Led by a solid half-century from Andre McCarthy, Jamaica Scorpions made a positive start to their WICB First-Class Championship clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.McCarthy, batting a number four, scored 92 as the Scorpions, electing to bat, closed the day on 230 for seven.McCarthy, the former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who last season was in and out of the side after a series of low scores, hit two sixes and two fours in a knock that lasted close to 31/2 hours.His innings, which laid the platform for a rally after the Scorpions, had sunk to 126 for five, saw McCarthy displaying a foray of entertaining on and offside shots. This included two huge sixes off left-arm spinner, Alston Bobb, which went over wide mid-on boundary and into the north stand.However, sitting on 92 for over close to 20 minutes, he eventually fell short of triple figures when he played around a straight ball from left-arm seamer, Kenroy Peters, and was adjudged leg before wicket.He was dismissed with the score on 214, a knock which came after he had put on a fighting 88 with David Bernard Jr for the sixth wicket.Bernard Jr, who throughout the partnership largely played an anchor role, finished the day on 32 not out, while with him is leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who is yet to score.”I went out there and tried to apply myself and wanted to get the team in a nice position going into the second day. However, I got out for 92, which is not acceptable,” explained McCarthy.”I feel disappointed in myself knowing that in nine first-class cricket matches I am yet to score a century, and this should have been it. But I guess I will just have to put that behind me now and focus on the second innings, where if I get the chance I hope to do better.”Earlier, Jamaica, after again leaving out West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, Chadwick Walton, as well as fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, got off to a slow start.This was after the dismissal of young captain Paul Palmer Jr, who faced three balls before being caught at slip off towering fast bowler, Mervin Matthews, for zero.It was the third failure for the 23-year-old Palmer Jr in as many innings, having made a one-ball duck and a 77-ball against Barbados in the team’s opener at Kensington Oval.However, thanks to a 70-run second wicket stand between opener John Campbell and Kirk Edwards, the Scorpions were able to rally. Campbell made 48, while Edwards got 24.All-rounder Liam Sebastien, with five for 53 off 20 overs, led the way for the visitors. He dismissed Campbell and Carlton Baugh Jr, who made eight, leg before wicket, and Edwards and Brandon King, 17, caught at bat pad. His other victim, Nikita Miller, also went out caught, close to the wicket for eight.
ExxonMobil, the US-based oil giant gearing for production offshore Guyana, has handed a major contract to a Dutch based company to install and operate its floating producing and storage base for its Liza oil field in Guyana.The company — SBM Offshore –made the official announcement on Monday saying under the contract it will construct, install, lease and operate a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO).This follows completion of front-end engineering studies and the final investmentSBM’s Chief Executive Officer, Bruno Chabasdecision on the project by ExxonMobil, according to the company.The FPSO is said to be designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of about 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of about 200,000 barrels per day.The floating base will be moored at a depth of 1525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil at a given time.Making the announcement, SBM’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bruno Chabas said, “We are proud that ExxonMobil awarded SBM Offshore the contracts for the Liza FPSO.”He observed that the ExxonMobil Liza Field offshore Guyana was one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries of the past decade, and “we look forward to cooperating closely with our client and partners to make this project a success”.According to Chabas, “this award underlines SBM Offshore’s continued focus on building on our experience, our long-term relationships and FPSO-led strategic vision.”The decision to award the contract by ExxonMobil comes on the heels of the company being awarded its Production Licence from the Guyana Government.The acceleration towards production offshore Guyana follows major discoveries in Guyana in May 2015 and June 2016 of “world-class resources”, possibly the largest over the last two years.“A small team worked more than a year designing and executing a plan that had now brought us to the brink of what could be a major discovery,” ExxonMobil’s Guyana Basin Project Manager said, at the time of the Liza-1 well discovery.SBM Offshore is a listed holding company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands that provides floating production services to the offshore energy industry.The company is regarded as one of the leading firms in leased floating production systems with multiple units currently in operation.The company’s main activities are the design, supply, installation, operation and the life extension of FPSO vessels.These are either owned and operated by SBM Offshore and leased to its clients or supplied on a turnkey sale basis.Only recently, the Guyana Parliament was updated by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who had said the Stabroek Basin offshore Guyana, where exploration activities are currently underway, holds potentially two billion barrels of recoverable oil.He said, too, Government has drafted an Upstream and Local Content Policy in anticipation of the start of production in 2020.Trotman was at the time piloting the Petroleum Bill 2017, which has since been sent to a Special Select Committee of the Guyana Parliament for further consultations.
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