Peru, Closing in as World’s Top Coca Producer, Faces Tough Choices

first_img LIMA – Peru’s government stands at a crossroads in its fight against drug trafficking, hopeful that a maturing alternative development program and new mechanisms for financial oversight will stop a decade-long increase in drug production. “We have reached a turning point,” said Romulo Pizarro, who stepped down earlier this month after five years as head of the anti-drug program, DEVIDA. “We have to continue with successful policies and strengthen key components we know hurt drug traffickers.” Officials in the new government of President Ollanta Humala, who took office July 28, are aware that the stakes are high. “We are involved in a battle that has to be successful. We cannot be defeated,” cabinet chief Salomon Lerner told reporters. Peru is a few steps behind Colombia as the world’s top coca grower. Colombia had 62,000 hectares of coca fields under cultivation, while Peru registered 61,200 hectares, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) annual narcotics report. Statistics from Bolivia, the No. 3 coca-producing country, were unavailable this year, but it has consistently ranked third in the UNODC annual index with about 30,000 hectares of coca crops. T he report found that coca crops in Peru increased by 2.2 percent over the previous year, but Pizarro said the increase was the smallest recorded in recent years and showed that Peru is moving in the right direction. The previous year’s increase, by comparison, was 6.8 percent. Peru reached its zenith as a coca producer in 1992, when it had 129,100 hectares of coca under cultivation. The lowest point came in 1999, with only 38,700 hectares planted with coca. “We have significantly slowed the trend and I believe we will begin to see a steady decrease in the coming years,” Pizarro said. “The indicators are promising.” Pizarro’s replacement at DEVIDA is Ricardo Soberón, who has more than 20 years of experience working on issues related to coca and cocaine production. Soberón, named to his new post Aug. 5, is a member of the Drugs and Democracy program of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. The main reason for Pizarro’s optimism is a 25 percent decline in coca crops in the Upper Huallaga, historically Peru’s main area for coca grown for drug trafficking. And that decline is attributed to a multi-pronged approach known locally as the San Martin model after the department with the same name. That program has included forced eradication, alternative crops and infrastructure projects supported by the UN, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other donors. Eradication brigades there eliminated 12,033 hectares of coca in 2010, an all-time record, and 5,662 hectares were destroyed through the first week in August. Unlike Colombia, Peru uses only manual eradication to eliminate coca crops. Jaime Antezana, who has monitored coca and cocaine production in Peru for nearly 20 years, said national policy cannot be based on success in only one area while coca crops are increasing elsewhere. “No one doubts the success in San Martin, but the reality is that coca is increasing in other traditional areas and spreading to new zones,” he said. “There are now more coca-growing areas than there were five years ago.” The principal coca-growing area today is the Apurimac-Even River Valley (VRAE), in the south-central jungle, where UNODC recorded 19,723 hectares of coca, a 12.8 percent increase from the previous year. Another major hot spot for authorities is along Peru’s northern border with Colombia, where coca crops nearly doubled, to 3,169 hectares, in 2010. The remoteness of that zone, accessible only by plane or boat, makes control and eradication costly. Brazilian, Colombian and Peruvian police forces undertook a joint operation on the triple border in July, eliminating several large cocaine-producing labs and eradicating coca fields. It was the first such joint operation in more than a decade. Manuel Estela, an economics professor and one of the authors of a recent book on coca and cocaine in Peru, said the Humala government needs to maintain the policies that have contributed to success in the Upper Huallaga Valley while stopping the flow of chemical inputs used to turn coca leaves into cocaine and exercising greater financial control. “Tax and banking secrecy are two mechanisms used by drug traffickers to guarantee impunity. We need better controls to stop the money moved by the drug trade,” he said. The administration of former President Alan García formed a high-level commission to craft actions aimed at controlling asset laundering and financing of terrorism. The goal is to make it easier for anti-narcotics agents to request that banking and tax secrecy be lifted when suspicious transactions are detected. Peru has had little success in controlling chemical inputs, despite a series of laws passed throughout the last decade. Colombia confiscates more than 10,000 metric tons of chemical inputs annually, while Peru’s best year so far was in 2007, when authorities seized 863 metric tons, according to a comparative study prepared by Antezana. Peruvian authorities seized 203 tons of chemical inputs in the first half of 2011, police said. Seven primary chemical inputs are needed to produce cocaine, although Estela noted that “the control of chemical inputs is absolutely insignificant.” Humala referred to these issues in his July 28 inaugural address, promising to consolidate the alternative development model while focusing on the weak flanks. “We will be inflexible in controlling chemical inputs and combating drug gangs,” he said. “We will reduce the area of illegal coca crops.” He also ended any speculation that Peru would decriminalize illicit drugs — an issue raised during the presidential campaign by one of his opponents. “We respect the debate that has been opened in recent year both inside and outside the country, but we are not going to legalize any drugs,” he said. What the new president would like to do, observers say, is sit down with leaders throughout the hemisphere to discuss new initiatives to move the anti-drug effort forward. Humala talked drugs with other presidents, including at a White House meeting with President Barack Obama during a pre-inauguration swing through the region. By Dialogo August 12, 2011last_img read more

Guatemalan Army Turns Focus to Border Protection

first_imgBy Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo May 16, 2018 In a tactical shift at the end of March 2018, the Guatemalan Army deployed reserve units to the country’s borders. The goal is to reinforce security tasks in the country’s border areas and help safeguard critical infrastructure. “This government is taking on political commitments and tackling new plans at the regional and international level,” Army Colonel Óscar Pérez Figueroa, press director of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, told Diálogo. “The troops that deployed have a constitutional function: to safeguard critical infrastructure that has strategic value for the country, such as the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam [the largest in the country], international bridges, ports, and airports.” Nine Army reserve battalions were mobilized to the borders of Guatemala on March 31st. According to Col. Pérez, 2,400 soldiers from different brigades deployed in the initial stage to protect the 1,667 kilometers of border shared with Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize. Various threats Due to its geographical position Guatemala serves as a transit point for illegal migrants headed north. The Pew Research Center estimated that in 2015, one out of every four illegal immigrants who entered the United States passed through Central America. “There is a worsening phenomenon of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States,” Col. Pérez said. “Everyone from the south traveling in search of the American dream passes through Guatemala. Its geographic position makes it a funnel, affecting the country and region.” Guatemala also experiences threats from transnational organized crime and serves as a transit point for drugs bound for the United States. In its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the U.S. Department of State estimates that in 2017, over 1,400 tons of cocaine were smuggled by sea through Guatemala. According to the Ministry of Defense, so far in 2018, the naval forces of the Guatemalan Army and combined operations with partner nations intercepted over 5,700 kilograms of cocaine in Guatemalan territory, worth around $78 million on the international market. “The [Guatemalan] Ministry of the Interior’s excellent relationship with the Ministry of Defense allows us to work together to interdict illicit substances on land and at sea, and also to carry out short-term air interdictions,” said Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart. “We have the support of the international community, which enhances the capacities of our institution so we can do a better job in this area.” New Army focus The personnel participating in the strategic mission were part of the reserve battalions assigned to patrol tasks with the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish). But a marked drop in the national homicide rate—the Police recorded 26.1 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017, compared to 47 in 2006—allowed for a change of focus for the troops. “The Army was always available to help with security tasks it was assigned,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales stated in early April during a ceremony that marked the shift. “We must deploy reserve battalions because we face major threats,” the president added. Ongoing support A total of four Guatemalan brigades received units: the Second Infantry Brigade in charge of the departments bordering Honduras and Belize, and the Third Infantry Brigade responsible for the departments bordering El Salvador. Soldiers were also deployed to the Special Jungle Operations Brigade in the northern department of Petén, which borders Mexico and Belize, and the Mountain Operations Brigade based in the southern department of San Marcos, near Mexico. The Guatemalan troops at the border have interinstitutional task forces comprising service members and police elements of Guatemala and neighboring countries. These include the Maya Chortí Task Force, with El Salvador; the Xinca Task Force, with Honduras; and the Tecún Umán Task Force, with Mexico. “The [Army] Naval Special Force Command is also being bolstered due to the presence of organized criminal activity,” Col. Pérez concluded. “Security at ports, airports, protected areas, infrastructure will be enhanced… [and] a new task force will soon be operating in northern Guatemala.”last_img read more

He’s Back! Jon Stewart Inks Deal With HBO

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The revolution will be streamed.Jon Stewart, the famed former Daily Show host on Comedy Central whose comedic take on national politics dramatically altered the late-night TV landscape, has found a new home at HBO.The subscription-based network announced Tuesday that it has inked a four-year production deal with the comedian, who has been in semi-retirement since signing off as host of the popular satirical show in August.Under the deal outlined by HBO, Stewart will produce short-form content primarily for HBO NOW, HBO GO and other related platforms, all of which are streamed over the Internet. The network also noted that Stewart is collaborating with graphics company OTOY Inc. to develop “new technology” that will allow him to produce truncated clips on multiple platforms.“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show,” Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming said in a statement. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” said Stewart. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”The news should be music to the ears of legions of Stewart’s fans who have struggled to cope with the idea of a 2016 presidential election devoid of his often biting comedy.When Stewart’s content will hit HBO’s multiple platforms is unclear. But when it does, viewers will be able to view his comedy on HBO mobile apps and streaming devices that support HBO NOW and HBO GO, such as Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.By signing with HBO, Stewart will join his former Comedy Central colleague John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Oliver landed at HBO after he temporarily took over the reigns of the Daily Show during Stewart’s absence as Stewart produced his first feature film, Rosewater.Stewart is widely credited with reshaping political commentary on television. He essentially built a farm team of politically minded comedians such as Oliver, Stephen Colbert and current Daily Show host Trevor Noah, all of whom contributed as so-called “correspondents” prior to hosting their own respective shows.HBO’s new superstar personality first began lecturing politicians from behind his desk as Daily Show host in 1999.HBO has been aggressive in persuing larger-than-life figures to its network. Aside form Stewart, HBO announced that it has reached a deal with respected sports writer and podcast host Bill Simmons to create a weekly show for the network. Simmons had been editor-in-chief of Grantland, popular for its long-form sports journalism and unique perspective on sports and pop culture, which ESPN recently shut down.Fans and commentators alike have speculated what Stewart’s post-Comedy Central life would look like.Now that we know, presidential hopefuls should prepare for the worst.last_img read more

Sheriff’s office retracts statement, missing Whitney Point man not found

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The sheriff’s office has released a photo of a black Honda CRV with white and blue New York State license plates. The sheriff’s office asks if anyone sees Phillips to call them at (607) 778-1911. WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a man who was last seen on Oct. 24. —– —– The sheriff’s office says Phillips suffers from Schizophrenia and is 5’9″, approximately 150 pounds. Phillips has brown hair and blue eyes. He may be wearing a brown Carhart style coat and carrying a black backpack. A photo of the vehicle is attached. They say the driver of the vehicle may be able to aid the investigation into finding Matthew Phillips. UPDATE The sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Matthew Phillips of Whitney Point left his residence and was riding a BMX style bicycle. They say the bicycle was found alongside Route 26 near Swan Hill Road. Authoirites say the vehicle was at the Mighty Mart at 2965 State Route 26 in the town of Maine on Oct. 24 around 9:30 a.m. It is believed Phillips exited the vehicle. 5:58 P.M. UPDATE: WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) –The Broome County Sheriff’s Office has retracted its statement that missing Whitney Point man Matthew Phillips was found. The sheriff’s office initially released a statement to 12 News saying it located Phillips. Moments later, it sent another statement saying that statement was recalled. According to the sheriff’s office he has not been found as of 5:58 p.m. Monday.last_img read more

FDA approves Acambis smallpox vaccine

first_img Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970s, but there is concern that remaining stocks of the virus could fall into the hands of terrorists. The former Soviet Union made large amounts of smallpox virus in its biological weapons program. Known stockpiles of the virus, kept for research, are stored in two approved labs in the United States and Russia. People who have weakened immunity, such as those with HIV and those undergoing chemotherapy, should not receive conventional smallpox vaccine except in emergencies, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACAM2000 uses vaccinia virus, a relative of smallpox, and is derived from Dryvax, an older vaccine that was grown on the skin of calves and used in global smallpox eradication programs. The newer vaccine is grown in cell culture, which is thought to produce a purer vaccine with less risk of causing rare but serious complications. Acambis said it has already supplied 192.5 million doses of ACAM2000 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Strategic National Stockpile. The product makes up the majority of the US supply of smallpox vaccines, the company said. Federal officials have said the stockpile is large enough to protect the entire US population against smallpox. The FDA said ACAM2000 was tested in people who had never received a smallpox shot before and in people who had been vaccinated many years earlier. The percentage of previously unvaccinated volunteers who had a successful immunization reaction was similar to that for Dryvax, and the vaccine also was found acceptable as a booster in those who had been vaccinated before, the agency said. The ACAM2000 license requires that providers and recipients of the vaccine be educated about the risks, the FDA said. Vaccinees must be given an FDA-approved medication guide that provides information about care of the vaccination site as well as potential serious side effects. “The vaccine is manufactured using modern cell culture technology allowing rapid and large-scale production of a vaccine with consistent product quality,” said Jesse L. Goodman. MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the agency’s news release. The company said it is currently in “advanced negotiations with the CDC for a warm-base manufacturing contract,” meaning a deal to provide a long-term ACAM2000 production capacity located entirely in the United States. In licensing the vaccine, the FDA followed the recommendation of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, which unanimously endorsed the vaccine in May. May 18 CIDRAP News story “FDA panel recommends smallpox vaccine approval” The FDA announced its approval of the vaccine, called ACAM2000, on Sep 1. It “is intended for the inoculation of people at high risk of exposure to smallpox and could be used to protect individuals and populations during a bioterrorist attack,” the FDA said in a news release.center_img The vaccine also will be used to protect US military personnel, according to an Acambis news release. More than 1.2 million military members serving in high-risk areas like the Middle East have received smallpox shots since early 2003, according to Department of Defense (DoD) data. Sep 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A second-generation smallpox vaccine made by the British biotechnology company Acambis plc and stockpiled by the US government as protection against bioterrorist attacks has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the US military vaccination program, 140 cases of myopericarditis had been recorded as of May 2007, according to the DoD’s online safety summary. Detailed follow-up cardiac testing was done in 64 cases and yielded normal results. See also: In studies, about 1 in 175 first-time smallpox vaccinees experienced myocarditis and/or pericarditis, the FDA statement said. Of 10 adults who were affected, 4 had no symptoms, and all but one recovered from their symptoms by the end of the study. In June HHS awarded a $500 million contract to Bavarian Nordic, a Danish company, for 20 million doses of a smallpox vaccine that is expected to be safer for people with weakened immune systems. The vaccine, called Imvamune, uses a vaccinia virus that has been weakened so it can’t replicate in humans. Sep 1 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108976.htm The Acambis news release states, “ACAM2000 was developed to be a modern smallpox vaccine with a safety and efficacy profile comparable to the US’s licensed previous vaccine but manufactured using the latest production techniques.” US Department of Defense smallpox vaccination safety summaryhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asplast_img read more

First home buyers rush to get full grant before deadline

first_imgMelissa Ellis (left) outside of her new home at Sanctuary Estate, Redbank PlainsWith the First Home Owners Grant to reduce by $5000 in six weeks, developers are reporting a surge in buyers trying to lock-in new home construction contracts.A number of promotions have been launched to encourage first home buyers into the market before the grant drops from $20,000 to $15,000 on December 31.Urbane Homes is giving buyers the chance to build their dream home with just a $5000 deposit, while home hunters can get on the property ladder for as little as $2000 with Metricon Homes.Urbane Homes sales and marketing director Jon Rivera said the company dealt with a lot of first home buyers who could easily afford weekly mortgage repayments but were struggling to save a deposit due to high rents and living costs.Single mother and primary school teacher Melissa Ellis bought in to the now sold out Sanctuary Estate at Redbank Plains, and built with Urbane Homes. “I had been renting for the last few years and I was sick of paying off someone else’s mortgage,” she said.“When I took the first step I was worried that building a new home might be too difficult for me but they even helped me when I was working through my finances.”Metricon Homes Queensland general manager Peter Ryan said their HomeSolution initiative, launched in Queensland on November 9, had already proved a success in Victoria.“The challenge for many Queenslanders is juggling rent, family, study and other commitments, as well as saving for a deposit,” he said.“Even if there are some funds left over, it could literally take years to raise enough money to meet the mortgage requirements when going direct to a bank. In Victoria alone, HomeSolution has helped around 800 people unlock home ownership in the last four years.”Clinton Trezise of Colliers International has also noticed a spike in buyer activity.“We have had over 80 first home buyers purchase at Peregian Breeze since the launch of the estate, predominantly coming from the Sunshine Coast area,” he said.“This buyer group makes up approximately 25 per cent of the overall sales to date … as we approach the deadline for the reduction of the grant, we are seeing a lot of activity from first home buyers.”The number of first home buyers inquiring at Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes has also increased, with the company reporting a 73 per cent rise compared to last year.QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said house and land packages within their masterplanned communities were also proving popular with first home buyers, particularly from interstate.“The ability to purchase a house and land package under $400,000 is unheard of down south but something that is achievable in Queensland, so the move north is also a good opportunity to move from renter to homeowner for the first time,” he said.Mr Ross said they experienced a surge in demand prior to the original deadline of June 30, but changes to lending criteria had stymied activity following the grant extension. “We have started to see momentum build again recently but not in the kind of volume as before June 30,” he said. “I would say we are all watching the state election to see whether or not there might be any further extension of the grant.”“We would like to see an extension (as) it would give first home buyers more certainty and more time to buy their future first home (and) would help Queensland remain competitive with the other states.”***CASE STUDYMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoMatt Burness and Erin McMasterMATT Burness and Erin McMaster, both in their early twenties, purchased a house and land package at Pergeian Breeze, a residential estate at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast.“We chose Peregian Breeze primarily because of the location. There are not many places in Australia where you can you buy land this close to the beach as a first homebuyer,” Mr Burness said.“We pushed our budget higher than most first home buyers but we realise that our property value will continue to grow as the covenants are of a high standard and our neighbours are also building beautiful big homes.”One of the houses at Peregian Breeze.Ms McMaster said their home had been designed to maximise the sea breezes and views of the Noosa National Park.Construction of the 60 home sites within the final stage is now complete, with new titles about to be released.Since its launch in May this year, 70 per cent of the final stage has been sold with remaining sites priced from $305,000 to $430,000 and ranging in size from 375sq m to 700sq m.House and land packages start from $550,000 for a four bedroom, two bathroom and two car garage home.Developer Lateral Properties recently held an inspection of the final release which was attended by some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading builders.Clinton Tresize of Colliers International, who is marketing the estate on behalf of the developer, said the interest in the Peregian Breeze community has surpassed their expectations.“This demand is being led by the shortage of land on offer on the Sunshine Coast, particularly close to the beach,” he said.“Most of the inquiries and buyers at Peregian Breeze are local owner-occupiers, but we have also had a lot of interest from interstate buyers who are downsizing and semi-retiring and want to live on the Sunshine Coast for the relaxed lifestyle.”last_img read more

GZA Kicks Off Geotechnical Campaign for Deepwater Wind

first_imgGZA GeoEnvironmental has begun offshore geotechnical engineering program for Deepwater Wind in Rhode Island Sound.Working from a 200-foot class lift boat mobilized earlier this month from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, a 28-person GZA-led crew is now taking and evaluating soil samples from the sea floor in 100 to 120 feet of water about 15 miles southeast of Block Island.GZA will analyze the composition of the sand, gravel, silt, and clay extracted by the drilling operation to advise Deepwater Wind on how various wind turbine foundation options will perform in various areas.The soil samples will come from multiple locations in the offshore wind energy site Deepwater Wind has leased from the federal government to develop its South Fork Wind and Revolution Wind projects delivering power to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, and additional future wind installations.“We’re embarking on this major scientific endeavor so we can better understand the seafloor where we’ll build these next wind farms,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “When we’re done, we’ll know more about this part of the ocean than ever before. Local laborers, mariners and scientists will help us get the job done.”GZA Associate Principal Diane Y. Baxter, P.E., PhD., from the firm’s Providence office, is overseeing a two-shift, 24-hour-a-day geotechnical drilling and analysis effort that involves taking 3-inch-diameter cores of the soils below the sea floor, extending as far as 200 feet below the sea floor. “The geology of this part of the sea floor is proving to be highly complex and variable, which is something we saw when we worked on the Block Island Wind Farm,” Baxter said.The offshore sampling is one of the early phases of what will be a 5-month-long review by Deepwater Wind off its offshore leased property. Once permits are in hand, local construction work on the 90-megawatt (MW) South Fork Wind Farm will begin in 2021, with the wind farm in operation in 2022.Construction on the 400 MW of power from Revolution Wind would start as early as 2020 to serve Rhode Island, and in 2021 on the 200 MW of power from Revolution Wind to serve Connecticut. Revolution Wind is planned to begin operations in 2023.last_img read more

NAT Rejuvenates Fleet by Selling Two Older Tankers

first_imgBermuda-based shipping company Nordic American Tankers has sold two of its 1999-built tankers, the Nordic Aurora and the Nordic Sprite.Featuring over 147,000 dwt, the vessels were disposed of only months before their special surveys in January 2019, which normally cost about USD 1 million or more per ship.Nordic American Tankers informed that the units were sold at a price of about USD 10 million per unit net. Nordic Aurora and Nordic Sprite are scheduled to join their new owners in December 2018.After having sold eight ships this summer, built in 1997 and 1998, the NAT fleet now consists of ships built in 2000 and onwards.“The accumulated sale of the ten ships in 2018 is a part of our commercial strategy. The NAT top quality fleet now counts 23 suezmax tankers with an average age of 10 years,” the company said.“The tanker market for our suezmaxes is strong – the strongest we have seen for many years. The payment of dividend will continue to remain a key element of our strategy. Our fleet is well positioned to reap the benefits of the buoyant tanker market.”last_img read more

Novatek forms structure of Arctic LNG 2 project’s partnership

first_imgRussian gas producer Novatek has closed the sale of participation interests in its Arctic LNG 2 Project to two Chinese companies and a consortium of two Japanese companies. Image of the LNG PlantArctic LNG 2 project is a major liquefied natural gas development led by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula, Russia. The project will be developed using offshore platforms in northern West Siberia.The agreements with two Chinese companies were announced in April and confirmed in June and the agreement with the Japanese consortium was signed in late June, bringing Novatek one step closer to project final investment decision (FID).On Monday, July 22 Novatek said it had closed the sale of interests to wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd., and the consortium of Mitsui & Co and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Japan Arctic LNG).“We now have formed the structure of the project’s participants by successfully closing the sale of interests in Arctic LNG 2,” noted Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board.“The target level of Novatek’s participation has been reached, allowing us to make the final investment decision and optimally use the company’s cash flow to finance our new projects.”Front-end engineering and design for the project was completed last year, confirming preliminary cost estimates of between $20 billion and $21 billion.Wood Mackenzie previously said that Novatek was believed to be targeting FID this month or next, with start-up of the first train scheduled for 2022-2023.The Arctic LNG 2 project envisages constructing three LNG trains at 6.6 million tons per annum each, using gravity-based structure (GBS) platforms. The project is based on the hydrocarbon resources of the Utrenneye field.As of December 31, 2018, the Utrenneye field’s 2P reserves under PRMS totaled 1,138 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 57 million tons of liquids. Under the Russian classification reserves totaled 1,978 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 105 million tons of liquids. OOO Arctic LNG 2 owns an LNG export license.The project participants now include Novatek (60%), Total (10%), CNPC (10%), CNOOC (10%) and the Japan Arctic LNG (10%).Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Voters disagree with Obama’s marriage plans

first_imgWashington Examiner Sep 4 2012A new JZ Analytics poll that finds President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney split at 44 percent to 44 percent, also finds that likely voters do not agree with the president on gay marriage and immigration reform, but support his bailouts, green energy focus and foreign policy.The poll, provided to Secrets Tuesday, is a vivid display of how American voters are split not just politically but on individual issues, making it difficult for either presidential candidate to carve out a clear path to victory.Take Obama’s position backing same-sex marriage. Pollster John Zogby found that 51.4 percent of voters back the GOP’s traditional marriage position that the “ideal family is built around a stable marriage between a man and a woman.” Some 40.3 percent said “a family can still be the stable unit of a good society if it is headed by a single adult, a same-sex relationship, or grandparents.” http://washingtonexaminer.com/voters-disagree-with-obamas-marriage-immigration-plans/article/2506857From Family Research Council“Despite what many pundits say, social issues continue to be bridge issues–not wedge issues. Polls continue to show deep opposition to same-sex “marriage” among African Americans–with just 40% in support. More than 3,700 black pastors have called on President Obama to retract his statement that “gay marriage is a civil right.” Millions of voters clearly feel abandoned by President Obama, who once told Pastor Rick Warren that “I believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman.” In the 2004 election, results clearly show President Bush carried the pivotal state of Ohio because of his support for the marriage amendment on the ballot. With marriage referendums on the ballot in four states and continued backlash to President Obama’s same-sex “marriage” endorsement, marriage may once again emerge as the decisive rather than the “divisive” issue of this election.”last_img read more