Lukoil installs wellhead platform topside for Yuri Korchagin Phase 2

first_imgLukoil, Russia’s largest privately-held oil company, has completed the installation of the wellhead platform topside as part of Yury Korchagin field Phase 2 development.Lukoil said on Friday that the wellhead satellite platform was designed to drill wells in the eastern part of the field, located in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.According to the company, drilling operations at Phase 2 are expected to start in May 2018.Apart from the process equipment, the platform is equipped with the safety systems, living quarters for the personnel’s temporary stay, and a helideck.As most of the operations are automated, only eight workspaces are designed for the temporary stay of personnel.Produced oil and gas will be transported to the host platform through the subsea pipelines and treated for the delivery onshore.In a statement from early April, Lukoil ​said that the riser block platform topside was being prepared for offshore transportation as part of the second construction stage of the Yuri Korchagin field.The Yuri Korchagin field is an offshore oil field located 180 kilometers from Astrakhan and 240 kilometers from Makhachkala at a sea depth of 11–13 meters.In 1999, Lukoil started exploratory drilling at the field using the Astra jack-up rig. Production at the field was launched in April 2010. Yuri Korchagin and Vladimir Filanovsky fields in the Caspian Sea, both operated by Lukoil, hit 15 million tonnes of combined produced oil earlier this month.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for 2020 postpone to 2021

first_imgAsian qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup set for this fall will instead be played in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) jointly announced Wednesday the continental qualifying matches, scheduled to take place during FIFA international match windows in October and November this year, will be rescheduled to 2021. “With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches,” the two organizations’ joint statement read. Asian countries are currently in the second round of the World Cup qualifying campaign, which began in September last year. Following the winter break, the competition was supposed to resume in March, but the COVID-19 outbreaks across the continent forced FIFA and the AFC to reschedule matches for later in the year. South Korea, trying to qualify for their 10th consecutive World Cup, are in Group H, alongside North Korea, Turkmenistan, Lebanon and Sri Lanka. South Korea have played four matches, while the rest have played five matches each. In early June, FIFA and the AFC moved South Korea’s matches against Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka on March 26 and March 31 to Oct. 8 and Oct. 13. Loading… The all-Korea showdown was rescheduled from June 4 to Nov. 12, while a South Korea-Lebanon match, set for June 9, was moved to Nov. 17. FIFA and the AFC both said at the time that those fixtures could change again, depending on how well the virus would be contained in Asia and whether travel restrictions are eased. read also:NFF  To Disburse FIFA’s $2m Fund after getting Sports Ministry’s Approval There are eight groups of five nations in the second round. The eight group winners and the four-best runners-up will advance to the third round. South Korea, coached by Paulo Bento, are in second place in Group H with eight points from two wins and two draws. Turkmenistan are leading the way with nine points. Lebanon and North Korea both have eight points each but trail South Korea in goal difference. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of Dolphins6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resistlast_img read more

Newport hold on to beat Munster

first_img It looked pretty good for the Welshmen as they lead by 12 points at the break. Outside half Steffan Jones went over for a try, with centre Ross Wardle adding another in the second-half, while full-back Tom Prydie finished the game with 17 points via five penalties and a conversion. Jones also kicked a neat drop goal on the stroke of half-tiime as Munster walked to the changing room in trouble with only a try from number eight Paddy Butler to show for their efforts. Newport Gwent Dragons ended a run of four straight RaboDirect Pro12 defeats but had to withstand a surge from Irishmen Munster before coming out on top 30-24 in a match which grew by the minute to a great finale. But tries from wing Ronan O’Mahony, replacement CJ Stander and wing Johne Murphy plus two Ian Keatley conversions after the interval put them right back in it before they succumbed despite picking up two bonus points, one for getting four tries and the other for being within seven points of the winners. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Michigan faces tough test vs No. 16 Michigan State

first_imgMichigan faces tough test vs No. 16 Michigan State February 6, 2020 TEAM LEADERSHIP: The Spartans have been led by Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston. Tillman is averaging 13.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks while Winston is putting up 17.7 points and 5.6 assists per game. The Wolverines have been led by seniors Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske, who are scoring 12.1 and 13.1 per game, respectively.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Winston has either made or assisted on 48 percent of all Michigan State field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 35 field goals and 26 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Spartans are 0-5 when they score 66 points or fewer and 16-2 when they exceed 66 points. The Wolverines are 0-6 when they fail to score more than 67 points and 13-3 on the season, otherwise.STREAK STATS: Michigan has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 61 points while giving up 65.7.STINGY STATE: Michigan State has held opposing teams to 37.6 percent shooting from the field this year, the 10th-lowest percentage among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 16 Michigan State (16-7, 8-4) vs. Michigan (13-9, 4-7)Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Michigan State presents a tough challenge for Michigan. Michigan has won three of its seven games against ranked opponents this season. Michigan State fell short in a 75-70 game to Penn State in its last outing. Associated Press last_img read more

Northeastern looks for home win vs Towson

first_imgVETERAN PRESENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Jordan Roland, Bolden Brace, Maxime Boursiquot and Shaquille Walters have collectively accounted for 66 percent of Northeastern’s scoring this season. For Towson, Brian Fobbs, Nakye Sanders and Dennis Tunstall have combined to score 41 percent of the team’s points this season, including 50 percent of all Tigers points over their last five.BRILLIANT BRIAN: Fobbs has connected on 33.6 percent of the 146 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 8 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 83.9 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Towson is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 60 points and 18-6 when scoring at least 60.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Towson is a perfect 6-0 when the team records at least 15 offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 12-12 this season when they fail to reach that mark.DID YOU KNOW: Northeastern has made eight 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among CAA teams.___ February 28, 2020 Northeastern looks for home win vs Towson Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTowson (18-12, 11-6) vs. Northeastern (15-14, 9-8)Matthews Arena, Boston; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Northeastern looks for its fourth straight win over Towson at Matthews Arena. The last victory for the Tigers at Northeastern was a 79-72 win on Jan. 23, 2016.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Barca Line up Aubameyang as Suarez’s Replacement

first_imgBarcelona want to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Nou Camp in January as they look for cover, and eventually a replacement, for Luis Suarez.The Spanish giants are set to be without the Uruguayan for at least six weeks after he required surgery on a knee injury and Barcelona are looking to reinforce their attacking options.Quique Setien therefore has limited forward options and things would get even worse if anything were to happen to Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann in the coming weeks. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are very keen on signing Aubameyang, who has scored 16 goals in 26 appearances this season, and see him as their preferred option among strikers who could be available.Barca are aware that it will be difficult to persuade the Gunners to part company with their talisman mid-season but are hopeful an agreement can be reached.Aubameyang is also good friends with defender Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele, who he played with at Borussia Dortmund.The striker has not hidden the fact he could be tempted away from north London with Arsenal looking increasingly likely to miss out on Champions League football again next season.It is claimed by Mundo Deportivo that Barca have considered other forwards, such as Valencia’s Rodrigo, but Aubameyang’s pace is believed to make him the more ideal option.Olivier Giroud and Fernando Llorente are also options but their style of play and age mean they are unlikely to be pursued.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Record-setting Bolas gears for NCAAs

first_imgAs Jack Bolas raced toward the finish line last Sunday, times were about the farthest thing from his mind.Starting the final 300-meter push in the 1,600-meter run of the Meyo Invitational, Bolas was in fifth place. However, after sprinting toward the lead with 150 meters left, he held off the competition to take first place at the Invitational.Not only had Bolas just pulled off a big comeback, he had also just broke a 30-year-old school record in the mile run with a time of three minutes, 59.40 seconds. It was actually the first time in school history that anyone broke the magical 4-minute barrier, as the previous record holder, Steve Lacy, set the mark in 1978 with a time of four minutes, 0.4 seconds.To make the occasion more special, Lacy ? whose son Andrew is also a member of UW?s track team ? was actually in attendance in South Bend, Ind., to watch Bolas break the record. Even Bolas was surprised by how well the race turned out.?I didn’t realize that I had broken the school record,? Bolas said. ?I was pretty shocked that I had won the race, though, and even more so when I found out immediately afterward that both me and my teammate, Brandon Bethke, had broken the four-minute barrier.?According to head coach Ed Nuttycombe, it wasn?t the record that was surprising, but the timing of the performance.?The fact that it was [Bolas?] first race of the year kind of surprised me,? Nuttycombe said. ?He?s an awful good runner, and the fact that he is a sophomore bodes well for the future.?As the Badger track team looks forward to a big phase in the season, they will look for the leadership of Bolas. Despite being a sophomore, the Chapel Hill native has developed into one of the premier performers on the team this year and has been a key component to the Badgers? early success.During his freshman season, Bolas earned All-American honors as a member of the distance medley relay and qualified for the NCAA regionals in the 1,500 meters.However, this season Bolas has already shown signs of improvement. In addition to breaking the record, he was a big contributor to the cross country team, despite this being his first year competing with the team. In the fall, Bolas placed fifth on the team at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and eventually earned Academic All Big-Ten honors as well.This spring, as a member of the track team, Bolas looks to continue the success of the fall and early track season.?I also wanted to run a NCAA indoor qualifying time for the mile,? Bolas said. ?The record was not one of my goals. My goal, for that race at least, was to compete with the rest of the field. Now I want to focus on staying healthy, helping the team at Big Tens and Indoor Nationals and then get ready for the outdoor season.?At the NCAA Indoor National Championships in a few weeks, Bolas and the rest of the team will have the opportunity to defend their national title. Last season?s championship is still a moving experience for Nuttycombe.?It?s kind of a dream come true,? Nuttycombe said. ?We had been at the top echelon of the NCAAs ? but to actually realize that everything came together and everything went your way and you won. It?s still pretty exciting to look back on.?As the NCAA Indoor Championships approach, Bolas and the rest of the team look ready for the challenge.?Brandon Bethke is running out of his mind right now,? Bolas said.  ?The entire long-distance program is running really well. It should be really exciting to see how the distance medley relay team competes this year because each member, besides the freshman Jager, has a year of experience now.?If Bethke, Bolas and the rest of the team perform as well as early indications have shown, the team could be celebrating at the NCAA Championships again this year.last_img read more

No. 3 USC rolls overs Oregon State, No. 16 Oregon

first_imgFor the No. 3 USC women’s volleyball team, the streak hasn’t been snapped — at least not yet.Overpowering · Senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter, pictured here on Friday against Oregon, finished with a total of 31 kills during the weekend. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanAfter a sweep of Oregon State on Saturday and a four-set win over No. 16 Oregon on Friday, the Women of Troy (15-3, 10-1) are riding a 10-game winning streak — the first time since 2003 when they won 10 consecutive conference matches.USC is off to its best start in Pac-12 play since that 2003 season, a year in which it finished with a perfect 18-0 mark in conference play en route to an NCAA championship.On Saturday against Oregon State (11-9, 3-7), USC held the Beavers to a .042 hitting percentage in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-15 sweep.USC coach Mick Haley was able to play 14 different players in the win.Among those players who saw extended time on the court was sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard, who is still trying to fully recover from offseason knee surgery and a case of mononucleosis.“We’re trying to get [Olgard’s] intensity up,” Haley said. “She needs to get her legs back and in the middle before she really gets into it. The more we get her better, the better she will be going forward.”Freshman outside hitter Emily Young registered five kills and two blocks, and freshman setter Hayley Crone notched 10 assists.Sophomore outside hitter Kirby Burnham had eight kills and sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw tied for a match-high with nine.“We played very well as a team against Oregon State with everyone making a nice contribution,” Haley said. “I like the freshmen we put in there. [Freshman middle blocker] Hannah Schraer has been playing great. [Freshman setter/opposite] Emily Young has played well on the right side and allows us to have her come in and spell [junior outside hitter] Katie Fuller and [sophomore outside hitter] Kirby Burnham.”On Friday, No. 16 Oregon (12-5, 5-4) challenged USC, taking the Women of Troy to four sets before falling 25-15, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21.“We were glad to have the win, especially since I didn’t think we played exceptionally well,” Haley said. “UCLA had trouble with them also, so we have to feel pretty good about getting the win.”Leading the charge was senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter, who had a match-high 22 kills and a season-high 14 digs.“Jupiter seemed focused all night and she looked like she was in the zone the whole time,” Haley said. “It was fun for me to watch her and she has been doing a lot to elevate her game.”Jupiter leads the Pac-12 in points per game with 5.23 and also sits at the top of the Pac-12 rankings with 17 service aces, as no other player has more than 11.Oregon sophomore middle blocker Ariana William led the Ducks with 15 kills and five blocks.Along with Williams, junior outside hitter Katherine Fischer had 10 kills with 20 digs and junior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma notched double digits in kills and digs, with 11 of each.The Ducks’ pushing the match to four sets marked just the second time an opponent has not been swept during the Women of Troy’s ongoing 10-game win streak.Senior middle blocker Lauren Williams notched 10 kills and five blocks, and junior outside hitter Katie Fuller added 11 kills, 10 digs and three blocks.Senior setter Kendall Bateman had 49 assists on the day, along with a season-high three kills.Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund registered 25 digs, moving her to second place in the category among Pac-12 players.“Hagglund has raised her level, as other teams aren’t serving to her, she can focus on her defense,” Haley said. “She’s been all over the place doing different things on defense and showing some great progress.”The Women of Troy face Utah and Colorado at the Galen Center next Friday and Saturday.Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Roundtable: Previewing Syracuse’s matchup with Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) returns home after back-to-back road losses to take on Pittsburgh (2-3, 0-1) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Beat writers Joe Bloss, Sam Fortier, Matthew Gutierrez and Tomer Langer answer four questions surrounding the Orange.1. If Syracuse doesn’t win Saturday, are its bowl chances gone?Joe Bloss: Yes. If SU can’t beat Middle Tennessee State and Pitt at home, there’s no way it fulfills its best-case scenario to get to the unlikely minimum of five wins, which includes a W in one of these games: vs Clemson, at Miami, at Florida State or at Louisville. I’d be more confident playing the Powerball.Sam Fortier: Absolutely. If Syracuse’s bowl chances haven’t slipped away already, a home loss to Pittsburgh leaves the Orange in a nearly impossible spot to get to five wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez: Without a doubt. You could argue SU’s bowl chances are already gone unless it beats all of the teams around its level, then somehow upsets either Clemson, Miami, Florida State or Louisville. Good luck with that. So a loss against Pittsburgh at home would signal that this team has serious flaws and may not win another game this season.Tomer Langer: I wouldn’t say they’re 100-percent gone but they’d be fairly close to gone. Last year, a 2-3 Orange team lost its sixth game of the season to Wake Forest, a team that it had a four-game winning streak against. Then, a 2-4 SU team pulled off a shocking upset victory over Virginia Tech and pulled back to 4-4 the next week. Now, Clemson (the next opponent after Pittsburgh) isn’t Virginia Tech. Still, I wouldn’t totally count the Orange out with a loss, especially since it could conceivably sneak into a bowl game with just five wins give the school’s high APR.2. Syracuse’s defense has let up more rushing yards in each week as the season’s progressed. Does the trend end Saturday?J.B.: Yup. Pitt’s rushing attack isn’t all that impressive, especially compared to some of the ground games SU has faced in recent weeks. Some Orange defensive players have said there’s been a heightened effort in practice this week. And since I’m a sucker, I’ll say that’s true enough to see them end the trend.S.F.: It sounds strange to say the trend will end against a team that rushes on 61.9 percent of its plays and features a methodical, grinding offense, but Pitt is extremely unlikely to post more than 256 rushing yards. For one, that would double its season average (114.4 yards per game) and the Panthers’ leading rusher, Qadree Ollison, has only 221 yards himself this entire season. N.C. State piled up so many yards because it broke off big plays, but ranks Pittsburgh as the fourth-worst big-play offense in the nation. All this to say: The streak dies Saturday.M.G.: Yes, because Pitt averages only 114.4 rushing yards per game, much worse than SU’s fledgling ground game (143.2 yards per game). But that shouldn’t be taken as a positive. Syracuse had difficulties in stopping the N.C. State run, especially when ball carriers found the outside. Holding Pitt to fewer than 100 rushing yards would be a progression. The key is not so much to limit big runs, but to limit teams’ ability to grind the SU defense. N.C. State piled on short gain after short gain for long, run-heavy drives that left Syracuse depleted.T.L.: I agree with everyone else, that trend is going to end. Pittsburgh’s running game isn’t as strong as it was last year, and it’s not as strong as LSU or N.C. State. The Orange front seven should put the clamps down at home. That being said, the Panthers would be wise to try and run the ball. Controlling time of possession, as N.C. State has done in each of the last two seasons, is a great way to keep the SU offense at bay.3. With Cole Murphy’s struggles, do you see Sterling Hofrichter getting more chances to take kickoffs and field goals?J.B.: If I’m calling the shots, most definitely. Murphy hasn’t done much at all this season, at least from an outsider’s perspective, to earn more kicks. Hofrichter has shined as the punter. One of his high school coaches tells me he shined there as well, and not just as a punter. Give the kid a shot. His leg hasn’t disappointed yet.S.F.: Uh, yes. We’ve already seen Dino Babers’ crisis of confidence in Cole Murphy when he sent out Sterling Hofrichter for a 38-yard field goal last week, plus he’s taken five kickoffs. And, to me, the kickoffs are more concerning than the field goals, because Murphy has historically struggled away from the Dome and this is nothing new. An inability to keep the ball in bounds potentially marks about a 20-yard difference in starting field position for the Orange. For a real Football Guy, like Babers, who knows that every yard counts, the giving away of field position should be unacceptable and merit a long look at an option on the side.M.G.: We have already seen Hofrichter chip a 38-yard field goal at North Carolina State and take five kickoffs this season, so it’s on Babers’ mind. While Murphy has been solid on field goals (8-for-10), he has sent four kickoffs out of bounds and missed an extra point. What may be best is to take this on a case-by-case basis. In the Carrier Dome, let Murphy kick. On the road, where Murphy has historically struggled, let Hofrichter. The twist is kickoffs: Let Hofrichter take all of them.T.L.: Not really, especially not in the Carrier Dome. Maybe something changes, but for the better part of nearly a full season and a half, Babers has stuck by Murphy. There really isn’t a justifiable excuse for the amount of times Murphy has kicked the ball out of bounds on kickoffs, but it also hasn’t been a chronic issue yet. If it becomes one, that’s a different story. But given his strong leg and generally solid numbers inside the dome, I don’t see a change coming anytime soon.4. The running game has been anemic this season, so what needs to change for SU’s ground attack to thrive?J.B.: Dino Babers is right on this one. He’s consistently said the line’s younger guys need to grow up. They’re not strong enough. The personnel, it appears, is simply not there. The growth SU needs will not happen week to week but in the offseason. Are those four-star recruits here yet?S.F.: Who says the running game isn’t thriving? Quarterback Eric Dungey leads the team in rushes (68), yards (277) and ground touchdowns (seven). And he’s averaging 4.1 yards per carry! But, yeah, after that … it’s tough. Toss some video game health kits to the offensive line, I guess. The rushing-game blame belongs not on the shoulder-pads of Dontae Strickland or Moe Neal but to the unit Babers has characterized as too young and not physical enough. Guess the Orange’s only hope is to do what it does (pass) and let its quarterback do what he does best (extending plays with his feet).M.G.: The anemic run game is at no disservice to the running backs, who seem to take a handoff then be welcome by three defensive ends in the backfield every other carry. See: Bradley Chubb. At fault is the SU offensive line, which Babers said is young and not as physical as opponents. Youth and physicality are hard to improve in a short period of time, so I’m not sure there’s a clear answer to this. Babers said he doesn’t have a crystal ball, and neither do I. At this point, stick to your strengths and keep throwing the football. Oh, and keep using Dungey’s legs.T.L.: If SU was allowed to play with a 12th player on the field, maybe an extra offensive lineman, that might change things. Right now, there aren’t many holes to be found in the running game. The line is fairly inexperienced and young, but also just doesn’t do a great job of run blocking (it’s at least mediocre to good on pass blocking, depending on the opponent). Some of the tackles have been effective on rolling out as lead blockers on screen passes to the wide receivers, and maybe the running backs can get more involved in the passing game. But right now, there just isn’t really anywhere to go.center_img Commentslast_img read more

3 takeaways from Dino Babers’ press conference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm Commentscenter_img Dino Babers during his weekly press conference discussed recruiting, the upcoming game, and needing to try something different.last_img