Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Well this changes things for the future!

The Al-Shaheen field is operated by Maersk Oil in a Production sharing agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) and the contract is due to expire in mid 2017.

QP put out a tender for the field and last night it was announced that Maersk have been unsuccessful.

This could make for an interesting year coming up as the transition is all worked out and implemented. The Maersk Oil website has the following announcement:

Maersk Oil to leave Qatar in 2017 following Al Shaheen decision

27-Jun-2016 20:25

In July 2015 Qatar Petroleum (QP) invited a number of international oil companies to participate in a competitive tender process regarding the future development of the Al Shaheen oil field in Qatar. Presently Maersk Oil is the operator of the field and the current 25 year production sharing agreement expires in July 2017.

Earlier this year Maersk Oil submitted its bid in the tender. QP has today communicated that they have selected another oil company as partner for the future development of the Al Shaheen field.

“Maersk Oil presented a highly competitive technical and commercial proposition based on more than 20 years of technical knowledge and experience working with the Al Shaheen field,” says CEO in Maersk Oil, Jakob Thomasen.

During the past 24 years Maersk Oil and QP have together developed the Al Shaheen Oil field into Qatar’s largest off-shore producing oil field. Under the terms offered by Qatar Petroleum, a minority shareholding for Maersk Oil in the new joint venture would have created a marginal impact on the Maersk Group earnings in the years ahead.

Maersk Oil will continue to operate Al Shaheen until the end of the current license in July 2017. Leading up to the expiry of the existing production-sharing agreement Maersk Oil will work together with QP to support a safe and efficient transition of the existing operations to the new operatorship.

“Maersk Oil is growing as a result of improved operating performance and with major projects like Culzean in the UK and Johan Sverdrup in Norway, we continue adding new production through to the end of the decade. We will continue to deliver in the years ahead based on a strong operational performance and cost focus and ensure that our major projects are executed on time and on budget,” says Jakob Thomasen.

Maersk Oil will be redeploying a number of its employees which today are based in Qatar elsewhere in its global organisation. The majority of remaining employees in Qatar are expected to be offered employment by the new operator.

A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S’ financial outlook for 2016 remains unaffected and no need for write-downs will occur. The Group’s reserves and resources (by end of 2015 2P + 2C of 1,141 million boe) will not be impacted by the expiration of the agreement.

Source: http://www.maerskoil.com/Media/Newsroom/Pages/MaerskOiltoleaveQatarin2017followingAlShaheendecision.aspx

Thursday, 23 June 2016

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ferocious Attack Kitten.....HaHa

Someone with a sense of humour at least on Facebook, posting their "Ferocious Attack Kitten" for adoption...

Can be found at this link..........

Posting Reads:

"Ferocious attack kitten is available for adoption to any home willing to accept him.

This destructive kitty has been trained as a proud warrior and will fiercely defend your house, even against you. Well-trained since 10-weeks of age to attack anything in his presence, he will protect your family from evil things, including the following:
  • insects
  • other trained attack kittens
  • babies
  • toilet paper
  • anything under a blanket
  • unwanted house guests
  • paper bags
  • floor rugs
  • Chuck Norris
  • Feet.
Great with children (assuming you don�t like the children). Probably best used for professional catfighting. He is housebroken, but only because he wants to be. This attack cat has trained himself to seek out his food anywhere you hide it and rip the bag open to feed himself, great for those who travel extensively. Also trained to drink water out of toilet bowls and dishwater from items in the sink. Knows how to open some doors. He will find you wherever you hide.

Neutered (trust me, you won’t want to him to procreate). Has not been declawed, but you'll figure that out really fast.

Understands and responds to a variety of vulgar and profane verbal commands. Has a very soft and furry belly, like a teddy bear - however he will bite your face if you try to touch it.

Willing to accept trades. Potential adopters must have experience with trained attack-kittens... please be prepared to show scars.

For the love of God, someone please take this thing out of my house."

Friday, 17 June 2016

Driver......which way you going?

Another one of the delights of Doha, is the taxi's. There have been several occasions where I have booked a car, doesn't matter which company, and jumped in and head off. Quite happily driving along and the driver takes a turn and you immediately begin to wonder a) does he think I am going somewhere different? b) is there more than one place with the same name? c) was I not clear with my instructions? or even all of the above!

Take for example Thursday, Time to head off back offshore. Booked a car the previous night via email to the usual company I use for the heliport run.

Car arrived half an hour early, but was busy putting away stuff etc. So he can wait. Did everything I needed to do, so thought I would just get going, 15 minutes early is no big deal.

Get's in the car, and confirms with the driver heading to the Heliport and explicitly stated Gulf Helicopters heliport just to be sure.

Head off along C'Ring, as I would expect, but he heads across to the filter lane to do a left, but actually u-turns back along C'Ring in the opposite direction. Okay, so he is going the alternate route, no great shakes.

However, when we get to the junction with B'Ring and Salwa Road, he takes a left turn and at this point, I asked, "Which way you going?" and get's the reply 'Corniche'.....at that point the traffic came to a standstill....the comment, "looks like you took the wrong route today" was met with stony silence.

I'm now looking at my watch thinking, how long are we going to get from here to the next turn off.....which he didn't take, but heads deeper into the traffic.

Continuing to trundle along with the flow of traffic, we took a right at the next roundabout heading towards the Corniche, the traffic didn't ease at all. At the next roundabout we went straight on towards the Corniche, the majority of the traffic was turning left towards West Bay, so it started to thin out. The journey along the Corniche was pretty much as normal, and the road met up with the junction were the 'normal' routes would have taken.

In all it probably took an extra 15 minutes, but was 15 minutes that could have been avoided and could have easily turned into 45 minutes on a really bad day. Had we left at the booked time, and had a really bad day, I could have been easily late for check-in.

You can see the different routes on the map below which I put together using Google MyMaps and see where the traffic was really bad between the two markers.

As you can see, the Green and Blue (normal and alternative routes respectively) at least feel like you are heading in the right direction, when you start heading the opposite direction altogether the alarm bells start ringing!

As I said at the start, it isn't first time, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Happy Travels!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Invisible Man in Qatar!

Went on the usual school run, and sat waiting in the car park and convinced the invisible man was out playing pranks on other motorists by sneaking shopping carts behind their cars.....see for yourself!

Spot more garden tidy up!

At the back of the villa around the air conditioning units, there is an area that was were a pile of bricks and construction materials had been left. There was also a strip of earth where the weeds would grow. Under the soil was also stone fragments mixed in.

You can see this in the photo below I took way back in March 2015.
Photo taken when I was originally  viewing the villa before moving in.

Just behind the air con units to the left (underneath where the hook on the wall is) there is a pile long narrow pile of gravel and more of the terracotta bricks (like the ones in the foreground) holding it back. It wasn't very tidy at all.

At the front of the house in the corner of the garden and at various other locations around the house there were piles of old stone.

I decided to dig out all the old stones, move the soil into the garden areas. This would give me a clean area to then use all the old stones from around the garden to act as a boundary to then in fill with all the gravel.

After getting hold of some hessian material from the wholesale market, I used this as barrier from the underlying soil and placed the stones around the edges before in filling with the gravel.

The terracotta bricks were stacked at one end to act as a barrier wall from the garden area and keeps Sheldon in his area.

After two evenings of moving stones and shovelling gravel in 40+'C heat I think that it looks a lot tidier now.

After removing the gravel, giving the patio a sweep and hose down, it is also looking a lot neater and bigger (not that we use this area for anything). You can just make out on the bricks and the wall where the gravel covered, will need to get the jetwash on it to give it a proper scrub.

At the front of the garden, there was big bush next to the gate that was overgrown, thick with dead growth and was a bit of an untidy eyesore, so have also cut that right back to the main stalk with growth and will see how it comes back over time. After taking it right back it appears that there is also another two of these growing so will see how they all re-grow before deciding what stays. Cleared out all the scraggy ground cover and dug out a couple of annoying ivy root balls that were growing a taking over all the bushes.

Area between gate and bush all thinned back
It is amazing how quickly things grow back so will see how it shapes up over summer before deciding what is getting thinned out next!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

[TripAdvisor Contribution] Boston's - Post brunch drinks

A short walk from Sridan (without going outside), we headed into Boston's for a few post brunch drinks, the place was pretty quiet, but the beer was cold and that's all that mattered!

Review posted at: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294009-d8835981-r379622918-Boston_s-Doha.html#

[TripAdvisor Contribution] Sridan - Friday Brunch......

This was my first visit to the Shangri La, so always good to try somewhere different!

Arriving for brunch starting, we were shown to our table and on the way, the staff explained the setup of the food areas. Taking our seats waiting for more of the others from our group to arrive, drinks were served. After the initial meet and greets and a few tipples it was time to tuck in for the grub, I opt to start with a few BBQ chicken legs and a bowl of Tom Yum soup. Both very tasty and the soup was not overly spicy.

After letting that settle and washing it down with more bubbles and headed for another wander round the vast spread of food and came back with a very large lamb shank, and a few other things (can't remember now!). The lamb was beautiful, and fell off the bone without been too soft (to my taste).

After letting this settle and once again, continuing the theme of washing it down with more bubbles, it was time to move onto pudding which was a rather healthy selection of chocolate with more chocolate and more chocolate. nom nom nom.

By now they run out white bubbles, so moved onto rose, which was just as acceptable!

Overall a few pleasant afternoon with great company lots of laughs and great food.

Review posted at: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g294009-d9756139-r379622339-Sridan-Doha.html#