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Juventus, Napoli light up Serie A

first_imgROME (AP):It’s judgement weekend in Serie A. League leaders Napoli take a two-point lead over Juventus into a highly anticipated clash of the top-two squads today. Then tomorrow, third-place Fiorentina host fourth-place Inter Milan, who are one point behind the Viola.Napoli and Juventus are on club record winning streaks.Napoli have won eight straight, while Juventus have 14 consecutive victories, and need three more to match the Serie A record of 17 established by Inter in 2006-07.Napoli beat Juventus 2-1 in September with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain, but that was before the Turin club found its stride and was able to overcome the off season departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez.Having joined Juventus on a €40 million transfer from Palermo in June, Paulo Dybala has developed into the Turin squad’s most dangerous weapon with 13 goals. And with only 15 goals conceded, Juventus have the best defence in Italy.With 24 goals in as many matches, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life. With 14 matches remaining, Higuain already has more goals than the 22 that Mauro Icardi and Toni led Serie A with last season.”My intention is to continue scoring,” Higuain said. “For me, and most important, to help the squad, which is aiming for something really big.”Napoli’s only two Serie A titles came in 1987 and 1990 when Diego Maradona was carrying the club.Also this weekend, it’s Lazio vs Hellas Verona; Carpi vs Roma; Empoli vs Frosinone; Chievo Verona vs Sassuolo; AC Milan vs Genoa; Palermo vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; and Udinese vs Bologna.last_img read more

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Use of associated gas as base fuel still on cards – Dr Bynoe

first_img– but says no clear idea of how much gas in oil fieldThe Department of Energy has cautioned that it is still too early to determine exactly how associated gas will be used or even how much is available in the Stabroek Block, but it estimates the gas has the potential to radicalise Guyana’s energy system.It is understood that there is to be no commercial flaring of gasDuring a question and answer forum at the Heavenly Light church in Albousytown on Sunday, Department of Energy Head, Dr Mark Bynoe was asked about the Department’s plans for using associated gas produced by ExxonMobil from the Stabroek Block.“At this point in time it’s a bit too early,” he replied. “Because of the rate of development we have seen. We’re dealing here with the viscosity or thickness of the fuel. The viscosity is not consistent from one field to another. Our primary objective is oil recovery, so gas from one field may have to be re-injected to another field to increase the recoverable rate.”“At this stage, we do not know how much associated gas will be available. But to the extent that there will be associated gas that is commercially viable, Government’s intention would be to use this for base fuel.”He also addressed concerns that using associated gas contradicts Government’s intentions of going green, noting that Guyana is currently reliant on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO). As such, Dr Bynoe estimated that using associated gas would cut emissions by 50 per cent.“Additionally, it is still possibly the best fuel that you will have available from a cost perspective, from a base load. So it’s not something we can discard. And Guyana, as indicated through the environment agency, will not allow any commercial flaring of this gas. So it has to be utilised somewhere.”PipelinesGovernment had previously been looking into building gas pipelines and related infrastructure, with a view towards implementing a proposed natural gas project. It had, in fact, been looking at various locations for the laying of pipelines.The pipelines would have been used to transfer associated gas, a by-product from the offshore oil reservoirs to strategic locations across the country, to be utilised as an alternative source of energy.At one point, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had revealed that studies have commenced towards the implementation of its proposed natural gas project. Speaking at the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference in 2017, Patterson had outlined plans for this initiative. He had pointed out the regions in which the possibility of laying natural gas pipelines was being explored.At that time, discussions were also ongoing with ExxonMobil, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), among other agencies, to ensure that the most feasible location was selected.Patterson had highlighted the factors which would be taken into consideration during this process. He had indicated, “The determination of where we’re going to go has several aspects, not only land availability, (but also include) the distance away from residence, environmental challenges….”After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. More wells were subsequently discovered earlier this year.Last year, it was also announced that Eco Atlantic, one of several companies drilling for oil offshore Guyana, had found approximately 2.9 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalents in its Orinduik Block, verified by the first ever independent assessment done on the field.According to a Competent Persons Report (CBR) done by the independent assessor, Gustavson Associates, the oil was found in 10 prospects within the block. It is believed to include 2.505 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 2.449 trillion cubic feet of associated gas.Those are, however, gross estimates. According to the company, the total net figure is 1.165 billion barrels. The CBR adds that the risk, or Probability of Success when extracting the oil, is a 16.8 to 22.4 per cent range.last_img read more