US oil giant ExxonMobil has contracted the services of leading global industrial aviation services provider Bristow Group Inc out of the United Kingdom to deliver helicopter offshore crew change and search-and-rescue (SAR) services to support its operations in Guyana.Senior Manager for Business Development at Bristow, Kade Monlezun, said the five-year deal, which is a renewal of an existing contract, commenced on January 1, 2018.“We are honoured to continue to serve ExxonMobil in this region, and appreciate their continued confidence in Bristow… This contract is the result of our team’s proven dedication to delivering exceptional aviation solutions,” Monlezun is quoted as saying by offshoreenergytoday.comIn December, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. delivered its first fully configured S-76D(TM) helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76(TM) commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. (PRNewsFoto/Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.)2Bristow will operate three existing Leonardo AW139 helicopters from its base of operation at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, located in Guyana’s Atlantic coast.“The contract is strategically important for Bristow, as the company continues to pursue additional growth opportunities in the region,” said Monlezun. Our greatest strength is our ability to be flexible and offer tailored, cost-effective solutions. We are more competitive and more responsive than ever before, and our clients are rewarding us for it,” Monlezun said.Bristow also provides aircraft support services to Government and civil organizations worldwide. It has operations in the North Sea, Nigeria, the US Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad.Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide, and to the public sector for all of the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.ExxonMobil is operator of the giant Stabroek block offshore Guyana, which contains the Liza oil discovery. The oil company is working to develop this discovery with plans to bring the first phase of the Liza field online in March 2020. Exxon is also already thinking about phase two of the Liza development, which would include an FPSO and subsea systems larger than the ones for phase one.Exxon is working to select the concept for the development of the nearby Payara discovery off Guyana.
But from a fan’s point of view, how can you not think about it? Just about every year, every Southern California fan has the same dream: What if? And this year, both teams have a legitimate chance of going all the way. They were both good teams last season, and both made some off-season acquisitions that only improved their chances of reaching the postseason. The Dodgers signed pitchers Randy Wolf and Schmidt, who are expected to build up the starting rotation; veteran Luis Gonzalez adds to an already potent offense with Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent; and Juan Pierre will add a tremendous amount of speed. The Angels signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., who is expected to help the team offensively and solidify the outfield with Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. They also signed relief pitcher Justin Speier, who hopefully will improve an already strong bullpen. “I just got to go out there and do the things I do,” Matthews said. “This is a great city, and over the past few years, Anaheim has developed a winning tradition. The fan support is great and it’s always exciting to play in front of sold-out crowds. “You hear that the fans are a little different from Anaheim to L.A., but I think a World Series would bring out the best in both sides. For fans, it’s all about bragging rights. For players, it’s the opportunity to play in a World Series.” Bragging rights, they are one of the biggest – if not the biggest – factor in a rival matchup. Los Angeles resident Anthony Deanda thinks the possibility of the Freeway World Series is definite as well as the fact the Angels would defeat the Dodgers. But his friend Jocelyn Pedraza thinks differently. “I think the Dodgers would totally win,” she said. “Plus I really want them to just so I can throw it in his \ face.” Despite the bragging rights, some fans hope for a World Series that is more meaningful and fun. “It would be so awesome,” said Eric Hertsgaard of Van Nuys. “I would love to see a rivalry build. It would be really great for the area. The draw of fans is already huge and I definitely think it’s possible.” Both teams are good and they just need to stay healthy. “The best thing about L.A. is that it’s OK to be loyal to both teams. It’s not like Chicago where you have to choose between the White Sox and the Cubs.” For some players, a Freeway World Series would be more than just a cross-town rivalry dream becoming a reality. “It would be fantastic for Southern California,” Figgins said. “It’s a fantasy, but for me, I would get the chance to play against my best friend, Pierre. There aren’t many people who get the chance to play their best friend in the World Series.” As for Pierre: “Anything is possible,” he said. “On paper we are as good as anybody. But it would be so awesome for me to play against him \ and to beat him. “A Dodgers/Angels World Series would be so special, but to see him in it with me, that would make it extra special.” So, what is a dream for players and fans alike, could it happen? I guess we will just have to wait and see. Both teams open their seasons today. The Dodgers play a day game in Milwaukee and the Angels are home tonight against Texas. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some prominent publications seem to think the Angels and Dodgers can both get it done. Sports Illustrated predicted that the Angels will defeat the Dodgers in a World Series that many people have only dreamed about. “I would love to see it happen,” said Todd Morrison, a former Aliso Viejo resident and Angels fan of nearly 20 years. “It would be fantastic for the city and for Southern California. “The city would just come alive. And especially with everything \ Moreno has done to push the whole L.A. thing, I just think it would be great.” And what would a Series like that bring to Los Angeles? “A lot of traffic,” joked Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers newly acquired starting pitcher. “No, but really, I don’t believe in fortune telling. Baseball is the hardest sport to predict. … But I guess anything is possible. I just try not to think about it.” LOS ANGELES It happened in New York with the Mets and the Yankees. It happened in the Bay Area with the Giants and the A’s. Could it happen in Southern California? Could the Angels and Dodgers play each other in the World Series, a Freeway World Series, and could it happen this year? No, really … could it? “Well, anything is possible,” Angels utility man Chone Figgins said. “It’s just a matter of doing it. What we look like on paper is one thing, but we have to go out there and get it done on the field.”