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Global nuclear needs 105 GW of additions to 2030 to stand still: report – S&P Global


Average reactor age hits 30.7 years

Capacity down 2.2% but 2019 output up

US lifetime extension 'reliant on support'

London Some 105 GW of nuclear capacity would need to start up this decade to maintain the technology's end-2019 market position, according to Mycle Schneider Consulting's World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020.

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This implied the need to more than double the annual build rate of the past decade at a time when construction starts are in decline, the report, published Sept. 24, said.

"The required number of new units might be even higher because many reactors are being shut down long before their licenses are terminated," the report said. "The mean age at closure of the 17 units taken off the grids between 2015 and 2019 was 42.4 years."

The average age of the world's operating reactor fleet has continued to rise, reaching 30.7 years in July.

"A total of 270 reactors, two-thirds of the world's operating fleet, have operated for 31 or more years, including 81 (20% of the total) that have operated for 41 years or more," the report said.

While global operating nuclear capacity declined 2.2% from one year earlier to reach 362 GW as of mid-2020, nuclear production was up in 2019.

Global nuclear output reached 2,657 TWh in 2019, a 3.7% increase over the previous year and only 3 TWh below nuclear's historic peak in 2006.

Half of 2019's increase was due to China's nuclear output increasing by over 19%. Five nuclear generating countries (the US, France, China, Russia and South Korea) generated 70% of all nuclear electricity in the world in 2019.

Two countries, the US and France, accounted for 45% of 2019 global nuclear production, two percentage points lower than in the previous year as France's output shrank by 3.5%, it said.

Nuclear energy's share in the global generation mix edged up 0.2 percentage point to 10.35% in 2019. It peaked at 17.5% in 1996.

"Nuclear power plants are usefully producing a little less than one third of global low-carbon-emission electric power," a foreword to the report by US academic Frank von Hippel and South Korean nuclear official Jungmin Kang said.

"Increasingly, therefore, the issue is not one of nuclear new-builds but nuclear life extension. Even there, however, nuclear is struggling."

In the US, 30-year-old plants whose capital costs had been paid off could not compete economically with new renewable power plants, it said.

The operating costs of nuclear plants were high in part because 100-200 workers and guards were required on site per reactor at all times in case of accident or terrorist attack.

"Subsidies justified by their low carbon emissions have become critical to the continued operation of many US nuclear power plants," it said.

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Circular procurement: Just start doing it | Weblogs – The Netherlands and You


Blog post | 23-09-2020 | Consulate General in Toronto, Fleur Horbach

At first glance, procurement may look like an unexciting topic. However, in the larger context of driving and achieving the circular economy, procurement becomes a hot topic that cannot be ignored.The second episode of the webinar series Making the Circular Economy Real focused on steps organizations can take to develop circular procurement, based on best practices from The Netherlands and Canada.

Moderated by Paul van der Werf, Senior Consultant at AET Group, the webinar started with remarks from Jorn Leeksma, Deputy Head of Mission at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Toronto, who stressed the important role the Netherlands, being a front runner in the circular economy, plays in promoting Dutch circular solutions for global challenges. Circular procurement is a pivotal part of the Take Make Use Reuse circular cycle and powers the circular economy. Leeksma said: Only together we can turn todays environmental and social challenges into tomorrows economic opportunities and job creation.

Next up was Cuno Van Geet, Strategic Advisor Circular Procurement atRijkswaterstaatin the Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat is the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, dedicated to promoting safety, mobility, and quality of life in The Netherlands. Van Geet explained how Rijkswaterstaat started circular procurement using a bottom-up approach, first through action, learning through the process and formulating a policy through the experience. This showed that the process is not always linear, and that practice-based learning is important to be able to develop effective circular procurement strategies.

While the traditional focus of procurement is on buying green products and re-using them, we need a different mindset to take a circular approach. There needs to be more emphasis on the value chain, including the waste stream, which could lead to sell, refurbish and remanufacturing service models. It is not only about saving the environment, but also about saving money.

Van Geet gave many examples of direct implementation of circular economy principles. Alliander, a Dutch energy company, built an office in Duiven in the Netherlands, of which more than 80 per cent of the materials have been re-used. The building is energy positive, thus giving energy to the grid. Another example is the first circular bridge in the Netherlands, constructed by Rijkswaterstaat, of which all the joints are detachable and reusable.

The next speaker, Jo-Anne St. Godard, is the Executive Director at theRecycling Council Ontario (RCO). RCO is transitioning into the Circular Innovation Council, offering new possibilities to accommodate circular principles, not just limiting to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle philosophy of the past. The focus of the Circular Innovation Council is to advance the circular economy from an environmental, social, and economic perspective, thus encompassing the Triple Bottom Line in their approach to circularity.

St. Godard mentioned that one of the first questions she usually gets from anyone interested in learning about circular procurement is the difference between sustainable and circular procurement. Sustainable procurement is a tool for the linear economy, whereas circular procurement involves a systems change. It aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value throughout its lifecycle. Its about buying things different, using them differently, elongating their life and value, and bringing that value back to the value chain.

Jo-Anne talked about the Sustainable Development Goals being guiding principles when working on circular procurement. Circular procurement directly contributes to the Triple Bottom Line of social, environmental, and economic objectives. Buying power can be used to drive circular economy outcomes directly. She also talked about circular procurement being a key driver of innovation to improve resilience, something that is of prime importance in the current COVID-19 situation.

Jo-Anne mentioned the five business models of circularity in use: circular suppliers, resource recovery, product life extension, sharing platforms and products as service.

According to Jo-Anne, the opportunities in Canada in circular public procurement are huge, amounting to almost 15 per cent of Canadas GDP. Early adopters of circular procurement have been the City of Vancouver, City of Richmond, Region of Peel, City of Toronto and City of Montreal. She also noted that while Circular Innovation Council used to work heavily with the government of Canada, that is now extending with the private sector.

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The webinar Procurement and Circular Economy is part of the series Making the Circular Economy Real, organized by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Toronto and Canada Circular Hotspot. Key objectives of the webinar series are increasing participants knowledge, expanding networks, showing the circular economy in real world action and inspiring the development of new circular economy projects in Ontario and across Canada.

Our next webinar on "Green Health Care" is scheduled on October 8, 2020.

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Operation recovery: Airlifting a CC-138 off the Arctic ice – Skies Mag – Skies Magazine

In early June, the RCAF regained possession of a CC-138 Twin Otter that, 15 months earlier, had suffered severe damage to its nose and tail during a difficult landing on the ice of the Beaufort Sea.

A workhorse of the north, the Viking Air DHC-6 was built to withstand much that the harsh Arctic could throw at it. But this aircrafts return to service is a tale of ingenuity and a testament to the recovery and salvage capability of the Air Force and its partnership with Canadian industry.

The aircraft, 803, was one of two Twin Otters from 440 Transport Squadron in Yellowknife participating in Operation Nanook 2019, an annual Canadian Armed Forces interoperability exercise with allies and civilian agencies held across the Arctic.

The crew was on a scouting mission near Pelly Island on that afternoon of March 10, 2019, carrying three defence scientists looking for landing spots on the unprepared sea ice to conduct research later in the exercise.

They had landed without incident near Tuktoyaktuk earlier in the day and were attempting to set down on a smooth area of ice when the aircraft bounced into the air after contacting a drift perpendicular to the aircrafts heading [and] impacted the base of a larger drift, according to the flight safety investigation report, collapsing the nose landing gear.

One hundred and sixty kilometres away in Inuvik, Maj Andrew Oakes, commander of the second Twin Otter, had just settled into his hotel room when the phone rang. I thought to myself, this is not good. There is only one person I know with a sat phone at the moment who could be calling my cell phone.

The news was mixed: There were no injuries but there was no way the crew was flying the aircraft off the ice.

Armed with their location, Oakes and a crew immediately took off in the second CC-138 to see if we could land and pick them up. When he arrived overhead an hour and a half later, the damaged Twin Otter was sitting low in the ice and the nose, buried in the snow, appeared to be sheered off. With the low angle of the sun, the undulations of snowdrifts were now visible across the ice. He quickly reconsidered attempting a landing.

Landing on ice requires a deft touch. Because of its varied operations, the CC-138 has a landing assembly that includes both tires and skis, a heavier and less flexible construction than just the skis. The aircraft must set down at the exact spot you want to land and then slow as rapidly as possible, using reverse thrust and some elevator control. It is tricky. It is easily the most challenging thing that is done in a Twin Otter, said Oakes.

While the stranded crew had prepared a snow camp for the night, a civilian search and rescue helicopter, dispatched from Inuvik shortly after the accident, soon arrived on scene and transported them back to the town.

An instructor on the Twin Otter, Oakes had been seconded to the exercise as an aircraft commander from his job as a staff officer for air mobility readiness at 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD) in Winnipeg, Man. He soon found himself tasked with commanding Operation Recovery, an air task force quickly assembled to salvage the aircraft.

The RCAF has over many years developed considerable specialized recovery and salvage capability. And in 2012, a CC-138 with a sheared nose landing gear strut was lifted from dry tundra southwest of Inuvik in much warmer conditions. More recently, in -20 C temperatures of January 2019, the RCAF employed a CH-147F Chinook to lift and sling a CH-146 Griffon belonging to 417 Combat Support Squadron some 50 miles from the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range after the helicopters main rotor blade struck a communication tower. MGen Christian Drouin, commander of 1 CAD at the time, observed: We now have this recovery capability because of the professionalism and ingenuity of the personnel involved.

The preferred and most cost-effective option would have been to fly in technicians from 440 Squadron and the salvage and recovery team based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., to repair the aircraft on the ice and fly out. It would have been very good exposure for the technicians, because it is not something they would do normally. They have equipment and some training on how to extract an aircraft from [unusual] sites, said Oakes.

However, daytime temperatures were already reaching -5 C and forecasted to rise to zero, so conditions to land and take off from ice on skis were no longer ideal. When you are warmer than minus 10, landing and takeoff distances will start increasing exponentially.

He also weighed a second option of calling in a Chinook from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Petawawa, Ont., to lift and transport the Twin Otter back to Inuvik. But nighttime temperatures were still going down quite a bit and there was a chance the aircraft would freeze in . That would be a worst-case scenario where no one is getting the aircraft off the ice, period.

In the end, the discussion among the crews and with 1 CAD was pretty short, Oakes recalled. In coordination with the Combined Aerospace Operations Centre in Winnipeg, a plan was soon in place to lift and sling the aircraft with contracted support from Momentum Decisive Solutions.

By March 16, a CC-177 Globemaster III carrying two Griffon helicopters and various technicians from 440 Squadron and the salvage team arrived in Inuvik. Under the watchful eye of a Canadian Ranger patrol from Tuktoyaktuk that arrived by snowmobile and set up predator defence from polar bears that had been spotted in the area, the technicians began to lighten the CC-138 for airlift. They removed the nose gear, fuel and non-essential parts, and then strapped wooden blocks to the top of the wings to sling the load. They also attached a drogue parachute to help stabilize the flight.

On March 24, Oakes watched from one of the Griffons as a Sikorsky S-61R, a derivative of the S-61/SH Sea King, operated by VIH Aviation Group of British Columbia, lifted the 7,800-pound CC-138 and, steadied by the chute, began the 160-kilometre flight to the Inuvik airport. To manage the distance, VIH had prepositioned a fuel cache on the ice about midway from Inuvik. Even without its own power, the Twin Otter still wanted to fly, Oakes observed. It was pretty spectacular to watch.

Bringing the Twin Otter back to life was no small task. KF Aerospace, formerly Kelowna Flightcraft, is the prime contractor for a CC-138 life extension project as well as regular in-service support. Within days of the incident, the company was contacted and dispatched aircraft maintenance engineers to Inuvik to guide the removal of the wings. Back in Kelowna, they then built special fittings to anchor the aircraft in the cargo hold of a CC-177.

When the damaged Twin Otter arrived at their facility on June 14, special jigs and a donor nose were already in place. This isnt the first time weve had to fix the nose section of a Twin Otter, so we had some good jig structures and we were able to reuse them, explained Gregg Evjen, vice-president of maintenance and engineering.

KF Aerospace frequently performs heavy structural modifications, including freighter and tanker conversions, so the tricky modifications to the CC-138 were well within our wheel house, said Evjen. Still, the company had to fabricate some parts to connect the new nose and repair the landing gear and tail section.

With the aircraft already stripped bare, the company took advantage of the situation to conduct a full periodic inspection and maintenance program and complete the life-extension package, including re-winging the airframe. It looks like a brand-new airplane, he said.

KF Aerospace has taken on some challenging jobs in the past, including an upgrade program for the Bolivian Air Force T-33 jet that involved taking apart and crating aircraft, flying them to Canada for the modifications, test flying them, and then re-crating and returning them to Bolivia to be assembled. Resuscitating a Twin Otter was hardly new. But the fact that it was up North and had to be brought off the ice pack, and we had to mount it in a C-17 and manufacture special fittings so we could strap it down properly that was unique, said Evjen.

Though the military strives to be self-sufficient and will build capacity to overcome most obstacles, Operation Recovery was a textbook example of the collaborative role civilian partners can play.

To Oakes surprise, it was also a remarkable instance of how quickly the chain of command can make decisions when time is of the essence.

I was really impressed with the speed that this came together, and with the level of co-ordination and teamwork, he said. It was a great example of how we can get things done. It did help working with the civilian contractor. They were experts. They knew exactly what to do and they had the equipment.

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Owners of The Prince pub in West Brompton seek three-year life extension – My London

Owners of the popular Prince pub in West Brompton are hoping for permission to stay open for three more years.

The Earls Court Partnership Ltd has applied to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for planning permission to keep using the property, including its huge covered beer garden, for another three years.

The company first opened the pub in 2017 after consent was given to use land that was previously the back gardens of three homes in Empress Place.

It also owns the sprawling Earls Court development site to the north of the pub, as well as the Victorian terraces in Empress Place, and pop up shops in Lillie Road.

The company is the joint venture between TfL, Delancey and Dutch pension firm APG.

Its planning application said: The proposal will provide amenity and improvement to the street frontage, as well as bring new life to the area well in advance of the wider redevelopment.

The Earls Court Partnership is thought to be working on new plans to build homes across the vast, empty site where the Earls Court Exhibition Centre once stood.

Delancey and APG purchased their shares in the ECP from Capital and Counties last year for 425 million.

Capital and Counties originally bought the land, which previously included the West Ken and Gibbs Green estates, from Hammersmith and Fulham Council in 2012 for 105 million.

Members of the Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society have previously been critical of the ECP for failing to put 11 other vacant houses in Empress Place to use for people who need social housing. They, and several other flats in Lillie Road have long stood empty.

The councils website indicates that ECPs planning application will be decided in October.

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Robert E. Windsor, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who – PRNewswire

ALPHARETTA,Ga., Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Robert E. Windsor, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Distinguished Leader for his remarkable contributions in the field of Medicine and for his dedication and commitment as the President, Medical Director, and Regenerative Medicine Specialist at Georgia RegenRX.

Located in the greater Atlanta area at 5755 North Point Pkwy, Suite #72, Alpharetta, Georgia, Georgia RegenRX offers expert, caring pain management and regenerative medical services to the Atlanta metropolitan area. Dr. Windsor plans to expand his practice into all aspects of regenerative medicine to include aesthetics and life extension. He believes that people do not need to age physiologically nearly as rapidly as they traditionally have and that they should remain mentally and physically vital and continue to look good while they age. An acclaimed physician, he has helped thousands of patients recover from the pain and improve their quality of life.

Backed by more than three decades of experience, Dr. Windsor is a top physician in Fulton County and will be expanding his practice into Forsyth and Gwinnett counties in 2021. His areas of expertise include interventional pain medicine, interventional orthopedics, regenerative medicine (e.g., stem cell therapy), integrative medicine, longevity medicine, and pain management for arthritis, chronic spinal pain, and sports injuries. In addition to his administrative and clinical experience, he has held numerous faculty positions. He has been a Pain Management Fellowship Director at Emory University, a leader at the American Academy of Physical Medicine, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University among others.

Pursuing a pain/rehabilitative/physical medicine career to help others, Dr. Windsor always keeps, "the patient first and foremost." He has been highly successful because he continues to learn and develops new and improved skill sets. He advises new doctors to, "Stay up to date on emerging technologies in the biological field (i.e.: Stem cells)". He loves his field, remaining in his career for so many years because of his fervor for improving the function and quality of life of injured, ill, and/or elderly people.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Windsor earned a medical degree from the Texas A&M University College of Medicine at the age of twenty-three. He went on to complete a competitive residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Then, he earned board certification in Physical Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Pain Medicine, Pain Management, Age Management Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine and he is currently completing a fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine.

A frontrunner in his field, Dr. Windsor has been board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine, American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Pain Management, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Age Management Medicine, and the American Board of Regenerative Medicine. In appreciation of his service, Dr. Windsor was honored as America's Top Physician by the Consumers Research Council of America in 2014. The President of PASSOR, he has received the following PASSOR awards: Distinguished Clinician, Distinguished Committee, and Distinguished Member. He has been active in his field throughout his career, having previously served as the past-Executive Board Member of the AAPM&R.

A lifelong athlete, Dr. Windsor enjoys staying active. He likes lifting weights, snow skiing, scuba diving, boating, and skydiving. He is heavily involved with his family. He has many offspring, several of whom are engaged in the medical field.

Dr. Windsor dedicates this recognition to Stanley Herring, MD, Richard Derby, MD, Charles April, MD, and Daniel Dumitru, MD, Ph.D. For more information, please visit

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Op-ed | Building a robust space economy requires more partnerships – SpaceNews

The space industry has a rich history of building supply-chain relationships to deliver complex and exacting space systems. The industry is also no stranger to partnering closely with suppliers and customers, including governments, to develop and deliver new technology and advance the art of the possible.

However, while public-private partnerships are getting a lot of attention, the space industry has not traditionally leveraged non-supply chain partnerships as frequently or as fluidly as some industries. This is particularly true when it comes to go to market and ecosystem collaboration between two space companies or between a space company and a non-space company. These are partnerships where neither company is primarily a supplier or customer to the other. In this model partners collaborate to reach new customers or to deliver integrated solutions or both, often preserving choice for customers in the process.

Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin have the financial resources to vertically integrate, go to market independently, and extend product and service capabilities largely with in-house resources. However, most venture-backed or smaller space companies need to rely on external partners as a core part of their marketing, sales, product, and customer service strategies. Established space companies are increasingly choosing to partner with companies outside their supply chain as well. With the advent of the entrepreneurial space age, the industry is forming more partnerships, innovating on business model design, and developing best practices for successful collaborations. This is a sign of a maturing industry.

Rocket Labs partnership with KSAT is a good example. Announced at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington in October 2019, this collaboration offers a complete solution for customers who need both a ride to space and communications services for their payload. Rocket Labs Photon kick stage hosts the customers payload, and KSAT offers the communications services. The full-service offering can be purchased directly from Rocket Lab. This lets customers focus on their payload and mission, rather than integrating and managing vendor products and services.

Rocket Labs business development administrator, Lisa Stojanovski, says its all about providing options for customers. Customers can use any ground segment provider, but if they dont have one lined up and want to take advantage of Photon, we provide the communications services leveraging KSAT.

Customers eyes light up, she says, when they realize we can do it all for them in one stop.

SES, a leader in global content connectivity solutions with more than 70 satellites in geostationary and medium Earth orbit, offers another example of joint solution partnering. SES collaborates with several leading cloud providers. As the business world shifts increasingly to cloud computing, many companies have critical remote operations that remain disconnected from the cloud. SES solves this problem by offering dedicated, private network connectivity via satellite communications bundled with cloud services from cloud providers like Microsoft Azure.

Sergy Mummert, SESs senior vice president of cloud and strategic partnerships, says this reduces risk for customers and lowers sales barriers. Together with our partners, we are building out a suite of targeted services for each market segment, Mummert says. The value proposition of the partnership couldnt be clearer. SES drives more network traffic. The cloud provider delivers more services. Customers get a vetted solution that provides more capability at lower cost.

Some entrepreneurial space companies that initially started with an in-house approach are migrating to a business model which incorporates partnerships as a core strategy. Planet, one of the industry leaders in Earth observation and remote sensing, is a case in point.

The Earth observation segment has a dual go-to-market challenge. First, complex images and raw data need to be transformed into usable insights or decisions that business users can easily consume. Second, these decision solutions need to be marketed and sold in unique ways to very different segments and buyers in distinct vertical industries. After initially trying to go it alone, Planet created a partner program to address these obstacles.

Planets partner program connects customers to experts who can deliver specific vertical solutions across industries as diverse as energy, forestry, agriculture, and government, among others. This is a classic example of a go-to-market partnership model. It enables Planet to scale faster by reaching more qualified customers across a broader set of market segments with value-added solutions.

Daniel Faber, the CEO of Orbit Fab, highlights another type of strategic relationship. He believes market development partnerships can be hugely valuable in nascent markets or when a shift in business practices is required. Orbit Fab provides gas stations in space, propellant tankers that refuel satellites for revenue-generating life extension and other novel use cases. With a keen understanding of the entire satellite value chain, Orbit Fab is planning a joint demonstration mission with a satellite servicing company. While proving out the technology is one goal for the partnership, Faber says the primary objective is to provide confidence to satellite operators and allow satellite servicers to build refueling into their business models.

Partnerships certainly arent easy, and they arent without risks. Justifiable concerns include loss of control, protecting intellectual property, and management overhead. However, with the right process and agreements, these factors can usually be mitigated. Ron Faith, the chief operating officer at ground station as a service company RBC Signals, says, Partnerships come with a lot of complexity and dimensions and need to be well crafted. Otherwise, some partnerships can fail to produce.

Yet, RBC Signals has made partnering a core part of its strategy. Faith says partnerships can be critical in driving standards, which reduces unnecessary friction in the market. He also sees value in leveraging partnerships to signal the market. Most important, Faith says, partnerships can help smaller space companies punch above their weight and scale faster, for instance by collaborating with larger prime contractors.

In an industry as diverse as space, the opportunities and objectives for partnerships vary considerably by market segment and by company. For instance, the business drivers that dictate partnership strategies are typically quite different for infrastructure companies than for application companies. Even within a segment, different strategies and values drive unique approaches to partnering. There is no one-size fits all model.

Yet, according to an increasing number of space leaders and entrepreneurs, every space company needs to think holistically about its make-buy-partner strategy what activities to keep in house, what products and services to procure from suppliers, and how to partner to provide improved market access and more competitive offerings.

Some companies stumble into a partner strategy by trial and error. Getting it right, though, usually requires developing a deep understanding of ones ecosystem and value chain. It also requires thinking through each core function research and development, marketing, sales, production, delivery, and support to evaluate where partnerships can add value. This thought process leads to a practical and dynamic partner strategy including partnerships that may come and go over time as a company changes and grows.

In an industry as difficult and complex as space, very few companies can go it alone. Partnerships are a strategic weapon space companies can deploy to build awareness, reach more customers faster, and deliver more complete and valuable solutions. To grow the space ecosystem, and ultimately develop a true in-space economy, the industry needs to incorporate partnerships into its business models. Partnerships are the oxidizer for the space economy, and the companies who excel at partnering will rocket ahead of the pack.

Stan Shull is a space and software industry consultant at Alliance Velocity, LLC, where he specializes in partnerships, competitive strategy, and exit planning. Follow him on Twitter @stanshull.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 14, 2020 issue of SpaceNews magazine.

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Glucose Tolerance Test Market Extensive Growth Opportunities to Be Witnessed by 2019-2027 – The Daily Chronicle

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FPSO Market Detailed Analysis of Current Industry Figures with Forecasts Growth By 2025 – The Research Process

New research report on FPSO market, which is a detailed analysis of this business space inclusive of the trends, competitive landscape, and the market size. Encompassing one or more parameters among product analysis, application potential, and the regional growth landscape, FPSO market also includes an in-depth study of the industry's competitive scenario.

Rising focus toward discovery and development of smaller reserves located at remote offshore locations will strengthen the FPSO market growth. In January 2018, Chevron Corporation proclaimed the discovery of an ultra-deep sea oil reserve at a water depth of almost 1,900 meters, offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, the redeployment potential of these units to a different production site upon exhaustion of one, along with their ability to withstand severe weather conditions will escalate the product demand.

The converted FPSO market in 2018, witnessed an annual deployment of 7 units. High potential to redeploy & refurbish numerous retired VLCC and ULCC vessels will positively influence the deployment of these units. Moreover, key industry players being driven by international maritime regulations are invariably seeking redeployment and conversion for such assets to FPSO vessels. Relatively much lower capex along with shorter development schedule associated with these units is yet another factor encouraging the deployment of these vessels.

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FPSO Market is predicted to reach over USD 30 Billion by 2025. Ongoing offshore exploration & production activities driven by diminishing onshore oil & gas reserves will drive the FPSO market growth. Development challenges associated with fixed infrastructures including site accessibility, excessive costs, environmental conditions and decommissioning issues will further favor the deployment of FPSOs as a viable alternative. Moreover, growing inclination toward fast-track floating solutions along with advancement in subsea technologies will continue to accelerate the industry growth.

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Shifting trends toward development and production from ultra-deep offshore reserves favored by evolving drilling and seismic technologies along with wide presence of proven deep-water reserves will positively influence the ultra-deep FPSO market. According to the EIA, oil production from ultra-deep waters has increased by 25 percent in a decade, increasing from 7 million bpd extracted in 2005 to 9.3 million bpd in 2015.

Latin America FPSO market will witness robust growth owing to the positive outlook of state owned companies favored by supportive government initiatives along with recent discovery of substantial pre salt oil reserves. According to Petrobras, Campos and Santos basins located offshore in Brazil have an estimated 6 billion barrels reserve of pre salt oil. Additionally, Brazil?s recent local content regulation implying easier and lower requirements with reduction in fines for E&P contracts will escalate the vessel deployment across the country.

New built FPSO market will witness strong growth on account of growing investments toward development of deep and ultra-deep-water reserves. Optimum design parameters, flexible to field life extension and lower operational cost along with advanced safety features are analyzed to be the key features that will accelerate the product penetration. Advancements in offshore technologies, including double hull & cylindrical hull designs and separable turret system will further attract investments across the industry. However, much higher capex and longer project schedules as compared to its converted alternative may restrain the deployment of these vessels.

Key industry players operating in the FPSO market include SBM Offshore, Technip, KBR, Saipem, Samsung Heavy Industries, DSME, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Petrobras, MODEC, Woodside Petroleum, CNOOC, Bumi Armada and BW Offshore amongst others.

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Chapter 1. Methodology and Scope

Chapter 2. Executive Summary

Chapter 3. FPSO Industry Insights

Chapter 4. Company Profiles

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Prince pub in West Brompton applies to stay open for three more years – London News Online

By Owen Sheppard, Local Democracy Reporter

Owners of a popular West Brompton pub are hoping to receive a three-year life extension.

The Earls Court Partnership Ltd (ECP) has applied to Hammersmith and Fulham council for planning permission to keep using the Prince pub, in Lillie Road, including its huge covered beer garden, for another three years.

The company first opened the pub in 2017 after consent was given to use land that was previously the back gardens of three homes in Empress Place.

It also owns the sprawling Earls Court development site to the north of the pub, as well as the Victorian terraces in Empress Place, and pop up shops in Lillie Road.

The company is a joint venture between Transport for London (TfL), Delancey and Dutch pension firm APG.

Its planning application said: The proposal will provide amenity and improvement to the street frontage, as well as bring new life to the area well in advance of the wider redevelopment.

The councils website indicates that ECPs planning application will be decided in October.

Pictured top: The Prince in Lillie Road, West Brompton


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Bruce Power and BWXT collaborate on life extension projects – Nuclear Engineering

Bruce Power and BWXT Canada Ltd have announced that they are collaborating on several projects to advance the made-in-Ontario economic recovery programme, including an estimated $55 million contract for BWXT to perform fuel channel maintenance on unit 3 at Bruce nuclear power plant. BWXT has also begun to ship steam generators to Bruce Power for unit 6.

The Life Extension project is known as Extended West Shift Plus and is scheduled to be carried out in 2021. Once complete, it will extend the life of unit 3 to 2023, when Bruce Power is scheduled to start the units Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project. Extended West Shift Plus is the fourth major project of its kind to have been executed by BWXT in the past 12 years.

Todays announcement is exciting news for Ontarios nuclear industry and for the province as the work being done through our Life-Extension Programme is creating jobs and providing direct and indirect spending to support getting the economy back on track in the face of the COVID-19 health crisis, said Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck. BWXTs ability to execute on critical projects like Extended West Shift Plus extends the life of our reactors, which Ontarians count on to deliver affordable and reliable electricity.

BWXT is expanding its footprint in Saugeen Shores (where it opened an office in 2018) and is relocating to a larger facility, which will allow for training of staff to provide reactor inspection and maintenance services. BWXTs Owen Sound manufacturing facility also opened in 2018 and is manufacturing and delivering a supply of critical components to Bruce Power.

The two companies also announced that the first Made in Ontario steam generator, built by United Steel Workers, for the unit 6 MCR has been shipped from BWXTs plant in Cambridge to Bruce Power. BWXT, a member of the Retooling and Economic Council launched at the end of April by Bruce Power, will manufacture a total of 32 steam generators for Bruce Powers MCR projects. This manufacturing contract, originally awarded in 2016 and extending until 2030, represents the largest and longest-standing contract ever signed by BWXT Canada in the companys 175-year history.

In August, Bruce Power, Isogen a joint venture between Kinectrics and Framatome and BWXT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance feasibility work for a made-in-Ontario partnership for the production of medical isotopes to meet the growing demands of health-care providers in Canada and internationally.

Photo: The first Made in Ontario steam generator, built by United Steel Workers, for the Unit 6 MCR has been shipped from BWXTs plant in Cambridge to Bruce Power (Credity: Bruce Power)

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Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Global Opportunity Analysis and Forecast 2018-2028 – The Market Correspondent

Growing emphasis on the food safety and longer shelf life has played an important role in the development of ingredients that aid in food preservation. These ingredients vary from simple water content to salt or sugar to chemicals like antioxidants and are used to prevent growth of microorganisms, thereby delaying the spoilage process. In terms of origin, food safety and shelf life extension ingredients can be synthetic or natural in nature.

Food preserving ingredients have been an integral part of kitchen aisles in the form of lemon, ginger, vinegar, spices, salt and sugar. Their traditional utilization was replaced by synthetic ingredients with increasing commercialization of the food industry in past decades. However, with the dissemination of knowledge related to harmful effects of synthetic ingredients, currently, the industry is witnessing a prominent shift toward natural ingredients for food safety and shelf life extension.

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Clean-Label Trend Fuels Synthetic to Natural Transition in Food Ingredient Landscape

Naturally sourced ingredients have gained significant traction as consumer preference for natural products continues to surge. In terms of effectiveness, natural preservatives are superior in delivering greater protection and longer shelf life. As they work with equivalent efficiency and are healthful in nature, adoption of naturally sourced ingredients is increasing consistently as compared to the synthetic options.

Natural ingredients such as antimicrobials or antioxidants have additional potential health benefits also. Well aware of the increasing consumer demand for natural food products that are without artificial ingredients, manufacturers in the food ingredient market are introducing bio-based or naturally sourced food safety ingredients.

Frozen Foods Drive Demand for Specialized Food Safety Ingredients

Ranging from salads to sauces or ready meals to rice, a plethora of food products are available in frozen forms. As the demand for fresh and frozen foods increase across the globe, food manufacturers are seeking innovative ways to introduce novel food safety ingredients to extend the shelf life of frozen foods.

Manufacturers in the food safety and shelf life extension ingredient market are introducing ingredients specific to refrigerated products. Along with providing safety, these ingredients are label friendly and help in reducing sodium content while enhancing consumers sensory experience.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Regional Outlook

North America presents lucrative opportunities for the Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market on the back of buoyancy in regions the food and beverage industry and presence of leading F&B companies.

The market is likely to witness increasing opportunities in the developing countries of Asia pacific. These countries are witnessing huge demand for frozen foods, RTD food and beverages and processed food, thereby presenting higher potential for the market in the future.

Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market Segmentation

The Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market is segmented into following,

Based on type, Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market can be segmented in,

Based in function, Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market can be segmented in,

Based on application, Shelf Life Extension Ingredients Market can be segmented in,

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Making centrifugal pumps more efficient for Baker Hughes Customers in the UK and Ireland – OilVoice

It's one thing to design and build reliable centrifugal pumps for severe applications. But it's quite another to deliver the right maintenance to the thousands of them that are already operating out there.

That's why Baker Hughes identifies supporting resources from top-notch, specialized organizations in key regions around the world. There's a rigorous qualification process involved so our Customers can rest assured they'll get expert OEM-approved support. They are Baker Hughes Channel Partners, and Houghton International just became our newest onefocusing on API 610 centrifugal pumps in the UK and Ireland. It's a comprehensive agreement enabling them to provide overhauls, repairs, parts, replacements, and more with the proven advantages of our OEM service processes and technologies.

This is a big deal for owners of the 150+ Baker Hughes pumps operating in the region (the agreement also covers full lifecycle services for other OEMs). This deal with Houghton International isn't just about repairs and regular maintenance, it's about injecting new technologies into old machines. Some of these pumps have been operating for 30-40 yearsso our ongoing knowledge and technology sharing with Houghton International will help improve pump efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

Houghton International is a well-known and trusted service provider with excellent resources and expertise not only in the region, but around the world. Specialising in the monitoring, maintenance, repair and life extension of rotating machines, it has a team of experts in pump repairs and maintenance to improve the performance of pumps across a range of applications. Operating from a 130,000 sqft, IECEx certified, facility in the North East of England, Houghton International works with customers to diagnose problems, improve performance and eliminate issues.

Houghton International and Baker Hughes will work together to use our combined knowledge and experience to ensure that the installed base of pumps remain fit for purpose, modifying the design and upgrading the components accordingly to improve efficiency, save energy and extend the mean time between failure (MTBF). As an authorised Channel Partner, Houghton International will also be able to support the specification and installation of new Baker Hughes pumps across a range of sectors.

Houghton International's core values align well with our own. Both companies encourage people to be their best and provide them with the resources to do so. We both see the exponential value possible through open collaboration, and we practice it every day. The thread of innovation runs through every inch of both our organizations, and we are equally focused on acting with integrity and providing customers with the best quality technologies and support possible.

We look forward to a long relationship with Houghton International continually working together to make sure pump customers in the UK and Ireland get the support they need to be more productive and efficient throughout the energy transition. Enrico Mangialardo (GM Pump)

Michael Mitten, CEO of Houghton International, added: We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Baker Hughes to support the ongoing operation and performance improvement of its installed base of centrifugal pumps in the UK and Ireland.

With decades of proven experience in upstream and downstream processes, Baker Hughes pumps are known for exceptional performance in extreme conditions and we look forward to supporting customers in continuing to operate these pumps for many years to come.

Becoming an approved Baker Hughes Channel Partner marks the start of an exciting partnership between both companies which will offer an OEM backed service facility that combines extensive product knowledge and genuine OEM parts with a flexible and responsive service offering that meets the needs of the market.

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Aaron Drake Now: Where is Alcor’s Cryogenic Expert Today? – The Cinemaholic

The documentary Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice shows the journey of a Thai family as they embark on a quest to preserve their 2-year-old daughter cryogenically. In fact, the story of Matheryn Naovaratpong, also known as Einz by her family, gained international traction in 2015. In the documentary, some fundamental questions about life and death are explored through both a scientific and spiritual lens. Moreover, it actively discusses the extensive process of saving a body in such a manner. In this article, we take a look at the man who was responsible for conserving baby Einz cryogenically.

Aaron Drake is an expert in the field of cryogenics, and he completed his undergraduate studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986. According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked as a paramedic firefighter for almost 14 years in the city of Lincoln from 1992 to 2006. He then moved into the consulting domain, and at the time of the documentary, he was the Senior Medical Response Consultant for Alcor.

Dr. Sahatorn and Nareerat made the decision to cryogenically freeze their daughter as a last resort. The couple had, after all, tried everything that was medically and humanly possible to help their daughter. Einz was battling ependymoblastoma, a rare but malignant tumor that affects children. An intensive treatment commenced, but eventually, the parents, both of whom have a Ph.D. in engineering, understood that their daughter would not survive after her multiple surgeries. So, the family contacted the Alcor Life Extension Foundation with the hope that one day, when medical technology has advanced enough, she could be revived.

The initial plan was to fly out baby Einz to Arizona, where the company is located, for their services.But Aarontold Vice, It was hoped that this young 2-year-old girl was going to relocate to this hospital as her health declined so distance would be minimized. Unfortunately, her breathing declined more quickly than her doctors anticipated and two days before she was to fly to the US, she was placed on a ventilator, essentially eliminating the possibility for airline travel. So he, along with Dr. Jose Kanshepolsky (a retired neurosurgeon), flew out to Bangkok to carry out the procedure. The family was present in the room during the surgery.

Today, Aaron Drake operates in three roles, according to his LinkedIn profile. The first is as the Director of Research and Chief Specialist at the Yinfeng Institute for Biological Sciences, which is based in Shandong, China. He has also continued as a Senior Medical Response Consultant for Alcor. Lastly, he serves as the Managing Director for Arizona Medical Sciences. Apart from this, he has also been honored with many accolades in his professional life. He is the recipient of the Quancheng Friendship Award and QiLu Foreign Expert Award due to his work in China. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and can speak English, Chinese, and French.

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Comprehensive Report on Oral Probitoics Market 2020 | Size, Growth, Demand, Opportunities & Forecast To 2026 | NatureWise, Now Foods, DS…

Oral Probitoics Market research is an intelligence report with meticulous efforts undertaken to study the right and valuable information. The data which has been looked upon is done considering both, the existing top players and the upcoming competitors. Business strategies of the key players and the new entering market industries are studied in detail. Well explained SWOT analysis, revenue share and contact information are shared in this report analysis.

Oral Probitoics Market is growing at a High CAGR during the forecast period 2020-2026. The increasing interest of the individuals in this industry is that the major reason for the expansion of this market.

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NatureWise, Now Foods, DS Healthcare, Higher Nature, NutriPreme, Candidabiotix, Hyperbiotics, Jarrow Formulas, Life Extension, Natren, UltraCruz, Aqua Flora

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Various factors are responsible for the markets growth trajectory, which are studied at length in the report. In addition, the report lists down the restraints that are posing threat to the global Oral Probitoics market. It also gauges the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, threat from new entrants and product substitute, and the degree of competition prevailing in the market. The influence of the latest government guidelines is also analyzed in detail in the report. It studies the Oral Probitoics markets trajectory between forecast periods.

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Chapter 1 Oral Probitoics Market Overview

Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact on Industry

Chapter 3 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers

Chapter 4 Global Production, Revenue (Value) by Region

Chapter 5 Global Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions

Chapter 6 Global Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

Chapter 7 Global Market Analysis by Application

Chapter 8 Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Chapter 9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Chapter 10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Chapter 11 Market Effect Factors Analysis

Chapter 12 Global Oral Probitoics Market Forecast

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They Didn’t Want Their 2-Year-Old to Go. So They Froze Her. – The Daily Beast

The loss of a child, or a sibling, is something people never quite get over. Even after the initial heartbreak, the pain continues to resonate, in somewhat reduced form, from a locked-away part of ones mind (and heart) thats best accessed only at sporadic intervals. Grief is a gnawing virus, and it must eventually be contained lest it spread and consume. Unavoidable and unbearable, its an inherent component of life that has the potential to destroy.

Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice is a story about such grief, and the unique path upon which it set a Thai family. Directed, produced and co-written by Pailin Wedel, the new Netflix documentary (premiering Sept. 15) concerns Sahatorn and Nareerat Naovaratpong, and their son Matrix, whose clan expanded with the birth of the couples young daughter Matheryin. Nicknamed Einz, the newborn girl was an immediate cause for merriment, her arrival so celebrated that it brought Matrix to literal tears. In home movies, we see Einz develop from a smiling infant to a boisterous and perpetually cheery 2-year-old, playing, laughing and radiating an innocent joy thats nothing short of infectious.

The Naovaratpongs happiness, however, was short-lived. After suddenly falling into a coma, Einz was diagnosed with ependymoblastoma, a rare and fatal brain tumor that no one has ever survived. Though she underwent 10 surgeries, 12 rounds of chemotherapy, 20 radiation treatments, and countless stays in the ICU, Einz succumbed to her illness before she reached the age of 3. That would be the end of her tale, if not for the fact that her fathera scientist by traderefused to let her slip away. Convinced that he could give her a chance at a new life, he began investigating cryonics, the practice of indefinitely freezing and preserving human bodies (and, sometimes, just heads) in the hope that future technological breakthroughs will allow for subjects resurrection, and for their lethal maladies to be cured. Even with the understanding that hed likely never see her again (since any reawakening would probably take place long after he was dead), Sahatorn made Einz the youngest person ever (as well as the first Asian of any age) to be cryogenically frozen.

Given that cryonics isnt exactly accepted as a legitimate procedure by the mainstream scientific community, many viewed Sahatorn and Nareerats plan with skepticism, if not outright condemnation, especially once the story went viral and Sahatorn was asked to defend his course of action on a variety of TV talk shows. Hope Frozen, though, cares less about what the outside world thinks about this unique decision than about the stew of motivations and justifications that drove the family to embark on their quest. That journey took them to Californias Alcore Life Extension Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit run by CEO Max More which charges a minimum of $200,000 to freeze an entire body, and which makes no promises about how, when or if these deceased individuals might ever be resurrected.

Faith and science collide and intermingle in Hope Frozen, as Sahatorn and Nareerat grapple with their Buddhist view of reincarnation (and critics worries that theyre trapping the soul of their daughter in a stasis-bound body) and their conviction in sciences capacity to solve all problemsthe latter of which is, of course, its own kind of faith. Sahatorn passes that pro-science dogma down to his son Matrix, whos soon following in his fathers footsteps and assuming his dads dreams. At the same time, Matrixs attempt to seek temporary solace from his heartache by becoming an ordained monk only further blurs the boundary between rational and religious belief.

Director Wedel evokes these intertwined forces through a combination of traditional non-fiction footage of Sahatorn and Matrix in their lab (and at Alcore), Nareerat showing off Einzs favorite white dress while standing next to her crib, and misty dusk and dawn imagery of the forest treetops and foliage surrounding their home. Plentiful clips of Einz from before she fell ill, and while stuck in a hospital, convey an empathetic impression of this upbeat little girl, who touched her familys life so profoundly that they refuse to simply let her go. Sahatorn says that what youre witnessing in those videos and photos are traces of Einzs soul, and to be sure, theres a potent sense of the spark that clearly enlivened her, and by extension, those around her.

Sahatorn says that what youre witnessing in those videos and photos are traces of Einzs soul, and to be sure, theres a potent sense of the spark that clearly enlivened her, and by extension, those around her.

The ultimate question posed by Hope Frozen is whether or not Sahatorns hope for a miracle rebirthhowever distant and fanciful it could beis a healthy means of keeping her memory alive (and of coping with unendurable tragedy), or whether its a mistake that denies everyone finality and, thus, a chance to move on. Sahatorn states outright, This is who I am. I cant let go, likens his late daughter to a machine (Its like we had manufactured a defective computer. So we have to put it on hold. We believe that the computer could work again), and opines that she might not return to the land of the living until humanity has developed interstellar travel and time machines. For all his dogged optimism, its hard not to see him as a man whos chosen to figuratively freeze himselfa notion that isnt totally erased by the late revelation that he and Nareerat subsequently had another daughter (whom they named Einz Einz).

There are no easy answers to these issues, and to its credit, Hope Frozen doesnt try to provide them, instead allowing Sahatorn, Nareerat and Matrix to explain the complicated thought process behind their unusual response to loss. After visiting a California researcher who successfully unfroze a rabbits braina breakthrough that suggests a remedy for Einz could be decades, rather than centuries, awayMatrix learns new information that seismically affects his own feelings about Einzs cryonic prospects. Yet regardless of that late development, Wedels film is an open-ended portrait of placing trust in both scientific facts and the vast, unknowable unknownall in an effort to contend with an anguish that, no matter what anyone does, can never be fully extinguished.

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Can a drug mimic the life extending effects of calorie restriction? – Medical News Today

A new study provides drug developers with clues about how to extend healthy lifespan without severely restricting calorie intake.

Scientists have known for some time that restricting calorie intake in laboratory animals can extend their lifespan and reduce their risk of developing diseases of older age, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimers disease.

Some studies suggest that calorie restriction may have health benefits for humans, too. However, achieving and maintaining a calorie restricted diet is challenging for the vast majority of people.

Identifying a drug that can mimic the metabolic effects of calorie restriction has, therefore, been an important goal of research into life extension.

One of the striking effects of calorie restriction is that it leads to a fall in core body temperature. However, it has been unclear what contribution this makes to the diets health benefits.

Its not easy to discern whats driving the beneficial changes of calorie restriction, says Prof. Bruno Conti, Ph.D., of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Is it the reduced calories on their own or the change in body temperature that typically happens when one consumes fewer calories? Or is it a combination of both?

Some research does suggest that the reduction in core temperature contributes to the diets beneficial effects and is not simply a side effect.

Mice engineered to have a lower core body temperature live longer than normal mice, for example, regardless of whether their calorie intake is restricted.

Other studies have found that people with a naturally low body temperature tend to live longer compared with those whose core temperature is closer to the norm for humans.

To identify chemicals that might contribute to these health benefits, Prof. Conti and his colleagues compared the metabolites products of metabolism of mice housed at 22C with those living in 30C conditions. The researchers fed all of the mice a calorie restricted diet.

At 30C, the bodies of both mice and humans reach thermoneutrality. At this point, their internal temperature balances the ambient temperature, making it difficult to reduce body temperature.

Scientists believe that thermoneutral conditions reduce some of the health benefits of calorie restriction.

Therefore, Prof. Conti and his team reasoned that comparing calorie restricted mice housed at these different temperatures would reveal the metabolites responsible not only for reducing body temperature but also for extending lifespan.

Specifically, they analyzed levels of metabolites in the animals blood and their hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for regulating feeding behavior and body temperature.

In comparison with mice allowed to eat as much as they wanted, calorie restriction induced the hypothalamus to produce larger quantities of a range of metabolites when the ambient temperature was 22C but not when it was 30C.

The researchers then used artificial intelligence to single out which of these metabolites were likely to be biologically relevant.

Two metabolites that stood out were nitric oxide, a signaling molecule that dilates blood vessels, and an opioid called leucine enkephalin.

In further experiments on calorie restricted mice, they demonstrated that both chemicals play a role in temperature control.

These metabolites, and others that the researchers identified, could provide pointers for developing drugs that offer people the life extending benefits of calorie restriction without the need to follow an arduous diet.

The study findings feature in the journal Science Signaling.

The authors note that their experiments involved reducing the calorie intake of mice to 50% of their usual intake over a period of 8 days. This restriction is more extreme than the usual calorie restriction that scientists use in lifespan experiments (60% of usual intake or more).

They write that further research will be necessary to confirm that milder, longer lasting diets have similar effects on metabolism.

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Federal Government threatens to build gas plant if electricity sector doesn’t replace retiring coal-fired power stations – ABC News

The Federal Government is threatening to build a gas power plant in New South Wales if the electricity sector does not commit to replacing coal-fired power stations that are being retired.

With the coal-fired Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley due to shut down in 2023, the Federal Government is worried there will not be enough dispatchable power, given the sector's focus on building wind and solar farms.

The Federal Government will demand electricity generators come up with a plan for 1,000 megawatts of new dispatchable energy in time for the end of 2023.

If it is not satisfied with the private sector's commitments by the end of April next year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is vowing to intervene directly in the market.

"We won't risk the affordability and reliability of the NSW energy system and will step in unless the industry steps up," Mr Morrison said.

The Federal Government has tasked Snowy Hydro Limited with drawing up plans for a gas generator in the Hunter Valley at Kurri Kurri.

The Federal Government's National COVID Coordination Commission has a lot of gas industry players involved, and it appears to be showing in its policy recommendations.

Mr Morrison will press the Government's case for more non-renewable power generation in a speech to business and industry in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the market needed to focus on new, dispatchable power, arguing current plans fall "far short of what is required".

"Over the last decade, the private sector has not built a single new reliable power plant in NSW," Mr Taylor said.

"The Government has always been clear we need to see life extension or like-for-like replacement of Liddell.

"If industry steps up, we'll step back."

The potential for a taxpayer-backed, gas-fired power plant comes as the Federal Government turns its eye to the troubled gas market.

The east coast gas market has boomed under the development of Queensland's coal seam gas fields over the last decade.

But while that has made for a profitable liquefied natural gas export market, Australian commercial and industrial gas users have continued to pay high prices.

The Federal Government will announce a sweep of measures aimed at addressing that imbalance, including:

The Federal Government is promoting the initiatives as moves that will both lower gas prices and create jobs.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has long raised concerns that local commercial and industrial users are paying more for gas than exporters are selling it for on international markets.

A domestic gas reservation policy has not been ruled out, nor has building terminals for importing gas.

The Government's focus on gas is expected to draw the ire of the renewable energy sector and environmental groups, which point to significant improvement in the capacity of wind and solar power to support the nation's electricity needs.

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North East engineering company investing in future growth with move to 120000sq ft CA Parsons Works site in Newcastle – OilVoice

Electromechanical engineering specialist Houghton International has agreed a game-changing deal with Siemens Energy which will see it take over the former blade manufacturing factory at the birthplace of the steam turbine, the CA Parsons Works in Heaton.

The 120,000sqft of world-class engineering space will be used to consolidate five of the company's operational sites alongside its existing pump repair facility currently housed on the site, also creating significant room for further growth. The move represents a massive milestone for the company, which has experienced rapid growth over the past five years and will create a best in class facility from which to service its growing domestic and international customer base.

Positioning itself for future growth in emerging markets, the company also intends to retain its large machine facility on Shields Road adjacent to new workshop to service an increased demand for larger repairs from around the UK, providing a total combined footprint over 135,000sqft.

In a further coup, the factory will be named The Ronnie Mitten Works after one of the company's founders, Ron Mitten, who's technical legacy still brings work into the business each day, well over a decade after he sadly passed away in 2007.

Ron Mitten's son, Michael Mitten, the current CEO of Houghton International, said: I am truly delighted and equally honoured to be taking over such a prestigious site, and to be allowed to hoist my dad's name above the door really is the cherry on the cake for me. I want to thank the team at Siemens Energy for having the confidence in us to take on the site and allowing us to name it after my dad. He'd be blown away by the notion that his name will be sat alongside that of Charles Parsons.

I'm also delighted to be able to announce such an exciting phase in the company's development, and some positive news for the North East. It's a massive deal for us, one that cements our home for the next 25 years, and gives us one of the largest rotating electrical machine service centres in Western Europe. Now we need to fill it up with work. We envisage that we will be creating new jobs very soon, and will need great people to help us achieve our mission to be the best in the world at what we do.

The expansion is a huge opportunity for Houghton International and is the result of many years of hard work to grow the business, our workforce and our customer base to get to this point. To do so at such a critical economic time means we'll be perfect placed to take full advantage of the post-Covid economic boom that I'm certain will happen, especially in renewable energy and the shift towards the electrification of mass transportation.

The consolidation will improve efficiency across the business, offer greater opportunities for training and cross skilling staff, enable us to adapt to changing market conditions faster and further improve the service we offer to customers.

This is a huge step change for the business and the investment we are making now will further support Houghton International's reputation as a market leader regionally, nationally and internationally.

The move into the new site is currently underway with the aim of having the whole business relocated by the end of the year. Alongside providing extra space for Covid-19 physical distancing, the additional capacity created by the move will also enable the company to create dedicated R&D and training facilities, further investing in the future.

Specialising in the monitoring, maintenance, repair and life extension of electromechanical assets around the world, Houghton International operates across a range of sectors including power generation, water, oil & gas, rail and industrial and manufacturing. The company has grown incrementally over the past 36 years.

Currently owned by Siemens Energy, the CA Parsons Works work site has been home to world class engineering since the start of the 20th century. Being co-located on the site alongside Siemens Energy presents an excellent opportunity for ongoing collaboration between two complementary companies to reinvest in the vacant facility and continue its strong heritage into the future.


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Houghton International pioneers technical and commercial innovation in the repair, maintenance and life extension of electro mechanical assets around the world, servicing a broad range of sectors including power generation, renewables, industrial, water, oil and gas, marine and rail.

We develop long-term partnerships with worldwide brands by listening to our customers' needs, understanding the markets in which they operate and how they add value to their customers, we tailor our investments and business structure to deliver value that exceeds expectations.

As a privately owned family company we value our independence and have a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. That's why our customers keep coming back to us.

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Are Costs the Sole Reason Behind Boeing’s Loss to Northrop? – Yahoo Finance

The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corp. NOC as its company of choice for replacing the nations aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system. Consequently, Northrop secured a $13.3 billion deal for performing the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program.

Notably, Boeings BA Minuteman II ICBM was thus far the United States chosen land-based nuclear deterrent.

Northrop won the EMD award for GBSD program after completing a highly successful three-year technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase-one effort as part of the competition. Notably, the team of highly-experienced defense majors involved in the GBSD program, including Lockheed LMT, Textron TXT and L3Harris Technologies LHX, has achieved all TMRR design review milestones on time and on cost.

Moreover, per USSTRATCOMs Statement to Congress, the GBSD Analysis of Alternatives provided decisive analysis that continued life extension of the Minuteman III will be more costly than a replacement system. Also, as more modern deterrent systems become the need of the hour, the existing Minuteman II might not address future challenges and threats to the nations current ICBM force.

While the Minuteman has served as the backbone of the nations ICBM force since 1962, its aging infrastructure, and asset attrition require a comprehensive weapon system replacement beginning in 2028. While this heightened the need for replacement, the U.S. Air Force has remained focused on sustaining its ICBM force at the lowest reasonable cost.

So the cost-effectiveness of the GBSD program along with its state-of-the-art features must have persuaded the U.S. Air Force to choose it as the next nuclear deterrent of the country.

Boeing walked out of this ICBM-replacement competition in December 2019, citing lack of cost competitiveness, as stated by a Reuters report. This was because the jet giant felt it to be difficult to submit a bid for the competition, wherein the cost of replacement was being set at $85 billion by the Pentagons Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office.

In fact, in a letter to the U.S. Air Force, chief executive of Boeing Defense Space and Security, Leanne Caret said that Northrops Orbital ATK takeover in 2018, which strengthened the companys missile portfolio, might have boosted Northrops cost competitiveness compared to Boeings.

While Northrops Orbital ATK acquisition did boost the company to offer its GBSD program at a cost efficient level, lets not forget the fact that Boeing has already been suffering a cash crunch, following the grounding of its 737 Max fleet since March 2019.

Notably, Boeings operating cash outflow was $2.45 billion at the end of 2019 against cash inflow of $15.32 billion at the end of 2018. Its free cash outflow totaled $4.28 billion at 2019 end against cash inflow of$13.60 billion at the end of 2018. So, by December, when the final bid for the ICBM replacement competition was supposed to be submitted by Boeing, its management had a pretty good picture at hand about the companys weak cash position.

Thus, the impact that 737 grounding had on Boeings cash reserve might have also influenced the companys decision to walk out of the bid.

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Pringles Minis’ Shelf Life Is Now 11 Months From The Date Of Production – Planet Vending

Pringles Minis Shelf Life: Its fair to say that few product launches in recent years have matched Pringles Minis for impact in the vending sector, writes PV Editor Ian Reynolds-Young. Expectations were high when the introductory announcement was made seven months ago and then in February, when we reported on the initial sales of the product and ARNs Lyndsey Boutflour told us, we have already taken pre-orders for 4,218 cases for Pringles Minis Original and Sour Cream & Onion.

The product was selling through as quickly as it was selling out. Jane McDonald of Excel Vending said, the reaction to Pringles Minis was astonishing. We generated over 1,000 comments on Facebook and around 600 on Twitter in the first 12 hours after going live! I think the success is a good measure of Pringles popularity and the appetite consumers have for the brand-new Pringles Minis.

It was as though Minis Mania had descended on the UK. All was set fair for Kelloggs crowd-pleaser to break any sales record you could name. And then Well, we all know what happened in March.

In May, I asked a vending operator friend of mine how bad things really were and he told me, its not the end of the world, but we can see it from here.

Slowly more slowly than the government would like people are returning to work. Fingers crossed; offices, factories and schools will emerge from isolation in the coming weeks and transport hubs will once again be busy.

But nothing is for sure, nothing is nailed on. Operators and indeed, wholesaler Automatic Retailing Northern, (ARN) are understandably wary of over stocking products, when there remains a danger that Best Before dates will expire. Whilst it may be some time before Pringles Minis delivers the level of sales through vendings favourite wholesaler that it achieved in Q1, the news that, after an exhaustive series of tests, Pringles Minis Shelf Life is now 11 months from the date of production, should give buyers a much-needed confidence boost as they consider their orders.

Well take any good news right now, Lyndsey told us. Pringles Minis already had the edge on the traditional crisps brands with 9 months of shelf life, so with Pringles Minis Shelf Life extended for an extra couple of months its as though the insurance policy has been improved. Sales in Q1 were out of this world but those numbers seem irrelevant now. We see Pringles Minis as one of the products that will bring consumers back to vending machines and kick-start the industry

As the gradual return to work or education continues, the one thing we can be sure of is that, however difficult the circumstance may be, consumers will once again make their favourite drinks and snacks part of their day; and Pringles Minis Shelf Life extension gives operators a welcome additional safety net in trying times.

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Northrop’s ‘life extension’ spacecraft heads to the rescue – UPI News

Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A second spacecraft designed by Northrop Grumman to extend the life of satellites in orbit is headed toward a rescue some 22,200 miles above Earth.

The spacecraft is part of Northrop's new in-orbit services. Analysts and observers predict such services will grow into a multibillion-dollar market over the next 10 years.

Northrop is the first commercial service to enable private space companies to extend the life of large, expensive satellites past their life expectancy as designed.

"Satellite operators have few options when a satellite is aging, and they are all expensive [options]," said Joe Anderson, a vice president with Northrop subsidiary SpaceLogistics based in Dulles, Va.

The company's rescue satellite, Mission Extension Vehicle-2, or MEV-2, was launched Aug. 15 from the European Space Agency's Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, South America.

The launch began a seven-month journey to a rendezvous with a communication satellite, Intelsat 10-02. Sent aloft in 2004, the satellite provides service to customers of for Intelsat Corp., whose administrative center is in McLean, Va.

Once it clamps onto the Intelsat, the MEV will become a new engine for the satellite, which is running low on fuel. The Northrop spacecraft will keep the satellite in the proper orbit and pointed toward Earth, Anderson said.

The first MEV spacecraft, launched in October 2019, is operating successfully as a new, supplemental engine for another Intelsat satellite, Intelsat 901, which was launched in 2001, according to Northrop and Intelsat.

That satellite reached the end of its lifespan and had been moved to the so-called graveyard orbit, which is about 300 miles higher than any functional satellites.

The incentive to rescue such large communications satellites is their high cost -- between $150 million and $300 million, Anderson said.

While he declined to reveal the cost of Northrop's MEV units, Anderson said the company intends to sell in-orbit services at a price that is attractive to satellite companies.

Intelsat previously reported in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would pay about $13 million per year, or $65 million for five years, for MEV-1.

If a company can put off the cost to build and launch a new satellite for five years, it can invest that money in other projects, making the life-extension service a valuable route, Anderson said.

Northrop will own and operate the MEV craft through SpaceLogistics. After the five-year missions for Intelsat, the MEV units can extend their work or move to other missions, Anderson said.

The MEVs are powered by electric engines energized by solar panels to raise their own orbit and control the Intelsat satellites, along with hydrazine chemical propulsion to rendezvous with their target satellites, Anderson said.

The electric thrusters are considered more efficient for such orbital missions, but they take longer to reach high orbit than bigger chemical propulsion engines.

Despite the success of MEV missions, Northrop won't build more similar satellites, but rather develop a new version with more capabilities. It will be known as a Mission Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, Anderson said.

The MRV would carry several life extension "pods" -- small electric engines that can be dispersed among multiple satellites per mission, Anderson said. He said Northrop believes that will boost the cost efficiency of each mission.

Northrop also will design the robotic mothership, the MRV, to inspect satellites and possibly conduct limited repairs, providing more value, he said.

Such expanded robotic spacecraft could be valuable to Intelsat, as well, said Jean-Luc Froeliger, vice president of its space systems engineering operations.

"We are definitely interested in the robotic vehicle under development, although nothing is signed yet," Froeliger said. "We're making revenue from the MEV life extension already, but in the long term, MEV doesn't make sense financially."

The robotic version, MRV, should be more fiscally attractive if it can extend the life of multiple Intelsat satellites for each launch, he said.

"We got the rebate of being the first customer to help get the program started," Froeliger said. "I don't think, long term, it makes good financial business for Northrop or for us to make more MEVs. If it was, we'd have signed up for 10 more."

Extending the life of multiple satellites with one MRV could address Intelsat's aging fleet of 51 operational satellites more efficiently, Froeliger added. That's because it will carry multiple engines -- or pods -- that can be dispersed and attached to multiple Intelsat satellites per mission, not just one.

"Life extension of our satellites is just one more tool in our toolbox to handle our fleet," he said.

Such life extension missions haven't been available in the private sector before, said Dallas Kasaboski, an analyst with Northern Sky Research, based in Cambridge, Mass.

"Governments have repaired or repositioned spacecraft in space for decades, but these Northrop missions are the first truly commercial in-orbit missions of their kind," Kasaboski said.

Spacecraft that extend the life of satellites are just one part of an emerging sector in commercial space known as in-orbit services, Kasaboski said.

The commercial market for such in-orbit services should generate about $3.1 billion over the next decade, based on an analysis his firm released in February.

Many other types of in-orbit services are expected in the coming years, he said.

Those services include "relocation, or repair, especially as governments grapple with the problem of space trash and thousands of new satellites being launched," Kasaboski said.

Although growth is likely for all in-orbit services, life extension itself may remain only a small niche market for years, said Joel Sercel, a technology entrepreneur and founder of Trans Astronautica Corp., a startup based in the Los Angeles area.

"Life extension for satellites might make sense for large communication satellites, an exquisite spy satellite, or a billion-dollar space telescope, but it could be too expensive for smaller satellites," Sercel said.

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This image is one of the most photogenic examples of the many turbulent stellar nurseries the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed during its 30-year lifetime. The portrait features the giant nebula NGC 2014 and its neighbor NGC 2020, which together form part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, about 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the "Cosmic Reef" because it resembles an undersea world. Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA | License Photo

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Hubble's image of the star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) reveals dramatic changes in the illumination of surrounding dusty cloud structures. The effect, called a light echo, has been unveiling never-before-seen dust patterns ever since the star suddenly brightened for several weeks in early 2002. Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA | License Photo

This picture, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard Hubble, shows the upper 2.5 light-years of the Cone Nebula (in NGC 2264), a height that equals 23 million roundtrips to the moon. The entire pillar is seven light-years long. Astronomers believe that these pillars may be incubators for developing stars. The ACS made this observation on April 2, 2002. Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA | License Photo

This composite image, produced by the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint, added here for aesthetic effect, are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products. Photo courtesy of NASA/UPI | License Photo

The "aurora australis" is pictured near the southernmost point of the International Space Station's orbital trek above the Indian Ocean on April 8. Photo courtesy of NASA

The NGC 4651 galaxy may look serene and peaceful as it swirls in the vast, silent emptiness of space. It is believed that this galaxy consumed another smaller galaxy to become the beautiful spiral. Although only a telescope like the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captured this image, could give a picture this clear, NGC 4651 can also be observed with an amateur telescope. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Husky review of $2.2B West White Rose a plea for government help, analyst says – Daily Commercial News

ST. JOHNS, N.L. An announced review by Husky Energy Inc. of its $2.2-billion West White Rose project off the coast of Newfoundland could be interpreted as a call for the province to take an equity stake to ensure it is built, an analyst says.

Under a worst-case scenario, it could also signal the Calgary-based companys option to eventually shut down or sell the currently producing White Rose offshore oil project itself, added analyst Phil Skolnick of Eight Capital in a report.

Constructionon the project expected to produce up to 75,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) was suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Huskys refocusing of priorities because of the global economic downturn and low oil prices.

A full review of scope, schedule and cost of this project is critical, given the minimum one-year delay to first oil caused by COVID-19, and our priority of maintaining the strength of our balance sheet with ample liquidity, said Husky CEO Rob Peabody in a news release on Sept. 9.

Unfortunately, the delay caused by COVID-19 and continued market uncertainty leaves us no choice but to undertake a full review of the project and, by extension, our future operations in Atlantic Canada.

The West White Rose project is about 60 per cent complete, with about $1.1 billion in work left to be done in Newfoundland and Labrador and an expected $11 billion in future capital and operating expenditures over its life, Husky said.

We fully appreciate that this project represents billions in government taxes and other anticipated public benefits. Without it, these will not materialize, Peabody said in the release.

It states Husky has discussed the projects challenges and risks with the provincial and federal governments and has proposed ideas designed to protect jobs and the economic benefits the project will deliver.

We need to find a solution now, Peabody added.

Husky is the operator of the White Rose field and satellite extensions, which are located in the Jeanne dArc Basin approximately 350 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland and have been producing oil since 2005.

Huskys recent messages concerning next years capital plans suggest cutting debt is taking priority over funding West White Roseconstruction, Skolnick said.

Essentially, we believe that HSE is messaging to the Newfoundland and Labrador government that given the importance that this project has on tax revenues and associated employment, if the government wants to take on a working interest to help put certainty intoconstruction, the company is open to negotiating that, he said.

He added that if the new project doesnt go ahead, it raises questions about asset life extension projects on the SeaRose FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) unit, which is to be used at West White Rose.

If Husky decides those projects arent worthwhile to preserve the 20,000 bpd it currently gets from its share of the existing project, it could lead to a scenario where it attempts to sell or shuts down the project entirely in 2022, he said.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the third-largest oil producer in Canada and its offshore oil industry has been hit hard by crashing global oil prices.

In mid-March, Equinor and Husky announced an indefinite deferral of the Bay du Nord project, slated to be the provinces first deepwater operation.

Drilling on the Hibernia platform was suspended in April, as was a refit for the Terra Nova floating production storage and offloading vessel.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has been imploring Ottawa to help the sector out, even holding a news conference in late May to appeal for federal aid.

West White Rose is expected to create about 250 full-time platform jobs.

Husky has a 60 per cent working interest, which would result in net output of up to 52,500 barrels per day if the project is completed.

Due to the short offshore weather window needed forconstruction, the suspension in March meant that West White Rose is delayed for at least a year.

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Saab Makes New Gripen Fighter Offer to Croatia – Aviation International News

Saab has submitted a formal proposal for 12 new-build Gripen C/D multi-role fighters to Croatia. The proposal is a government-to-government deal, and was handed over on September 9 by representatives from Swedens FMV (defense material administration)and the countrys embassy in Zagreb. The proposal also includes a parallel strategic cooperation package that is tailored to the development of Croatian industrial and technological capability.

Sweden and Saab are offering a comprehensive and long-term solution for Croatian homeland security thatwill protect Croatias people and borders for decades to come, said Jonas Hjelm, the head of Saabs Aeronautics business area.If Croatia chooses Gripen, Saab is ready to transfer know-how and technology and establish a Regional Aeronautical and Support Service Centre in Croatia. This would develop long-term cooperation with local defense industry as well as the academic sector, generating some 500 high-tech jobs.

Since the late 2000s Croatia has been seeking a Western fighter to replace its fleet of 20 aging MiG-21bis/UMs. Half of the fleet underwent a limited life extension in Romania in the early 2000s. From 2013 seven of them subsequently received further refurbishment and basic NATO compatibility upgrades in Ukraine, which also supplied five additional aircraft to a similar standard from its own stocks. Comprising eight MiG-21bis and four MiG-21UMs, the survivors operate from Zagreb-Pleso with the Croatian air force's191 Eskadrila Lovakih Aviona fighter squadron, but serviceability is low.

An effort to procure a fighter of Western origin was launched in 2017, resulting in bids from Saab for the Gripen, and from Greece, Israel, and the U.S. offering F-16s. A batch of 12 ex-Israeli Lockheed Martin F-16s was selected in March, but this deal foundered in January 2019 due to U.S. objections regarding third-party technology transfer.

This led to a new fighter requirement being raised in July 2019, with new-build Gripen C/Ds and F-16 Block 70/72s being offered, along with various second-hand aircraft, including F-16s and Typhoons. A decision was expected in August 2020 for service-entry in 2022, but in early April 2020, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovi announced that the fighter procurement program would be postponed while the government concentrated on handling the Covid-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the March 22 earthquake that damaged parts of the capital.

While Saab has concentrated its development efforts on the Gripen E/F, the C/D remains an important part of its export offerings, and in its latest Meteor missile-capable MS20 software iteration represents a very capable fighter that is ideal for countries with limited budgets and with defensive military requirements. In 2017 Saab announced that it had begun production of a batch of long-lead items so that it could respond rapidly to any orders, promising an 18-month contract-to-delivery timescale. The Gripen C/D is in service with neighbor Hungary, with whom Croatia established a number of defense co-operation agreementsincluding air policingin April 2019.

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Key life extension equipment delivered to Armenian NPP – Nuclear Engineering

Equipment required for reactor pressure vessel annealing has been delivered to the Armenian nuclear power plant.

The annealing will be carried out as part of the project to modernise and extend the life of unit 2 of the Armenian NPP. The plant will be prepared for the final part of the work on extending its service life, which will take place in 2021 - the reactor will be annealed, which will allow it to return to 80-85% of its original state by, the press service of Rosatom reported on 4 September.

This is an important science-intensive work to improve plant safety. Annealing will restore the characteristics of the metal of the reactor vessel, which will allow it to be safely operated in the future, said Yuri Sviridenko, manager for the life extension project.

The vessel will be annealed after the fuel assemblies have been unloaded into the used fuel pool. The vessel will be inspected and the equipment installed in the reactor. Using an annealing unit, the reactor vessel will be heated to a temperature of 475 degrees Celsius, kept at this temperature for several days, after which it will slowly cool down.

The procedure will be carried out by several Rosatom organisations, each of which is responsible for its own segment of the work.

This technology for recovery annealing of the reactor vessel metal was first applied in 1987 at Novovoronezh 3. Now this procedure is carried out at all plants requiring service life extension. Reactor pressure vessel annealing has already been completed at VVER-440 reactors at Kola in Russia, Rovno in Ukraine, Kozloduy in Bulgaria and Loviisa in Finland.

Unit 2 of Armenian nuclear power plant was reconnected to the grid on 1 September after being closed for scheduled repairs, Rosatom said.

The work performed has made it possible to significantly increase the level of safety and reliability of the power unit. Preventive maintenance at the Armenian NPP was completed 12 days ahead of schedule, Rosatom said. This was possible due to the efficient organisation of the process, the focus of the personnel of the Armenian NPP on results, as well as mutual understanding and effective business relations with the involved organisations that were developed during the joint work."

Rusatom Service, part of Rosatoms electric power division, was the general contractor for the work. For the fifth year now, the Armenian NPP has been combining maintenance work with the implementation of a programme to extend the life of the plant, since most of the activities in this direction are technologically available only when the unit is shut down, Rosatom noted. After completion of the maintenance activities, life extension work continues.

Armenias state programme provides for the extension of the operating life of the existing NPP unit until 2026, as well as the phased commissioning of new units. Funding was provided by a Russian state export loan of $270 million and a grant of $30 million for up to 15 years. However, earlier this year Armenia refused to extend the loan preferring to finance further work at its own expense. The Armenian government provided a budgetary loan to the Armenian NPP in the amount of $131.38 million for 2020-22, while the cost of the agreement with Rusatom Service is limited to $40.255 million.

The two-unit Armenian nuclear plant was built in the 1970s, but was closed following the Spitak earthquake in 1988. Metsamor 2 restarted with Russian assistance in 1995 in the face of severe energy shortages.

Key life extension equipment delivered to Armenian NPP - Nuclear Engineering

Committee rejects owner’s case to throw out 15 year landfill site life extension plan in Milton Keynes – MKFM

A landfill site owners plan to add 15 years to the life of its contentious commercial and municipal waste tip has been thrown out.

FCC Environment runs the Bletchley Landfill Site, near Newton Leys, and it applied to Milton Keynes Council to add another 15 years to its operational life.

The tip is due to close in 2022 under permission granted in 2002, but the application would see it taking commercial and council waste until 2037 with another two years to finish off restoration work.

One of the objectors, resident Ethan Kelly-Wilson told Thursdays development control committee that he would be nearing retirement, and his child would be grown up before the site would be returned to nature.

Other objectors also made the case that residents, especially in Newton Leys, had brought their new homes on the understanding that they would only have to put up with the site for a few more years.

Adding 15 years would have a devastating impact, said Bletchley and Fenny Town councillor Ed Hume.

Mat Nicholson, the estates manager for owner FCC Environment, said he had concerns over the manner which some of the information was presented to the committee.

He claimed that it was in a manner not to give the full picture.

He said that the site, which employs 15 people, is regionally important, making up one quarter of the landfill space that is left in the whole of the south east of England.

Mr Nicholson said none of the statutory consultees had objected but that was not highlighted to the committee.

He claimed that consultees like the Environment Agency and the councils own environmental health officers were not given equal weight to other issues.

He admitted there had been a large number of recent complaints but claimed there is a disparity between complaints and reality.

Mr Nicholson added that if the life of the site was not extended then it would not be possible to restore the site as agreed. And he said it would cause issues with site gases and water.

But Tracy Darke, the councils director of economy, growth and culture, said councillors had to make a judgement on where the planning balance lies by taking everything into account.

Residents expected to have a country park in 2023 but in 2035 we could be in exactly the same position.

There is no clarity around when we get to the end date anyway.

Ward councillor Emily Darlington (Lab, Bletchley East) said having a landfill site in Milton Keynes until 2037 would go against the citys aim to be the greenest city.

And other speakers said they did not want Milton Keynes to be an exporter of other peoples rubbish when the council is aiming to send nothing at all to landfill.

Cllr Paul Trendall (Lib Dem, Campbell Park & Old Woughton) said: MK isnt everyones dumping ground.

Councillors voted unanimously to reject the application. FCC Environment will have the opportunity to appeal to the Government to get an inspector to overturn the committees decision.

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