The two companies have been working together for more than 12 months on a commercially-viable model that could create a new sodium bicarbonate industry for Narrabri and Australia Santos partners with Natural Soda to create jobs and investment. (Credit: Santos Ltd) In an Australian first, Santos has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Natural Soda to use salt removed from produced water as part of the Narrabri Gas Project.The two companies have been working together for more than 12 months on a commercially-viable model that could create a new sodium bicarbonate industry for Narrabri and Australia, bringing more local jobs to the region. Sodium bicarbonate is commonly known as ‘baking soda’.Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said the MOU is a commitment from both Santos and Natural Soda to complete a concept study that will inform a Final Investment Decision to produce sodium bicarbonate in Narrabri.“Australia doesn’t have a bicarbonate industry, so we import it for use in food, pharmaceuticals and a wide range of industrial uses. These are the benefits that would come from the Narrabri Gas Project – new industries, more jobs, business opportunities and regional development,” Mr Gallagher said.“The partnership with Natural Soda demonstrates how our industry continues to evolve and explore new ways of beneficial use for products that previously would have been considered waste.“The water Santos extracts is of no use to farmers because of the salt content, so we treat the water to a very high standard that is suitable for irrigation, stock watering and other purposes. The salt removed from the water is a natural product and, if our concept study is successful, could be converted into valuable sodium bicarbonate.“That’s a win-win. It creates a new industry, more jobs, it’s good for the environment and good for farming.“However, if things don’t work out as we hope, the water will still be able to be used for irrigation and the salt removed from the water will be disposed of in accordance with all waste laws.“As we come out of COVID-19, every new industry and job is more important than ever. The Narrabri Gas Project means more jobs and more investment in New South Wales and lower gas and electricity prices for customers in New South Wales.”Natural Soda produces pure, natural sodium bicarbonate at its facility in the Piceance Basin in Colorado, using energy efficient and environmentally friendly processes. Natural Soda is the second largest producer in North America and its sodium bicarbonate is imported into Australia and around the world for use in a range of commercial products including food, pharmaceuticals, swimming pool chemicals, industrial chemicals and animal feed.Natural Soda President Kirk Daehling sees this as a great opportunity for both companies.“Unlike other producers, Natural Soda has been processing natural sodium bicarbonate-rich brine into finished product for nearly 30 years. Salt removed from produced water from Santos’ Narrabri Project appears to be very similar to our facilities’ feedstock. Processing this material into a valuable end-product will be good for industry and good for the environment. It will also bring an Australian-based source of supply to our customers in the region,” Mr Daehling said.A decision on the Narrabri Gas Project is currently before the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission following the Department of Planning’s assessment which found the project would not adversely affect the region’s significant water resources, is unlikely to result in any significant impacts on the local community or the environment, is in the public interest and is capable of approval with strict conditions.Santos has committed 100 per cent of Narrabri gas to the domestic market. The Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to supply enough natural gas to meet up to half of NSW’s natural gas demand where more than one million family homes, ~33,000 businesses and ~300,000 jobs rely on natural gas as a source of energy. Source: Company Press Release
LLOG Exploration and Eni sign an infrastructure agreement for the Taggart Development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) LLOG Exploration Offshore, L.L.C. (“LLOG” or the “Company”) and Eni S.p.A. (“Eni”) today announced the signing of an Infrastructure Agreement in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The agreement provides LLOG access to Eni S.p.A. (“Eni”) and Marubeni Oil & Gas (USA) LLC’s (“Marubeni” and with Eni, the “Owners”) existing subsea infrastructure connected to the Williams-owned Devils Tower Spar in Mississippi Canyon 773 (the “Spar”) to optimize its development of the Taggart discovery. The agreement provides LLOG a more streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective solution for development while also providing the Owners an opportunity to maximize the value of their existing infrastructure.In June of 2020, LLOG announced the sanctioning of its Taggart discovery and the signing of a production handling agreement for development via tieback to the Spar. LLOG and its affiliates own 100% of the Taggart development. Initial development plans at Taggart include the completion and tie back of two wells with first production expected in the first half of 2022.The Taggart discovery is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 816 in approximately 5,650 feet of water. The Mississippi Canyon 816 #1 discovery well was drilled in 2013 to a depth of 11,562 feet and encountered a total of 97 feet of net pay in two Miocene objectives. Two subsequent appraisal wells were drilled in 2015 and 2019 and encountered 147 feet and 84 feet of net pay, respectively.Philip LeJeune, President and CEO of LLOG, commented, “LLOG continues to advance our project development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. To maximize capital efficiency and accelerate development, we are working with all of our partners to identify opportunities to optimize current infrastructure that allow for mutually beneficial development. Eni and Marubeni are leaders in global exploration and development, and we are pleased to be working on this project with them.”Eni said it is excited to leverage its current infrastructure to create value as a facility operator and owner of the subsea infrastructure to be utilized in the Taggart development. Eni’s footprint in the Gulf of Mexico allows it to unlock value in all parts of its inventory through drilling and development. Eni is pleased to work with LLOG on this project that allows for further development in the basin. Source: Company Press Release The Taggart discovery is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 816 in approximately 5,650 feet of water
A new social network PropertyHeads.com, has been developed to provide public buyers with “an easy to use collaborative social setting to make more informed choices around the right property, tradespeople and estate agents for them”.PropertyHeads aims to help property businesses generate greater numbers of leads and recommendations – it currently serves 50,000 users per month. Ben Davis, CEO of PropertyHeads, says, “We know how hard it can be for reputable suppliers and tradespeople across the UK to set themselves apart from the competition. So we designed PropertyHeads to be the perfect platform for the best businesses to get noticed by as many people as possible.”Word of mouth is one of the preferred ways to find a builder, plumber, estate agent or the best neighbourhoods – PropertyHeads.com is the first website to proactively match the public with firms that friends and connections already use and trust. It suggests estate agents and other property businesses based on how connected they are to the user. They have also developed a tradesman blacklist. PropertyHeads.com currently has 10,000 property businesses and over 100,000 properties.”www.propertyheads.com social network PropertyHeads Ben Davis October 14, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » PropertyHeads.com set for consumer launch previous nextProptechPropertyHeads.com set for consumer launchThe Negotiator14th October 20190143 Views
A sales negotiator in North Yorkshire has been given an award after helping rescue a suicidal woman from a bridge.31-year-old Hannah Wade was out running in May last year when she spotted a man holding on to a person dangling from a bridge over the A34 near Malton.Hannah, who works for Willowgreen Estate Agents in the town, then ran back to a veterinary surgery she had just passed earliler and asked staff to call the police.After returning to the bridge she helped the man hold on to the woman, who had already been hanging from the bridge for over an hour.“We kept talking to her until the police arrived and then they cut through the fence, and as I have small hands I was able to thread restraints through to wrap round her,” she told local media.Several people including Hannah were involved in saving the rescue operation and all have received Human Society Awards.Humane awardFounded in 1774, the Royal Human Society grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life.Hannah was given her award at Scarborough Police Station by Lisa Winward, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police.“I just reacted to the situation on the day and would like to think that someone would do the same for me if I needed help.”Hannah joined Willowgreen after several years working at well-known restaurants within the surrounding Rydedale area before joining the property industry. As well as sales, she also specialises in social media marketing and interior design.Read more about Malton.Willowgreen estate agents malton Yorkshire January 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Negotiator given award after helping save woman’s life previous nextAgencies & PeopleNegotiator given award after helping save woman’s lifeHannah Wade, who works for Yorkshire estate agency Willowgreen in Malton, was out running when the incident took place.Nigel Lewis3rd January 20200619 Views
Two local councils have announced new restrictions on the number of HMOs as local authorities and their residents become worried about the ‘deteriorating’ effect they can have on areas when concentrated too densely.Brighton has announced that its previously limited HMO restrictions are to become city-wide and Wigan has revealed that two of its wards are to be covered by restrictions on both small and large ones.These ‘article four direction’ announcements follow a similar clamp-down earlier this month in Birmingham as well as proposals put forward in Leeds, Liverpool, Lewisham in London and Northampton over the past three months.Brighton had previously only restricted the number of small shared houses in student areas of the city, but after public outcries this has now gone city-wide.Now, to ‘prevent the deterioration of areas’ Brighton landlords will be required to seek planning permission to turn a property into either a small or large HMO. This will only be granted if less than 10% of homes within a 50-metre radius are not already HMOs.Wigan peerIn Wigan, the local council has voted to extend its HMO restrictions to small HMOs in Swinley and central Leigh.“We appreciate that HMOs provide a form of low-cost, flexible housing, particularly for younger people and those on lower incomes, but there are concerns associated when the number of HMOs is increasing in a concentrated area,” local councillor Paul Prescott told local media.“Such concerns include the impact on parking provision, excess noise, impact on the physical environment and changes to the character of a residential area.”Read more about HMOs.Wigan Paul Prescott article four direction HMOs Article 4 Brighton January 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Council ‘war’ on HMOs continues with two more extended schemes previous nextRegulation & LawCouncil ‘war’ on HMOs continues with two more extended schemesCouncillors in Brighton and Wigan have voted through ‘article four direction’ restrictions for smaller HMOs containing three or fewer unrelated people sharing common facilities.Nigel Lewis21st January 202001,034 Views
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has announced that its designate CEO Gareth Samples has been officially confirmed as its new boss and will join its board permanently on Thursday.Samples was announced as its designate CEO in February after previous CEO Ian Wilson announced that he was to retire.Samples ran Your Move’s franchising operation for many years but left in 2012 to pursue other business interests which included investing in marketing platform BriefYourMarket.Since joining TPFG Samples has been working alongside current CEO Ian Wilson, communicating with franchisees, participating in the recent final results investor roadshow and critically, forming strategy on the business’ response to the impact of COVID-19.“We reiterate our delight that Gareth has joined the Group at this critical time and look forward to the benefit of his leadership as CEO through what will be a changed landscape as a result of COVID-19,” says Richard Martin, TPFG’s Non-Executive Chairman.“We have obstacles to overcome but also potentially some new opportunities to seize to return value to all stakeholders.“On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend my deep gratitude and respect for Ian’s 16 years of dedicated and expert leadership at what for the last six years has been TPFG.“The Board is extraordinarily grateful to Ian for his stewardship. TPFG has fulfilled the vision of its founders, its mission of bringing uniformity and influencing raised standards across the agency sector, much of this driven by the shrewd commercial acumen of our retiring CEO. We wish Ian a very healthy, happy and long retirement.” Gareth Samples Ian Wilson The Property Franchise Group TPFG Your Move April 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFG previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFGFormer Your Move boss Gareth Samples is to begin running the company on Thursday as outgoing CEO Ian Wilson officially retires.Nigel Lewis27th April 202001,341 Views
Thousands of estate agents face remaining on furlough until September according to new research from the Property Redress Scheme.Its research has discovered that 65% of those surveyed are set to continue using the Government’s furlough scheme beyond July, with 26% anticipating they won’t have every employee back to work before September. As we reported recently, Haart is one of the better-known agencies to be taking a much more cautious approach to re-opening its branches and bringing staff off furlough.And more than a month after the Government re-opened the lettings market, 58% of those surveyed said they’d opened branches to the public while of the remaining 42%, some said they would be operating online indefinitely, or opening branches by appointment only.Generating sufficient income to bring staff back from furlough was one of the most common challenges cited by agents, many of whom are operating with smaller teams. Agents with HMO properties anticipate changes around maintaining standards of hygiene and filling rooms while those renting to students are looking at how to manage student check-ins/outs without contact.Sean Hooker (left), head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, says: “While we have seen some encouraging signs of a market recovery, agents clearly feel we are far from out of the woods yet. Many feel the biggest impact will be felt in the medium to long term as companies announced redundancies and unemployment rises.”But COVID-19’s legacy will be a more virtual and less personal lettings sector, the survey also found.There’s been a seismic shift from agents relying on building face-to-face relationships to offering viewings online.The PRS Back to Work Letting Survey shows that while 21% of agents offered virtual viewings pre-COVID, 70% now provide them. After quizzing 231 agents, it found that they’re also embracing the use of electronic signatures with 77% using them compared to just 46% before the lockdown.Read the report in full. Back to work letting survey furlough Sean Hooker Property Redress Scheme PRS June 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Quarter of estate agents won’t come back off furlough until September previous nextAgencies & PeopleQuarter of estate agents won’t come back off furlough until SeptemberResearch by the PRS reveals that most agents will still be on furlough during July and that the return to work will take many more months than expected.Nigel Lewis26th June 202002,296 Views
Ocean City Councilman Scott PingCouncilman Scott Ping announced Monday (March 10) that he will not seek a third term on City Council.Ping said he had collected enough signatures to run for re-election but decided against it.Ping, who served his first term from 2006 to 2010 during the administration of Mayor Sal Perillo, said Monday that he felt there were “not enough questions being asked” of the current administration of Mayor Jay Gillian.He issued the following written statement:“When I first entertained the idea to run for an Ocean City Council seat back in 2004, my intent was to represent all the homeowners and voters of Ocean City and give back to the community that has bee so good to my family and myself. My first successful campaign was in 2006, and I was re-elected in 2010. I have had the opportunity to serve as president and vice president of Council and also as Council representative to the Planning Board.Because of the aggressive nature of the administration in my first four years on Council, we not only worked hard, we were also able to accomplish many good things for this city. The budget first and foremost was our biggest challenge, with contractual union contracts, and the repaying of deferred pension costs hitting us all at once. As a Council, we worked hard to control costs and protect the taxpayers from outrageous tax increases. Because the administration aggressively went after federal and state grant money, many projects were completed without the tax burden falling directly on the taxpayers of Ocean City. However, due to the aggressive nature of that administration, the Council and the administration did not see eye-to-eye at all times. That being said, good government must have a check-and-balance approach in order to be effective and fair.Entering my second term on Council, it became clear that the only way to make any definitive changes to our budget was through policy change. In our form of government, most policy changes must come from the administration. After much studying and research, Councilman Hartzell and myself approached the administration with what we were convinced was a no-nonsense, common-sense approach to EMS services, that could save the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. After delivering our message many times, it has become apparent that our work has fallen on deaf ears.Which brings me to today:I have decided NOT TO RUN for re-election this year.To all my friends who have supported me when I ran for office, I thank you for your support. To those who did not support me when I ran for office, I respect your decision, however, I hope that in some way I was able to make a decision that had a positive impact on your life here in Ocean City.To all my fellow Council people that I have worked with over the years, Jack, Greg, John, Jody, Sue, Karen, Mike, Roy, Pete, Antwan, Tony, Michele, John and my “Bull Dog” Keith, I thank you for working with me to do what we felt was best for the taxpayers of Ocean City.”
Existing family units at Peck’s Beach Village between Fourth and Fifth streets, Simpson and West avenues.The Ocean City Housing Authority has hired an outside company to plan and seek funding for what it hopes will be a complete rebuilding of its low-income housing units in Ocean City.Pennrose, a Philadelphia-based property management company with experience in multifamily and mixed-income developments, is working on a plan that could redevelop the Peck’s Beach Village project near Fourth Street and West Avenue and add a second building to Bay View Manor at Sixth Street and West Avenue.Existing senior units at Peck’s Beach Village between Third and Fourth streets, Simpson and West avenues.The Housing Authority envisions a project that would restore Haven Avenue as a through-street where it is now interrupted by Peck’s Beach Village and would include 122 newly constructed townhouse-style units, according to OCHA Executive Director Alesia Watson.The Authority also wants to add 38 units to the senior housing at Bay View Manor in a new three- or four-story building that would be constructed on the building’s adjacent parking lot.The senior units at Bay View Manor at Sixth Street and West Avenue and the parking lot where a new building could be built.No specific plan for the proposed developments and no overall cost estimate exist yet, as Pennrose continues to seek funding and financing, Watson said.Pennrose is working to secure a $6 million to $7 million federal Community Development Block Grant for housing authorities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Watson said Ocean City applied for the funding more than a year ago.The company is also seeking competitive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that encourage private investment in affordable housing._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____The Housing Authority also hopes to partner with the City of Ocean City and potentially use some of the $2.1 million in development fees that the city has been required to collect for affordable housing initiatives.City Council voted on Dec. 18 to commit $1,470,000 to construction of affordable housing and $630,000 to affordability assistance. The resolution did not designate any specific project.Municipalities throughout the state are required to “use it or lose it” when it comes to the collection of affordable housing assessments. But a constantly changing set of state Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) goals and guidelines frustrates many towns that try to act.Ocean City Business Administrator Jim Mallon said the council resolution was not directly related to the Ocean City Housing Authority.“We wanted to be on the record that we intend to use the money,” Mallon said.Any effort to direct the $2.1 million to the Housing Authority would require council action and COAH approval.But “a nice partnership” exists between the city and the Housing Authority, he said.City Council in September 2014 approved a professional services contract with Mullin and Lonergan Associates for consulting services on community development programs, and the city is sharing that resource with the Housing Authority.The Housing Authority is not run by the city. It is under the auspices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).The Authority currently administers 20 Peck’s Beach Village units on the north side of Fourth Street (between Simpson and West avenues) for senior citizens and 40 units on the south side of Fourth Street for families. The senior housing at Bay View Manor includes 61 units in a five-story building.The units are rented to low-income residents at low rental rates — with preference given to veterans, the disabled and existing Ocean City residents, according to Watson.The new units would continue to be rentals, she said, and the Housing Authority would work from a waiting list in choosing new tenants. But she said the new development could become a mixed-income project — with some units rented at fair-market rates.She said OCHA looked at elevating the Peck’s Beach Village units, which sit on a flood-prone stretch of the island, and were substantially damaged in Superstorm Sandy. But the estimated cost was as high as $125,000 to $130,000 per unit, and the 60-year-old buildings could not necessarily withstand the process.The new elevated units would include parking under the structures, and existing Peck’s Beach Village parking lots could be preserved and perhaps elevated, she said. Among the 20 senior units at Peck’s Beach Village, she estimated that five or six have cars, and she said about 16 of the 61 seniors at Bay View Manor drive.Her vision includes the inclusion of businesses such as a hair salon or convenience store within the new community.“We’re not going to just build houses. We’ll generate revenue and give jobs back to the community,” she said.“Everybody keeps saying, ‘You know it’s going to be a challenge,’ ” Watson said.But she said she believes construction could begin in 2016 and new low-income tenants could find homes in Ocean City in 2017. Construction would be completed in stages in a system that would eliminate the need to displace residents.“Those units need to be updated, and they need to comply with new FEMA requirements,” Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan said. “It’s a great thing.”All Peck’s Beach Village residents were displaced by the damage from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, and the city committed $1.2 million to expedite repairs at the federal housing project and help residents return to their homes.The action ultimately led to the resignation of three Ocean City Housing Authority members as they raised questions about the process and the idea of investing in repair of buildings that would have to be replaced.The Housing Authority will try to recover whatever money it can by selling equipment from the renovated units, Watson said.Pennrose is being compensated according a fee structure that gives the company a share of future developer fees. The structure allows the Housing Authority to pay no fees up front. A proposed funding schedule (subject to change depending on the final size and scope of projects) has Pennrose collecting $834,025 between 2016 and 2032 — with the bulk of it coming in 2016 and 2017.
The 69th annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club will start at 7:15 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) rain or shine. The parade travels from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City.This Ocean City tradition remains one of the longest-running Halloween parades in the Tri-State area. Late entries may register the night of the parade at 6th and Asbury beginning at 6:30 p.m.There will be eight divisions including decorated floats competing for prizes and trophies. Music will be provided by several high school marching bands and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, New Jersey. Remember to bring a can of food to the parade. The Boy Scouts are assisting the local Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. For more information, call the Halloween Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.