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Neste plans to restructure its refinery operations in Finland and starts co-operation negotiations

first_imgThe company is exploring the shutdown of its refinery operations in Naantali and focusing the Naantali site on the terminal and harbor operations, as well as transforming the Porvoo refinery operations to co-processing renewable and circular raw materials Neste headquarters in Espoo. (Credit: J-P Kärnä/Wikipedia.org) In order to ensure the competitiveness of the Oil Products business, Neste is planning to restructure its refinery operations in Porvoo and Naantali, Finland. The company is exploring the shutdown of its refinery operations in Naantali and focusing the Naantali site on the terminal and harbor operations, as well as transforming the Porvoo refinery operations to co-processing renewable and circular raw materials.The demand for fossil oil products will continue to decline, and the share of renewable energy solutions will continue to grow in the coming years. The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially accelerated the decline in demand for oil products, which is not expected to recover to previous levels. Fundamental changes are therefore needed to secure the competitiveness of Neste’s Oil Products business. With the planned measures, Neste aims to improve its productivity, resource efficiency and adaptiveness to market changes. The planned measures will not affect the security of fuel distribution supply in Finland.“The energy transition is proceeding faster than expected. The forthcoming operating and maintenance investments in the Naantali refinery are not viable nor sustainable in a situation where there is large over-capacity for oil refining globally. Although the time is not optimal, and this news is unfortunate for many of us, the planned actions to develop our refinery operations are urgently needed to maintain operations and strategic capabilities in refining in Finland and to secure Oil Products’ competitiveness,” says Neste’s President and CEO Peter Vanacker.To initiate the transformation, the company will start cooperation negotiations in the Oil Products business unit and its supporting functions in Finland. If implemented, the plans would mean up to 470 redundancies, including possible outsourcing. The decisions on the measures and impacts on the various functions, personnel groups and locations will be made after the negotiations have been concluded. The planned changes are expected to result in annual fixed cost savings of approximately EUR 50 million.“Neste’s ambition is to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions, and to achieve carbon neutral production by 2035. The planned changes will support the transformation of the Porvoo refinery into a leading sustainable, safe and efficient refinery, enabled by our highly innovative and efficient Neste people,” Vanacker continues. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

4-H State Forestry Field Day

first_imgTwenty-six Georgia 4-H’ers participated in the  State Forestry Field Day for program year 2021 on Sept. 19 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Throughout the afternoon event, participants adhered to COVID-19 prevention measures as guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Georgia 4-H forestry program teaches youth to identify up to 70 Georgia tree species, as well as common pests and diseases that impact those trees. The forestry field day competition allows youth to test their science-based knowledge, critical thinking skills and skills with specialized forestry tools. Participants can be a part of a county team or compete individually in the state forestry judging contest.“The pandemic certainly caused volunteer coaches and county personnel to be creative with virtual practices until youth could meet in person,” said Craven Hudson, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist. “We were able to hold all area contests in person, and these youth have worked hard to prepare for today.”The state contest consists of five stations: insect and disease identification, volume estimation, compass and pacing, tree identification, and site evaluation. All county teams prepared for the state contest by competing in one of four area forestry field days held earlier in September. Site evaluation is added at the state level and requires youth to consider landowner objectives and make forest management recommendations.Each county may bring up to 20 senior contestants from ninth through 12th grades. The youth compete individually and as team members. The first-place senior team winners will represent Georgia at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in August 2021 at the Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, West Virginia.This year’s winners at the State Forestry Field Day are:First place team: Bartow County — Sasha Morgan, Gus Federico, Bethany Craven and Gabriel CravenSecond place team: Oconee County — Kalani Washington, Alicia Carnes, Robie Lucas and Lexi PritchardThird place team: Burke County — Holt Sapp, Emmaline Cunningham, Samuel Eckerman and Tony GraySenior high individual: Gus Federico, Bartow CountyGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local UGA Extension office.last_img read more

Sky announce Roche signing

first_img Press Association The 30-year-old, who has a wealth of Grand Tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, Dutchman Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed for Team Sky after two years away. Roche’s signing is significant as it strengthens Chris Froome’s support for the 2015 Tour de France, while simultaneously weakening Alberto Contador’s squad as the Irishman was previously at Tinkoff-Saxo. Team Sky has announced the signing of Irishman Nicolas Roche as one of five new names for 2015. Brailsford added: “We’ve signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad. “We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad. “They all bring their own qualities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season.” Roche, the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, said: “It’s a great honour to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world. “I feel that I’m still developing as a rider so now’s the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path.” Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “He brings a wealth of experience, having ridden 13 Grand Tours in his career, and that will be invaluable to the team. “Nicolas has the perfect character and temperament for us and we expect him to play a key role next season.” Konig is also likely to play a strong support role for Froome, while also riding Grand Tours for a high placing himself. While with Team Net-App-Endura, Konig placed seventh in the 2014 Tour de France and he has claimed stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Tour of California and Tour of Britain. The 24-year-old Fenn becomes Team Sky’s first Scottish rider, after moving from Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep squad. Poels becomes the first Dutchman at Team Sky and the climber has been watched by the squad for some time, while Nordhaug returns after a three-year stay from 2010 to 2012. last_img read more

MSP Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Open House

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Michigan State Police- Alpena post is hosting an open house, to celebrate their 100th anniversary.The event will allow members of the public to view the inside of the post and patrol cars, as well as get to know some of the personnel at the Alpena post. Displays of different divisions of the MSP, such as the dive team, recruiting, the emergency support team, the bomb squad, and much more, will be available for viewing.The Open House will take place this Wednesday, June 7th, from 10am until 2pm. For more information, contact community service Trooper Ashley Simpson at 989–354–4101. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Firefighters Respond To A Smokey SituationNext Alpena Man Sentenced For Manufacturing Methlast_img read more