Monthly Archives: May 2015

Metocean Services International (MSI) has now established a new company based in Maputo, Mozambique

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(2015-05-26) Metocean Services International (MSI) has now established a new company based in Maputo, Mozambique. Sondamar LDA, the third company in the MSI stable, has been officially registered in Mozambique to support clients in the oil and gas, port and harbour development and coastal engineering industries. The name Sondamar directly translates to ‘Survey of the Sea’ and reflects the values and experience of its parent company.

Metocean Services International in Mozambique
MSI has a track record in Mozambique spanning over 10 years, with a wide spread of experience geographically throughout the country, including the long term deployment of its personnel and the training of Mozambican nationals in the field of oceanography.

Most recently MSI has been working on a multiple location, multiple year metocean measurement project in Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin, for one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. The programme comprises…

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Malaysia committed to cut oil revenue dependence, says minister

Wata - Malaysian Oil and Gas Engineer

Note to self – search for new career.

Dateline 2015-04-23, TMI:

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said Malaysia had continued its effort to reduce national dependence on crude oil revenue, amid lower prices of the commodity.

Wahid, who is in charge of economic planning, said the country hoped to reduce dependence on oil to below last year’s contribution of about 30% to national income.

He said the country had been diversifying its economy.

“We have been consistently diversifying the economy to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector,” Wahid said at the Invest Malaysia 2015 event in Kuala Lumpur today.

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From Carnegie: “Linking superconductivity and structure”


Carnegie Institution for Science
Carnegie Institution for Science

May 26, 2015

1The collapsed tetragonal crystal structure of , with arsenic (As) atoms in a 5-fold coordination, courtesy of Alexander Goncharov.

Superconductivity is a rare physical state in which matter is able to conduct electricity—maintain a flow of electrons—without any resistance. It can only be found in certain materials, and even then it can only be achieved under controlled conditions of low temperatures and high pressures. New research from a team including Carnegie’s Elissaios Stavrou, Xiao-Jia Chen, and Alexander Goncharov hones in on the structural changes underlying superconductivity in iron arsenide compounds—those containing iron and arsenic. It is published by Scientific Reports.

Although superconductivity has many practical applications for electronics (including scientific research instruments), medical engineering (MRI machines), and potential future applications including high-performance power transmission and storage, and very fast train travel, the difficulty of creating superconducting materials prevents it from being used to…

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Energy Transition in the UK


This morning I was shocked to read a report by the UK’s Renewable Energy Association which finds that the UK met 19.2% of its electricity demand with renewable energy in 2014. This is the result of a 20% increase in renewable energy output over the previous year, and evidence that the UK is joining the rest of Western Europe (with the notable exceptions of the fossil-fueled Netherlands and atomic France) in moving to renewable energy.

I’ve long considered the UK a laggard in this regard, as the nation was well behind its peers for many years. And while it is still behind Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy for the percent of electricity demand met with non-hydro renewable energy, apparently it is catching up. This is rare good news for Europe, where even in leading nations like Germany and Spain myopic political leaders have put the brakes on the Energy…

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The way to energy is Nature’s way


It is known by today’s conclusions provided by research that the first living organisms were found to inhabited this planet as far as 2.7 billion year ago. Since that time nature has put its mantel over the world and little by little modeling life to fit the changes that were generated throughout the passing millenniums. Somehow nature has found its way around every challenge. Life is one of the most resilient thing to ever come to exists and is because of the tool that natural process has giving it that it can do this.  Nature can probably be approached in more than a dozen ways, but there is probably one key element that regardless of the approach is always there, nature is a closed cycle, it feeds on itself. This is broken by man made processes. Intrinsically, there are no bad intention in man’s way of processing, it just doesn’t match the way…

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The Hidden Costs of Fossil Fuel Dependency


It is estimated that 80 to 85 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is from fossil fuels. One of the main reasons given for continuing to use this energy source is that it is much less expensive than alternatives. The true cost, however, depends on what you include in the calculation, and there are so many costs not figured in the bills we pay for energy.


>” […] Just last week, on May 19, a pipeline rupture caused over 100,000 gallons to spill into Santa Barbara waters. The channel where the spill occurred is where warm water from the south mixes with cold water from the north, creating one of most bio-diverse habitats in the world, with over 800 species of sea creatures, from crabs and snails to sea lions and otters, and a forest of kelp and other undersea plants; it’s also a place through which 19,000 gray…

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Oil deficit coming? World may be consuming more than it pumps by year end, analysts warn

Financial Post

Make the most of abundant oil because by the end of the year the world may be consuming more than it pumps.

The global crude market will shift into a deepening deficit in the fourth quarter amid a draw-down in U.S. stockpiles, according to Standard Chartered Plc. While Qatar’s former oil minister says there’s currently a surplus of 2 million barrels a day, Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. sees demand outpacing supply by 1.5 million a day by the fourth quarter.

Oil has recovered more than 40 per cent since January on signs that a slowdown in U.S. drilling will alleviate the glut that drove prices to the lowest in six years. U.S. crude inventories probably shrank for a fourth week through May 22 after surging to the highest in 85 years, a Bloomberg survey showed.

“By the second half of this year we will go from being oversupplied to being…

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Finding energy in class


I’ve been thinking a bit recently about teachers and classes, wondering what makes a good class experience and what the role of a teacher is in that. I’m coming at this from a couple of angles, so brace yourself for more posts as I work through some thoughts over the coming months — and do please chip in with any comments: this is all such new stuff to me and I love to hear your opinions and experiences.

The question of teacher training won’t entirely leave me (though at the moment I’m putting my hands over my ears and singing ‘la la la’ hoping to drown the voices out for a while longer while I focus on my own practice). So that’s one angle. And the other angle is that at the moment I’m having a bit of a love-hate relationship with classes, and am trying to figure out what class…

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