Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two companies will collaborate on a variety of green hydrogen initiatives, including hydrogen technology research and development, and the implementation of green hydrogen mobility solutions during China’s inaugural hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.“Sustainability is a key priority for Linde and our mission is making our world more productive,” said Sanjiv Lamba, Linde’s Executive Vice-President and CEO Asia Pacific.“Linde is a global leader in hydrogen technology and mobility solutions, and we look forward to collaborating with China Power to develop local green hydrogen and clean energy solutions to support China’s energy transition.”Tian Jun, Party Secretary, Chairman of the Board and President of China Power International Development, commented, “Linde is widely recognised for its sustainability agenda and is the industry leader in hydrogen technology and mobility solutions.”“We are delighted to partner with Linde to pilot the application of green hydrogen at the Winter Olympics, and work towards establishing a model for China’s transition to clean energy.”Linde has installed over 180 hydrogen refuelling stations worldwide for cars, buses, trucks and trains, and operates 80 hydrogen electrolysis plants, as well as what it claims to be the “world’s first” high-purity hydrogen storage cavern.
TENDERS will be called early in 2008 for a concession to run transport services in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northern Italy from January 2011 to December 2019. The region is the first in Italy to call open tenders for public transport services, according to Regional Councillor for Planning, Transport & Infrastructure Dr Lodovico Sonego. Worth around €250m a year, the concession is known as FIRST (Fully Integrated System of Transportation) and covers rail, bus and maritime services. Tenders must be submitted in October 2008, and the award to a single concessionaire will be made in December. There is a possibility of extending the concession by three years. At the moment local rail services are provided by Trenitalia and Ferrovia Udine-Cividale, with the national operator carrying 7·5 million passengers a year on a 442 km network using a fleet of 61 EMUs, 21 locomotives and 119 coaches. FUC handles 403 000 passengers a year on a 16 km route. At the moment about 70% of the €47m annual cost of the region’s rail services is paid by direct grant. The region intends to include the operation of inter-regional rail services from Udine to Venezia and Trieste to Venezia in the concession, but legislation to permit this has yet to be passed. Sonego is nonetheless confident that sufficient progress will be made next year for these services to form part of the concession. Sonego says that the region is planning to launch a €52m rolling stock investment programme in January, suggesting that a fleet of new trains will be available to the future operator. Staff will transfer to the future operator, but Dario Danese, Director-General for Energy, Mobility & Transport Infrastructure, said on November 27 that ‘we think it may be necessary to rationalise the personnel to bring down costs’. Bidders will be expected to offer improved or more frequent services, better integration between modes and a unified fares structure supported by the introduction of contactless ticketing. An element of infrastructure investment is also envisaged, and payment of premiums and penalties is anticipated. The region is promoting the tender by a series of roadshows in a bid to stimulate interest among bidders – ‘competition is the best way to improve transport in our region’, said Sonego.
– Red-carpet welcome to be extended by the National Sports Commission The ‘Golden’ Leap! Troy Doris during his historic gold-medal jump at the Commonwealth Games.LEADING up to the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, Troy Doris was considered by pundits around the world the one to challenge USA’s Christian Taylor for the gold, especially after resetting the country’s national record in the triple jump (17.18 metres). But the Guyanese, competing at the games for the first time, finished a commendable seventh-place (16.90 metres). Fast-forward to 2018, Doris, 29, now stands atop of the Commonwealth as champion, becoming only the fourth Guyanese to win a gold medal at the prestigious games, hosted at Gold Coast, Australia. Doris had just three of six legal jumps, the first, 16.67 metres, which would not have given him a medal, before a leap of 16.88 brought the ultimate hardware.His third jump of 16.26 was inconsequential, as Dominica’s Yordanys Duranona Garcia’s first jump of 16.86, was to be the farthest he extended in the pit to claim a silver medal. Cameroon’s Marcel Mayack II earned the bronze medal with his personal best leap of 16.46 metres.The Chicago native and former standout at the University of Iowa only started to represent Guyana in 2015 and since then, has left an imprint on track and field, carrying the Golden Arrowhead around the world, from the IAAF Diamond League to now, the Commonwealth Games.Doris now joins Aliann Pompey (400m, 2002), Winfield Braithwaite (Boxing, 1978) and Philip Aaron Edwards (Athletics, 1930) as the athletes to win gold for Guyana at the Commonwealth Games.Meanwhile, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, in congratulating Doris on his achievement, said, “His medal was expected. I’ve been following him closely, and for the last eight months, you can see his rigorous training regime in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. So this is the manifestation of hard work, discipline and dedication.”Jones further added that “it speaks to what could be achieved if long-term athlete development and support is there and the NSC stands ready and willing to do what we could to ensure many more Troy Doris could be seen on the world stage. The necessary support is most important and critical and I hope that his medal will be a stimulus for younger athletes in Guyana.”Meanwhile, with the National Sports Awards set for May 23, Jones told Chronicle Sport that the National Sports Commission (NSC) will be celebrating Doris, noting, “I will communicate with him and ensure that he’s here for the Sports Awards and will offer all travel and accommodation to allow him to be properly honoured, meet with the press and other local officials.”In a report on the popular online news outlet, Demerara Waves, Minister of Social Cohesion Dr George Norton, who also holds the responsibility for Sport, was quoted as stating that he’s “delighted because I think that while our neighbouring Caribbean countries are doing well, it was time for us to strike gold”.