Image Courtesy: Excelerate EnergyThe Explorer, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), has completed an upgrade which has boosted the vessel’s sendout performance enabling it to reach a sendout capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d, what is ‘an unprecedented milestone for an FSRU’, as its owner Excelerate Energy claims. The photo shows Explorer arriving at Jebel Ali LNG terminal in Dubai, where it is serving under a long-term charter with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP).DUSUP entered the agreement in 2014 to meet the increasing demand for natural gas in the emirate. Under the charter agreement, USA-headquartered Excelerate Energy upgraded and customized the Explorer according to DUSUP’s supply requirements. The Explorer entered dry-dock for its efficiency upgrades in October 2015 with the modifications being completed in December 2015.Explorer has been enhanced with the features such as high-pressure vaporizers and pumps aimed to increase regasification sendout capacity from 690 MMcf/d to 1 Bcf/d, dual-fuel diesel generator power module and an LNG bunker port which has been installed on the FSRU. The bunker port enables small-scale LNG offtakers to bunker LNG directly from the Explorer.” (…) significant is that even though the Explorer was commissioned in 2008, with upgrades, she has achieved the highest sendout rate of any FSRU in the world,” Rob Bryngelson, president and CEO of Excelerate, points out.FSRUs serve as a central hub for LNG storage, having the onboard capability to vaporize LNG and deliver natural gas through specially designed offshore and near-shore receiving facilities.To find out more about the upgrade project, check out the video below:Video Courtesy: Excelerate
Paris: Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem. The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final. Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe world number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018. Sunday’s triumph confirmed the ‘Big Three’ stranglehold on the Grand Slams having shared the last 10 between them. It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win. In a 53-minute first set of brutal hitting and raw physicality, it was Thiem who broke first for a 3-2 lead. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceBut the 25-year-old’s joy was short-lived as Nadal retrieved the break in the sixth game before racing away with the next three games to pocket the opener. Thiem, who had beaten his opponent four times on clay in his career, failed to claim a single point off Nadal’s first five service games of the second set. However, the dogged Austrian pushed and pushed, forced Nadal into three rushed groundstrokes and, from nowhere, broke to take the second set. It was the first set he had managed to take off Nadal at Roland Garros after three previous defeats. Nadal was riled by the insult. He swept the first 10 points of the third set, carving out a double break for 3-0 before sweeping to a third break for the set. Thiem, bidding to become just Austria’s second Grand Slam champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995, had played four successive days to reach Sunday’s final and the toll was slowly telling. He wasted break points in the first and third games of the fourth set and Nadal pounced to stretch to 3-0. That was soon 5-1 and the relentless barrage continued with Nadal taking the title on a second match point.
By Mohamed LakdaliFez – Morocco has become “a major force” in the MENA region, thanks to a series of fundamental reforms made under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, according to an article published on the Report. In an article entitled “The New African Ambition of Morocco,” published in collaboration with the International New York Times, the newspaper reported that the progress made at both the institutional and community levels has helped to consolidate the pillars of stability that characterize Morocco, and that effective economic reforms have contributed to improving the daily lives of citizens and strengthening the position of the Kingdom internationally. The report highlighted Morocco’s textiles, aviation, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, and the Kingdom’s recently launched structural projects, such as the Tangier-Med port which will create more than 30,000 jobs, and improvements to the country’s highways.Morocco’s hi-speed train project (the TJV) that links Tangier and Casablanca, is the first one in Africa, and is expected to be ready by 2018. Ouarzazate is the home of a huge solar power project, phase II of which began operating in November, and will be completed by 2020.As a result of Morocco’s “ongoing economic transformation,” according to the report, Morocco is “about to start a new phase of development that will lead to a great African economic expansion achievement.”King Mohammed VI’s recent visits to many sub-Saharan Africa countries reflect the “success strategy” used at the Moroccan diplomatic and economic levels, and reflect the growing influence of Morocco on the African continent.“[T]he development of this South-South cooperation strengthens the role of the Kingdom of Morocco more than ever, as a major actor geo-politically within the continent and on the international economic front,” reported the paper.