Indonesia to mix coal-based DME, LPG as cooking gas to reduce imports

first_imgThe studies found that, compared to LPG, burning DME was less pollutive but also much less hot, which meant the cooking time was up to 20 percent longer, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry research and development head Dadan Kusdiana told reporters at a press briefing on Wednesday.Thus, mixing 80 percent LPG with 20 percent DME was the ideal ratio to maximize retail economics, he said, summarizing the studies that were carried out between 2017 and 2020.“If we mix it like that, the gas can be used with the existing infrastructure,” he added, explaining that conventional stoves and canisters wore out faster when burning pure DME.Switching to DME is among Indonesia’s many plans to cut consumption of LPG, a fuel the country has been heavily importing at the cost of widening its trade deficit, a key vulnerability for Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Oil and gas trade booked a deficit of US$3.55 billion during the January-June period this year, while non-oil and gas trade booked a surplus of $9.05 billion in the same period, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.Ideally, piped natural gas would substitute LPG, as Indonesia already produced more natural gas than needed, said Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (INAPLAS) secretary-general Fajar Budiono.“But the household gas pipes cannot yet reach every corner of the country,” he said. “The pipes are only for big cities and big islands.”To supply cooking gas to regions not connected by pipelines, the government plans to distribute canisters of DME derived from domestically mined low-calorie coal. Indonesian reserves hold around 2 billion tons of such a coal, mostly unused.Read also: Pertamina, PGN cut revenue targets as weak rupiah, lockdown severely hurt businessesThe energy ministry estimates that around 6 million tons of the coal is needed to produce 1.5 million tons of DME, and it estimates the DME price needs to be below $563 per ton to be economical when compared with LPG.However, only one company, namely state-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam, has announced a plan to develop a coal-to-DME facility thus far.The company, working with United States-based chemical manufacturer Air Products and Chemicals Ltd, plans to develop a $2 billion facility that produces 1.4 million tons of DME a year. Such an output level requires 6.5 million tons of coal.“That 1.4 million tons is about enough to meet Sumatra’s LPG needs,” said Dadan.PTBA and state-owned oil giant Pertamina, the country’s top LPG distributor, previously calculated that selling the cheap coal at $20 per ton – the market price for regular coal is now at $52.16 per ton – would allow coal-derived DME to compete with LPG.Bukit Asam president director Arviyan Arifin said on June 10 that the company was currently working on the facility’s early phase project planning, known as front end engineering design (FEED).“We hope to begin commercial operation in 2024-2025,” he saidTopics : The government is looking to mix coal-based dimethyl ether (DME) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as cooking gas in an effort to reduce Indonesia’s dependence on imported LPG.The country has long sought to replace the LPG with DME as a cooking fuel, but new official studies have revealed a key limitation with the plan.Read also: Govt to slash diesel subsidy 50%, generate trillions in 2021 savingslast_img read more

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Recruiting the future never stops with Kiffin

first_imgIn the midst of an up-and-down campaign on the field for his football team, USC coach Lane Kiffin is quietly doing what he does best off of it: recruiting.With scholarship reductions set to kick in once the NCAA decides on USC’s sanctions appeal, this year’s recruiting season might be the Trojans’ last chance to bring in a full class for several seasons.USC’s coaches are off to a good start: 16 high school seniors have already verbally committed to play their college ball for the Trojans.Although nothing is written in black ink just yet — National Signing Day isn’t until February — it is likely that most of the 16 will suit up for the Trojans next season.USC fans certainly have reason to be excited.De’Anthony Thomas, a senior at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, headlines the class. Recruited as an Athlete by USC, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound standout is a five-star recruit at both running back and defensive back.Defensive end Jalen Grimble of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., the cousin of USC freshman tight end Xavier Grimble, is ranked the No. 4 player at his position by Scout.com.Wideout Victor Blackwell, a speedster from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif., will add to USC’s already impressive young wide receiving core led by freshman Robert Woods.The Trojans also snagged verbal commitments from two of the nation’s top four pro-style quarterbacks as ranked by Rivals.com. Max Wittek, a teammate of Blackwell’s at Mater Dei, and Cody Kessler of Centennial High School in Bakersfield, Calif., will likely compete with current USC freshman Jesse Scroggins to replace Matt Barkley, once the sophomore ultimately heads to the NFL.The real headliners, though, play at a much more underappreciated position.With this class, the Trojan coaching staff seems to finally be addressing USC’s need for a stronger kicking game.Kicker Joe Houston’s struggles this season have been well-documented. The senior has made just seven-of-13 field goals while his longest make came from only 34 yards. A former walk-on who transferred from El Camino Junior College and just earned a USC scholarship this year, it’s hard to blame Houston for not being one of the nation’s top kickers.USC simply hasn’t been able to recruit elite high school kickers during the last several years. In fact, the last time the Trojans brought in a kicker or punter directly from high school was way back in 2005, when Troy Van Blarcom came to USC from Orange Lutheran.Enter Andre Heidari of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif.Scout.com ranks the 5-foot-11 kicker as the nation’s top recruit at his position. Heidari committed to the Trojans in June after attending a kicking camp at USC.Heidari has connected on six of his nine field goal attempts this season for Stockdale, including a 50-yarder last week in his school’s homecoming game. He’s also made kicks this season from 47, 44 and 41 yards.Heidari said he plans to graduate in December and enroll at USC for the spring semester.Senior Jacob Harfman has done a respectable job handling the punting and kickoff duties for the last two seasons. USC is tied for 21st in the nation with 14 touchbacks on kickoffs.Harfman, though, will graduate this year and leaves no apparent heir to take over as the Trojans’ starting punter.That’s where Kris Albarado of St. Louis Catholic in Lake Charles, La., comes in.Ranked the No. 5 punter in the nation by Scout.com, Albarado committed to USC two weeks ago.Albarado is averaging just less than 48 yards per punt for his high school team, besting Harfman’s 42.5 yard average for the Trojans. Gifted with a strong leg, Albarado has booted punts this season of 65, 62 and 61 yards.It’s much too early to say that Heidari and Albarado will vastly improve USC’s kicking game. Heck, it’s not even a sure thing that these two will honor their verbal commitments and play for the Trojans.It can be said, however, that by aggressively recruiting these two kicking prodigies, Kiffin and the rest of the USC coaches are putting their best feet forward.“Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jonathan at [email protected]last_img read more

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10 months agoRangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solankeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Gerrard has played down talk Rangers could sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in January. The tall forward has struggled for game time this season and has also been linked with Crystal Palace.But Gerrard remained coy on any move when asked on Wednesday.”I haven’t heard Dominic say he wants to leave Liverpool,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail. “I haven’t heard Liverpool say they want him to leave, so there’s nothing really to say about it.” last_img read more

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UConn Is 1 Win From Being The Streakiest College Team Ever

After the University of Connecticut Huskies won their 109th straight game Monday, their chances of winning the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and carrying that win streak into next season remain just about steady at 48 percent (down a tick from 49 percent after round one), according to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Up next for the Huskies is No. 4-seed UCLA, a team that was ranked 15th at the end of the season and that UConn hasn’t played since 2014. If UConn wins that game, it’ll have 110 straight wins, moving it clear of Penn State’s 109 consecutive wins in women’s volleyball in 2007-10 — acknowledged as one of the longest winning streaks in collegiate sports history.Both streaks are over twice as long as the next-longest streak by any other entity in their sport. Before Penn State’s mark, the longest win streak by any other team in Division I women’s volleyball was USC’s 52 games in 2002-04. The longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball by a team other than UConn was 54 games by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82. (For comparison, UCLA men’s basketball’s heralded 88-game win streak was only 28 games longer than the previous record-holder’s.) Of course, Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad also holds the second- and third-longest streaks in women’s NCAA basketball, as well as the fifth-longest, which ended one game before the current streak began.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Indeed, the Penn State streak may be the longest that is directly comparable to the current Huskies run. There doesn’t appear to be any official list of longest streaks across all sports, but the generally acknowledged record for a team winning streak is the Trinity College men’s squash team, which won 252 straight team meets from 1998 to 2012. Similarly, the University of Miami won 137 team tennis contests in 1957-64. But a team’s squash or tennis meet winning streak isn’t really the same as a game or match streak in a team sport, since each meet is a collection of smaller matches from an individual or pairs sport.Individual sports have generated streaks longer than UConn’s. Cael Sanderson of Iowa State won 159 straight matches to go 159-0 in his collegiate wrestling career (other wrestlers have won more in a row than UConn’s 109 as well). But comparing individual dominance to team dominance is suspect. And other acknowledged streaks can be even more dubious, because they come from lower divisions or carve out a subset of games played — like Mount Union winning 112 straight regular-season games in Division III football.In other words: Don’t miss Saturday’s game! The Huskies will be playing for a claim to the longest winning streak in collegiate team sports history.But things get harder from there. To win this tournament, there’s a good chance that UConn will have to beat three of the next four highest-ranked teams. Barring upsets, the Huskies would face Maryland in the Elite Eight, Baylor in the Final Four and either Notre Dame or South Carolina in the final. If the Huskies face the Irish, they’ll be matching up against the team with the second-longest current win streak in NCAA women’s basketball, 16 games.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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Opinion Michigans resurgence a blessing for Ohio State college football

Then sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSince the turn of the century, Michigan has been to five BCS Bowls. The Wolverines won two: a three-point victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2012 and a one-point victory over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. However, their Rose Bowl performances have been utter disappointments. Additionally, they have yet to participate in the Big Ten Championship Game.Since 1950, Michigan has captured one national championship; Ohio State has won seven.Since the turn of the century, Purdue’s four wins over OSU are more than Michigan’s three.Simply put, Michigan football has been marred in recent decades by coaching instability, poor quarterback play and an inability to win The Game.Having said this, the question as to the annual significance of the OSU-Michigan game must be raised. Seemingly, rivalries like the Auburn-Alabama, OSU-Michigan State, LSU-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford have overshadowed The Game due to recent dominance by the men in scarlet and gray. In fact, in most of our lifetimes, only one game between the two comes to mind as meaningful; a clash of the titans, per se. That one game, however, epitomizes the importance of The Game, as I can recall every little detail despite having been just a little 9-year-old Buckeye without a master’s degree in OSU fandom.The game of the centuryIt was a pleasant fall afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Autumn leaves fell from high above as the sun departed from the clear blue sky. Inside our neighbor’s house, our family and friends reminisced over school systems, neighborhood drama and our crazy families. Meanwhile, two hours south down I-71, the same could not be stated. College GameDay set up shop on the OSU campus to promote the heavyweight title fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. When Lee Corso donned the Michigan helmet in front of thousands of Buckeyes, he was met with ruthless replies to the likes of, “Corso sucks!”Regardless, this game clearly had a special place in the rivalry’s history, as to this day it remains the only installment of The Game to ever kick off at 3:30 p.m. in ESPN/ABC’s primetime window. The town was buzzing. The hype was tremendous. Ohio Stadium was bursting with excitement. And the Big Ten was ready to put one of its two signature programs in the national championship game.Dubbed “The Game of the Century” as kickoff became imminent, conversation back in Hudson swayed to BCS projections, to quarterbacks Troy Smith vs. Chad Henne and to the duel between two coaching greats, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr. Finally, OSU won the coin toss, deferred to the second half, and Michigan prepared to receive the opening kickoff in what would go down as one of the greatest college football games not only in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, but of all time.After trading touchdowns on their opening possessions, both teams followed by exchanging punts. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took their first lead behind a Beanie Wells 52-yard touchdown run. Add on two Smith touchdown throws — one to Ted Ginn Jr. and the other to Anthony Gonzalez — offset by one Michigan touchdown, and OSU would take a two-touchdown lead into the second half.The ‘Shoe was hopping. The family room in which I watched the game was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I realized that the Buckeyes were just two quarters of solid football from the national championship game.Unfortunately, no football game comes without adversity. OSU would learn that the hard way.In the blink of an eye, the Scarlet and Gray went three-and-out, conceded a touchdown and compounded the mistakes with a pivotal interception captured by Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch.Great teams, however, overcome adversity and respond stronger.The Buckeyes proceeded to stymie the Michigan offense and held it to just a field goal, and they soon after responded with a touchdown of their own. All of a sudden it was a two-score game. All of a sudden the dream of two national championships in a four-year span was unfolding before my very eyes.After a couple of series of mistake-filled football, Michigan started the fourth quarter in the red zone, down 11. Running back Mike Hart scored two plays later, cutting the lead to just four. A Buckeye fumble followed, but Michigan could not capitalize.OSU would then not miss this opportunity to close the game out for good. An 11-play, 83-yard, season-defining drive ensued, punctuated by Brian Robiskie’s 13-yard touchdown grab.With just over five minutes remaining, it seemed as if OSU had its plane ticket to Glendale, Arizona, booked, but Michigan, once again, as great teams do, fought back.A clutch 11-play, 81-yard drive capped off by Tyler Ecker’s 16-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the Wolverines to within three. An onside kick could reverse the course of college football history.But it wasn’t meant to be that day for the Maize and Blue. Ginn secured the onside kick, the victory and a date with Florida in the championship game.Pandemonium infiltrated the exit stairways of Ohio Stadium and followed students and alumni alike to the High Street bars and to drives up and down I-71 home. This was a classic OSU-Michigan game, magnificent in quality of play and implications. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about many of the games played recently.A new eraEven with the advent of the College Football Playoff and the resurrection of the Wolverines, it is naive to expect every clash in the next decade to become a de facto qualifier for the Big Ten Championship Game, and thereby the playoff. It is way too early to elevate Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer to the status of Woody Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler and to associate any upcoming OSU-Michigan game with the great ones from the “10 year war.”However, with Michigan beginning to supplant itself as an annual contender, this rivalry that has seemingly lost a bit of its luster should and will revive its tension. And no college football fan can deny that an intriguing and relevant OSU-Michigan game is the greatest game on turf.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine showdown to match the classic that was the 2006 clash; just every once in awhile it would be appreciated that the two of the most historic programs in college football provide a game that is worthy of the national spotlight it inevitably attracts.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine clash to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash of the titans. Sometimes, in fact, it adds to the rivalry when one team has the opportunity to undermine the rival’s playoff aspirations even amidst a disappointing season.But, thinking about the potential of the OSU-Michigan game turning into the must-see game every year is tantalizing. What if someday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines somehow met for the national championship? It’s definitely not impossible given the precedent the CFP committee has set on schedule strength, margin of victory and quality of loss.It would be tough to deny a one-loss OSU team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 2 team preparing to face undefeated and No. 1 Michigan. And this scenario is coming sooner rather than later, especially with the recruiting standards Meyer and Harbaugh are currently setting.Gone are the days of Michigan being worse than Purdue. Home are the days of Michigan being the archenemy it was destined to be. And I can’t wait. Nor can the world of college football. read more

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Ohio State womens track and field competes the Wright way

Ohio State sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright led the OSU women’s track and field team to its first-ever outdoor championship title last weekend. “We wanted to show everyone that Ohio State women’s track team was not going to just be an over-the-night, one-time winning team,” Wright said. “We wanted to show people exactly how my coach and the team have changed the culture.” Less than three months ago, on Feb. 27, Wright helped the team clinch its first indoor Big Ten championship. When Wright arrived at OSU, the team finished 10th in the conference in the indoor season and fifth in the conference in the outdoor season. On top of helping to overcome the team’s struggles, Wright needed to grow personally. “I definitely had to grow mentally strong,” Wright said. “I knew sports were vigorous, but not to the level of college. … There are 20 of you who can do one race great — now who’s stronger mentally?” With a strenuous workout regimen and a strict diet, Wright faced a daunting lifestyle as an athlete at OSU. As she always had done when times were hard, Wright turned to her mother and sister. “They’ve always supported me in anything I do,” Wright said. “The days I’m a little upset about how I ran or how I’ve practiced landing, they’ve been there to listen to me and just tell me, you know, it gets better, just keep focus and know why you’re there.” Besides her family, Wright relied on support from her high school coach and many other people from her hometown of Baltimore, who helped guide her to her current level of success. “When I got into college, they all still root me on,” she said. “Every week, they tell me they’re proud of me. … They’ve been there.” Wright has taken the entire experience in stride. In her time at OSU, Wright has won two individual Big Ten titles as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team, set the 100 meter hurdles record at the Drake Relays and was selected All-Big Ten six times. But Wright is humble; she’d rather deflect the spotlight onto her teammates. “I’ve been successful as an individual because of the team,” Wright said. “We are surrounded by a lot of girls who want to do good and are motivated.” Wright’s love for her teammates doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. “Tish is very humble,” said Christina Manning, a junior teammate. “Our coach spoke on that right before the day of finals and she pointed out how it seems as though Tish doesn’t know how good she is. … She doesn’t care so much about winning, but more about the team.” Wright even gives a lot of credit to all of her competitors. The better the competitors do, Wright said, the better she performs. Her positive attitude, especially with her opponents, sometimes can get her into trouble. “Sometimes my coach says I’m a little too nice in the field,” she said. Coach Karen Dennis said she knows how rare of an athlete Wright is, both as a competitor and as a person. Although Dennis appreciates Wright’s humility, she said, she wouldn’t mind seeing Wright take charge. “Sometimes I wish Letecia were a little more selfish,” Dennis said. It’s Wright’s optimism in the toughest of situations that makes her who she is. She knows the grueling workouts and the tireless effort she has put forth have helped her rise to the top of the Big Ten. But it’s not the Big Ten titles or the All-Big Ten selections that she wants to define her career at OSU. Instead, it’s the growth she’s shared with her team. “My last four years here have been really great,” Wright said. “I’ve learned a lot of things. It’s just excellent to watch the whole team change and become a stronger team.” Dennis said she likes to think of Letecia as a role player on a basketball team. She’s the special kind of athlete who not only puts up big numbers but also inspires those around her to compete at a higher level. “Great players make people around them better,” Dennis said. “She is a great athlete and she has made everybody around her better.” An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Letecia Wright. Correction: May 18, 2011 read more

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Chelsea reject Willian bid for the third time

first_imgChelsea have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for winger Willian Borges, according to Sky Sports.The Blues are believed to have rejected a third bid in excess of £55million from the Spanish champions for the former Anzhi man.Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Brazil international all summer as they look to strengthen their attack after Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann said no to a move to Barcelona last month.The Catalans made the third bid for Willian last Friday as they step up the hunt to bring the winger to the Nou Camp but Chelsea have subsequently turned down their offer.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Willian representatives are expected to travel to Spain to meet with Barcelona officials as they seek to make the move to Spain go through.The 29-year-old was a part of Brazil’s squad to the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he featured in all five games his country played in.Chelsea are keen to retain the services of the Brazil international as well as those of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian duo have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge to join Spanish side Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Bahamas records 90th murder in Freeport

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SouthBahamia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Grand Bahama – A man was shot and killed in Freeport overnight and a report says the gunman waited for the man at his home on Yorkshire Drive in #SouthBahamia and then killed the man.   The shooting took place around 10 Wednesday night and brings the murder toll for the country to 90; a 39% increase over last year.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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