ExxonMobil’s top brass says Guyana prospects justify continued exploration

first_imgExxonMobil’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rex Tillerson, confirmed on Wednesday the company’s commitment to exploration and said this year’s deep-water oil discovery off Guyana would be “easily” viable for development at today’s prices.ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillersonduring the 2015 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. CERAWeek 2015, in its 34th year, will provide new insights and critically-important dialogue with decision-makers in the oil and gas, electric power, coal, renewables, and nuclear sectors from around the world. Photographer: F. Carter Smith/Bloomberg / mug – mugshot – headshot / 04222015xBUSINESS 08092015xPUBThe ExxonMobil’s top brass was at the time addressing the Oil and Money conference, currently being held in London, United Kingdom with the participation of executives from major oil and gas companies from across the world.Held under the theme ‘Boom, Bust and Beyond: Strategies for Survival’, Tillerson used the forum to downplay the reduction in frontier exploration by some majors companies and pointed to its discovery off Guyana, which was announced in June and holds resources estimated at 800 million to 1.4 billion oil equivalent barrels.The fundamentals of long-term demand for new resources, equivalent to “five Saudi Arabias” over the next 25 years, justified continued exploration, he said.The ExxonMobil CEO did use the opportunity to point to the lack of a supply chain in Guyana, but countered saying it was something the industry was experienced in overcoming and would deal with.“We’re going to continue… the vibrant exploration programmes that are identifying new large resource opportunities,” Tillerson said.“Yes [Guyana] is a deepwater development, but I can tell you that development is very viable at today’s prices, easily. We already know so much in terms of how to develop these kinds of resources and we’re taking advantage of market conditions,” Tillerson said, referring to ExxonMobil and its partners in Guyana, US upstream company Hess and China’s state-controlled CNOOC.“The fact that it is greenfield, it’s in a nation that has little to no capacity to produce anything that we need and so on, we have learnt how to do this.”The resource estimate for the find offshore Guyana follows the much-watched drilling of the Liza-2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block, which ExxonMobil operates with a 45 per cent stake.The well found more than 190 feet (58 metres) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs after drilling to 5475 metres in 1692 metres of water.In announcing recently that ExxonMobil’s exploratory well offshore Guyana named SkipJack had turned up dry, the company said it will continue with plans to develop the Liza well with its declared capacity of approximately one billion barrels and also look for other possible targets for drilling.The SkipJack was spud on July 17, 2016, but turned up dry.ExxonMobil’s Liza 3 spud on September 4 and, like its predecessor Liza 2, the well will focus on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.Liza 2 hit more than 190 feet of net pay and caused ExxonMobil, along with partners Hess and CNOOC subsidiary Nexen, to boost their estimate of the recoverable oil in place at Liza to 800 million to 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.In July, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process.That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the East.Production will be sent to an FPSO with capacity of around 100,000 barrels of oil per day.Under that plan, first production from the field would come online sometime in 2020 or as late as 2021.last_img read more

Medic ripped off while off in Iraq

first_img“I didn’t want my son to be worried about money being drained from his account,” she said. “I wanted him to keep his head down, to just stay safe.” Back in February, Mann had some downtime and went online to review his bank account when the suspect charges stared back from the screen. The 800 number provided to report such problems didn’t work from Iraq so he sought his mom’s help. “Hey, I think I have some fraudulent charges on my credit card, I already contacted 1 company and I need to call this number … to give them info so they can refund the money (only I can’t call that type of number from over here),” Mann wrote in a Feb. 12 e-mail to Duke. Mann, who is with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C., has been in the Army for 2 1/2 years and was deployed to Iraq in August. He created a joint account with his mom before leaving and gave her power of attorney. His paychecks were direct-deposited and he relied on the debit card at the PX. Duke, 55, a special-education teacher at a San Fernando Valley High School, didn’t have her son’s debit card number and without it the bank wouldn’t let her proceed. Afraid of transmitting sensitive information online, she asked Mann to call – but that took time because base communications are often blacked out to prevent news of severe injuries or soldier deaths from leaking out before families are notified, she said. A week later the bank’s fraud unit called Duke on a Sunday and she managed to get the card blocked. The following Tuesday she marched into the bank’s Valencia branch where she met another warrior – Gwen Smith, the service officer – who made some calls, and met some resistance. “I could hear her from across the bank, she kept repeating, `He’s in Iraq, he can’t do this! … I have met this young man, I know he’s there.’ She was furious,” Duke said. Duke was seeking an alternative to company policies that required signed papers to be returned to the bank within 10 days. Duke said more than $1,000 was plundered from her son’s account. She said turnaround time with mail to Iraq can take eight weeks, but Smith expedited matters and got Mann a new card in just days. Smith sometimes sees four identity theft cases a month but this was a first. “I told them I needed someone to override certain procedures because this was an extremely rare situation and it was urgent,” Smith said. She didn’t stop there. Through the bank’s idea network, Smith suggested rules should be changed to accommodate clients who are fighting in a war and don’t have easy access to their bank. An investigation into the theft is continuing. It appears Mann’s Social Security number is safe, and he doesn’t know where or when his bank card numbers were stolen – it may have been when he was home on leave. The Army is not responsible for armoring soldiers’ bank accounts, but offers some pointers. “(This) is a rare occurrence, but the Army does tell us … warn us, protect your identity, protect your credit cards,” said Gail Anderson, an Army reservist and spokeswoman for the Army recruiting battalion of Los Angeles. The Federal Trade Commission says roughly 9 million Americans may be victimized by identity theft annually. Mann, who attended ROTC classes at Valencia High School, was due to return home in August, but could be held over since the military has increased some deployments to 15 months or more. In September, Duke helped form Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, the area’s second chapter of the nationwide support group for moms whose offspring are serving in the military. The chapter may be contacted at P.O. Box 220685, Newhall, CA 91322-0685 or at (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA As a young Army medic was tending to casualties in Iraq, a thief who ripped off his debit card number was merrily ringing up charges on the soldier’s account. Repairing his banking problem was as tough a task as patching limbs shredded by mortar attacks. Fortunately for Spc. Alexander Mann, 21 – a Hart High School graduate – his mom Debi Duke was jointly named on the account. Busting through brush-offs, delays and red tape, Duke fought the banking battle at home. last_img

Fit-again Folau to start on wing for Wallabies

first_img0Shares0000Israel Folau has been declared fit ahead of the Wallabies clash with Argentina © AFP/File / Patrick HAMILTONGOLD COAST, Australia, Sep 13 – Israel Folau will start on the wing for the first time in five years against Argentina this weekend in a surprise tactical shift after the Wallabies’ star fullback was declared fit Thursday along with influential flanker David Pocock.Both players were late scratchings from Australia’s team against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday, but were named in the starting XV for their Rugby Championship showdown against the Pumas on the Gold Coast. Folau injured his ankle in the opening Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand on August 18, while Pocock has been struggling with a neck problem after being targeted by the All Blacks in Auckland three weeks ago.While Folau is back, with Jack Maddocks dropping to the bench, it will not be in his favoured fullback position with coach Michael Cheika opting to keep Dane Haylett-Petty in the number 15 jersey after two standout displays in his team-mate’s absence.It is another big gamble by Cheika after he dumped veteran Bernard Foley for the Springboks clash in favour of Kurtley Beale at fly-half and Matt Toomua at inside centre.While the two players didn’t always gel, the fresh approach paid off with the Wallabies snapping a four-match losing streak to win 23-11.Folau has started 61 Tests at fullback dating back to the 2013 Bledisloe Cup, and Cheika has repeatedly stated he regards the NSW Waratahs star as too valuable there to shift him to centre or wing.But that has all gone out of the window as he mixes it up with an eye on next year’s World Cup in Japan.“Dane’s played well at fullback and I’d like to give him an opportunity to have a another go. And with Israel back in, it’s just a slightly different look and we’ll see how we go,” said Cheika.“I think everyone knows how highly I regard him (Folau) at number 15 and I’m sure he’ll want to get that jersey back.“They’ll be working together in a lot of situations, Israel is very keen and very much up for it.”– ‘Ready to go’ –The return of breakdown specialist Pocock is another huge boost for the Wallabies, who have beaten Argentina in 15 of their last 16 meetings.His treatment at the hands of the All Blacks sparked calls for rugby chiefs to start taking illegal neck roll tackles, employed to shift him from the ruck, more seriously.Cheika said Pocock had told him he felt ready to return and had taken part in contact training on Thursday morning.“He got into some contact work today and he got knocked about a bit,” he said. “No one knows himself better than David and he has declared himself ready to go.”Adam Coleman returns to the Wallabies camp after the birth of his first child and will be a replacement, with Izack Rodda starting alongside Rory Arnold in the second row.Sekope Kepu, who was axed from the Springboks squad, is set to earn his 97th cap after also being named among the reserves.Australia (15-1): Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Reece Hodge, Matt Toomua; Marika Koroibete, Kurtley Beale; Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper; Lukhan Tui, Izack Rodda; Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio.Replacements: Folau Faingaa, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Jack Maddocks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Office Administrator/ Bookkeeper required

first_imgA busy retail company in the Letterkenny area requires an Office Administrator.Duties to include invoice processing, bank reconciliations and payroll.Sage Line 50 experience essential. This is a full time position offering an attractive salary to the successful candidate. However, consideration would be given to a suitably experienced candidate who wishes to work shorter hours. How to apply:Reply with CV to:Ref: CJStewart & MacLochlainn, Chartered Accountants, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegalor Email: Closing Date for applications 6th September 2019.Job Vacancy: Office Administrator/ Bookkeeper required was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BookkeeperOffice Administratorlast_img read more

Wartime letters inspiring

first_imgNEWHALL – A curious daughter’s accidental discovery of a cache of letters has evolved into a moving tribute to her parents and veterans throughout the ages. “Wartime Romance,” written by Newhall resident Marilyn Johnson Hackett, takes audiences back to World War II days in Horton, Kan., where Margaret Wolff – Hackett’s mother – corresponded with a bomber pilot named Tom Johnson, whom she married when he returned home. The play, a benefit for the Veterans Historical Plaza in downtown Newhall, will debut Friday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons. The letters are like thousands of others written from a war zone – filled with small talk in grave circumstances. The possibility that each letter could be the last is unspoken. The optimism from each writer is necessary for survival. “After 9-11, I wanted to do something,” she said. “I couldn’t do anything about the situation, but I could do something about the guys who are over there sacrificing for us every day.” She called in lots of personal favors, starting right at home, where her husband, Wayne, agreed to serve as director. She recruited actor friends for roles – Beth Maitland to play Sarah; Eddie Frierson to play her father, Tommy; Sam Musso to play Sarah’s beau, Socs; Sloan to play the postman; Lorie McMahon to play the daughter (young Marilyn) and newcomers Sam Lewis and Eric Kilpatrick to play two of Tommy’s fellow Marines. She saved the role closest to her heart for herself – as a young version of her mother. “I had no idea it would be this hard, playing my mother,” she said, blinking back tears. “I thought, `You’re in showbiz; it’s just another role,’ but it’s not like that at all. “Chuck knew my mother. He’s kind of my coach. He’s my gauge so I know if I’ve got it. He told me when I did a certain thing, I became her and it gave him chills.” Other technical help and sponsors joined in, and the debut performances – Friday, Saturday and Sunday at College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center – will include an opportunity to send postcards and packages through Prayer Angels for the Military. Hackett hopes that future performances might be sponsored by the United Service Organizations or veterans groups. The man who wrote those original letters, Marine Capt. Tom Johnson, now 88, hasn’t seen any rehearsals or read the script yet, but he’s proud of his daughter’s efforts. “I thought if it would do some good to help the veterans who served our country, then I’ll go along with it,” he said. Johnson became a dive-bomber pilot in 1942 when he joined the Marines and was sent to the Pacific theater. He served four years in the Marines. “At my age, I’m not seeking any glory, and I don’t like a lot of praise. I don’t feel like I was a hero. I flew planes, bombed targets, was shot at and came home,” he said. “The real heroes were in Pearl Harbor or crawling on the beaches at Guadalcanal or in Normandy.” Performances of “Wartime Romance” are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 per person. For ticket information, visit or call Pam Hogan at (661) 251-7870 for information. (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When I found the letters, I was nervous, but I told my mom I had read them,” Hackett said. “She was embarrassed for my dad. She thought I might have intruded on his thoughts. As a performer, as I read them, they (referred to) songs that each was listening to, and I thought this was a great story to be put to music.” The show will feature performances by singers from the Harmony Hills Barbershop Chorus and a live big-band orchestra will provide the musical acccompaniment. Chuck Sloan, who plays a postman and minister in the show, has been a friend of Hackett’s since college, and he remembers getting a call from her when she found the letters in her parents’ attic. “She called me and said she’d found these letters and thought it would be a great thing to mix with music,” he recalled. “She knew it needed to be presented as so much more than straight letters. But there’s that uneasy feeling when you read your parents’ thoughts. It’s so personal you have to be very careful.” Margaret and Tom Johnson gave their daughter their blessing to proceed with her idea, but, busy with other projects, she put the draft in a drawer. Her mother died in 2001, and her father came to live with Hackett and her husband in Newhall. When ground was broken for the plaza, she felt it was time to finally bring the project to life. last_img


first_imgRosses AC NewsAfter an exciting day’s athletics in Letterkenny last Wednesday, Keadue National School emerged the winners in the 2 teacher section and Roshine National School, Maghery won the 3 teacher category in the Cumann na mBunscol Small Schools Athletics finals.For Keadue, Ciaran Nicholas was in fine form winning the 6th class High Jump and Long Jump and bronze in the Ball Throw and Emma Maloney winning the Junior Ball Throw. Ulitah Boyle won two silver medals in the sprint and 200m. This was Keadue’s third year in a row to win the Cumann na mBunscol Athletics title and caps off a fine year for them as they also won the Cumann na mBunscol Roinn 6 Girls football title. Roshine National Schools had many fine performances on the day. Melissa Mc Gee won the 5th class sprint and Long Jump, got silver in the High Jump and led her relay team to gold. Her sister Aoife also won her two races, bronze in the Long Jump and gold in the relays. Emily Croke threw a pb of 8.45m to win the Shot Putt and picked up a silver in the Ball Throw. Fynn Moulton surprised everyone with gold in the junior Long Jump with a fine effort of 3.85m. Ryan Brennan also picked up a medal in his sprint. Neil Noble won gold in the 5th class sprint. Other medal winners were Elanor O Donnell – sprint and Ball Throw, Jack Treacy – double sprint silver, Rachel Pissaro – sprint, Sarah Jane Hartnett – sprint, Philip Noble and Conor – Ball Throw.Roshine capped off a fine day by winning both the Junior and Senior Relays. Roshine had already won the Best Small School award at the Rosses Primary Schools Sports.These victories were a fitting send-off for principal teacher James Gillespie who retired this week. Rosses Athletic club would like to thank James for the interest and support he has shown for athletics in the school down through the years and wish him and Mary many happy years ahead. Well done to Tara Geoghegan and Aoife Mc Gee who competed in the All Ireland Children’s Games in Tullamore last Saturday. Both girls competed in two events. A superb performance from Tara in the Long Jump who got out to 3.49m which was third best jump overall. Aoife jumped 2.79m and their aggregate score left them in 7th place. Aoife had a superb run in the 60m sprint in a time of 10.03 sec with Tara clocking 10.47 sec for 8th place overall.Rosses AC will have two U-16 Girls teams competing in the National Relays Ch’s in Tullamore on Sat 5th July.The following athletes will be competing in the National Track & Field Ch’s also in Tullamore:Sunday 13th July: Fodhla Mc Fadden in U-16 High Jump at 10.00 am. Emily Croke in U-12 Shot Putt at 12 midday. Patrick Marry in U-12 Long Jump at 12 midday. Luke Mc Dermott in U-15 Javelin at 2 pm.Saturday 26 July: Ailbhe O Donnell and Amy Hanna in U-16 Long Jump at 10 am. Patrick Marry in U-12 High Jump at 11 am. Joseph Sharkey in U-13 Shot Putt at 11 am. Leah Mc Garvey in U-12 Long Jump at 12 midday.Well done to all the athletes who completed the Extreme North Half Marathon last weekend from Culdaff to Moville – Anne Rodgers, Fiona Mc Ginley, Valerie Mc Ginley, Patricia O Donnell, Denis Boner. A special well done to Fiona Mc Ginley – 1st lady finisher. The Half and Full Donegal Marathons will take place on Sunday 24th August 2014. Every level of runner or walker is invited to participate. The 26.2 mile course will take in Letterkenny and the surrounding area. This promises to be an event which will both challenge and encourage all the participants. Discount rate available before end of June.Juvenile training for the younger athletes in Carrickfinn is now finished for the summer.Wednesday night training at the Industrial Estate will be put on hold for the summer months as many people are preparing for Gaelforce North, taking part in 5ks, etc and will commence again in late August.Fit4Life is in Mulladearg on Mondays at 6pm and Wednesdays in Carrickfinn at 6pm. All levels catered for. Walkers and beginners welcome. ROSSES AC NEWS: KEADUE N.S. WIN THIRD CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL ATHLETICS TITLE IN A ROW was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSportlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily editor Stephen Maguire has called out Voodoo Venue owner Jason Black ahead of this weekend’s Northfit Corporate Fitness Event.Maguire scoffed at Black’s impressive sporting CV, which includes scaling Mount Everest. Maguire is confident he and his employees have what it takes to trump Black and the other businesses involved in the unique and innovative fitness event.Sixteen local businesses are set to go head-to-head at the event which has been organised to encourage fitness and well-being within the workplace.It’s sure to be a fun and competitive event, to watch the video above, simply click play and enjoy!DDTV: DONEGAL DAILY CALLS OUT JASON BLACK AHEAD OF NORTHFIT CORPORATE CHALLENGE was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessDDTVFeaturesJason BlacknewsNorthfit Corporate Fitness EventSportlast_img read more


first_imgThe number of councillors on Donegal County Council is to increase by eight from 29 to 37.The eight new councillors are to make up the shortfall left behind by the planned abolition of the county’s town councils in Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Letterkenny and Buncrana.The extra seats are also to reflect the population of the county which now stands at more than 161,000. The information has been released by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee.  BOUNDARY SHAKE-UP TO SEE EIGHT NEW COUNCILLORS ON COUNCIL was last modified: May 30th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:councillorsDonegal Council Councilmemberslast_img read more

Survey: Voters back bond

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Lancaster school officials want to build two elementary schools and a middle school. State funds will cover most of the cost but not all of it. District officials had said earlier that they were considering putting a $40 million bond issue on the June 6 ballot, which would result in an assessment of around $30 per $100,000 assessed value. The survey, however, said only 41.3 percent would be in favor of paying a $30 annual assessment. A total of 49.8 percent would support paying $25 per $100,000 assessed value, and 55.5 percent would favor a $20 assessment, the survey said. A bond measure needs at least 55 percent voter approval to pass. “We are going re-agendize it for discussion to decide go or no go. I think it’s going to be a go. The real discussion will be at what level,” Superintendent Steve Gocke said. LANCASTER – More than 60 percent of voters would support paying an annual tax of $15 to help pay for school construction, according to a survey commissioned by the Lancaster School District. Done as school officials consider seeking a new school construction bond issue next June, the survey showed support declining as assessments got higer. “We are still looking into it (whether to pursue a bond),” trustee Greg Tepe said. “We are probably looking at a rate somewhere between $15 and $25.” Lancaster School District trustees in October hired a company, at a cost not to exceed $15,000, to survey voters by telephone to gauge support for a bond measure to help build schools. A total of 400 registered voters were polled. Gocke said he was not surprised by the poll results. “Considering the time of year they did it, right after the election, I kind of expected it,” Gocke said. “The support level for the kinds of things we are doing was high. People said you need to have decent schools for a decent education.” Tepe said an assessment of $15 per $100,000 assessed value would raise $27.4 million over 10 years, plus bring in an additional $38 million in matching funds from the state. That would be enough to build a middle school and two elementary schools, and complete modernization at six schools: Joshua, Park View Middle, Sunnydale, Linda Verde, Mariposa and Piute Middle schools. The board is expected to make a final decision by March to be able to place a bond measure on the June ballot. District property owners are already paying about $28 a year per $100,000 assessed value on a 1999 district bond measure. The 18-school, 16,000-student district wants to build a middle school at 45th Street West and Avenue K, an elementary campus at Kettering Street and 18th Street East, and another elementary school at Avenue K-4 and 22nd Street West. The middle school will cost about $18 million, and the elementary schools $12 million each. “The district must build new schools in order to house the growing student population and to complete the much-needed modernization projects to maintain proper and safe conditions at our older facilities,” a district report said. “The district continues to pursue all avenues of available funding. However, the matching funds required by the state to build new schools is not a viable budget option for our district at this time. Therefore an alternative funding source such as a general obligation bond must be explored,” the report said. The $29 million bond measure approved in 1999 has been exhausted by building Amargosa Creek Middle School and Jack Northrop and West Wind elementary schools and in several modernization projects. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want 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