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Second train of Freeport LNG project in Texas begins commercial operations

first_img The Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas. (Credit: Freeport LNG Development, L.P.) Freeport LNG Development has started commercial operations from the second train of its Freeport LNG project on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas.The milestone was achieved by the company with the start of gas deliveries from BP under a 20-year tolling agreement for 4.4 million tons per annum (mtpa), which was signed in 2013.The first liquid from Train 2 of the LNG project was produced in December 2019 followed by the shipping of the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first train also began commercial production in December 2019, which was after the commencement of the tolling agreements with Osaka Gas and JERA.Freeport LNG Development founder, chairman and CEO Michael Smith said: “We are thrilled to now be providing service to BP, in addition to Osaka Gas, and JERA.“We are also especially pleased with the performance of our electric motor drive liquefaction units. Freeport’s electric drive motors not only reduce emissions by over 90% relative to other plants which use combustion turbines, they should also require less maintenance with less downtime.”Freeport LNG Development said that construction on the third liquefaction train of the LNG export project is almost over. The LNG producer said that gas has been introduced into the pre-treatment facilities of Train 3.The company is expecting an approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to enable gas to be brought to the liquefaction facility in February 2020. Freeport LNG Development said that the third train continues to be on track to begin commercial operations in May 2020.A consortium of McDermott, Chiyoda International, and Zachry Group have been engaged in carrying out the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), and also commissioning and initial operations for the first three trains of the Freeport LNG project.Freeport LNG project will have a fourth liquefaction trainRecently, Freeport LNG Development secured loan of up to $1.025bn from Westbourne Capital to develop a fourth liquefaction train for the LNG export facility. The fourth LNG train will expand the production capacity of the LNG export capacity to more than 20mtpa.KBR holds the contract for executing the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup of the fourth train. The first liquid from Train 2 of the Freeport LNG project was produced in December 2019 followed by the shipping of the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG)last_img read more

TechnipFMC signs contract with ANOPC for new hydrocracking complex in Egypt

first_imgThis EPC contract covers new process units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit TechnipFMC signs contract with ANOPC for new hydrocracking complex in Egypt. (Credit: Tumisu from Pixabay) TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (Paris:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has signed a major Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC) for the construction of a new Hydrocracking Complex for the Assiut refinery in Egypt.This EPC contract covers new process units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit using TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology. The project also includes other process units, interconnecting, offsites and utilities.The complex will transform lower-value petroleum products from Assiut Oil Refining Company’s (ASORC) nearby refinery into approximately 2.8 million tons per year of cleaner products, such as Euro 5 diesel.Catherine MacGregor, President of Technip Energies, stated: “This award demonstrates TechnipFMC’s long-standing relationship with the Egyptian petroleum sector and strengthens our expertise in the delivery of complex projects in the country. It comes after successful execution of the FEED (2), reflecting our selective approach and the importance of being involved at a very early stage of any development. Assiut is considered one of the major strategic projects needed to meet growing local demand for cleaner products, and we are extremely honored to have been selected by ANOPC to contribute to the largest refining project to be implemented in Upper Egypt.”The Company is working with ANOPC to complete the remaining conditions precedent to enable project work to commence. The Company will include the contract award in its inbound when all the requirements are fulfilled. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Australia’s Newest Air Warfare Destroyer Receives Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System

first_img View post tag: Weapon View post tag: system View post tag: News by topic April 19, 2013 View post tag: air View post tag: newest View post tag: Block View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: delivers View post tag: Close-In Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Australia’s View post tag: Warfare Equipment & technology View post tag: Navy View post tag: For Australia’s Newest Air Warfare Destroyer Receives Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System View post tag: Phalanx Raytheon Company delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia’s newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane.A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.“These Phalanx systems will give the Royal Australian Navy the most advanced ship self-defense capability available worldwide,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “Thanks to recent engineering changes, we have improved the system’s reliability, added capability and greatly improved the sailor-to-machine interface in order to defeat extended-range air and surface threats.”About PhalanxPhalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. More than 890 systems have been built and deployed in the navies of 25 nations.“Phalanx provides commanders with the ability to automatically carry out functions usually performed by separate systems on other ships,” said Nelson. “Whether operating in blue water or the littorals, Phalanx will autonomously detect, evaluate, track and engage targets.”War-tested ProtectionExtremely high reliability through development, testing and design improvements.Target designation for other shipboard weapons.Autonomous assessments of all threats from detect to destroy.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 19, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: 1B Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia’s Newest Air Warfare Destroyer Receives Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Balliol gets hairy for charity

first_imgA group of men in Balliol College are taking part in a moustache-growing competition to raise money for charity.22 hardy souls, or Balliol ‘Mo-Bros,’ have joined a contest to see who can grow the best moustache during ‘Movember’ and many more are expected to sign up.Movember is a worldwide, annual, month long event during which men grow moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. The money donated in the UK goes to The Prostate Cancer Charity.Matt Parsfield, a third-year English undergraduate, organised the Movember movement at Balliol. “I had the idea that a group of us at Balliol should participate in the scheme – this is the kind of thing that’s a lot more effective and amusing if there are a large number of people doing it, and we’ll all feel the benefit of the camaraderie, knowing that we all look like idiots rather than just one person.“I had the idea when I was drunk in the bar and I stumbled around trying to persuade everyone to take part; thankfully most of the people I asked were as intoxicated as I was and agreed.”Balliol JCR has been very supportive of the scheme, pledging £300 to The Prostate Cancer Charity on the condition that at least 20 people complete the challenge. Added to that, £100 has been set aside for the winner of the ‘best moustache’ competition to donate to a charity of his choice. The participants themselves are also raising money from sponsorship – at the moment Hector Page is leading the way with £135.Page told Cherwell, “I think it’s a fun way to raise money for a good cause, not to mention I’m of the age and have the follicular prowess to need an excuse to experiment. I’m certain I can grow a moustache that is both a crippling hindrance to my social/sex life and a real money-spinner.”Thomas Mason is also taking part. “While refuting that I look like a baby, I fully intend to look merely extremely dirty by the end of the month. I haven’t really thought of it as team effort to be honest, more a pact of individuals to each engage in their own battle against fashion, aesthetics, social conformity, and in my case nature.”Iain Large, JCR president, plans to join the Mo-Brotherhood, “I am fairly confident in my ability to grow the moustache (beards, by the way, have been strictly forbidden, as they look far too sensible)… Whether the men of Balliol will have the steadfastness to cultivate such a hideous hirsute disfigurement on their fair faces is another matter.”Parsfield extends a challenge to other members of the university. “I think it would be great if people reading this article from other colleges decided to get a college team together – there’s nothing like a bit of inter-collegiate facial hair rivalry.” Large’s aims are perhaps even more ambitious, “The next stop on our recruitment drive? The Balliol fellowship…”last_img read more

Orli coffee shop to open in Borehamwood

first_imgRestauranteur Avi Avital is to open another Orli Coffee Shop in Hertfordshire. The kosher coffee shop will open in Borehamwood to cater for the needs of the surrounding Jewish community who have previously been making trips to its north-west London branch.Avital currently has Orli coffee shops in Hendon, Edgware and Finchley in London, however the new coffee shop is likely to replicate the formula of another of Avital’s enterprises, the Hendon Bagel Bakery in North West London.last_img

At the Double

first_imgYou could say that a baker’s job is never done until they have produced a great product, delivered it in pristine condition and made it so enjoyable that shoppers come back for more. Reputation is all to the smallest craft baker or the biggest bakery food manufacturer. But it is only as good as your last delivery.Along the way, the baker has other decisions to make: which ingredients to choose, which equipment? And with ovens, often ’off the shelf’ options won’t do. The oven might not fit, have enough racks or the space might be too tall, small, wide or large.It’s the sort of challenge that Bob Petrie, MD, and Ian Wallace, sales and marketing director, of Double D Food Engineering really enjoy, because ’tailor-made’ rack and continuous ovens are precisely what they do. They make complete in-line bakery solutions for bread and fermented goods, confectionery, biscuits, pie and savoury products. Now, however, there is a new dimension. Under its new parent company JBT FoodTech, Double D can now supply equipment suitable for each stage of the baking process, from proving and baking to chilling and freezing.Ovens and retarder-provers have been made at Double D for over 30 years, with Revorack rack ovens and Revoband continuous ovens building up a loyal customer base. But a couple of years ago, Double D’s owner retired and sold the firm to a new company, run by Bob Petrie, a qualified engineer and a company director.Neat fitThen, out of the blue, a phone call came from an American company, wanting a foothold in the UK, instead of just distribution. This was JBT (John Bean Technologies), which owns Frigoscandia freezing technology. The fit was just right so JBT became the new owner of Double D.But there is more to it than that. JBT has access to international markets, with sales and service offices worldwide. Customers include continuous oven bakery clients, so it is good news for Double D. In return, Double D has a reputation for quality, access to a UK customer base, the ability to custom-build ovens and competitive pricing in rack, linear and batch ovens. Now, it also has the opportunity to supply emerging markets. A neat fit.Most British customers will know Ian Wallace, who has been sales and marketing director of Double D for 30 years. He remembers British Baker profiling the firm 20 years ago for its 10th anniversary. “It’s good to see you back,” he says in welcome, as he and Bob Petrie take me through the recent changes. The company is still located in Broxburn, conveniently close to Edinburgh airport, and has no plans to move. It manufactures and distributes throughout the UK and Ireland. In fact, nearly 70% of all business is outside Scotland.Petrie says the fact the company also make cookers for the meat and fish industries has driven very high CIP (cleaning in place) standards, which is especially important in the manufacture of topped products, such as garlic breads or flatbreads made with cheese or olive oil. The advantage of joining with JBT’s Frigoscandia is that stacking belts can be added to the offer, so that one continuous retarding-proving, baking, stacking, cooling and freezing line can be installed or any combination of the same.Customised approachPetrie says: “We start with ’what does the customer want?’ and are prepared for the unconventional. We visit the site and the permutations are limitless: pillars in awkward places, heat exchangers on top. We buy the raw materials, then manufacture and assemble the ovens right here at Broxburn, whether the requirement is for a craft or industrial rack oven or a tunnel oven. Recent large installations we are proud of include a 3.6m quiche oven at Greencore. Other customers include Northern Foods, Bakkavör, Maple Leaf and leading supermarkets.”Just as important as the installation is the help needed in an emergency or for a repair. “We have engineers nationwide,” says Petrie. “Customers can log in to their global positioning system and know precisely how far away they are from a visit.” He says 95% of breakdowns can be righted on the first visit and most within 24 hours.Service apparently comes with more than a smile and an engineer. The reception desk at Broxburn is also trained to take orders for spare parts and this is relayed directly to stores for immediate despatch. But before an order is ever placed, customers may want to visit Double D’s manufacturing site, which has a purpose-built technology centre featuring every piece of kit they sell. This includes proving, chilling and baking, as well as Frigoscandia’s freezing equipment, with both conventional freezing and impingement, which works particularly well with flatbreads or low-density products.So what changes has Petrie enacted under the new ownership, not forgetting the volatile economy? “We have changed from being very specification-conscious to more price-conscious,” he says. “Ovens are the same quality, but we felt they were over-specified. We have responded by being more market-led than function-led.””Nowadays, customers want reasonably priced, energy-efficient ovens that will perform reliably,” he says, adding: “We are introducing energy-saving devices, limbo modes and flexible baking areas.””Customers appreciate that what we do we do properly,” adds Wallace. It’s a reputation the firm expects to hold on to for the next 30 years.last_img read more

Press release: UK House Price Index for June 2018

first_img Building status* Average price April 2018 Annual price change % since April 2017 Monthly price change % since March 2018 West Midlands £196,015 1.9 All £476,752 £480,152 -0.7 Flat/maisonette £226,638 £227,646 -0.4 Price change by region for England Region Average price June 2018 Monthly change % since May 2018 East Midlands £187,553 -0.5 East of England £292,632 1.0 Terraced £121,586 £116,907 4.0 The UK Property Transaction statisticsare taken from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) monthly estimates of the number of residential and non-residential property transactions in the UK and its constituent countries. The number of property transactions in the UK is highly seasonal, with more activity in the summer months and less in the winter. This regular annual pattern can sometimes mask the underlying movements and trends in the data series so HMRC also presents the UK aggregate transaction figures on a seasonally adjusted basis. Adjustments are made for both the time of year and the construction of the calendar, including corrections for the position of Easter and the number of trading days in a particular month. Funding and buyer status for London West Midlands 40 HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales. Cash £495,907 -1.7 -1.2 Property type June 2018 June 2017 Difference % *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for LondonThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for London show; *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for WalesThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for Wales show: Funding and buyer status for Wales Press Office Work has been taking place since 2014 to develop a single, official HPI that reflects the final transaction price for sales of residential property in the UK. Using the geometric mean, it covers purchases at market value for owner-occupation and buy-to-let, excluding those purchases not at market value (such as re-mortgages), where the ‘price’ represents a valuation. Mobile (5:30pm to 8:30am weekdays, all weekend and public holidays) 07864 689 344 North West 120 UK HPI seasonally adjusted series are calculated at regional and national levels only. See data tables. Detached £234,339 £225,439 3.9 Existing resold property £477,123 -0.3 1.3 Building status* Average price April 2018 Annual price change % since April 2017 Monthly price change % since March 2018 Semi-detached £151,991 £143,947 5.6 North East £127,271 -1.9 on average, house prices have risen by 0.4% since May 2018 an annual price rise of 3%, which makes the average property in the UK valued at £228,384 Phone (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) 0300 006 3365 The data can be downloaded as a .csv file. Repossession sales data prior to April 2016 is not available. Find out more information about repossession sales. Building status for Wales Repossession sales data is based on the number of transactions lodged with HM Land Registry by lenders exercising their power of sale. Former owner occupier £277,690 2.9 0.1 The UK House Price Index (HPI) is published on the second or third Wednesday of each month with Northern Ireland figures updated quarterly. The July 2018 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 September 2018. See calendar of release dates. Transaction type Average price June 2018 Annual price change % since June 2017 Monthly price change % since May 2018 April 5,272 7,120 -26.0 Mortgage £252,647 2.9 0.4 London 37 South West £252,558 -0.5 HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. New build £512,049 3.9 4.3 there were 54 repossession sales in April 2018 For further information about HM Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for EnglandThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for England show: Yorkshire and the Humber £160,727 0.9 The HM Land Registry dataset contains the sale price of the property, the date when the sale was completed, full address details, the type of property (detached, semi-detached, terraced or flat), if it is a newly built property or an established residential building and a variable to indicate if the property has been purchased as a financed transaction (using a mortgage) or as a non-financed transaction (cash purchase). Funding and buyer status for England Information on residential property transactions for England and Wales, collected as part of the official registration process, is provided by HM Land Registry for properties that are sold for full market value. March 6,685 8,659 -22.8 The UK HPI is calculated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) andLand & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. It applies a hedonic regression model that uses the various sources of data on property price, in particular, HM Land Registry’s Price Paid Dataset, and attributes to produce estimates of the change in house prices each month. Find out more about the methodology used from the ONS and Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency. South East £325,107 0.6 Detached £367,947 £357,220 3.0 The UK HPI revision period has been extended to 13 months, following a review of the revision policy (see calculating the UK HPI section 4.4). This ensures the data used is more comprehensive. Semi-detached £229,360 £220,112 4.2 Flat/maisonette £416,101 £428,001 -2.8 Existing resold property £150,819 2.5 -0.3 Transaction type Average price June 2018 Annual price change % since June 2017 Monthly price change % since May 2018 Building status for London Contact First-time buyer £135,691 4.2 1.9 Property type June 2018 June 2017 Difference % WalesWales shows, on average, house prices have risen by 1.7% since May 2018. An annual price rise of 4.3% takes the average property value to £156,886.Average price by property type for Wales Terraced £496,983 £490,877 1.2 the number of completed house sales in England fell by 19.3 per cent to 50,308 compared with 62,318 in April 2017 North West £159,801 0.5 March 62,237 74,386 -16.3 the number of completed house sales in April 2018 fell by 26% to 5,272 compared with 7,120 in April 2017 Month Sales 2018 Sales 2017 Difference % Former owner occupier £537,783 -0.2 -0.7 We have made some changes to improve the accuracy of the UK HPI. We are not publishing average price and percentage change for new builds and existing resold property as done previously because there are not currently enough new build transactions to provide a reliable result. This means that in this month’s UK HPI reports, new builds and existing resold property are reported in line with the sales volumes currently available. Former owner occupier £181,538 4.4 1.4 Mortgage £470,879 -0.4 -0.4 South West 42 West Midlands experienced the greatest monthly price rise, up by 1.9% the North East saw the most significant monthly price fall, down by 1.9% London saw the lowest annual price increase, down by 0.7% Repossession sales by volume for EnglandThe lowest number of repossession sales in April 2018 was in the East of England.The highest number of repossession sales in April 2018 was in the North West. Flat/maisonette £114,043 £110,994 2.7 East of England 9 All £156,886 £150,394 4.3 First-time buyer £417,193 -1.1 -0.6 Building status* Average price April 2018 Annual price change % since April 2017 Monthly price change % since March 2018 April 50,308 62,318 -19.3 Data for the UK HPI is provided by HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the Valuation Office Agency. Cash £152,601 4.0 1.8 England 470 All £245,076 £238,595 2.7 Yorkshire and the Humber 68 Existing resold property £238,785 3.2 0.9 Semi-detached £588,852 £569,116 3.5 EnglandIn England, the June data shows on average, house prices have risen by 0.3% since May 2018. The annual price rise of 2.7% takes the average property value to £245,076.The regional data for England indicates that: Month Sales 2018 Sales 2017 Difference % Cash £230,065 2.4 0.0 North East 64 April 3,005 3,490 -13.9 Access the full UK HPIUK house prices rose by 3.0% in the year to June 2018, down from 3.5% in the year to May 2018. This is the lowest UK annual rate since August 2013 when it was also 3.0%.The UK Property Transaction Statistics for June 2018 showed that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of transactions on residential properties with a value of £40,000 or greater was 96,340. This is 5.7% lower compared to a year ago. Between May and June 2018, transactions decreased by 3.0%.West Midlands was the fastest growing region with an annual growth rate of 5.8%, up from 5.0% in the previous month. London was the slowest growing region, falling by 0.7% in the year to June 2018, down from negative 0.2% in the previous month.See the economic statement.Notes to editors Revision tables have been introduced for England and Wales within the downloadable data. Tables will be available in CSV format. See about the UK HPI for more information. Terraced £198,836 £192,410 3.3 Property type June 2018 June 2017 Difference % Sales volume data is also available by property status (new build and existing property) and funding status (cash and mortgage) in our downloadable data tables. Transactions involving the creation of a new register, such as new builds, are more complex and require more time to process. Read revisions to the UK HPI data. Email [email protected] Mortgage £159,428 4.5 1.6 Average price by property type for England East Midlands 45 Detached £909,473 £890,539 2.1 The June data shows: Building status for England The first estimate for new build average price (April 2016 report) was based on a small sample which can cause volatility. A three-month moving average has been applied to the latest estimate to remove some of this volatility. South East 45 HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for some 85% of the land mass of England and Wales. For England, this is shown as volumes of repossession sales recorded by Government Office Region. For Wales, there is a headline figure for the number of repossession sales recorded in Wales. London £476,752 -0.6 Background tables of the raw and cleansed aggregated data, in Excel and CSV formats, are also published monthly although Northern Ireland is on a quarterly basis. They are available for free use and re-use under the Open Government Licence. Month Sales 2018 Sales 2017 Difference % First-time buyer £206,005 2.5 0.5 March 3,547 3,909 -9.3 Trafalgar House1 Bedford ParkCroydonCR0 2AQ Follow us on Twitter @HMLandRegistry, our blog, LinkedIn and Facebook New build £210,429 7.9 2.1 New build £310,029 7.8 3.9 the number of completed house sales in April 2018 fell by 13.9% to 3,005 compared with 3,490 in April 2017 LondonLondon shows, on average, house prices have fallen by 0.6% since May 2018. An annual price fall of 0.7% takes the average property value to £476,752.Average price by property type for London Transaction type Average price June 2018 Annual price change % since June 2017 Monthly price change % since May 2018 Repossession sales April 2018last_img read more

Press release: Government significantly boosts UK PPE supply with more than 100 new deals

first_imgFrom this week, GPs and small care homes can also register on the PPE Portal, a new online portal developed in collaboration with eBay to help primary and social care providers to order critical PPE, as it is scaled up nationally.The PPE Portal has been tested with the sector and is now being scaled up nationally over the coming weeks. During this phase of the roll-out, GPs and small residential and domiciliary social care services will be invited to register on the portal.We are focusing on small care providers because our data shows that, although they account for half of all care provision, they seem to be less likely to be registered with wholesalers. It’s therefore important that we ensure that they have the option of quickly joining the portal should they need to.This forms part of our national effort to ensure critical PPE continues to be delivered to those on the frontline.Background informationA small residential social care provider is defined as one with 24 beds or fewer, while a small domiciliary care provider has 99 clients or fewer. Last month, I set a national challenge to ensure we continue to supply enough PPE to those on the frontline of this battle. We have now signed deals with over 100 suppliers across the world to secure more PPE, and at the same we have ramped up domestic production. We have now ordered 2 billion pieces of PPE from homegrown firms which is also great news for jobs and the economy, and over 3 billion pieces from abroad. Worldwide demand for PPE has never been higher so I want to thank Paul [Lord Deighton] for his work in ensuring that PPE continues to be delivered to where it is needed. The UK has worked with numerous international partners to procure additional PPE supplies throughout the pandemic. A new team has been established to secure new supply lines from across the world and will continue to strengthen and diversify the supply chain.We’re rapidly progressing over 14,500 offers from suppliers and ensuring they meet the safety and quality standards that our NHS staff need, as well as prioritising offers of larger volumes. We have already contracted over 100 new suppliers able to deliver at the scale and pace the UK requires.Domestic production is simultaneously being ramped up to unlock new avenues to get PPE to the frontline as part of the government’s ‘Make’ programme, headed up by Lord Paul Deighton, who is leading the government’s efforts to secure PPE and ensure this gets to where it is needed. As part of this, he is driving forward coordination of the end-to-end process design and manufacture of new domestic PPE supplies.The government is in contact with over 350 potential UK manufacturers and contracts have been signed to manufacture over 2 billion items of PPE in the UK.This includes: Over 100 new suppliers contracted around the world to significantly boost UK PPE supply Domestic production also ramped up significantly with contracts signed to manufacture 2 billion items of PPE in the UK Over 1.48 billion items of PPE delivered to the frontline in England with tens of millions more items distributed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales a deal for 70 million face masks agreed with company Honeywell this month Don & Low manufacturing 12 million metres squared of fabric for gowns over the next 6 months Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing 14,000 visors a week for healthcare staffcenter_img As unprecedented demand for PPE continues around the world, British industry has stepped forward to strengthen the UK’s response and increase PPE supplies. We have already secured millions of PPE items through deals with British industry, and continue to work with hundreds of potential manufacturers to further bolster our domestic supply chain now and in the future. Lord Paul Deighton said: A significant boost to PPE supplies that should help meet demand in the health and social care sectors has been announced by government today.It has signed deals with more than 100 new suppliers from around the world in a challenging global market, including securing a further 3.7 billion gloves to help meet the expected demand.The government has also supported industry to significantly boost domestic production with companies signing contracts to manufacture over 2 billion items of PPE in the UK, including facemasks, visors, gowns and aprons.Since the start of the outbreak, over 1.48 billion items of PPE have been delivered to the frontline in England, and tens of millions more items distributed in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Just yesterday alone, 3.3 million masks, 11.8 million aprons, 33,000 gowns and 36.2 million gloves were delivered to health and social care settings in England.As demand for PPE hit record levels during the global pandemic, government and industry joined forces to build a PPE distribution network from scratch. With the help of the Armed Forces, the NHS Supply Chain now delivers PPE to 58,000 settings including care homes, hospices and community organisations.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:last_img read more

Open consultation: Tobacco and related products legislation introduced between 2015 to 2016: reviewing effectiveness

first_img the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR) the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 (SPoT) This consultation is about the following regulations: We’re asking for feedback on the effectiveness of the legislation in achieving its objectives along with any unintended consequences that may have occurred.TRPR and SPoT require the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to complete a review of the legislation within 5 years of the regulations coming into force. This is known as a post implementation review (PIR).We expect a wide range of industry, charities, academic researchers and members of the public to respond to this consultation.last_img read more

Brigham team implants artificial heart

first_imgA 66-year-old former teacher and track coach reports he “feels great” with his artificial heart, which was implanted at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.In February, Holbrook, Mass., resident Jim Carelli Jr. became the first person in New England to receive an entirely artificial heart during an eight-hour surgery led by Gregory Couper, surgical director of the Brigham’s Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.Carelli was one of 7 million people in the United States who suffer from heart failure, a condition where the heart enlarges and weakens. This causes poor circulation, shortness of breath, and fatigue, making physical activity difficult. Reduced blood flow to vital organs can cause them to fail and lead to fluid accumulation in the legs due to poor kidney function.Carelli suffered from a rare form of heart failure, cardiac amyloidosis, which, because it affects both sides of the heart, eventually leaves the patient with only one option: a heart transplant. The device, called the Total Artificial Heart, is not intended to be a permanent solution, Carelli’s doctors said, but rather to provide a “bridge” that prevents further organ damage until a transplant heart is available.“For patients suffering from end stage heart failure on both sides of the heart, heart transplantation is the only solution,” Couper said. “This device is life-saving and life-restoring for these patients.”Carelli was joined by two dozen members of the team that tended to him – including two former members of his track teams — at a news conference at the Brigham on Thursday. He walked into the room under his own power, attached by two thick tubes to a large, wheeled unit powering the pneumatic artificial heart.Though he became emotional while thanking the surgical team, Carelli’s voice was otherwise strong and clear during the event. He said he’s resumed exercising and, with the help of hospital physical therapists, has worked up to a mile and a half on the treadmill.“You have to have faith,” Carelli said of the procedure. “This is a big leap of faith. They’re going to remove your heart. There’s no turning back.”Mandeep Mehra, executive director of the Brigham’s Center for Advanced Heart Disease and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said the fatigue marking the early stages of heart failure is often dismissed as a normal effect of aging. Carelli was a runner and golfer until three years ago, when he experienced an irregular heartbeat. After his physicians at New England Baptist Hospital diagnosed him with cardiac amyloidosis, Carelli came to the Brigham.He was admitted several times as his condition deteriorated and began to affect his kidneys. With no hearts available for transplant, he was offered the opportunity for the artificial heart.“It’s not a difficult choice if you want to live, and I want to live,” he said.With the hospital short on options, Carelli probably would have died without the procedure, Mehra said. Though Carelli hasn’t suffered complications from the surgery, things haven’t gone entirely as planned. Restored blood flow hasn’t helped his kidneys as much as physicians had hoped, which means he has had to stay at the hospital for regular dialysis. It also means he now needs both heart and kidney transplants.The artificial heart, which beats 140 times a minute, weighs less than a natural heart but feels about the same, Carelli said. It does sound different, he added, comparing it to a coffee percolator.The first artificial heart successfully implanted was the Jarvik-7 in 1982. Later-generation devices have been implanted hundreds of times. The device used in this case was the first complete artificial heart approved by the Food and Drug Administration, in 2004. Prior to this case, Brigham surgeons relied on artificial devices that aid the heart, called ventricular assist devices, and on heart transplant surgery, which they’ve performed more than 600 times.Though patients have survived on this type of artificial heart for nearly four years, Mehra said they’re hoping a suitable donor heart becomes available within a few months. He also said the hospital performed a second such operation, in April, on a patient who wishes to remain anonymous.last_img read more