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Source: Carburos Metálicos A member of the Air Products Group, Carburos Metálicos General Director Ahmed Hababou explained the company’s collaboration with various health institutions and field hospitals, as well as adaption of Carburos Metálicos’ production structure to ensure the supply of medical oxygen to all primary care and hospitals. Source: Carburos Metálicos Built in 1974, the Aranjuez plant is dedicated to filling gases and also has a high purity gas laboratory. Products range from traditional gases such as oxygen, argon, nitrogen, helium and CO2, to those destined for the food sector, welding gases, medical gases and dry ice.Commenting on the visit, Blanco said it was a “sign of the appreciation and recognition of the Government of Spain to an industrial sector, that of industrial gases, which has demonstrated its capacity for adaptation and solidarity in the toughest moments of the health crisis, increasing its production of gases for medicinal uses without which our hospital network could not have given such a magnificent response.”
LNG World News Staff (Updated with a statement by an Elengy spokeswoman, 25.05.2016)France’s Elengy, Europe’s second-largest LNG terminal operator, said that the company’s three LNG terminals have been affected by the ongoing strike in the country as workers are protesting due to proposed labor reforms.Elengy, a unit of France’s utility and LNG player Engie, operates the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal on the French Atlantic coast and Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou on the shores of the Mediterranean.According to an earlier report by Reuters, France’s largest workers union, CGT, said its members have blocked two LNG terminals starting midnight May 24, with Elengy’s workforce joining in the strike until midnight of May 26.Elengy said on Tuesday that due to the staff strike, the company’s three LNG terminals were closed with no unloading operations taking place and no send-out to the French gas grid.There were no changes on Thursday, and the operations halt will continue on May 25 and May 26, an Elengy spokeswoman confirmed to LNG World News in an emailed statement.France has been hit by a wave of strikes, just three weeks before the Euro 2016 football tournament, aimed at forcing President Francois Hollande’s government to withdraw proposed new labor market rules.Started in March, the strikes have gathered momentum over the last few weeks causing fuel supply disruption in France.According to Reuters, France is currently suffering from major fuel shortages, with six out of the eight oil refineries in the country have either stopped operating or have reduced output. Train and metro strikes have been announced too.
Steinexpo 2017 attracted more than 50,000 visitorsHundreds of trade shows in Germany have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic in recent weeks, while outside the country construction, demolition and recycling events such as Samoter in Italy and Hillhead in the United Kingdom have been rearranged because of the virus.However, a COVID-19 status update for Steinexpo dated April 15 says: “According to current knowledge Steinexpo 2020 will take place as planned from August 26 to August 29.”Now in its 11th edition, the exhibition is a showcase for the raw materials and building materials industry and attracts exhibitors including construction machinery manufacturers, mineral processing technology systems suppliers and service providers.It takes place in Homberg/Nieder Ofleiden and attracted more than 50,000 visitors to the previous event in 2017, including almost a quarter from non-German speaking countries. Germany’s Steinexpo exhibition, scheduled for the end of August, is set to go ahead despite Coronavirus, with the event website saying that “preparations are in full swing”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
Five law firms and two insurers have set up a pressure group with the aim of preventing Lord Justice Jackson’s proposed reforms to the funding of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, which they claim will leave victims ‘at the mercy’ of large insurance companies. The Consumer Justice Alliance (CJA) is to lobby against Jackson’s proposal to stop claimants from recovering success fees and after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums from losing defendants. It also opposes scrapping referral fees in personal injury cases. The group’s founding members are: Somerset personal injury firm Harris Fowler; London personal injury firm Wixted & Co; Essex medical negligence firm Gadsby Wicks; City personal injury firm ProLegal; Bristol medical negligence and personal injury firm Glynns Solicitors; and ATE insurers Elite Insurance and ARAG. Elite chief executive officer Jason Smart said Jackson’s reforms would leave injured victims at the mercy of large insurers.
“We’re British, we can easily talk ourselves into a recession and out of it. We’ve done it before.”This was put to me by one Mipim attendee on the first night of the event, as Brexit perhaps inevitably took over nearly every conversation.Yet many who have descended on Cannes this week for the annual property roadshow are in a cheery mood and determined to enjoy themselves.Pain may be ahead if the latest Office for National Statistics figures, which showed a contraction of 0.4% for January in the construction industry, are a good indicator, but for now the feeling is that everyone’s busy with full order books till the end of the year. There is a definite “let’s make hay while the sun shines” feel. And in Mipim, the sun is shining.At Mipim’s many events, the local authorities are out in force, battling for investment to carry out their raft of projects. Housing minister Gavin Barwell is here to push the “Midlands engine” agenda, which the government put £392m from the public purse behind last week. Such projects – which promise some certainty amid Brexit concerns – are very welcome.Brexit itself is also not casting the shadow one might expect. A fellow passenger on the flight out said he was determined not to get all doom and gloom about Brexit, as the reality is at least two years away and no one yet knows what it will mean.For now, the focus is the ever-present need to keep pipelines ticking over. And hope springs eternal of an upturn, too – the cyclical nature of the sector has been pointed out to me more than once.Mipim-goers tell me that this need to feed pipelines to retain supply chains has seen tier 1 contractors dip into tier 2 territory to scope up smaller jobs, while major projects are held up and postponed as investors weigh up whether to push the “go” button. This added interest in tier 2 territory has created competition and, as someone pointed out, they have started to see contractors “buying jobs” again.However, for now the yachts are still lined up on the marina and everyone’s going about business as usual. While it may seem to be drinks parties and sociability, in its essence this is a good week of relationship building to keep those pipelines churning.Louise Dransfield, reporter
The facility was built and prepared for transportation under the survey of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) at the Krasnye Barrikady shipyard in the Astrakhan region of Russia. The topside was transported on the transport-assembly barge Yury Kuvykin, which is owned by Lukoil, from the port of Astrakhan to the installation site in the northern part of the Caspian Sea. RS explained that as soon as weather conditions allow, work will begin on attaching and installing the topside section to its substructure. www.rs-class.orgwww.lukoil.com
The eight-month modernisation project included replacing approximately 13,520 sq ft (1,256 sq m) of concrete pier deck, as well as the installation of marine fenders, bollards and concrete curbs. The project was completed by GLF Construction Corporation from Miami ahead of schedule. Port operations were able to continue during construction with two adjoining piers remaining fully functional. Captain John Murray, port ceo, said: “The restoration of North Cargo Piers 1 and 2 ensure we have the ability to meet our current cargo projections while keeping us well positioned for the future.”The port was awarded a Florida Seaport Transportation Economic Development (FSTED) grant to match 50 percent of the project’s cost, which totalled over USD4 million. www.portcanaveral.comwww.glfusa.com
The unit will be used at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso yard at Genoa, which specialises in military vessel manufacturing for the Italian navy.The main features of Cometto SYT are electronic steering and a hydraulic lifting system. The units can be coupled together to create a larger platform with a higher payload capacity.Meanwhile, Qatar’s Muhibbah Engineering has acquired 14 MSPE self-propelled modules from Cometto.“This equipment will be used in the logistics of a new shipyard built in the Um Alhoul Special Economic Zone in Qatar”, said Giovanni Monti, head of sales at the trailer manufacturer.The order consists of 14 six-axle modules with a payload capacity of 40 tonnes per axle line. Two power pack units with an output of 331 kW each, plus accessories, were also delivered to Muhibbah. In combination, the units have a payload capacity of 3,360 tonnes.www.cometto.com
FEW PEOPLE would dispute that the 501 passengers and 16 crew on Eurostar 9047 from Paris to London on June 5 had a lucky escape when their train derailed at around 250 km/h at Croisilles on the TGV Nord line near Arras in northern France. No-one was seriously hurt, but had the train derailed so as to foul the adjacent track, or had it struck a bridge pier like the ICE at Eschede in Germany in June 1998, it may have been another story.Remarkably, all 20 cars remained upright, although the second bogie of the leading power car and the motored bogie of the adjacent coach came off the rails, as did both bogies of the rear power car. The driver had noted something was amiss shortly before and had already reduced speed before the derailment occurred.The cause turned out to be the failure of a shaft connecting one of the traction motors to an axle. In contrast to other TGV designs such as the Réseau sets, Eurostars have asynchronous rather than synchronous drives, and this change modified the dynamic stresses on the tripod shaft, requiring a monitoring system to be fitted to detect characteristics that could indicate a failure. SNCF said this was the first failure of a tripod shaft, but a similar fault led to a Eurostar being taken out of service shortly before entering the British portal of the Channel Tunnel a week earlier; it would appear that in this case the problem was detected before the shaft became detached. SNCF Traction & Rolling Stock Director Roland Bonnepart said that the shaft from the derailed train had been found on the track with some of its fixing bolts missing, suggesting that the root cause may have been a maintenance issue rather than a design fault.There have been two other instances of TGVs derailing at high speed, and on both occasions the articulated trains remained upright, with no-one on board seriously injured.