The doings at Davos

first_imgOn the global summit social calendar, the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is the glittering, invitation-only confab where titans of industry and political figures, such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Secretary of State John Kerry, strategize with academic leaders and celebrity A-listers, such as Harvard President Drew Faust and activist musician Bono.During a “debriefing” on Friday at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), some local superstars who attended the event on Jan. 22–25 gave students and other attendees an inside peek at the issues on the international agenda and an idea of what it was like to be there. HKS maintains close ties with Klaus Schwab, M.P.A. ’67, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum.Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS) and co-master of Cabot House, said he looked at Davos through the lens of his training as an organizational sociologist.“What was so fascinating to me was that you had these people trudging their bags behind their backs through the snow to this little town that’s actually not easy to get to, and yet feeling the important pull of locality, of place — that somehow there was a compulsion among business elites, political elites, [and] academics to see each other physically face-to-face,” said Khurana.“In a highly secular world, I think, for global elites, it represents a type of moment for communion, of seeing similar others … when people feel less and less affiliation or connection to their own national or regional identities,” he said. Noting that even as technology has made it easy to share ideas long-distance, Davos still draws the powerful into its orbit, he said, “The reason is that it’s not about content, it’s about these connections.”Faust took the opportunity of a Harvard reception at Davos to announce Khurana’s appointment as the next dean of Harvard College, prompting a hearty round of cheers, said David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS. “Here was this really exciting appointment that got us all galvanized.”Gergen is a Davos veteran, going back to his days as a journalist in the 1980s.“I’ve always found it extraordinarily demanding, physically demanding as an undertaking, but also something really worth doing because it gets you out of your comfort zone. Intellectually, you’re exposed to all sorts of different views on different things you haven’t thought very much about. And it’s a way to get the global zeitgeist, to understand where the world is in its thinking,” he said. “It lifts your game, and that’s very, very valuable.”The panel, which also included Felipe Calderón, the former president of Mexico and currently an Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at HKS, and Joshua R. Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Paul J. Finnegan Family Director of the Center for Brain Science, said they sensed some optimism, albeit cautious, at this year’s meeting following the recent European debt crisis. They said the big issues were the impact that new technology will have on employment, the growth of income inequality, China’s role as a world economic leader, climate change, and the precariousness of the U.S. economic recovery.“The United States is more and more marginalized there in terms of conversations. People are much more interested in knowing what’s the future of China, what’s the future of India,” said Gergen. “There’s a very pervasive sense that the United States is leaving the stage as a world leader, and others are coming onto the stage.”But besides big ideas and changing the world, for some attendees, the unspoken allure of Davos is the camaraderie, where access to intimate private gatherings with the rich, powerful, and famous is the ultimate mark of a global pecking order.“Once you get there, I’ve got to tell you, it’s like surreal,” Khurana said. “I don’t know if F. Scott Fitzgerald was completely right about the rich being different than you and me, but they definitely have better parties.”Binta Niambi Brown, a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, attended her first Davos as part of the forum’s Young Global Leaders program. While she agreed with Khurana that social stratification was certainly evident, she thought it was clearer in some venues than in others.“Once you see Lloyd Blankfein or Jamie Dimon or Dominic Barton on the dance floor, you realize that we are all inherently equal,” Brown quipped, before adding, “which would explain why it was so easy to walk up to any of them and to discuss ideas with them, and perhaps even why they take you seriously in that environment.“Listening to our secretary of state in a global setting, you start to hear what we as Americans sound like in a very different way when you’re hearing it amongst other global leaders and global participants,” Brown said of one standout moment for her.“This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to participate in these global institutions … because you start to grow and change in ways that you don’t if you just spend all of your time here caring about the rest of the world. You have to get out, and you have to engage with other folks.”last_img read more

Kvaerner lands decommissioning gig with Shell

first_imgNyhamna expansion  Kvaerner noted it has been the main contractor for the expansion of the Nyhamna plant which will be completed in 2017. Kvaerner was also the main contractor when the first part of the plant was built in 2007.The expansion of the plant consists of two parts. The first part includes land-based compression of gas from the Ormen Lange offshore field with a new compressor which will maintain gas pressure at Nyhamna as the pressure in the reservoir drops.The second part includes export and process facilities for the Polarled pipeline which will transport gas from the Statoil-operated Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna, once the field becomes operational. The Polarled pipeline was completed in September 2015. The compression and export of gas through the 482-kilometer long pipeline is scheduled to start in the autumn of 2018.Shell is the operator for Ormen Lange and the gas plant at Nyhamna but once Aasta Hansteen becomes operational, Gassco will be the operator of Nyhamna with Shell in charge of technical operation.According to information from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the expansion will increase Nyhamna’s export capacity from 70 to 84 million Sm3 per day.Offshore Energy Today Staff Norwegian engineering and construction services company Kvaerner has been awarded a contract with Shell for the disposal and demolition of the subsea compression pilot at Nyhamna in Norway. The onshore Nyhamna facility processes gas from the Shell-operated Ormen Lange field located 140 km north-west of Kristiansund, in the Norwegian Sea.The gas from the field arrives onshore at the Nyhamna plant where impurities are removed and then piped through one of the world’s longest subsea pipelines, Langeled, which runs about 1,200 km from Nyhamna to Easington in England.An upgrade project, which will enable the plant to receive gas from more fields through a new pipeline, is currently in progress.Kvaerner said on Thursday that the scope of work of this new contract consists of removal and demolition of approximately 2 200 tonnes of modules. The modules will be transported from Nyhamna to Kvaerner’s facilities at Stord for dismantling and recycling. The work will start immediately and the first part, consisting of removal of modules from the test pit will be completed in 2017. The remaining modules will be removed in 2018, said Kvaerner.“This is an important contract for Kvaerner’s decommissioning unit, and yet again we prove our competitiveness in this marked,” says Guro Løken, SVP Decommissioning & Marine Operations in Kvaerner.last_img read more

Past, but still present

first_imgAlando Tucker and Joe Chrnelich are separated by 23 seasons on the UW basketball floor, but the two still share something in common. While Tucker can still be found leaping and looping through the lane for leaners, Chrnelich was the hard-nosed floor leader ripping down rebounds of the Badgers back in the day, as a four-year starter from 1976-1980.However, both are a part of Bo Ryan’s first recruiting class, as Tucker was the cream of the crop in Ryan’s first year as head coach, Chrnelich (pronounced Kren-el-ick) was the gem of Ryan’s freshman corps as a rookie assistant in Madison. That common thread shared between Tucker and Chrnelich is emblematic of the tight relationship the 2006-07 Wisconsin team has created with the Badger hoops alumni, through the unprecedented levels of success the team has been able to reach. “We are all part of one big family,” Chrnelich said. “I might not have ever thrown Tucker one of those lobs, but him and I, we are teammates.”That relationship extends far beyond Tucker and Chrnelich. “There is always a common bond, even if you didn’t play with each other or know each other personally, there is a bond there,” said Dave Vander Meulen, a member of the 1960-61 UW team, who went on to coach UW-Whitewater for 23-years — often butting heads with Ryan, who was coaching at UW-Platteville. The alumni, who have always been close to the program, have been given even more reason this season to bust out the old cardinal and white sweaters. With UW setting records so often it almost feels like a weekly routine, such as the school’s longest winning streak (17), most wins (26) and several highest-AP ranking-ever-achieved moments — culminating in the school’s first-ever No. 1 ranking this week. “I hear it from … alumni, how proud they are to represent the school right now, because of how well we are representing the colors today,” Tucker said. “They are enjoying it almost as much as we are.”The excitement level of the many Badger alumni is higher than a Vegas point-spread featuring Northwestern, being generated by the historic season Wisconsin has put together thus far. Much of that enthusiasm stems from the former players living almost vicariously through the current squad, as they reach levels of success that were only pipe-dreams for many previous generations of UW teams. “I’ve been a season ticket holder for about six or seven years, going back to the last one or two years in the Field House,” said Rod Ripley (1984-87). “I’m just impressed at how the team just keeps getting better. It’s been a blast to watch them.” Once such former Wisconsin hoopster even uses UW’s success as ammo for trash talk, cross-country no less.”It’s been great watching the team. I’ve been gloating a lot out there in L.A.,” said Ike Ukawuba (2001-2004). “A lot of UCLA fans are tired of hearing from me by now.”Even Devin Harris, who starred for UW from 2002-04 finds time in his busy NBA schedule to keep up with his alma mater.”Man, they are just playing so good right now,” Harris said when he returned to the Kohl Center to take in Wisconsin’s game against Michigan Jan. 24. “I truly feel they could go all the way, and man, that would be just amazing.”Many of the Badger hardwood alumni credit Ryan for keeping his ties to the UW varsity basketball fraternity closer than most trout are to water. “Bo Ryan believes in keeping us coming back,” said Rick Olson (1983-86), who also played under Ryan before the coach got his first head-coaching gig at Platteville. Olson, like many, believes the accomplishments of the Wisconsin basketball team are directly attributable to Ryan, who has been a key catalyst in the slow turnaround from perennial Big Ten also-ran to conference power. “Knowing coach Ryan as long as I have, I’m not surprised at all by what he has done and what he continues to do. He’s got guys that come out and play hard, and they’re fun to watch,” said Olson, who currently ranks fifth on the all-time UW scoring list, tallying up 1,736 points. Olson was a necessity on the court for Wisconsin, logging more minutes than any player in history, save Mike Wilkinson. Cylde Gaines (1977-80) is another former Ryan pupil who has had the pleasure of watching his former coach carry the UW program to new heights. “Watching Bo — one of my coaches when I played here — and the whole program mature and have great success this year has just been fantastic,” said the 1978 team MVP. While Olson, Chrnelich, Gaines and many other former Badger ballers realized Ryan’s talent as an assistant, they would have to wait for 17 years for the Chester, Penn., native just to go from racking up national titles at Platteville to finally coming home to Madison.”We just wondered if he would ever get that opportunity,” Olson said. “We could see from the beginning that he that had what it takes, and then we watched how he just raked in titles at Platteville. The only question was when and if.” “It’s kind of a double delight for us, to not only watch the team succeed but to watch Bo be the one leading them,” Chrnelich added. “It draws a direct parallel between us and them.”Chrnelich isn’t the only one who notices that parallel. Tucker, who on his own time attended the annual UW alumni game last month, recognizes that many of the same former players who walk up to him to shake his hand and congratulate him are the same people who made it possible for the Wooden Award candidate to be in the position he is in now. “I always try and pay my respects to the alumni for all the things they have done on the court to pave the way for us to do what we are doing right now,” Tucker said. So how far has the program come, exactly? If you listen to Olson, light years, as just evidenced on Tuesday. “Some of us guys were talking: When’s the last time you’d ever see somebody beat Wisconsin and all the students would come running on the floor?” Olson said. “You can tell that it’s been a long climb back to the top and get the recognition they deserve.”While Tucker and the Badgers are trying to make their own legacy and write their very own chapter in the history books, the senior forward can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride of where he has advanced the program.”For me it feels good to carry on that tradition,” Tucker said. “One day, I’m going to be one of those guys, and I’m going to be just as big into the program.”last_img read more