FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Roanoke Times:The Mountain Valley Pipeline has once again pushed its completion date back and the project cost up.Equitrans Midstream Corp., the lead partner in a joint venture of five energy companies that has faced widespread environmental problems while building the natural gas pipeline, made the announcement Tuesday.Rather than completing construction early next year as planned, the company is now targeting a full in-service date “during the second half of 2021,” a news release stated. The cost, which was estimated to be $3.7 billion when construction started in 2018, now stands at between $5.8 billion and $6 billion. The latest increase was attributed largely to the more costly task of continuing construction through the winter, which Mountain Valley plans to do in order to make up time lost to legal challenges.Despite the latest setback, Equitrans chairman and CEO Thomas Karam remained bullish on the project during a conference call to discuss third quarter results with financial analysts. “Our confidence has not changed because of these expected challenges, at all,” he said.Pipeline opponents, however, were encouraged by the latest news. They hope a sustained legal attack will eventually force Mountain Valley to cancel the project — as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did in July — and help turn the tide to renewable energy.Although the project is two years behind schedule, it has far more pipe in the ground than Atlantic Coast did when it decided to fold.[Laurence Hammack]More: Another delay, cost increase for the Mountain Valley Pipeline Developer Equitrans raises cost of contested Mountain Valley Pipeline to $5.8 billion
A SIX-MONTH trial of an electronic way-finding system to assist blind and partially-sighted passengers was launched at London Underground’s Golders Green station on July 17. The REACT system developed by GEC Marconi has been installed by the Joint Mobility Unit of the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, in co-operation with London Transport’s Unit for Disabled Passengers. A grant from The Bridge House Estates Trust Fund has been topped up by LT. Using the radio frequencies, REACT beacons trigger verbal warnings from a small device when the holder approaches obstacles. The system can also be used to direct visually-impaired passengers to ticket offices and station platforms, and help them locate doors, stairs and other station facilities. An infra-red system known as Pathfinder is being tested at Hammersmith station. o
EEW Group has contracted Hutchinson Engineering Ltd for the fabrication and on-site assembly of Suspended Internal Platforms (SIPs) for the Hornsea Two offshore wind project.The Cheshire-based company is in charge of providing 30 SIPs, each weighing 10t and towering 12m high, that will be suspended inside the transition pieces.In June, Ørsted, the developer of the project, ordered 30 transition pieces from EEW Special Pipe Constructions, who will also manufacture 165 monopiles for the wind farm.The remaining 135 transition pieces will be produced by Denmark’s Bladt Industries.“By working collaboratively with our Tier 1 suppliers and local suppliers for the past 10 years, we have been able to provide opportunities for competitive UK suppliers,” said Peter Clusky, Senior Supply Chain Development Manager for Ørsted.“Hutchinson’s successful award on this contract by EEW SPC will see UK secondary steel used in the UK fabricated Transition Pieces being delivered by EEW OSB on Teesside for the Hornsea 2 project.”Hornsea Project Two will comprise 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines, first of which are scheduled to be installed in 2021 about 89km off the coast of Yorkshire. The 1.4GW offshore wind project is expected to be completed in 2022.
MORE: NASCAR, CGR react to Larson’s racial slur”I just want to say I’m sorry,” Larson said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said, and there’s no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way. You know, it’s just an awful thing to say.”I feel very sorry for my family, my friends, my partners, the NASCAR community, and especially the African-American community. I understand the damage is probably unrepairable. And I own up to that. But I just wanted to let you all know how sorry I am. And I hope everybody is staying safe during these crazy times. Thank you.”pic.twitter.com/RPsp7ARIea— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) April 13, 2020During the iRacing event Sunday, which was not part of the official NASCAR iRacing series that is running in place of live Cup Series races that are postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Larson spoke the slur thinking he was speaking only to his spotter and not realizing he was speaking to the entire group of drivers on the online simulation. Larson said, “You can’t hear me? Hey, n—.”pic.twitter.com/5PidwwqVsd— iRacing.com (@iRacing) April 13, 2020Statement from NASCAR, which has indefinitely suspended Kyle Larson: pic.twitter.com/tRSDGnwV8R— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 13, 2020Chip Ganassi Racing, which has employed Larson since 2014, announced Tuesday it had fired the driver. Chevrolet also terminated its relationship with Larson. Credit One Bank and McDonald’s, his two primary Cup Series sponsors, announced Monday afternoon they would cut ties with Larson. Amid his indefinite suspension from both NASCAR and iRacing, driver Kyle Larson on Monday issued an apology for the racial slur he used Sunday while competing in an iRacing event.Larson, 27, was heard staying the N-word during a live stream of the virtual race. NASCAR’s behavior policy states that “NASCAR Members shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, race, or handicapping situation.”Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination: 1. Public statement and/pr communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, race, or handicapping situation.”Larson, who has been racing in the Cup Series since 2013, has six career wins in NASCAR’s top circuit. He also has 12 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and a pair of NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins. His contract was CGR is set to expire after the 2020 season.