BANDELIER News:A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically. The area around the Frijoles Fire last burned in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.Fire Managers at Bandelier are seeing this low intensity fire as an opportunity to reduce the fine fuel and debris on the forest floor by allowing it to burn. Doing so helps restore natural conditions in this fire-dependent ecosystem.Firefighters are monitoring the Frijoles Fire and are ready take actions as necessary for public safety.Smoke may be visible from State Road 4 west of Los Alamos. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, visit https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.For more information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517 or visit www.nps.gov/band, Facebook, BandelierNPS.About the National Park ServiceMore than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit http://www.nps.gov, Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
Ophir Energy plc provides an update on its operations in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea.Successful Mzia-3 flow-testThe Mzia-3 appraisal well in Block 1, Tanzania was completed in November 2013 having successfully encountered gas in the main Lower and Middle sand targets. The well was located approximately 6km to the north of the original Mzia-1 discovery well. As part of the current drilling campaign across Blocks 1, 3 and 4, the Mzia-3 well was side-tracked and a Drill Stem Test (DST) has now been successfully completed. The well flowed slightly ahead of expectations at an average controlled rate of 90mmcfd for 6 days with peak flow of 101mmcfd, constrained by equipment limits. The data acquired from the DST and cores from the Mzia-3ST1 well will be incorporated into planning of the production wells as part of development of the field. The Deepsea Metro I drillship will now move to Block 4 to drill the Kamba-1 exploration well which will also target the shallower Pweza North structure.Equatorial Guinea drilling updateThe Tonel North-1 appraisal well has been completed on Block R, Equatorial Guinea. The Tonel North-1 well was drilled approximately 5km north-east of the original Tonel-1 discovery well. The well encountered gas pay combined in the lower target sands but the upper sands appear to be low gas-saturation. Analysis of the well data is ongoing. The result is expected to marginally reduce the discovered volumes in the Tonel field but will not impact the commerciality of the base case 2.5mmtpa FLNG project.The Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship has now moved to complete the Silenus East-1 exploration well which is targeting ca.420bcf of low-risk mean prospective gas resource as a primary target and will be deepened to test a secondary, high-impact but high-risk oil target that on current mapping could be a potentially extensive play across the Block. The top hole of Silenus has already been previously drilled and the well is expected to complete within two weeks. There are several analogous shallow gas prospects to Silenus East in the Thrust Belt play sharing the same Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators. If successful, the well would de-risk ca.1.2TCF of upside (including Silenus East volumes) in the immediate area that could provide an additional production hub for the FLNG development.Nick Cooper, CEO, commented:“The Mzia-3 flow-test is another positive result on what will be a core asset in our Tanzanian LNG development. Momentum continues to build on that project with pre-FEED contracts awarded on both the Midstream and Upstream portions of the development.“The Tonel North-1 result has slightly reduced the size of the Tonel field but this remains a commercial asset within the overall 2.5mmtpa Floating LNG project. The project still has the potential to be expanded to 3.0mmtpa once the current three well programme has completed and results analysed. We are now completing the Silenus East-1 exploration well, with results expected imminently.“After a period of appraisal activity, Ophir now moves back to exploration, with two wells drilling simultaneously in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, results from both of which are expected before the end of September.”Press Release, August 27, 2014
GERMANY: On September 17 the Higher Regional Court in München instructed Bayern railway authority BEG to undertake a review of the planned award of two Nürnberg S-Bahn operating contracts to National Express Rail.On February 2 BEG had named the German subsidiary of UK-based National Express Group as its preferred bidder for the two contracts to operate Nürnberg S-Bahn services for 12 years from December 9 2018. The contracts would cover the operation of 7·5 million train-km/year on five routes carrying more than 20 million passengers/year, and are expected to generate revenues in excess of €1·4bn.This was the first time that national operator DB had not won a contract to operate a major S-Bahn service. On February 11 DB Regio lodged an appeal, and on April 27 the Südbayern procurement office blocked the award of the contracts. BEG and National Express then took the matter to the Higher Regional Court on May 15. The court has now found that there were technical flaws in the way BEG requested financial guarantees from bidders and their parent companies. As a result, BEG must undertake a review of the bids using stricter financial guidelines. However the court has not ordered that the procurement be restarted, and BEG can award the contracts to National Express if it still wishes to do so following the review.’We are pleased that the Higher Regional Court of Munich has judged our Nürnberg S-Bahn bid as valid and has not decided to restart the contract procurement process,’ National Express told Railway Gazette International. ‘We look forward to the completion of the procurement process by the awarding authority as directed by the court and to providing the people of Nürnberg with the high-quality services they deserve.’
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – Japan’s Mao Asada had to make do with a runner-up finish as newly crowned U.S. champion Ashley Wagner came from behind to win her first international title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.Two-time former world champion Asada had established a slim lead over Wagner after Friday’s short program but she under-rotated her opening triple axel and also put a hand on the ice trying to land a triple lutz, while Wagner enjoyed an elegant, error-free skate to win with a career-high total of 192.41 points. Asada, who posted a courageous victory at the national championships in December just weeks after the death of her mother, scored 188.62 while American Caroline Zhang was third with 176.18.Former junior world champion Kanako Murakami was a distant fourth with 169.32 and injury-affected Haruka Imai ended up in ninth place.“It is a shame (about the triple axel downgrade) but I think the fact that I went for it really is a plus for me,” said Asada.Asada’s runner-up finish in the last international event before next month’s world championships in Nice, France came a day after compatriot Daisuke Takahashi also finished second in the men’s program — almost 30 points behind reigning world champion Patrick Chan of Canada.“My goal at the world championships is to land a triple axel in both the short program and the free skate and iron out the creases in my free skate,” said Asada.Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran were fourth in the pairs short program won by China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong. The ice dance short dance was won by U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. KEYWORDS Mao Asada GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5