amarela (Yellow Line), and Avenida Brasil. “We do not want the whole city of Rio to come to a halt,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos stated. “Imagine escorting 108 motorcades in just one day. We are thinking about providing an escort to one point, where [all escorted] authorities would [then] board a bus, which will transport all of them [to the Olympic venues], to avoid disturbances in urban commutes. This is [still] under negotiation.” The 1ºBG is currently in process of forming new escort teams. Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos has trained two classes, consisting of 30 total new escorts, already this year. “The failure rate is high, around 40 percent, because the course is very technically demanding,” he said. By Dialogo March 22, 2016 Rio, the Olympics’ main host city and Brazil’s second-largest metropolis, has 6.5 million residents and 2.9 million vehicles, and its normally frenetic rhythm will not relax during the competition. The only difference is that public schools will be closed, as the local prefecture has declared a holiday during the Games. “It is a lot to do in a short period of time but we are ready for it,” he said. The Military will deploy 70 riders as escorts from the 1º BG, 40 from the Army Police Battalion, 16 from the Presidential Guard Battalion in Brasília, and others from the Southern Military Command in Porto Alegre, the Air Force Police, and the Marine Corps’ Independent Police Company. “We are in discussions with public traffic entities to prevent disturbances as much as possible,” said Lieutenant Colonel Sérgio Moraes Ramos Carneiro, Commanding Officer of the Army 1st Guard Battalion (1ºBG), which will coordinate the escorts during the Olympics. Each escort will be carry 10 kilograms of equipment, including a fireproof leather jacket, a helmet, gloves, knee-high boots, elbow pads, and a back brace. “Safety equipment is the top priority because we can buy another motorcycle but not another motorcyclist,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos said. Perfect I like it It seems Logical to me. Highly trained escorts Most of the travel that requires escorts will be conducted on August 5th, the day of the Olympics’ opening ceremony. “We have 108 heads of states, referred to as VVIP (Very Very Important Person) who arrive that day,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos stated. About 70 motorcades are scheduled for August 21st, the day of the closing ceremonies. Escorts must have expert driving skills, motor coordination, physical vigor, intelligence, courage, and the ability to brake at a high speeds without fishtailing and make quick decisions, he stated. “A rider goes from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in six seconds. The motorcycles can reach 150 km/h, and the motorcyclist must determine from a distance which road he will need to block. He will stop, get off the motorcycle, and stop traffic. All of this must be done quickly, without compromising the security of the official or the motorcade, and without causing an accident. This requires extremely focused attention.” Minimizing disruption
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is rumoured to be unsettled at the Nou Camp – and could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. A reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been mooted, but the reigning Premier League champions don’t expect him to quit the Nou Camp.But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United have entered the race for the 32-year-old superstar.Messi’s bust-up at Barcelona has come after a row with the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal.It is understood that the Argentine was frustrated with his former team-mate’s general criticism of the squad in Ernesto Valverde’s final weeks at the club.He took to social media to reply, writing: “Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions.“When you talk about players you should give names, otherwise you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours which are not true.”Barcelona chiefs decided to sack Valverde last month despite the team sitting top of the LaLiga table.And since successor Quique Setien has taken over, the Catalan giants have slipped to second behind Real Madrid.There are still 18 months left on Messi’s contract at the Nou Camp, which pays him a staggering £1million a week, but the deal involves a sensational clause that allows him to leave for nothing in the summer.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sensationally link up with Messi next seasonRead Also: Barcelona star continues road to recovery on injured kneeThis, coupled with his public Barca bust-up, has alerted top clubs around Europe.As well as both Manchester clubs, Inter Milan, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all eyeing the situation with interest.Despite Messi’s apparent unhappiness, he has still delivered in typical fashion this season – netting 19 goals and laying on a further 12 for his team-mates in 24 appearances.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are reportedly one of a number of clubs interested in a shock move for Lionel Messi.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks TodayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way
It’s the weekend. And, ThurstonTalk is ready to help you relax and enjoy some time off with friends and family. Here is a list of fun activities happening throughout Thurston County this weekend.The next speaker in the National Geographic Live series will arrive at The Washington Center on Friday. Read more here.Engaged couples can check out the South Sound Wedding Show. Event information can be found here. Couples planning their wedding will also enjoy reading this story about how Hartley Jewelers crafted the perfect engagement ring.Local youth can sign up for Capitol Little League on Saturday which is the second day of in-person registration. Check out the league’s philosophies and coaching model in this article.Families may enjoy a trip to Lions Park to hunt for 11 hidden lion statues throughout the park. Or take a winter walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Looking for an adventure? Try one of these snowshoe routes – just a quick day trip from Olympia.Or head out to Ocean Shores and coastal Washington for a razor clam dig.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected] For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0
“Time heals all wounds” is kind of a nonsense saying when it comes to sports. If it were true, rivalries wouldn’t exist and 35-year-olds on the brink of retirement wouldn’t hang on for one last World Cup. More than half the likely starters on the U.S. and Japanese national teams in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday were there for the agony and ecstacy — depending which team you were on — of the 2011 final game, when Japan defeated the U.S. on penalty kicks. Japan now has a chance to repeat history, and join Germany and the U.S. as the only countries to win two World Cup titles. The U.S. is looking to break its 16-year World Cup drought and secure its place in history as the greatest World Cup dynasty of all time (in either the women’s or men’s game).This championship game might not be the greatest of all time, but it’s one with a lot of still-fresh wounds, so here’s a look at how it’s shaping up.Things are more even than they seemBack in 2011, some betting lines put Japan’s chances of beating the U.S. around 28 percent, not so far from where they are this time around. Coming off a huge semifinal win over Germany, FiveThirtyEight’s model says the Americans should win 67 percent of the time, but the two teams’ performances in this World Cup have been pretty similar. Both teams have created the same number of chances (59) and scored the same number of goals (nine), despite having traveled very different paths to the final.It’s likely that goals won’t come easily for either side. The U.S. hasn’t been scored on since its opening game, and Japan has conceded only three goals in six games (one of which was an egregious keeper error). It may very well come down to who can capitalize on the few good opportunities the defense allows, and which team doesn’t miss early chances like the U.S. did in the 2011 final.A battle of two very different stylesJapan is arguably the most technical team in the world; it has had the highest pass completion percentage of any team at the World Cup (80 percent compared to the Americans’ 74 percent) and its players have touched the ball and attempted almost 1.5 times as many passes as the U.S. players. Japan plays a quick, one-and-two-touch style of soccer that is different from the styles of most teams the U.S. has faced so far. The closest comparison is probably Colombia — and the U.S. struggled a bit to win the ball back in the midfield in that game.Where the U.S. will excel against Japan is with its physicality and speed; by pressuring the defense and surprising Japan by playing the ball in behind. This is how the first U.S. goal came at the 2011 World Cup: The midfield collapsed to win the ball back, Megan Rapinoe played a long ball in behind, and Alex Morgan outran her defender and scored with just two touches. In the semifinal game against England this year, Japan struggled when the Lionesses pressured and stepped to win the ball back, and the U.S. must do the same thing if it hopes to break down Japan’s tremendous organization. The Americans are undoubtedly faster and stronger than Japan, but they’ll also need to be able to win the ball from a team that hardly loses it.Slow and steady wins the race (at least for one team)Both teams’ chances of winning didn’t change significantly throughout the tournament aside from a bump after the semifinal games; the U.S. hovered around 30 percent and Japan around 10 percent for the majority of the World Cup. Neither team looked stellar during the group stage — eyes were on Germany, France and even Brazil’s early dominance — but these are the two teams that have made it to the World Cup final.“These are two talented teams with a lot of history and rivalry, and I think it will be a classic matchup,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said about Sunday’s final. The score in head-to-head matchups is one to one right now — one World cup victory for Japan to one Olympic gold medal for the U.S. — but everyone knows a World Cup trophy tastes sweeter than gold.
Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta knew what he was getting in Deshaun Thomas. The junior forward is a scorer, but ever since Matta could remember he’s also had a bit of a loose trigger. When Thomas played in the 2009 Class 2A state championship game in his home state of Indiana, OSU’s coach was there to watch. The game’s opening tip went to Thomas who immediately threw up a deep 3-pointer. Air ball. “You haven’t seen anything yet,” Matta said to the person sitting next to him at the game. Thirty-four points and 15 boards later, Thomas’ Bishop Luers High School was hoisting the state championship trophy. Now, the same guy who hurriedly threw up an ill-advised air ball in his high school’s state championship game and admitted that he used to “chuck threes, just play to get that shot up” during his freshman year at OSU is the man who will lead the Buckeyes’ offense this season. Is Matta comfortable with that notion? “Yeah,” Matta said. “I think so.” He might not have any choice. With former forward Jared Sullinger now with the Boston Celtics and guard William Buford playing professionally in Spain, much of the night-to-night scoring load will be thrust onto Thomas’ broad shoulders. After the Buckeyes’ 2011 tournament run to the Final Four, it appeared Thomas might join his two teammates in the professional ranks. “It was close,” Thomas said of his decision. “I was thinking about it … because I had a great season so I was very close. But then I sat off in my room by myself and I made that decision myself, and I think I made a perfect decision by coming back.” His return is a big reason the Buckeyes – which are playing in what is expected to be the most difficult basketball conference in the country – are ranked No. 4 in both major preseason polls. For the Buckeyes to live up to those expectations, Thomas – who was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press – will have to play a major role. The OSU forward showed he had the capabilities to be a major player last season, averaging 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for the season, and 19.2 points in the NCAA Tournament. Most of his production though, came with the defense focused on Sullinger, giving Thomas a little more freedom. As the only returning Buckeye to average more than nine points per game, the ire of opposing defenses will be fixed upon Thomas. “I’m pretty sure in the Big Ten it will be different,” Thomas said. “I seen how they played Jared last year and I think this year I’ll probably get some of that.” To prepare him, Thomas’ teammates tried to simulate the added defensive pressure he’ll face during summer workouts. His teammates employed double teams, triple teams and traps in scrimmages, and tried to make things as difficult as possible for him on the offensive end. “That’s going to help us big during the season when he realizes that guys are keying in on him,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “It’s not going to phase him because he’s going to be so used to it from our open gyms that he’s not going to think twice.” How did Thomas deal with the added pressure? “Believe it or not, there’s two people guarding him, pulling on his jersey and he still scores the ball,” Smith said. “I mean, I don’t doubt him.” His coach doesn’t either. Matta said Thomas has reined in his free-shooting ways and has turned into a more complete basketball player. “When he came in here as a freshman, if you weren’t sitting on the rim he couldn’t see you when he caught the ball,” Matta said. “He’s added a lot of different things to his game and his basketball IQ just continues to expand. “He’s making himself a complete player.” Thomas and OSU are set to tip off their season Friday against Marquette as part of the Carrier Classic on board the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Freshman forward Quinn Preston (16) races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternIn the rivalry matchup between Michigan (8-8-6, 4-4-4-2 Big Ten) and Ohio State (12-5-4, 5-2-3-2 Big Ten), a season after the Buckeyes won all five matchups, it was the Wolverines who came out on top, winning the game 2-1.Michigan junior goalie Hayden Lavigne came up big, making 22 saves, including 20 straight to end the game.“They’re a really good hockey team, they’ve got a ton of talent,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “They played with a lot of speed. There’s nothing that surprised me tonight.”Following the puck drop, Ohio State roared to life with senior forward Freddy Gerard scoring a goal less than seven minutes into the game with assists from junior forward Carson Meyer and senior forward Dakota Joshua.The rest of the period saw a vicious Michigan offense facing off against a resilient OSU defense. Michigan attempted over double the amount of shots in the period, shooting 13 times as opposed to Ohio State’s six, but the Buckeyes held the 1-0 lead.Within the first two minutes of the second period, both Michigan senior defenseman Nicholas Boka and junior forward Jake Slaker were sent to the penalty box, allowing Ohio State a 5-on-3 opportunity to advance their lead. Despite their best efforts, the puck ricocheted off the goal post twice, keeping the score at 1-0.“We had obviously a couple great looks, hit a couple posts, I mean sometimes you get those, sometimes you don’t,” Rohlik said. “We go up two-zip maybe it’s a different game, but it didn’t happen, so then you gotta respond from there.”Shortly after being released from the penalty box, Slaker tied the game up 1-1. The teams remained in a gridlock up until the last few minutes of the second period, when Michigan junior forward Will Lockwood shot and scored, putting Michigan in the lead 2-1.The Buckeyes pulled redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo and put in an additional player within the last moments of the game in an attempt to at least tie up the game, but couldn’t find the back of the net.“We kind of played into what they like to do,” Gerard said. “They had a lot of heat coming up the ice on us and for whatever reason, we just didn’t really have the jump tonight, and we weren’t playing really connected.”Ohio State faces off with Michigan again at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Real Madrid’s current predicament is the fault of his successor Florentino Perez rather than sacked coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui lost his job on Monday after just 14 games in charge following a run of poor fixtures that culminated in the 5-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.Lopetegui was appointed by Real on the eve of this summer’s World Cup, which led to his dismissal by the Spanish Football Federation.“Unfortunately it’s another of the president’s whims,” Calderon said as cited by Forza Italian Football. “If he was the right man in June, only four months ago, he cannot be unfit now.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He signed him just two days before the World Cup started, so damaging our national team and now he’s sacking him. So that’s the problem, I think he (Lopetegui) is not the one to be blamed.“That has been the main trouble, to transfer Cristiano in June has been a historic mistake and we are paying for that now.”Conte and Roberto Martinez are the likely candidates set to take over at the Bernabeu.