Chevron has kicked off production of LNG from its giant Wheatstone development in Australia.The first LNG cargo from the onshore facility near Onslow, Western Australia, is expected in the coming weeks.“First LNG production is a significant milestone and is a credit to our partners, contractors and the many thousands of people who collaborated to deliver this legacy asset,” said Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson.“Wheatstone adds to our legacy gas position in Australia that will be a significant cash generator for decades to come.”At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility will supply 8.9 million metric tonnes per year of LNG for export to customers in Asia. The LNG facility is located 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) west of Onslow and processes natural gas from the Chevron-operated Wheatstone and Iago fields.The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) (13.4 percent), Woodside Petroleum Limited (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA (8 percent). Chevron holds an 80.2 percent interest in the offshore licenses containing the Wheatstone and Iago fields.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said first LNG production represented a significant milestone for all of the Wheatstone LNG joint venture participants.“Wheatstone is a world-class asset and the safe start-up of the facility was one of our priorities for 2017, supporting our near-term growth strategy.“We are proud of the support our staff provided to the operator and its contractors, drawing on Woodside’s extensive experience delivering LNG projects. We will continue to support the operator in optimizing lifting costs and increasing production volumes, to maximize the value of our investment,” he said.First LNG production from Wheatstone Train 2 is expected in six to eight months.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Anna Rozwandowicz, Kalie Moore and Nicola Piggott have today announced the launch of The Story Mob, a dedicated esports communications consultancy.The three co-founders have a plethora of top level esports experience. Anna Rozwandowicz comes from a role as the VP of Communications at ESL where she led a worldwide team – as well as being an adviser for the Cybersmile Foundation and part of the setup of the Esports Integrity Coalition (“ESIC”). Nicola Piggott has spent over five years at Riot Games where she led global communication for Riot’s esports team. She was also named one of PR Week’s top Women in PR in 2015. Finally, Kalie Moore was Head of Communications for BITKRAFT Esports Ventures where she oversaw communications strategy, media relations and crisis communications amongst much much more. The new consultancy already boasts impressive clients such as Team Liquid, Fnatic, Red Bull, DOJO Madness, Split Media Labs and BITKRAFT Esports Ventures. The lead investor in Story Mob is BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, and notably The Story Mob becomes the first investment from BITKRAFT in a female founding team. Last year, only 2.2% of VC funding went to female founding teams and the diversity issue is something that the aforementioned trio keep very close to their hearts. The group has already teased plans for pro-bono work in areas that encourage diversity in the competitive gaming landscape. Esports Insider had a chance to have catch-up with The Story Mob ahead of their official launch today. ESI: What’s the origin story of The Story Mob?Anna: As heads of communications at ESL and Riot Games, Nicola Piggott and I had worked together on various projects including IEM over several years. Communications pros within esports were rare and we often compared notes on some of the challenges and learnings we had experienced. We both believed that successful communications could speed up and contribute to the growth of the esports industry – and when we considered partnering we found we had several of the same goals and values when it came to the types of projects and partners we felt we could add value to.Our partnership with Kalie Moore, who we were familiar with through her work on BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, the world’s first VC fund solely dedicated to esports, felt similarly smooth. Kalie’s expertise in investor relations and inside knowledge of esports investment strategies provided a missing piece that rounded out our offer and expertise.ESI: What kind of clients are you planning to work with?Nicola: We’re working with several leading esports competitive teams, including Team Liquid and Fnatic. We’ve worked alongside – and cheered for – these teams and pros for years as part of our work at ESL and Riot Games and helping teams create strong and compelling stories remains our core passion.We’ll also be working alongside strong consumer brands, such as Red Bull, that believe in the potential of the esports market and are using their brand power to improve the sport for fans worldwide.Our experience as communications leaders for both a developer/publisher and tournament organizer also means that we’re ready to share our experience over years of live esports leagues and competitions.Kalie: In addition to our work with teams and brands, because of our strong VC background, we’re uniquely set up to work with private equity and venture capital funds involved in esports and esports startups who want attention in mainstream media. We also offer an investor relations component, where we support startups with communicating their strategies and wins to their investors. We’re proud to be working alongside one of our investors, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, as they continue to invest in the future of esports companies.ESI: What do you think teams and tournament organizers can be doing better to address communication issues?Anna: Esports teams have taken huge steps forward in the past few years to improve communications, provide value and content for their fans and increase brand loyalty. With that said, we believe that there’s still a ton of room to improve to bring esports in line with other more established sports industries.Teams need to be able to fully articulate their brand story and what makes them unique to fans, potential athletes and investors. We work with clients to help them isolate their vision and values, then make sure their communications strategies live up to them. From working smartly with the media to reacting quickly and with transparency in a crisis, everything comes back to those values. Nicola: For tournament organizers, the major challenge is to share enough of the inner workings so that fans can understand the bigger picture and trust that every tournament is run with their interests in mind. Communication challenges happen when our words don’t match our actions, so part of our job as communication pros is to be the voice of the fan and to raise our hand where we see a dissonance between the values we claim and the ones we put into action.
New Barcelona signing Alex Song says he had no hesitation in leaving Arsenal and he expects to now win trophies in Catalonia.Song, 24, was speaking at the Camp Nou after completing his €19 million move from Premier League side Arsenal.“I am very happy to be at Barcelona, to be a Barca player,” Song said at a press conference. “It is a big day for me and my family. I said yes to Barca because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.“I will try to do my best. We will aim to win trophies because this a team of champions.”Reports in the UK had suggested that the move had damaged Song’s relationship with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but the player said there were no hard feelings on either side.“I want to thank Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for letting me come here,” Song said. “I wanted to make the move and I am happy to have taken this decision. I have no problems with Wenger.” Song reportedly slept Sunday night at the house of another former Wenger protege, Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas, before being presented to the Camp Nou fans ahead of Monday evening’s Gamper Trophy game against Sampdoria, which the Serie A side won 1-0.“(Fabregas) has told me many things about Barca, but he did not need to convince me,” Song said. “I know all about them, I have seen them on the television. When you move to a new place you have to adapt and Cesc will help me. The style of play is similar to Arsenal.“The Camp Nou is a magical stadium, I have had an opportunity to see its fantastic atmosphere.”Song, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear shirt number 25, is now available for Thursday evening’s Spanish Supercopa home first leg against Real Madrid.“It is a game with lots of rivalry, very important for Barca,” he said. “I am especially excited to be able to play in it. I would like to play against Madrid, if the coach thinks it is right. I respect Madrid, but I think Barcelona play better football.” It will not be easy to gain a place in Barca’s starting line-up, said Song, who had praise for the team’s current ‘pivote’ Sergio Busquets and added he was happy to play in different positions as required by coach Tito Vilanova.“I did not come here to take Busquets’ place,” he said. “He is the best defensive midfielder in the world. At Arsenal I have played centre-half and in midfield. I am ready to play wherever the coach needs me.”Song said his two young sons were also very excited about their father’s move.“Both are big fans of (Lionel) Messi,” he said. “When they play in the garden they pretend to be him. Messi is the best player in the world, he has an impressive talent and it is a pleasure to be able to play with him. I am very happy.”Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said that Song had been Barca’s first choice to fill the gap in midfield left by Seydou Keita’s departure and it was unlikely there would be any further new arrivals at the club this summer. “He was top of our list of potential signings,” Zubizarreta said. “He is good on the ball, good tactically and physically strong. The deal with Arsenal has gone through quickly. We now have the squad we wanted.”
Fans will be invited onto the field to watch the show, which will take place before 11 p.m. and is subject to cancellation if the game lasts too long, like all of the Friday night fireworks shows at Dodger Stadium. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A ceremonial first pitch will thrown by Eiko Roberts, the mother of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts in connection with Japan Night. She was born and raised in Japan.Japanese Consul General Akira Chiba and members of the Nisei Week Court will be introduced during pregame ceremonies for Japan Night.A Japan Night ticket package, including a Kenta Maeda jersey T-shirt, with Dodgers and Maeda written in Japanese, is available at Dodgers.com/Japan.Another first pitch will be thrown by “Access” anchor Natalie Morales and Scott Evans and Kit Hoover, correspondents on the syndicated entertainment news program.A fireworks show set to music from Los Angeles artists will follow the game. World War II veteran Yoshio C. Nakamura, who was incarcerated in an internment camp before becoming a decorated war hero, is being honored as the Military Hero of the Game on Friday, July 13, 2018, during Japan Night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarah Corrice/US Department of Defense)LOS ANGELES — Yoshio C. Nakamura, who went from being incarcerated in an internment camp to being a U.S. Army staff sergeant during World War II, will be honored as the as the Military Hero of the Game Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers begin a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium.Nakamura was inducted in the Army enlisted reserves in 1944. He served on active duty in France and Italy with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which consisted nearly entirely of Japanese-Americans and was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. The team was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.Nakamura was awarded a Bronze Star and made a member of the French Legion of Honor.Nakamura received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from USC and became an accomplished educator and artist.