The second stage includes shop fabrication of the first of five replacement turbines to be followed by site construction and installation.- Advertisement -The first unit is expected to be operational in 2012 and all five are slated to be in service by 2017.The turbines are not the only aging equipment scheduled to be replaced at the station prior to that date, and some of the rehabilitation work has already been completed.The GMS generating station is referred to by BC Hydro as the cornerstone of its system with the current nineteen sixties era turbines representing 12 per cent of its power production.Using the same amount of water, the replacement units will improve turbine efficiency and capacity by annually providing an additional 177 gigawatt hours of energy.Advertisement The turbine replacement project at the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station next to the WAC Bennett Dam has moved into the stage two implementation phase.
Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, says a fully funded and equal CAP programme is essential for Donegal farmers.Senator Ó Domhnaill was speaking after a sizeable meeting on CAP reform was held in Dunfanaghy, Donegal last night, attended by almost 200 people.“The meeting was very constructive and there were quality contributions from many farmers who are genuinely very concerned with the implications of the CAP reform,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “The farmers were informed of the different proposals that have been put forward for CAP reform from the Minister for Agriculture and the EU. The feeling coming from the meeting was that there should be a fair and equitable distribution of CAP for all farmers. It is important that CAP negotiations go well for Irish farmers as agriculture is crucial for the economic recovery of Ireland.He added that farmers should not be unfairly penalised for living in an area of poor land and the Minister should take this into consideration in the CAP negotiations.“I am totally opposed to the idea that there would be land abandonment in marginal land areas due to the low return from the land, this would lead to an ecological disaster in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the country.“We must make agriculture attractive to the next generation and a package of measures should be introduced to encourage and help young people take up farming. 70% of farmers receive less than €10,000 in Single Farm Payments and it is essential that smaller farmers are not penalised in order to protect the 2% of farmers who are in receipt of 12% of the payment. “We need a better deal for smaller farmers in Donegal and I will continue with meetings throughout the county to gauge the view of farmers. The next meeting will be held at the Highland Hotel in the Glenties on November 29th where party Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív will be the guest speaker.”EQUAL CAP PROGRAMME VITAL FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – MEETING TOLD was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL
Refreshed Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident of regaining his rhythm quickly for the Champions Trophy after being sidelined nearly three months with a foot injury.Starc is set to be unleashed against Pakistan in Edgbaston later on Monday in Australia’s final warm-up ahead of the one-day tournament. It will be his first competitive hit-out since breaking down during the second Test against India in March.The left-armer was rusty coming back against West Indies last year after a more serious foot injury kept him out of action for seven months, but he felt it would be a smoother return in England after positive signs at training.Starc, who skipped the Indian Premier League and returned to training about a month ago, said he has found it much easier to get up to speed after the latest injury.”So even coming back into the nets, it didn’t feel like it took too long to get some good rhythm back. So hopefully it’s not like last time with such a big lay-off,” he added.”I’m pretty confident with how it’s going, it’s feeling good in the nets and with the few centre wickets we’ve had.”But it’ll be nice to get out in the middle and bowl some overs in match-like conditions.”Starc will lead a young but formidable pace battery including Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.Injuries have kept the quartet from coming together sooner, so Starc was thrilled they were all fit for selection.”We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked,” he said.advertisement”We’ve obviously come through the ranks together, we’ve played a lot together and against each other in the under-age stuff and heading into to domestic cricket.”But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia. So I think it’s exciting for the four of us.”Australia’s preparations for the tournament, which they start against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, have been overshadowed by a pay dispute between the players union and board, Cricket Australia (CA).Over the weekend, The Australian newspaper reported CA high performance chief Pat Howard had written to senior players directly in a bid to end the impasse with less than a month to go before a new collective bargaining agreement is due.Starc, who hinted at the possibility of an Ashes boycott on social media earlier this month, said the Australian Cricketers Association had players’ full support.”They have four weeks to go on the MoU (memorandum of understanding) and the players are leaving it to the ACA to sort it out for our side of things,” he said.