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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The Veronicas selling their QLD hinterland hideaway FOLLOW COURIER MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK Kirsty and Ben Morland with Evie, 9, Max, 7, and Isla, 5, at their home on Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, which they are selling. Image: Josh Woning.To say Brisbane builder Ben Morland has a soft spot for Yeronga’s most famous street would be an understatement. The owner of design and construction firm grayHAUS grew up in Brisbane Corso and has built six luxury houses in the street — including his own dream home. “My parents built our family home here when I was in my early teens,” Mr Morland said.“When I moved away, I earmaked this street as somewhere to live and stay in. Ms Rudolph said the kitchen was at the heart of the home in a seamless integration of living areas.“There’s a series of more private areas including a study, three lounge rooms, and a four-car basement with storage and a self-contained office/apartment,” Ms Rudolph said. The home of Susie O’Neill at 401 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is for sale.The property is scheduled to go to auction on Saturday, September 5, at 3pm.Brisbane Corso is also home to Olympic swimming great Susie O’Neill, who is also selling her property at 401 Brisbane Corso.Other residents include former Olympian turned property developer Mark Stockwell and owners of the racehorse, Winx. This house at 352 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is for sale.“I drove past one day and a sign was up for sale (in the street) and I said to Kirsty; ‘We’re buying that house’.”The Morlands subdivided the riverfront block and built two houses on it.They built their current home at 352 Brisbane Corso on one and sold the other to rugby league coach Wayne Bennett. The home is a design masterpiece, with a heavy use of concrete.Mr Morland and his wife, Kirsty, along with their three children, moved into their modern masterpiece on 610 sqm some 18 months ago.“I went above and beyond here,” he said.“My lovely wife and I had many a robust conversation about the design for about 12 months.“We always knew we were going to make this the family home, so we had the time to get it right.” The kitchen is the centre of the home at 352 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.The house is a mid-century modern masterpiece, featuring suspended concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling glazing, offering unobstructed views of the swimming pool, fireplace, outdoor dining area and backyard.Mr Morland said his wife kept telling him to ‘soften it down’, when it came to the design features.“I love this house,” he said. “I love how open and free-flowing it is.“And the street appeal. It has that elevated aspect and is flood-free, which is a plus in Yeronga.” This mid-century modern design is signature to grayHAUS.But it’s time for a change and the Morlands have an itch to build a new project on acreage.“Our kids are super active and they need more room to run amok,” Mr Morland said. “The house would suit someone who had extended family, or an older family with teenagers as there’s a terrific, fully self-contained apartment on the lower level with its own access.“I had a vision of creating a great house with a connection to the space where the kitchen was in the heart of the home to enjoy Queensland living.” The property is scheduled to go to auction next month.Mr Morland said the family would miss living in Brisbane Corso, particularly being close to the river and the parklands.“The Corso is an active hub of Yeronga, with a great community feel,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago“I like Yeronga because it’s off the beaten track a bit — close to Brisbane but … this little bubble off the main road.“It’s a tightly-held suburb. A lot of homes will sell to locals in the area, and a lot offmarket.” Ray White New Farm Principal Matt Lancashire and prestige agent Christine Rudolph are marketing the Morlands’ property at 352 Brisbane Corso. This house at 352 Brisbane Corso, Yeronga, is for sale.Mr Lancashire said the property in Brisbane’s millionaire’s row was “the hottest new arrival” to the Brisbane Corso when it was built in 2018.“This mid-century home has a contemporary twist and the grayHAUS team have invested an insane level of detail into creating this welcoming family home, with a layout designed to flow effortlessly between spaces, where raw materials are offset by warm timber elements,” Mr Lancashire said.
ConocoPhillips has submitted the first offshore project proposal for its Barossa area development in the Timor Sea, offshore Australia.The Barossa offshore development area encompasses the Barossa and Caldita Fields, in the Bonaparte Basin, some 300 kilometers north of Darwin.The development is anticipated to produce natural gas and light condensate. According to ConocoPhillips, the expected LNG and condensate production rates are expected to be around 3.7 million tonnes per year and 1.5 million barrels per year, respectively. The life of the project is expected to be approximately 20 years from first gas, which is targeted for 2023.The development concept includes a permanently moored FPSO unit, subsea production system, supporting in-field subsea infrastructure in the Barossa field, and a subsea gas export pipeline. The FPSO facility will separate the natural gas and condensate extracted from the field with the condensate exported directly from the FPSO facility to offtake tankers in the Barossa offshore development area and the dry gas transported via a subsea gas export pipeline for onshore processing.While appropriate commercial arrangements are yet to be put in place, it is proposed to connect the new subsea gas export pipeline to the existing Bayu-Undan to Darwin gas export pipeline which feeds the onshore Darwin Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility at Wickham Point, NT. This would allow transport of dry gas from the Barossa Field to Darwin for liquefaction and export. Gas from the Barossa Field would replace the existing supply from the Bayu-Undan Field following its anticipated depletion in 2022.As the new gas export pipeline route is still subject to refinement, a corridor has been identified for the purposes of the early stage Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) to allow flexibility for placement pending further engineering and environmental investigations.The pre-front end engineering design work for the project is currently underway and is anticipated to be followed by FEED in 2018. The final investment decision (FID) for the project is anticipated to be in 2019.FLNG too expensive Worth noting, an offshore project proposal is not necessarily the final development plan. It is a regulatory document document required for all proposed offshore projects in Commonwealth waters.It covers offshore activities including production drilling, the construction and installation of facilities and infrastructure such as pipelines, the recovery of petroleum and associated operation of facilities, through to decommissioning.Following the submission of the first offshore project proposal for the Barossa area, Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is now seeking public comment on the offshore project proposal.The proposal, which can be found in full on the NOPSEMA website, will be open for public comment for a period of eight weeks ending on September 6, 2017.“Providing the public with opportunities for participation and consultation is an integral part of an environmental impact assessment and assists in ensuring responsible offshore petroleum environmental management,” said Stuart Smith, CEO of NOPSEMA.As defined by the offshore safety regulator, an OPP provides a mechanism for the potential environmental impacts and risks of petroleum activities conducted over the life of a proposed offshore project to be assessed. It is a requirement of the OPP process that the public are provided an opportunity to scrutinise and comment on the OPP.If NOPSEMA determines a proponent has not evaluated and addressed public comment adequately or the final OPP does not meet all of the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 then NOPSEMA cannot approve the OPP.However, if the regulator accepts the final OPP then that acceptance does not provide the necessary approval for an offshore petroleum activity to begin. Each activity within an accepted OPP must also have an accepted environment plan in place before it can begin.Offshore Energy Today Staff While Australia is set to host the world’s largest FLNG unit – the Prelude – in a few weeks, ConocoPhillips said that the FLNG development concept for the Barossa area was deemed uneconomic early in the project selection process due to its high capital cost relative to options utilising existing infrastructure.“The FPSO facility concept will deliver gas supply continuity for the already existing DLNG facility, which not only greatly reduces development costs but importantly also has a significant socio-economic benefit and social investment flow-on effects such as creation of local jobs and supplier opportunities to the Darwin community. Delivering gas from the Barossa offshore development area through the proposed development concept to bring gas to Darwin will enable these socio-economic benefits to continue,” ConocoPhillips said.Public input invited
Image source: HitachiHitachi has introduced their new telescopic arm excavator, named ZX210LC-6, at Intermat – International Exhibition for Construction and Infrastructure (April 23-28, Paris).“As the smallest model in the range, the ZX210LC-6 is ideal for working in confined spaces. Capable of excavating to depths of 21 meters, it offers high levels of productivity, a powerful performance and exceptional versatility,” said Hitachi in its release.The new special application model is being exhibited at Intermat by Payen, an authorized dealer of Hitachi Construction Machinery Sales and Service France SAS.According to the official statement, the telescopic arm of the ZX210LC-6 extends and retracts smoothly in seconds using a technologically advanced combination of rope and hydraulic cylinders. This enables it to remove soil quickly and easily and load trucks efficiently so the material can be transported off site.SpecificationsModel code – ZX210LC-6 telescopic arm;Engine rated power (kW) – 128.4;Operating weight (kg) – 27,600;Clamshell bucket capacity (m³) ISO heaped– 0.80;Bucket digging force (kN) – 60.3;Maximum vertical digging depth (m) – 21.
In its plans to revitalize LNG-fueled shipbuilding industry the South Korean government decided to support the first order for vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the development of LNG bunkering infrastructure. According to a statement by the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the government will back the order of two 200,000-ton bulk carriers scheduled to operate on South Korean and Australian routes.The government is looking to not only improve the air quality in its port cities but to also keep in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decision to limit the sulphur content of marine fuels to 0.5 percent.According to its statement, the ministry intends to commence a pilot project, replacing vessels using Bunker C fuel or diesel with LNG-fueled vessels. It plans to subsidize about 10 percent of the costs of replacing aging vessels with LNG-fueled vessels.It is also looking to build the LNG bunkering infrastructure in ports such as Busan and Ulsan that is currently lacking, and will also provide port fee reductions for LNG fueled freighters.The ministry has also set out to revise relevant laws and regulations in order to support the creation of an LNG bunkering market, establish a mid- and long-term roadmap to build LNG bunkering infrastructure depending on the demand and harbor conditions.It also intends to push start the revitalization of the initial LNG bunkering market through the investment in the construction shipping facilities at the Tongyeong LNG terminal.In terms of technology, the ministry plans to develop a base for LNG bunkering technology suitable for coastal vessels and domestic small-sized coastal freighters, as well as to support the localized development of LNG bunkering equipment.
Three people are reported missing after an explosion ripped through the crude oil tanker M.T. Desh Vaibhav, owned by the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).The company said that based on the preliminary information the tanker “reportedly suffered an explosion in one of its cargo tanks” early this morning while underway offshore Oman.“Another person with burns is being evacuated by helicopter. Assistance has been sought from the Oman Royal Navy and other ships in the vicinity. “As per latest status, the fire has subsided and a fire fighting vessel is expected to reach the vessel shortly to cool down the tanks,” SCI said in a statement.The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.Based on the vessel’s latest AIS data from Marine Traffic, the ship is not under command and it is situated in the Gulf of Oman. The VLCC was underway from Sikka, India to Fujairah, UAE when the blast occurred.The 2005-built VLCC is one of four very large crude tankers in SCI’s fleet, based on the company’s website data.
The annual fuel bill of Danish shipping giant A.P.Moller Maersk is set to increase by USD 2 billion a year, at least, amid rising costs from the implementation of the 0.5 percent sulfur cap in 2020.Simon Bergulf, director for regulatory affairs at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, told Bloomberg that the issues stemming from the new regulations have almost created a perfect storm, taking into account the expected tight availability of compliant fuels and required investments in infrastructure and research.As informed, the company spent USD 3.37 billion on fuel last year, meaning the new regulations are likely to almost double these expanses.Maersk plans to comply with the new rules by using low sulphur fuel. The company said earlier that it was not investing in scrubbers taking into account various operational concerns.As part of its efforts to ensure availability of compliant fuel, earlier this month Maersk tamed up with Royal Vopak, an independent tank storage operator, on a project aimed at launching 0.5 percent sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam.Under the project, Maersk will be able to supply its ships with compliant fuel at Vopak’s modified facilities at Vopak Terminal Europoort.The 2020 sulphur regulation, which will ban ships from using any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 pct as of January 1, 2020, is expected to impose a heavy burden on owners as the annual fuel costs for the shipping industry are likely to jump by up to USD 60 billion, including by USD 10 billion for the containership sector alone.Fears have been raised that some owners might opt to dodge the regulations and not invest in compliant fuels as paying a fine for non-compliance would be much cheaper. Maersk CEO Soren Skou said earlier this year that the only way for creating a level playing field with the new regulation would be strong enforcement, including banning of non-compliant ships.World Maritime News Staff
EDF Renewables UK has received consent from the Scottish Government for an improved design of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.The updated consent will allow the offshore wind farm to be built using fewer turbines, but with higher capacity, which will generate the same 450MW energy output.The new design will comprise a maximum of 54 turbines instead of the planned 75, which will have a maximum tip height of 208m above sea level.In line with its practice, EDF Group said it plans to have the project open to other investors in due course.“This is great news and we are excited to move forward delivering this milestone project for Scotland which will provide low carbon energy for decades to come,” said Matthias Haag, EDF Renewables UK NnG Project Director.EDF Group bought Neart na Gaoithe from Mainstream Renewable Power in May following a competitive bidding process.The wind farm, located some 15km off the Fife coast, is expected to be operational by 2023.
Image courtesy of Eagle LNGEagle LNG has received a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct the Jacksonville LNG export facility.Eagle LNG said last Friday that the FEIS was the final step in the environmental review process before the final federal authorization decision deadline and anticipated FERC approval of the project.Sean Lalani, president of Eagle LNG, stated: “Achieving this critical milestone is a significant step forward for Eagle’s Jacksonville LNG export facility as we continue to advance our efforts to supply clean-burning, domestic, and affordable LNG for marine bunkering and small-scale LNG export to both domestic and international markets.”The FEIS is a result of FERC’s comprehensive process that Eagle LNG started in December 2014, and includes the completion of numerous comprehensive environmental, safety, and security reviews involving input from both federal and state agencies and various stakeholders.The proposed Jacksonville LNG project will initially consist of three liquefaction trains, which will be capable of producing up to 1.65 million gallons of LNG per day, or approximately 1 million tonnes per annum.“The Jacksonville LNG facility, with its prime Florida East Coast location, will give us a unique and competitive advantage in helping provide some of the lowest-cost power generation for nearby Caribbean countries. With approximately $500 million of infrastructure investment, this project will continue to generate numerous well-paying direct and indirect jobs in Florida,” added Lalani.
US-based container carrier Matson has started the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems on six vessels deployed in its Hawaii and China-Long Beach Express services.The company said that three of the vessels would receive the new equipment in 2019 and the remaining three in 2020, as part of Matson’s strategy to reduce fleet emissions in line with the International Maritime Organization’s sulphur cap.While new low-sulfur fuels designed to meet the new IMO emission standard have been in development for years in anticipation of the change, there is still uncertainty about their costs and availability, the company explained. While liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an alternative, Matson said that the infrastructure for production and distribution is insufficient to support its operations in the Pacific.“Because of unpredictability in the way fuel markets may develop over the next few years, Matson’s IMO compliance strategy retains the flexibility to implement the most economical solution as conditions evolve,” said John Lauer, senior vice president and chief commercial officer.Matson embarked on a fleet renewal program, replacing older vessels with four new ships that are equipped with dual-fuel engines designed to run on new low-sulfur fuels or LNG. The other main component of Matson’s strategy involves expanded use of scrubbers, which enable vessels to achieve compliance with the new IMO regulations while continuing to use existing higher sulfur fuels. Matson installed scrubber systems on three vessels in its Alaska fleet in 2015 and 2016.“Similar to the systems Matson deploys in Alaska, the scrubber technology being installed in the six additional vessels will reduce sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions to levels at or below the limits set by the new IMO regulations, and below those of vessels using low-sulfur fuel.”With the deployment of dual-fuel engines in new ships and scrubbers in additional vessels, the company expects to be able to meet or exceed the IMO 2020 emission standard while mitigating the expected higher cost of low-sulfur fuel over more than half of its current fleet.
The Herald Sun 26 July 2012Children whose parents regularly read to them when they are young are likely to perform better in NAPLAN, a landmark study says. The Australian Institute of Family Studies surveyed thousands of children and found that solid foundations for reading at the ages of four and five was linked to higher literacy scores. Mini-bookworms who were read to often, surrounded by books at home and visited the library, were the best off, researchers Killian Mullan and Galina Daraganova found. While the study dealt with children aged four and up, experts say parents can start on the path to developing literacy skills from birth. The research used data from a longitudinal study of nearly 5000 children, using time-diaries when they were aged 4-5 and then 10-11.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/good-readers-make-better-students/story-fndo317g-1226433267615