EPA to commission new office in Region Six

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency in Guyana stands firm in its commitment to environmental sustainability as more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, rallying the call to ‘Protect Our Species”. Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970 and celebrated annually on April 22, challenges us to consider the impacts of human activities such as deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides on plant and wildlife populations. Data continues to show that many populations are on the decline, facing extinction or are already extinct.Some are engaging policymakers, some marching and signing petitions, others planting trees and cleaning up their communities. This year, the EPA is celebrating expanding its services in the Region 6 area to support the public in environmental management and compliance. This ultimately contributes to the conservation of the environment and all species, especially those that are endangered and threatened.A new office for Region 6In light of recent marked changes in Guyana’s economic landscape, the Environmental Protection Agency has responded promptly to the need for decentralised services to increase efficiency and effectiveness in tackling pollution control and environmental management across the country. Since its establishment, the EPA has been operating from within the city of Georgetown. This single location meant that the suite of officers and other resources had to be mobilised to serve customers all over the country. Though there were several notable achievements, in spite of the obvious pressures, the need for expansion has been on the radar for some time.We are pleased to inform the public that, construction and staffing of our extension office at Whim Village, East Berbice – Corentyne is now complete. This milestone achievement signals EPA’s commitment to its mandate to oversee the sustainable use of Guyana’s environmental resources. This physical expansion will directly support the compliance of business operations in the wider Berbice area, allowing face to face support during the Environmental Authorisations process, timely monitoring inspections, investigation of complaints, and emergency response.The Berbice Office will be Officially opened on April 25, 2019, and customers visiting our Region 6 location can access the following services from May 06, 2019:Receive guidance on the Environmental Authorisation process;Lodge applications and documents for Environmental Authorisations including Noise permits;File complaints of environmental breaches;Request environmental education and awareness material…and much moreYou can also make contact via telephone on 337-2201. Additionally, you can continue to make contact with our main office via email, our website, and our social media pages. This Agency is also making strides to have a sustained presence in all ten Administrative Regions.This Earth Day you can help to raise awareness on the need for us to be mindful of our day to day actions to protect all our species. Dedicate your social media feeds, notice boards, and news outlets to this global campaign, or plan your own event to raise community awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species. Keep looking out for public events happening all across the country.Join the single-use plastics free day on April 22. Refuse plastics bags and take your own reusable bag when shopping. Remember the change begins with you! Let help to protect out species by saying NOOOOO!!! to single-use plastics.last_img read more

Van Persie hat-trick saves United

first_imgVan Persie’s evening was to end on a sour note, as he was stretchered from the field in the latter stages after going down holding his leg, but it did not dampen United’s celebrations.It was the first time United had ever overturned a two-goal deficit in the competition and made them only the sixth team to have clawed back a disadvantage of two goals or more in the Champions League era.Victory was far from straightforward, however, with United goalkeeper David de Gea notably producing a fine double save shortly before Van Persie levelled the tie in first-half injury time.United’s progress will ease the pressure on manager David Moyes, whose position was the subject of intense press speculation prior to kick-off, but he will remain under scrutiny over the season’s closing weeks.Sunday’s 3-0 loss at home to Liverpool left United 12 points outside the top four in the Premier League, meaning that they may have to qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the current edition.United, for whom Ryan Giggs excelled in central midfield, made their attacking intent immediately clear, with the forwards pressing high up the pitch and sighs echoing around the ground whenever the ball went backwards.– Giggs raises the tempo –Olympiakos received two early setbacks when Kostas Manolas and Alejandro Dominguez picked up bookings that would have ruled them out of the first leg in the quarter-finals, but they worried United on the counter-attack.A low Jose Holebas cross had to be hacked clear by Phil Jones, while Hernan Perez should have done better than hoist the ball high and wide from 12 yards after being picked out by Joel Campbell.Gradually, United raised the tempo, and after Wayne Rooney had put a header against the post from a floated Giggs cross, they secured a foothold in the tie in the 25th minute.Giggs was the architect, his raking pass freeing Van Persie, who was clattered from behind by Holebas, and after referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot, the Dutch striker swept home from 12 yards.Visiting goalkeeper Roberto then touched a Patrice Evra header over the bar, but United would have had a mountain to climb had De Gea not produced a stunning double save to thwart David Fuster and Dominguez.Within minutes the tie was level, as Giggs — again — freed Rooney with a lofted ball into the inside-right channel and the England man centred for Van Persie to slam home.United had the momentum and seven minutes into the second half they made it count when Van Persie whipped a 25-yard free-kick past an oddly static Roberto to complete his first Champions League hat-trick.The hosts remained vulnerable, however, with Olympiakos needing just one goal to regain the lead, and there were heart-in-mouth moments when De Gea was obliged to save from Perez and Dominguez.Ultimately United survived, but at the cost of Van Persie’s injury and a booking to Evra that rules him out of the first leg of their quarter-finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, March 19- Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Manchester United kept their season alive by storming back to beat Olympiakos 3-0 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.United were left on the brink of elimination after losing the first leg of the last 16 tie 2-0, but on a stirring night at Old Trafford the Dutchman’s treble took them into the last eight for the first time since 2011.last_img read more

Hosts win through to Cup of Nations quarters

first_imgThe Nzalang Nacional had to win to progress from Group A at Gabon’s expense and were on their way once former Real Madrid player Balboa won and then converted a 55th-minute penalty.Iban Edu then came off the bench to make sure of the victory in the 86th minute as Esteban Becker’s unlikely side kept alive their dream of going all the way on home soil.There were scenes of unbridled joy among the Equatorial Guinea players at the final whistle, with some breaking down in tears.They go through as runners-up in Group A behind Congo Brazzaville, who defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 in Ebebiyin in the day’s other game.And Equatorial Guinea will now take on the winners of Group B in the last eight in Ebebiyin next Saturday.Becker made two changes to his team following the goalless draw with Burkina Faso in their last match, including handing a first start to brutish centre-forward Raul Fabiani Bosio in a bid to match up to Gabon’s greater physicality.The technically accomplished Nzalang Nacional had more of the game in the first half but Gabon, led by Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, looked the more likely team to score.Felipe Ovono in the home goal somehow kept out an Aubameyang header and then denied Frederic Bulot to ensure that the scores remained level at the interval.The home ‘keeper was again called into action at the beginning of the second half to keep out net-bound free-kicks from both Aubameyang and Bulot, and Equatorial Guinea took full advantage to open the scoring 10 minutes after the restart.Balboa went down in the box under a challenge from Lloyd Palun as he attempted to latch onto a return pass from Bosio, and the Ivorian match referee had no doubts about awarding the penalty.Balboa dusted himself down before rifling the spot-kick high into the top left-hand corner of the net despite Didier Ovono diving the correct way.Bulot was unable to convert an Aubameyang ball from the left moments later as Gabon almost equalised, but the home side remained a constant threat on the break and Balboa was denied by Didier Ovono when left with just the ‘keeper to beat.However, substitute Iban made no mistake four minutes from time, converting the rebound after Emilio Nsue’s shot was saved at the end of a flowing move to seal the hosts place in the last eight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BATA, Equatorial Guinea, January 25 – Hosts Equatorial Guinea advanced to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations amid emotional scenes on Sunday as second-half goals by Javier Balboa and Iban Edu secured a 2-0 win over Gabon in Bata.last_img read more

Sofapaka to appoint Ssimbwa for second stint

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka are set to appoint Sam Ssibwa as head coach.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22- After miraculously surviving relegation, Sofapaka are set to appoint Ugandan Sam Ssimbwa for a second stint at the club, having previously worked with Batoto ba Mungu between 2009 and 2010.Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa has confirmed they have finalized talks with the tactician who has been in the country and watched Sofapaka’s last week of training before their miraculous escape from relegation. “Ssimbwa is a person close to this club. When he was here, we disagreed on some matters, not related to performance but he apologized and we buried the hatchet. He is a coach who understands the team and we know he will take us back to the top,”“We have had discussions with him and agreed on virtually everything. We are just waiting for the finer details to be set in place then we make his appointment official,” Kalekwa told Capital Sport.Ssimbwa is serving an eight month ban from the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) for violation of its Regulations.The FUFA Ethics committee slapped Ssimbwa with the ban in August ruling he conducted himself in an unethical manner and uttered statements that jeopardized the authenticity of results and integrity of matches as coach of KCCA FC.Having spent 88 days already provisionally suspended, FUFA counted it as part of the ban and hence the period was reduced to five months, ending in December.The tactician who coached the Somali national team, Express and Police FC in Uganda before joining KCCA is expected to start work at the club in January.Meanwhile, Kalekwa has confirmed John Baraza will remain at the club as assistant coach, disclosing they are prepared to sponsor the former Kenyan international for advanced coaching courses to further his knowledge.“Baraza is a man who has been with us for a very long time. He won the league with us in 2009, has won the golden boot three times and now here he is, saving us from relegation. He is part and parcel of this club and if an opportunity comes for him to further his coaching credentials, as a club we will sponsor that,” Kalekwa said.After spending most of the season dwindling in the bottom of the log, Sofapaka pulled a miraculous escape with a final day 5-1 win over Thika United, coupled with a 3-1 loss for Ushuru FC at the hands of Posta Rangers.Kalekwa has also confirmed they will seek to maintain the same team that saved them from relegation, but confirmed they will make quality additions as they seek better performance in 2017.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Top Dems clash over war in wooing unions

first_imgCHICAGO – Sen. Barack Obama struck back at his Democratic opponents who questioned his positioning in the War on Terror in a spirited debate Tuesday night, assailing those who “engineered the biggest foreign policy disaster of our time.” The exchange at a debate sponsored by the AFL-CIO at Soldier Field included three senators seeking the presidency – Obama of Illinois and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut – clashing over Iraq and al-Qaida. Dodd questioned Obama’s recent comments that he would send the military into Pakistan to pursue al-Qaida if the Pakistani government failed to act on its own, a question Clinton echoed. “I think it is a very big mistake to telegraph that,” Clinton said, adding: “You can think big, but remember you shouldn’t always say everything you think if you’re running for president, because it has consequences across the world. And we don’t need that right now.” Obama, who has sought to prove his foreign-policy credentials, replied with a suggestion that his leading rivals voted to authorize the Iraq war nearly five years ago. “I find it amusing that those who helped to authorize and engineer the biggest foreign-policy disaster in our generation are now criticizing me for making sure that we are on the right battlefield and not the wrong battlefield in the war against terrorism,” he said. The exchange capped a debate in which the Democratic presidential hopefuls forcefully appealed for the support of organized labor, pledging to pare back trade deals, increase America’s competitiveness with China and invest more money in the nation’s aging infrastructure. But as the candidates stood outdoors, enduring the loud cheers and occasional jeers from thousands seated in a football stadium, the leading contenders engaged in a vigorous tangle over their plans to fight terrorism and fight the influence of special interests in Washington. “You will never see a picture of me on the front of Fortune magazine, saying I am the candidate that big business is betting on,” said John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, taking a shot at Clinton, who was featured on Fortune’s cover in July. Asked to respond, she paused for a moment and smiled, saying, “I’m just taking it all in.” “I’ve noticed in the last few days that a lot of the other campaigns have been using my name a lot,” Clinton said. “I’m here because I think we need to change America; it’s not to get into fights with Democrats. “For 15 years, I have stood against the right-wing machine. And I know how to take them on. If you want a winner, I’m your girl.” The event unfolded differently than earlier debates this season, with the candidates striding onto the field and waving to the crowd. As temperatures hovered near 90 degrees, they made their way to the stage, between the end zone and the 20-yard line for the first outdoor debate of the campaign. The AFL-CIO’s executive council is scheduled to meet today to consider its next step in the endorsement process. Union leaders say the council will either give member unions the go-ahead to endorse candidates on their own or will urge individual unions to hold off on endorsing until the federation decides in October or later whether to make an overall endorsement. In the debate, the candidates sought to outdo each other in asserting how pro-labor they are. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware said he had walked union picket lines for 45 years, while Clinton said she was the New York State AFL’s “favorite sister.” Obama said when he moved to Chicago to be a community organizer, he helped laid-off steelworkers. Edwards said he had walked on 200 picket lines in recent years, adding that if elected, he would tell the nation how important unions are for American workers. Absent Tuesday was Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator, who at previous debates has often received the biggest applause – and most laughter – for forcefully accusing his seven rivals of being symbols of entrenched politicians. Union officials said Gravel did not submit the requisite questionnaire on health care, which they deemed a requirement to participate. Gravel disputed the decision. The 90-minute forum, which was broadcast on MSNBC, was moderated by Keith Olbermann. Olbermann asked the candidates whether China should be viewed as a friend or adversary. For the most part, the candidates said China was neither, but rather a competitor. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico said he would be tougher on China with regard to human rights, trade and “fooling around” with its currency. Obama, Clinton and Biden criticized the Bush administration for running up budget deficits that have largely been financed by China, giving China considerable leverage in any negotiations with the United States. The audience erupted into applause when Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio declared: “There was a myth when I was growing up in Cleveland that if you dig a hole deep enough, you’ll get to China. We’re there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football Manager 2017: Every Premier League team’s transfer budget

first_img 18. West Ham United’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £7.4million 20 20 20 20 20 9. Swansea City’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £29.5million 14. Burnley’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £12million 20 20 3. Liverpool’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £62.4million 20 15. Watford’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £11.2million 8. Manchester City’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £36.6million 13. Sunderland’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £12million 7. Manchester United’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £41million 20 Football Manger 2017 has arrived, so now you can begin to right the wrongs of your side’s Premier League season.The game, which has thrilled gamers globally for more than two decades, returns with another superb edition that will see you forget about real life and focus on getting your team to the top of world football.If you’re going to have any success you will need to purchase some new players, with a few clubs needing an overhaul this time out.So, what budget do all the English top-flight’s 20 clubs have at their disposal? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12. Crystal Palace’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £15.5million 20 17. Hull City’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £8.5million 11. West Brom’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £17.8million 10. Leicester City starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £18million 20 20 2. Tottenham’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £67million 20 20 20 6. Southampton’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £42.4million 20 20 4. Chelsea’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £51million 19. Bournemouth’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £6.4million 5. Everton’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £50.2million 20 16. Stoke City’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £9.5million 20 20 20. Middlesbrough’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £4.1million – Click the right arrow above to find out your team’s financial clout… 1. Arsenal’s starting transfer budget in Football Manager 2017 = £67.1millionlast_img read more

Barca boss ‘out of words’ to describe Lionel Messi after 50th free-kick goal

first_img AFP or licensors 2 LIVING LEGEND: Lionel Messi is one of the greatest to ever play the game 2 Messi scored twice and provided two brilliant assists for Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, as another masterclass led Barcelona to a 5-1 win over Real Valladolid.It was the Catalan club’s seventh straight victory in all competitions and lifted them back to the top of LaLiga.And, like the thousands of fans packed into the Nou Camp, Messi’s coach was in awe of his brilliance.“What else can be said about him? I’ve run out of words,” Valverde told a post-match press conference.“We always know that he will appear, whatever the match. AFP or licensors center_img “His talent isn’t comparable to anything, the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don’t know what to say.”Valladolid boss Sergio Gonzalez, whose side were unbeaten in their previous five matches, was also left stunned by Messi’s display.“Messi’s free-kick, it was a masterpiece.”Watch a fan’s view of the brilliant goal in the video below: Messi’s goal against Valladolid was his 50th career goal from a direct free kick. A remarkable achievement and a testament to his skill Video does the talking 🙌🏻🔥 #Messi pic.twitter.com/NR0ehQ4hU6— Calvin (@CalHignett) October 29, 2019 Ernesto Valverde has described Lionel Messi as ‘incomparable’ after the Argentine maestro scored another landmark goal for Barcelona.The manager says he has ‘run out of words’ to describe the 32-year-old after he scored his 50th career free-kick goal.last_img read more

It may be all or nothing for Zinedine Zidane in the Champions League

first_imgZidane is only 11 games into his tenure, a small sample size to work with, but the general trend has been one of success at home against sides his team would be expected to beat, and difficulties when playing away or against tougher opposition. Anyone with any knowledge of his career as a manager and a decent capacity for logical thinking won’t find that tendency to be a huge surprise. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Nick Potts/EMPICS SportHis only previous experience as a head coach is ultimately one of mixed fortunes in the third division, and pushing him in to an already tricky situation at the Bernabeu was a big ask. Unfortunately, logic and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez rarely go hand in hand.Roma’s visit to Spain on Tuesday is much more than just a last 16 game therefore. It is also a chance, after a 2-0 win in the away leg, for Zidane to finish the job and start to change the conversation from one of disappointment over the league to optimism about Europe. Progress, and the draw in the quarter-final stage is almost certain to be tough, but it is also true that from that point onwards, five games are all that separates a team from European club football’s biggest prize. In theory, top honours could even be taken without winning any of those remaining matches.In his preview to the clash with the Italians the French coach insisted his team are not “obliged” to win the Champions League. Yet it was ultimately Zidane who made the first conscious effort to shift emphasis towards the European Cup, noting that Madrid “still have the Champions League (to play for)” after the Atletico defeat. He knows first hand just how important the competition is for his club, and also how important it could be for his future.Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the cup for Real Madrid. SNS Only two years ago Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when, after finishing third in the league, the Italian came within an inch of being sacked by Perez. A week later, a Sergio Ramos goal in added time changed all of that. Had the defender’s header missed the target and his team lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final, then Ancelotti would almost certainly have been given his marching orders. Instead, it went in, Atleti collapsed, and Madrid won their first European Cup in 12 years. Perez, ever the opportunist, hailed his coach for putting together “the most united squad I remember”.Zidane knows how the Madrid president works better than most, and will understand that he now has a similarly fine margin of error as his old boss had back in the spring of 2014. Win the Champions League, and he becomes virtually impossible to sack. Fail to do so, and he may find that even his legendary status is not immune to a dictatorial figure who blames everyone but himself for his club’s failings.Lee Roden is a freelance Spanish and European football journalist. You can follow him on Twitter @LeeRoden89 With the league and the cup gone, Los Blancos now only have one trophy to fight for, and it’s the least predictable of the bunch. The unescapable reality is that claiming European success is Zidane’s final chance to save his club’s season. Appropriate, considering it is a competition with which he is inextricably linked, following that thunderous left-footed winner at Hampden Park some 12 years ago.The Frenchman has only lost one game in his current job, but it was a big one, and that defeat is what has made the greatest contribution to his purportedly precarious position. It took less than a day after Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win at the Bernabeu on February 27 for leaks to be fed out to the Spanish press claiming that Madrid would only keep their current coach in his job as long as the European Cup is in play. Well-informed journalists in the capital reported that members of the club’s board believe Zidane lacks the experience to manage in a league as advanced as Spain’s, and that the hunt is on for a coach that better ticks the necessary boxes, Joachim Löw one of the prominent names on the list. By Lee RodenReal Madrid produced one of their best performances in months on Saturday when they hammered Celta Vigo 7-1, but for Zinedine Zidane it may ultimately matter little. The league win arrived several games too late for the coach, who took charge of Los Blancos when they were a maximum of five points behind Barcelona, but has led them to a present day 12-point gap from the Blaugrana. Celta win or otherwise, even the most optimistic of Madrid supporters will concede that their part in the league title race is over, and their European campaign is now of far more importance. It resumes against AS Roma on Tuesday. Real hero Zinedine Zidane (2nd left) volleys home a magnificent winner SNS last_img read more

Watch: Wait ’till you see all the Black Friday discounts at Watson Hire!

first_imgIt’ll be hard to beat the many Black Friday deals now on at Watson Hire in Letterkenny!The leading DIY and hardware hire store in Lisnenan Industrial Park are having a massive sale this week, with up to 70% off major brands.John Watson has cut prices on hand tools, power tools, garage equipment, battery chargers, jacks and much more.  There are crazy clearance deals on homeware and hardware. If you need some new workwear, you’re in luck as there are big reductions on many ranges at Watson Hire. There’s up to 30% off RRP on Portwest work clothing – so don’t miss out!Watson Hire have massive clearance deals on mowers, chainsaws, trimmers, hedge cutters and many more large items.  You never know what you’ll find in the aisles of the jam-packed store, but you’re sure to find a bargain.John may still be celebrating winning the Excellence in Marketing award from the Letterkenny Chamber, but he took time on Tuesday to give his customers a whirlwind tour of the Black Friday discounts in store now. Watch the video below:Don’t miss out on bagging up to 70% off all these brands in the Watson Hire sale this weekend!Call down to Watson Hire today in Lisnenan Industrial Park, Letterkenny, to grab a bargain.Check out www.watsonhire.ie and @WatsonHire on Facebook for more.Watch: Wait ’till you see all the Black Friday discounts at Watson Hire! was last modified: November 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Black FridayWatson Hirelast_img read more

PetroSA wins innovation award

first_img10 October 2008 In September, PetroSA concluded a framework for cooperation with Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA that allows PetroSA to participate in exploration and production activities in Venezuela’s Orinoco Oil Belt. Breakthrough technology The breakthrough technology, under test in Mossel Bay since 2004, allows for the conversion of gas to the clearest wax to date, without the need for secondary clean-up, making it possible for various automotive fuels to be produced more easily. The who’s who of international petroleum companies compete against each other in a variety of categories at the annual Petroleum Economist Awards, with winners decided by an international panel of adjudicators. “We are committed to the objective of making PetroSA a competitive, fully-integrated and sustainable National Oil Company.” Mossel Bay is also the only site in the world where three of GTL technologies – HTFT (High Temperature Fischer Tropsch), LTFT (Low Temperature Fischer Tropsch), and COD (conversion of Olefins to Distillate) – are in operation. The project innovation award was won by GTL.F1, a Swiss-registered joint venture company founded in 2005 by PetroSA, Statoil Hydro of Norway and Lurgi of Germany to market and license proprietary technologies for gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments. “The goal for the joint venture partners was to construct a demonstration plant with a larger size and capacity than typically used in GTL technology development,” PetroSA said in a statement after receiving the award. The company was the first in the world to operate a commercial-size GTL refinery. Its Mossel Bay facility, set up in 1992, is the world’s largest fully-operational GTL plant, producing “clean” fuels to the equivalent of 45 000 barrels of crude per day. “A large Fischer Tropsch Semi Commercial Unit (FTSCU) with the capacity to produce up to 1000 bbl/d of hydrocarbon products has been commissioned at the Mossel Bay refinery. The FTSCU is fully integrated into the existing PetroSA GTL Refinery Plant.” PetroSA is also pushing hard to realise its objective of constructing a US$11-billion, 400 000 barrel a day crude refinery at Coega in Port Elizabeth. The company appointed HSBC as its financial adviser for the project in August, and was expected to announce its engineering partner shortly. The Petroleum Economist Award is GTL.F1’s second major international award this year. In May, PetroSA, Statoil and Lurgi received the CWC World GTL Award 2008 for a major technological breakthrough in converting gas to fuels. The plant had to be located in a realistic GTL plant environment, with a configuration as close as possible to a commercial plant in order to reduce scale-up risks, making PetroSA’s GTL site in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape a logical choice. Demonstration plant A gas-to-liquids joint venture involving South African state oil company PetroSA won the project innovation of the year award at the Petroleum Economist Awards in London in September – the joint venture’s second international award for innovation this year. “All these initiatives ensure that as PetroSA, we are able to make a significant contribution towards improving and sustaining South Africa’s future liquid fuels needs”, said PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize. New projects PetroSA is an acknowledged leader in the operation and development of GTL technology, which is recognised for its ability to produce some of the “cleanest” fuels on the globe. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more