The project will reconfigure the refinery and produce up to 650 million gallons per year of renewable transportation fuels Phillips 66′ San Francisco refinery. (Credit: Phillips 66) Worley is working with Phillips 66 to reconfigure its San Francisco refinery to produce renewable fuels.We’ve been awarded a front-end engineering services contract by Phillips 66 to convert its San Francisco refinery in Rodeo, California, USA into a renewable fuels manufacturing facility.The project will reconfigure the refinery and produce up to 650 million gallons per year of renewable transportation fuels from used cooking oils, fats, greases and vegetable oils. Once built, the renewable fuels facility is expected to be one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind.We will provide front-end engineering design services for the facility, which will be executed by our North America West team with support from our Global Integrated Delivery team.“As a global company headquartered in Australia, this project aligns with our strategic focus on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world. We are pleased that Phillips 66 has engaged Worley in this important renewable fuels project and look forward to supporting Phillips 66’s energy transition goals, while also supporting Worley’s strategic focus on future fuels,” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley. Source: Company Press Release
Store rakes with the teeth pointing down. Stepping on an exposed rake can be very dangerous, for children and adults.Tiller and mowerEmpty the garden tiller of fuel or add a fuel stabilizer.Check the spark plugs, change the oil and clean the air filter.Clean the underside of the mower’s deck with a pressure washer and scrape off any old grass and debris.IrrigationDrain irrigation lines. Clean and inspect lines for cracks before rolling up. (Store these out of the sun in a shed or garage.)To keep insects from hibernating in hoses, connect hose ends.Do not hang hoses directly on a nail. The weight of the hose will create permanent kinks. Nail a coffee can or other round form on the wall and then roll the hose around the form.Inspect and lightly lubricate sprinkler heads.Clean and dry out the water timer.Tomato cagesClean off tomato cages and stack them out of the way.Repair any cages that have been damaged.SprayersTriple-rinse fertilizer or pesticide sprayers with water or a little ammonia.Check the hose tip for debris before storing the sprayer for the season. If you plan to take a rest from gardening this fall, take time to inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools before storing them for the winter.“As a gardener, nothing is more frustrating than to pull gardening tools out in the spring and find hoes that are rusty or broken, a tiller that won’t crank, or an irrigation system with a blown gasket,” said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.Tony Johnson, the horticulturist at the UGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga., agrees. Johnson helps UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ scientists maintain their research plots, and he does so on a limited state budget.“Gardening tools and supplies are expensive,” Johnson said. “With a little care and forethought, you can help your tools last from season to season.”On behalf of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, the two UGA professional gardeners offer the following checklist to follow before packing away garden tools for the winter.Shovels, hoes and other toolsThoroughly clean all tools with soap and water.Sharpen blades and tool edges.Clean metal parts with steel wool, wipe dry and apply a light coat of cooking oil.Smooth wooded handles by sanding them with sand paper. Then coat handles in linseed oil or paint them to preserve wood. read more
‘Integral part’ A shared animosity towards Iran, along with Saudi attempts to attract foreign investment to fund Prince Mohammed’s ambitious Vision 2030 economic diversification plan, appear to be pushing the kingdom closer to Israel than ever.A centerpiece of Vision 2030 is NEOM, a $500 billion planned megacity on the kingdom’s west coast, for which observers say the kingdom requires Israeli expertise in areas including manufacturing, biotechnology and cyber security.The creation of NEOM “requires peace and coordination with Israel, especially if the city is to have a chance of becoming a tourist attraction,” said Mohammad Yaghi, a research fellow at Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.NEOM is set to be built close to the Israeli resort town of Eilat, along the geopolitically sensitive waters of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba.Gulf states have also increasingly sought Israeli technology for the surveillance of their own citizens and tried to purchase precision missiles that Western countries are unwilling to sell, Yaghi wrote in a research paper in April.Saudi Arabia has tried to keep its outreach to Israel out of the public eye, but it has not been easy.In June, a verified Twitter account linked to the kingdom’s embassy in Washington said the Saudi council of ministers had agreed to recruit Israeli cyber security firm Check Point Software in NEOM.The embassy later denied the claim and distanced itself from the account.Marc Schneier, an American rabbi with close ties to the Gulf, quoted Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman as once telling him that Israel was an “integral part” of achieving Vision 2030.Schneier made the comment to AFP in May, and Saudi authorities did not dispute that the prince made the remark. The UAE’s decision to normalize ties with Israel could propel Saudi Arabia to deepen its furtive relations with the Jewish state as Riyadh seeks to entice investment to fund an ambitious economic transformation, analysts say.The United Arab Emirates on Thursday became the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel, in a historic US-brokered accord that raised the prospect of similar deals with other Arab states.Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, has maintained a conspicuous silence over the deal, but local officials have hinted that Riyadh is unlikely to immediately follow in the footsteps of its principle regional ally despite US pressure. Not only would a formal recognition of Israel be seen by Palestinians and their supporters as a betrayal of their cause, it would also hurt the kingdom’s image as the leader of the Islamic world.Saudi Arabia, however, has already cultivated covert ties with Israel in recent years, a shift spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even as his father King Salman has voiced steadfast support for an independent Palestinian state.”The UAE-Israeli normalization lends itself to expanding the realm of indirect Saudi-Israeli relations,” said Aziz Alghashian, a lecturer at Essex University specializing in the kingdom’s policy towards Israel.”I think Saudi-Israeli interactions will increase via the UAE.” President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner insisted on Monday that it would be in Riyadh’s interest to formally establish ties with Israel.”It would be very good for Saudi business, it would very good for Saudi’s defense, and, quite frankly, I think it would also help the Palestinian people,” Kushner said.Further putting the kingdom in the spotlight, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said Israel was working on opening a corridor over Saudi Arabia for flights to the UAE.There was no immediate public response from Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites and faces more sensitive political calculations than the UAE. ‘Conflicting views’ Despite the official silence, the pro-government Saudi media has repeatedly tested public reaction by publishing reports advocating closer ties with Israel.”I forecast a future that entails the creation of a joint high-tech ecosystem among [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries, known as the ‘Silicon Wadi’,” Israeli consultant Nave Shachar wrote last week for the English website of Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned broadcaster.Shachar, who according to his LinkedIn profile was previously employed by the Israeli defense ministry, was referring to a regional equivalent of Silicon Valley.”Now, more than ever, it is in the best interest of Israel and the GCC to increase business cooperation,” he said.Observers say US President Donald Trump, who backed Prince Mohammed following global uproar over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, holds enormous leverage to get the kingdom to formally recognize Israel.But Saudi Arabia appears to be resisting Washington’s pressure as it has more at stake than the UAE.Schneier said the kingdom’s leadership held “conflicting views along generational lines.””This bold initiative by the Emirates will strengthen the generational forces that would like to see this happen now,” he told AFP this week.”This announcement from the UAE will transform the current indirect relations between the Saudis and Israel to formal direct relations.” Topics : read more
Aberdeenshire based equipment rental specialists Hiretech has strengthened its team with a key management appointment.Keith Mackie has been appointed as managing director, with current managing director and company founder Andy Buchan taking on the newly created role of chief executive officer.Mackie has held a number of senior roles within the engineering and energy service industries, most recently as manging director at Power Jacks.Commenting on his new role, Mackie said, “I am delighted to be joining Hiretech at such an exciting time. The customer focussed growth delivered through integrity, technical strength and investment is within the DNA of Hiretech and I look forward to further developing the business.”Chief executive officer, Andy Buchan added, “Hiretech has grown significantly over the last three years as we regenerated ourselves following the recent downturn, and we identified a requirement to further strengthen our management team as we continue to capitalise on the opportunities that the energy markets present to us.” read more
ST. LEON, Ind. — Icy roads are being blamed for a rollover accident that hospitalized a Lawrenceburg woman yesterday.Indiana State Police say that Alisha L Haynes, 26, was traveling west on State Road 46 near St. Leon, when she lost control of her vehicle, which then left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and overturned down an embankment, ejecting Haynes from the vehicle.Haynes was transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of her injuries.