NNPC to begin oil palm bio-diesel project in Cross River

NNPC to begin oil palm bio-diesel project in Cross River

By Yetunde Bada

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced a community integration and stakeholders’ engagement to sensitise people in Cross River ahead the planned oil palm-based bio-diesel project.

A statement by the NNPC Spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, said the 26, 000-hectare facility was designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation co-located with bio-diesel, crude palm oil co-generation plants and other facilities.

Ughamadu said officials of the NNPC Renewable Energy Division (RED) had embarked on the sensitisation campaign across affected communities, providing information on the rationale and projected benefits of the bio-fuels projects in the state.

“The NNPC Research and Development Division is also being engaged for the conduct of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the projects.

“The plant is projected to generate about 14 megawatts of electricity from empty fruit bunches and the residue from oil palms.

“Under the arrangement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel grade bio-diesel and industrial crude palm oil as by-products.

“The bio-diesel will be blended with diesel in a mix of 20 per cent biodiesel and 80 per cent diesel and sold as B20 in the domestic market.

“Any utilised bio-diesel quantity would then be exported to the international market,’’ Ughamadu said.

The Cross River bio-fuel project is in tandem with renewed drive by NNPC to develop bio-fuels, through partnership with core investors to create a low carbon economy and link oil and gas sector to the agricultural sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it would also mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and the transformation of NNPC into an integrated energy company with diverse portfolio.

The business model would involve a Special Purpose Vehicle comprising NNPC, the State Government and the Core-investor.

Cross River is expected to provide land as equity, while core investor takes more than 50 per cent equity and operate the venture, leaving NNPC and the State Government with minority share of less than 50 per cent.

So far, Kebbi, Ondo, Taraba, Benue, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa have shown interest in partnering with NNPC in biofuels projects.

(NAN)

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PTDF extends scholarship programme to China, others, advises on integrity

Ptdf extends scholarship program to China, others, advises on integrity
 By Edith Ike – Eboh
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)has extended it scholarship programme. to. China, Germany and France to deepen capacity of Nigeria in the oil and gas sector.
The Executive Secretary, of the fund Dr. Aliyu Gusau advised the successful candidates  to uphold integrity while studying abroad.
Gusau gave the advise at the induction ceremony of the successful candidates for the 2018/19 Overseas Scholarship for Masters degrees and PHD programme.
” When you leave to whatever destination, weather China, France, or Germany always have in mind that you are not going for only degree and certificate.
” you are expected to to acquire skills and expertise, so that when you return, you will contribute effectively to the growth and development of the country.
” Do not under estimate what you can do but uphold professionalism in whatever you are doing,” he said.
Gusau further urged the candidates to ensure they represent the nation in a positive light and keep to rules of the scholarship and that of the host country.
” It beholds you to behave in the best manner as a guest in your host country.
” You must remember that you are also representing Nigeria and not only yourselves, he added..
Commenting on the mode of selection, he said that all the candidates were selected based on their letter of statement and other credentials.
He said equity was used adding  that all the states were represented and special preference given to oil producing communities.
He noted that under the current programmne, about 124 Msc students and 77 PhD students were selected for the programme that would commence next month.
He stated that challenges were not recorded in the selection process, partly because the process was very rigorous and very objective.
He said, “Hitherto, we subjected students to a one-hour test, but we thought that was not a good measure of their capacities.
“What we later did, we go through to see after four years of staying in the university, what quality of degree do you have?
“If it a first class, you are going to earn more than somebody with a second class upper; is it a second class upper, you would earn more than someone with a second more lower in our marking.
“That is how we ended up with people that attended the interview.
“70 per cent of the marks or grades that they got are based on the documents that they have, including if you were given an award by your institution as the best student in any department.
Also, if you publish in a very good journal, that would also count. At the end of the day, we got a very good set.” he said
(NAN)

Star forward set for shock Arsenal exit as Unai Emery looks to trim squad

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It looks increasingly likely that Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will be sold this summer, according to Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph.

The England forward has just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates but there seems to be little desire from the Gunners to offer him an extension and therefore, they look set to sell him this summer so they can get a fee for him.

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With with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette firmly ahead of Welbeck in the pecking order at the Emirates, and with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan more likely to feature in wide areas, the chances of Welbeck getting regular minutes look few and far between.

The striker joined Arsenal from Manchester United back in 2014 but has only managed to play in 112 games as he’s battled various injuries.

With Emery looking to change things up at Arsenal, it looks like he’s going to let Welbeck leave for pastures new.

Source: https://readarsenal.com/

Heavy rain damages Russia’s World Cup stadium

Heavy rain damages Russia’s World Cup stadium

Heavy rain has damaged Russia’s newly-built World Cup Stadium at the Southern city of Volgograd on Sunday.

Footage of the incident showed a fresh landslide on an embankment, which made a several-metre-deep hole near the stadium and covered a sidewalk with mud.

A spokesman for the Sport In company, overseeing the construction, said there were also leaks inside the stadium which could take up to a week to repair.

“I’m sorry for the city. They invested so much money and it was washed away by one rain,” 19-year-old Vitaly Ovchinnikov, a local resident, told Reuters TV.

Volgograd Arena, a stadium that can accommodate up to 45,000 spectators, was built for the World Cup at a cost over 16 billion roubles (194.20 million pounds).

“It’s not normal. It was built with federal money, with taxes we pay them,” another local resident, Mikhail Nesterenko, 64, said.

Eight teams played World Cup group matches in Volgograd, including England and Japan, which made it to the knockout stages.

Spokesmen for the Volgograd government and Sport In said the rain was extraordinary and was dealt with as an emergency.

“This happens once in 100 years,” a Sport In spokesman said.

The Stroytransgaz company, which built the stadium, had yet to issue a statement on the incident.

(Reuters/NAN)

5 things noticed as Cristiano Ronaldo meets Juventus team-mates and boss for first time

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has moved from Real Madrid for £88million

The latest chapter in Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible career has begun.

On Monday, the 33-year-old completed his switch from Real Madrid to Juventus for a sensational £88million.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner touched down in Turin, Italy, on Sunday before completing his medical the next morning.

After completing his assessment, Ronaldo then took a tour around Juve’s training complex.

In doing so, the Portugal captain inspected the pitches and also bumped into some of his new team-mates…and boss.

Here are five things we noticed…

Ronaldo’s Italian job

Cristiano Ronaldo and co looking sharp (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)

Ronaldo has arrived and how – just look at that suit!

The former Real Madrid star struts around the training pitches with his agent, colleagues and members of Juventus’ backroom staff.

He looks the part already, doesn’t he.

Pjanic is happy for good reason

Miralem Pjanic and Ronaldo pose in the dressing room (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)

If there’s one man who likes to set up goals it’s Miralem Pjanic.

With a 40 plus goalscorer now on his team the Bosnian and Herzegovinian is going to have a lot of fun this season.

No wonder he’s so pleased.

“I’m so glad he’s not scoring against us anymore”

Ronaldo meets his new boss, Massimiliano Allegri (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)

For the past two seasons Massimiliano Allegri has had to watch on while Ronaldo has dismantled his side.

First in the 2017 Champions League final before watching the 33-year-old produce an incredible bicycle kick at the Juventus stadium.

Now the tables have turned and Allegri has Ronaldo at his disposal.

“Me too”

A very relieved Giorgio Chiellini (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)

Another man happy to not face Ronaldo anymore is Giorgio Chiellini.

The Italian gave Ronaldo a huge hug after bumping into him at the training complex.

He, like Allegri, knows something special has just arrived.

The Ronaldo booth

“I have no idea who this guy is” (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)
“How many more?!” (Image: Cristiano Ronaldo/Twitter)

And it’s not just the first team that are happy to see Ronaldo, the youth players are ecastatic.

Ronaldo quickly turns into something of a booth with youngsters jumping in and out for photos.

It’s going to take a while for this to become normal.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/

Chelsea no longer have an identity – it’s time Roman Abramovich speaks out and lets fans know the script

The Blues have appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new boss but our man Stan Collymore says there needs to be more clarity

Not since the days of Didier Drogba have I really seen what Chelsea are about.

They were intimidating, fast-paced and aggressive back then, a club and a team who got on the front foot and made no secret of what they wanted to achieve.

Roman Abramovich set that tone the moment he walked through the door.

He said, ‘Right, I’m going to blow everyone out of the water, I’m going to bring in the best manager in the world, we’re going to shake up the traditional five or six clubs,’ and he was as good as his word.

But all that appears to have disappeared and there no longer seems to be a vision.

Abramovich very rarely speaks publicly as Chelsea owner (Image: PA)

They lurch from one season to the next, winning the league then finishing 10th, winning it again then finishing fifth, changing managers along the way, and it all seems a bit of mess.

The fact it took so long to sack Antonio Conte when everyone knew he was toast weeks ago hasn’t helped.

Nor has appointing Maurizio Sarri just three weeks before the start of the season.

So if I were a Chelsea fan I’d be thinking the time is right for some words from the top to let us know where we’re going.

Sarri has been appointed as the new Chelsea manager (Image: Imago)
Conte was sacked as Chelsea manager three weeks before the start of the season (Image: Reuters)

A mission statement from Abramovich, even if it comes via his club’s chief exec.

  • We want the new manager to win the Premier League in the next two years.
  • We want to get back into a Champions League final and win it within three years.
  • The stadium development is only a minor blip, we will revisit that in the next 18 months and give you a definitive answer on where we will call home for the foreseeable future.

In other words, just let Chelsea fans know the script.

Because Pep Guardiola is changing Manchester City’s DNA, Manchester United have Jose Mourinho trying to go toe-to-toe with his old foe, Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool a clear identity, Arsenal have a new manager and new signings, and Tottenham are preparing to move into their new stadium.

Some kind of statement is needed from Abramovich (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Chelsea seems a bit chaotic and we haven’t even mentioned the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.

I’d cash in on Hazard, particularly if I could get £150million-odd for him, because his best days are behind him at Chelsea, even though he had a very good World Cup.

And I’d use the funds he’d provide to breathe new life into the side as well as bringing through the brightest young stars in a brilliant academy to re-enthuse Abramovich.

We know Sarri is capable of producing some very exciting football, he showed us that at Napoli, and there’s nothing to stop him bringing that to Chelsea.

Sarri’s arrival will at least bring attacking football on the pitch (Image: Chelsea FC)
Chelsea fans deserve answers from Abramovich over the future of the club (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The template is clear because right now they aren’t a pressing side, they’re a good footballing side but not a great one, they’re a good defensive side but not a great one, so an identity is there to be claimed.

The question Chelsea must now ask is, ‘What are we?’

And the answer to it has to come from the top.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/

Thierry Henry quits £4million-a-year Sky Sports deal to pursue dream of becoming a manager

The Arsenal legend has been at the World Cup with Belgium as they reached the semi-finals.

Henry on Sky Sports

Thierry Henry has quit his £4million-a-year role as a Sky Sports pundit to pursue his dream of becoming a manager.

The Arsenal legend made the shock decision after helping Roberto Martinez’s Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup by beating England on Saturday.

Henry’s experience in Russia this ­summer has increased his appetite for a managerial career of his own.

The 40-year-old, now braced for a string of offers, said: “Over the last four years I have had some ­extremely rewarding coaching ­experiences in football.

“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.

Henry has been part of Belgium’s coaching team (Image: AFP)
Henry on Monday Night Football (Image: Internet Unknown)

“It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and ­concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.”

Henry’s decision will see him follow former BT Sport pair Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard from the ­studio to the dugout. Gerrard is now Rangers boss while Lampard is in charge at Derby.

Henry is Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals, achieved in two spells – 1999-2007 and on loan in 2012 from New York Red Bulls.

Henry in the Sky studio (Image: Sky Sports)

He lifted two Premier League titles with the Gunners and two FA Cups.

The Frenchman also clinched two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, along with the 1998 World Cup and 2000 ­European Championship.

His decision to leave Sky now comes in stark contrast to his ­reluctance to make the break ­towards the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign. Wenger offered him a role with his backroom staff on condition Henry switched off his TV work.

But that job is understood to have been with Arsenal’s kids while he is now keen for a hotseat of his own.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news

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