MattGush/iStock(CLINTON, Miss.) — Seven members of a Clinton, Mississippi, family died early Saturday morning in a house fire, fire officials said.The mother, aged 33, and her six children perished in the blaze that occurred around 12:30 a.m. near the corner of Old Vicksburg and Hobby Farms Roads. The youngest was a year old, Deputy Fire Chief John Alman told ABC News.The patriarch of the family escaped the flames and was taken to a nearby hospital.The fire took approximately 45 minutes to get under control, said Alman.Officials have not determined a preliminary cause of the fire that left the detached home charred.“Fire Marshals are conducting an investigation. While we do not know a cause of the fire, we do not suspect any foul play,” the City of Clinton posted from its Facebook account.The identities of the victims and the surviving member of the family are not being released at this time.A couple of pets were also in the home and only one survived, Alman said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Buffalo field layout schematic; Source: CarnarvonAustralia-based Carnarvon Petroleum has completed field surveillance operations on its Buffalo project located WA-523-P in the Timor Sea and found potential surface locations for wells. Carnarvon, as the operator of the project, during the course of the first week of October mobilized a team to undertake field surveillance operations in the area of the proposed Buffalo oil field redevelopment area.This surveillance was undertaken in order to determine the potential future surface locations for wells, the platform and flowline to a floating Production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).Carnarvon revealed plans for drilling of the first production well on its Buffalo oil field redevelopment back in May 2018. The first step in the redevelopment is the drilling of the Buffalo-10 well, which is intended to be the first production well in the oil field redevelopment, positioned to test the new oil in the attic accumulation as well as drill deeper into the oil pool in the previously developed portion of the field.Carnarvon informed on Tuesday that the data from the survey indicates that there are no impediments to locating the wells in the surface locations that are most ideal for targeting the identified attic of oil with additional analysis continuing to be being undertaken.In line with ongoing operational readiness, the company has also submitted the Environmental Plan for the drilling of up to three wells in the field.Carnarvon is also actively engaging with the governments of both Australia and Timor-Leste in order to be able to drill a well, in the Timor-Leste jurisdiction, in the third quarter of next year.Carnarvon was awarded the WA-523-P acreage in May 2016 for an initial six-year term which included the previously developed Buffalo field. The Field was discovered by BHP in 1996 and subsequently developed using four wells drilled from a small, unmanned wellhead platform installed in 25 meters water depth, tied back to an FPSO.Production started in December 1999 at production rates up to approximately 50,000stb/d and terminated in November 2004 after the production of 20.5MMstb of highly-undersaturated, light oil (53°API) from the Jurassic-age Elang Formation. All existing facilities and wells were decommissioned and removed prior to Carnarvon being awarded the block.
Qatari LNG transport company Nakilat has taken the full ownership of four Q-Flex LNG carriers from its joint-venture partner, International Seaways (INSW).The move follows the execution of a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of the remaining 49.9% ownership interest in these vessels from the US-based tanker company INSW.The LNG carrier quartet has been sold to Nakilat for USD 123 million in cash, International Seaways said in a separate statement.“This important transaction positions INSW to further our capital allocation strategy. Following our success growing and renewing our fleet, deleveraging and returning cash to shareholders remain our top priorities,” Jeff Pribor, CFO of INSW, explained.As informed, the acquisition brings the total number of vessels wholly-owned by Nakilat to 29 LNG vessels, out of the company’s overall fleet of 74 LNG and LPG vessels.With a cargo-carrying capacity of 217,000 cbm each, the four LNG carriers — Tembek, Al Hamla, Al Gattara, Al Gharrafa — have been operated and managed in-house by Nakilat’s ship management arm, Nakilat Shipping Qatar Limited (NSQL), since 2014. This is in addition to the other 10 LNG and 4 LPG carriers under NSQL management.“The 100% ownership acquisition of these four vessels comes as part of Nakilat’s long-term strategy to capitalize on such strategic investment opportunities,” Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer of Nakilat, commented.“These vessels are chartered to our long-standing partner Qatargas… Owning the vessels that we manage allows Nakilat to consolidate its fleet, provides greater operational flexibility and optimization of resources.”Nakilat’s LNG shipping fleet comprises 14 Q-Max, 31 Q-Flex and 24 conventional vessels — including four newbuilds. The company also owns four LPG and one FSRU unit.