Residents of Region Five Mahaica/Berbice were on Monday informed on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited’s (EEPGL) second phase development of the Liza field.Monday’s engagement was held at Hopetown’s Cooperative Society buildingThe EIA is an evaluation of the positive and negative environmental consequences of the project prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. The bases of the EIA will influence the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision whether or not to permit the project and what conditions to permit it.EEPGL’s Operation Manager, Doug McGhee explained that Liza Phase 2 is very similar to Phase 1 and will have over 30 wells and will produce 220,000 barrels of oil per day.“It involves choosing a Floating Production and Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, it’s in deep water that’s 1600 to 1700 metres deep, the reservoir where the oil is located is about 5,000 metres below the surface of the water. So, it’s similar to Liza Phase one but it’s bigger,” McGhee explained.The FPSO will process, store and offload oil-to-oil tankers and these will transport the oil to markets. Onshore facilities will be providing logistical support. The project will have 600 workers at its peak during each drilling and installation stage; about 140 offshore workers during production operations; and about 150 onshore workers providing shore-based and marine logistics support.Todd Hall from Environmental Resources Management said according to the law, EEPGL must obtain an environmental authorisation from the EPA to undertake the project.“That application was submitted to the EPA in December 2017. After consideration EPA determined that preparation of an EIA would be required. A team of consultants from Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Environmental Management Consultants and Ground Structures Engineering Consultants (GSEC) was approved to prepare the EIA,” Hall explained. At the end of today’s discussion, residents were given the opportunity to seek clarification on the topics discussed. They were assured that considerations were taken to prevent dangers to farmers and livestock and if affected they will be compensated.The series of engagements began in early July and has since been held in Regions Two, Three and Four. Others are slated for other regions.
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21 October 2005Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland could draw on South Africa’s experience of how to achieve reconciliation.“What we want in Ireland, essentially, is what you have achieved here in South Africa; we want our freedom,” he said.Adams was addressing South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday – the second time he has done so – and said there were “lessons to be learnt” from South Africa’s reconciliation process.Although “huge challenges” existed in the Northern Ireland peace process, he said the majority of its people wanted an end to conflict. “What the people want, the politicians will have to deliver,” he added.Earlier in the week, Adams met with President Thabo Mbeki and Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, both of whom, he said, had offered assistance with his country’s reconciliation process “if and when it is necessary in the time ahead to help us.”Adams also visited Freedom Park at Salvokop outside Pretoria to learn more about the steps South Africa has taken to heal the wounds of its apartheid past.Sinn Fein, which is celebrating 100 years of existence, is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA recently denounced violence by decommissioning its arsenal of weapons.Adams’ visit ended on Friday.Source: BuaNews
Dr Patience Mthunzi has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. In April last year, Mthunzi was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. (Images: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS• Tendani Tsedu Media Relations ManagerCSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • Engineering improves healthcare • Green light for titanium powder pilot Wilma den HartighA South African scientist has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. These are women – all under the age of 45 – who are bringing about positive change on the continent by influencing African business, technology, science, policy and media.Dr Patience Mthunzi, a scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was recognised for her pioneering work in the area of biophotonics, a field of science that enables microscopic study of biological molecules, cells and tissue using laser.Mthunzi is one of only three South Africans to be listed in the magazine – the other two are both prominent figures in the media industry.She heard about the listing late in December last year, and she says making it onto the prestigious list was completely unexpected. “I feel so honoured and humbled for being one of the three South Africans to have made it onto this list,” she says.Mthunzi is fast gaining an international reputation for her work, and she says although she doesn’t work for accolades, the recognition inspires and motivates her to do more.In April last year, she was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. This order is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement.She is South Africa’s only senior scientist for the biophotonics research group within the CSIR National Laser Centre, and she is also the first biophotonics PhD graduate in South Africa.As she was unable to study biophotonics at a local university, Mthunzi became the first South African PhD student at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.Developing innovative testing devicesBiophotonics is an emerging area of science in South Africa. Mthunzi explains that it is a versatile, multi-disciplinary field that can be applied to find solutions for challenges in areas such as medicine, agriculture, environmental and life sciences.Research conducted under the umbrella of biophotonics involves disciplines such as physics, biology, medicine and engineering.Part of Mthunzi’s job description is to come up with novel ideas, and that is what she loves most about her work.She’s leading a project to determine possible medical applications using laser technology. “The field has applications for any disease,” she says.She is developing an HIV testing device that makes use of lasers to test blood samples.The device will be particularly useful in remote areas of the country and could change the way HIV testing is done. “Often people in rural areas have to walk long distances to clinics to get tested,” she says. “By the time they get there, it is too late to draw blood and send it with a courier to be tested at a laboratory elsewhere.”Mthunzi explains that the testing tool would be based on site at a clinic. She would like to design the device in such a way that it doesn’t require a medical professional to operate it.“It will be possible to get results immediately and will be easy to use, even by volunteer staff who receive some training,” she says.She is also working on introducing DNA and genes into stem cells and finding applications for lasers in the treatment of cancer. “Our cancer research is looking into ways to separate cancerous and non-cancerous cells,” she says.A hybrid scientistMthunzi’s interest in the field developed when she joined the CSIR’s Laser Centre in 2004, as a biochemist. “I didn’t even know what a laser was,” she recalls. “I was encouraged to do a PhD in laser physics, and I found the field very exciting.”She’s always had an interest in various branches of science such as medicine, physics and natural sciences and even zoology. “I see science in everything,” she says.With biophotonics, she can experiment in all these areas, but Mthunzi says the country needs researchers who are experienced in multiple disciplines.“If I only knew biology, I would be limited in what I can do and come up with,” she says.“Some people call me a hybrid because my undergraduate qualification and my Master’s are in biology, followed by a PhD in physics, but I see myself as just a scientist.”Her peers in laser research are mostly physicists and from that perspective her biology background is somewhat unusual. “But it has equipped me perfectly for the job,” she says.Growing biophotonics and science in SAMthunzi set up a fully functioning biophotonics laboratory at the CSIR and the facility is closely integrated with nearby optical laboratories on the council’s campus in Pretoria. The laboratories are within walking distance of each other, which makes research work much easier.She says South Africa needs more scientists and she enjoys promoting the field. She belongs to the South African Young Academy of Science, an organisation that contributes towards the development of scientific capacity and awareness in South Africa and promotes science at all levels of education.What she would like to see is a greater interest in biophotonics in the country. Mthunzi hopes that in the future biophotonics will become an established discipline locally and be taught as a degree.She says young people also need mentors to inspire them because that’s what helped her achieve her goals.“What helped me as a child is being surrounded by good mentors,” she says. “My aunt was my mentor. She was such a guru. I wanted to be just like her.” The aunt was a teacher and the first person in her family to obtain a Master’s degree.Other South Africans on the listTwo other South African women, both prominent figures in the media industry, were also recognised by Forbes Magazine.Yolanda Sangweni is a senior editor at ESSENCE.com, one of the leading publications for black women in the US. She is also the co-founder of AfriPOP!, an online magazine that focuses on contemporary African youth culture, music, fashion and film from an Afropolitan perspective.Journalist, broadcaster and author Redi Tlhabi is the producer of a documentary on the former South African president Thabo Mbeki. She is also a columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper and author of Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing, a book based on her childhood experiences. Tlhabi is the host of a new talk show on Al Jazeera English television channel that will focus on politics, culture, music, health and science.
Alleging that the Central government was not providing the funds which were due to the State, West Bengal Chief Minister on Thursday said those amount would have helped the state carry out relief work in the Cyclone ‘Bulbul’-hit areas.Ms. Banerjee expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would keep his promise of helping the State in dealing with the relief work in cyclone affected areas.“Around ₹17,000 crore is due to us from the Centre.”If they had given us that due amount, we could have used that to carry out relief works,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters at the State Secretariat on Thursday.She said she would write to the Centre in connection with the dues.The CM also asked people to refrain from playing politics in relief distribution.“It was a big cyclone. Instead of standing by the affected people, some are playing politics and indulging in vandalism. I would urge them to refrain from it. This is not the time to do politics,” she said.The individuals or BJP mouthpieces who are “playing dirty games” should stop, the Chief Minister said.Ms. Banerjee also stressed that the central and the state governments have specific roles to play and they must work together in this situation.