Health minister puts all of Thailand on bird flu alert

first_imgAug 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Amid a rising number of cases of suspected avian flu in birds and humans, Thailand’s health minister yesterday declared that all of the country’s provinces are on alert, triggering tighter rules on bird transport and disposal.Health officials are monitoring 765 workers and farm families who were involved with a cull over the weekend of 300,000 chickens in the Nakhon Phanom province, said a report today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. So far, six people have developed a fever and two have exhibited influenza symptoms and are receiving oseltamivir, the report said.Meanwhile, the number of people in other provinces who are being monitored for avian flu has apparently dropped from 80 in 19 provinces reported on Monday to 45 in 10 provinces on Tuesday.Thailand reported its first human H5N1 avian influenza case and death of 2006 last week, a 17-year-old boy who died on Jul 24 in the Phichit province after handling dead chickens. In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Lower Northern Regional Veterinary Research and Development Centre in the Pitsanulok province said it confirmed the presence of H5N1 in chickens in Phichit during regular surveillance of high-risk areas. The positive test prompted full-scale preventive measures, which include screening, culling in affected areas, disinfecting affected and other high-risk areas, quarantining, and banning poultry transport for 30 days.In other news, Bloomberg reported today that Thailand has vowed to jail farmers who do not promptly report poultry deaths. The news service quoted a statement from Thai agriculture minister Sudarat Keyuraphan that farmers who don’t notify officials about bird deaths within 12 hours could face up to 2 months in jail and a fine of up to 4,000 baht ($106). The ministry also said the same penalties would apply to people in border provinces who violate a ban prohibiting poultry from Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.See also:Thailand’s Jul 26 report to the OIEhttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_fup_0000003364_20061107_121544.pdflast_img read more

TAQA files decommissioning plans for two North Sea platform topsides

first_imgThe North Cormorant platform facilitates production from the North Cormorant and Cormorant East Fields. Oil and gas imported from Otter is separated out and processed via the North Cormorant process facilities. Tern platform topsides; Source: TAQA Tern is a fixed Installation serving as a manned drilling and production facility for the Tern field, which lies within the East Shetland Basin of the UKCS in licence block 210/25. Under these plans, topsides of both these platforms will be removed onshore for reuse, recycling or disposal. The oil is then routed to Cormorant Alpha for onward transmission through the Brent Oil Pipeline System to Sullom Voe. The execution window for the North Cormorant topside decommissioning is at the earliest possible date in 2024 through to project completion in 2028. Tern field North Cormorant platform; Source: TAQA Associated gas, and gas imported from Tern Alpha, is exported through the Western Leg and the Far north Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) Pipeline to the St. Fergus terminal. Separated gas is distributed between the Tern, Hudson, Kestrel, Falcon and Cladhan facilities as fuel gas and lift gas, with any excess being exported via subsea pipelines to Hudson, Kestrel, Falcon, Cladhan and Otter facilities. The large steel jacket / sub-structure of the North Cormorant platform will be subject to a separate decommissioning programme. The North Cormorant platform is located in Block 211/21a in the UK Northern North Sea. The field was discovered in May 1974 by Shell / Esso with the platform installed in 1981 and production starting in February 1982. The large steel jacket / sub-structure of the Tern will be subject to a separate decommissioning programme. The Tern platform is located in Block 210/25 in the UK Northern North Sea. The field was discovered in May 1975 by Shell / Esso with the facility installed in 1988 and production started in February 1989. The execution window for the Tern decommissioning programme is at the earliest possible date in 2024 through to project completion in 2027. A CoP application for Tern has been prepared and was submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) in 4Q 2019. The CoP date for Tern is currently anticipated to be in 4Q 2023. TAQA Bratani has filed its decommissioning programs for the Tern and North Cormorant platform topsides, located in the UK North Sea, to the UK authorities. The North Cormorant is a fixed installation serving as manned drilling and production facility for the Cormorant North field, which lies within the East Shetland Basin of the UKCS in licence block 211/21a. A Cessation of Production application for North Cormorant is currently under preparation and will be submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) in 3Q 2020. The CoP date is currently anticipated to be 4Q 2023. Oil from the Tern, Hudson (operated by Dana), Kestrel, Falcon and Cladhan fields is produced and exported from the Tern installation to North Cormorant through a 16-inch subsea pipeline, and then via the Brent Oil Pipeline System to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands. The installation is located in 167 metres water depth and consists of a four-legged, steel jacket substructure, anchored by piles to the seabed.last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Sunday, May 29: Taking over The Warm Up

first_imgThe Two Mikes took over from Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning to tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img