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Revealed: The top 30 EPC contractors of 2020 | United Arab Emirates | Oil & Gas

Today we unveil our annual list of the Top 30 EPC Contractors. It is always an exciting occasion, but holds special significance in this historic, challenging year.

1. National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC)

The National Petroleum Construction Company has rocketed to the top of our list this year thanks to a few changes in ownership. NPCC extended an offer to Abu Dhabi’s National Marine Dredging company in August, which would be a reverse takeover and give NPCC shareholders a 69.7% stake in the combined entity. Once merged, the company is expected to vand North Africa. NPCC was wholly acquired by ADQ earlier in the year, when it bought a final 30% stake from a minority shareholder.

In November 2019, NPCC revealed that it signed a $11 million investment partnership with Microsoft and AVEVA to boost its digitalisation efforts, enhancing internal and customer-facing systems. NPCC has established an in-house innovation team to spearhead the transformation, part of a five-year plan.

“The close links between digital and technology revolution have brought a new era of innovation to the energy sector, which has typically been static to changes,” said Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC. “We are seizing the opportunity to be a digital-first entity through the digital transformation plan, which will enable us to offer cutting edge solutions to meet the diverse needs of our customers, which too are moving ahead in the digital curve.

2. Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering

India’s Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering stole headlines throughout 2019 for winning many huge contracts, including multiple from Saudi Aramco as part of its long term agreement. While the headlines may have slowed in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, LTHE is a powerhouse in the region with a clear pipeline into future projects. LTHE is part of Saudi Aramco’s

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Ghost of Tsushima Announced for PS5, Next-Gen Improvements Revealed

Sucker Punch Production’s hit game Ghost of Tsushima is coming to the PlayStation 5, the developer said this week. It’s not getting a PlayStation 5 rerelease that we know of yet, but it’s been confirmed that the game will be playable on the next-gen console via backwards compatibility and will benefit from some of the core upgrades offered to games on the new console. It’ll be playable on the console the same day that the PlayStation 5 is released, Sucker Punch said.

The update on Ghost of Tsushima was shared by the developer shortly after PlayStation shared a bunch of details about the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility feature. For those who’ve been progressing through the game on the PlayStation 4 and don’t want to have to start over, you can bring your save file with you so you can pick up where you left off.

On the PlayStation 5, the game will also be compatible with the new console’s Game Boost feature that enhances games by improving frame rates and resolutions. In Ghost of Tsushima’s case, this means it’ll hit frame rates up to 60FPS and will have even quicker load times than it already does on the PlayStation 4.

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Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.4 Detailed, PlayStation 5 Improvements Revealed

This morning Square Enix hosted yet another Live Letter with Naoki Yoshida and friends to detail the upcoming 5.4 update, Futures Rewritten. This update has been long awaited, especially with the COVID related delays earlier this year. It will feature the next and final Shadowbringers’ raid tier, along with various other features.

  • New Story Quests
  • Eden’s Promise Raid Tier
  • Chronicles of a New Era – Sorrow of Werlyt Chapter 3
  • Emerald Weapon Trial
  • Matoya’s Relict Dungeon
  • New Unreal Trial Swapped in
  • Save the Queen “Delubrum Reginae” 24/48 Player Battle
  • Explorer Mode (Go into Dungeons for Screenshots)
  • Ishgard Restoration Final Step
  • Blue Mage Updates
  • Violin Added to Performance Actions
  • Triple Triad Rework
  • Additional Adjustments to PvE/PvP
  • Ocean Fishing, Doman Majong, Treasure Hunting, UI Skin, and More Changes

Additionally, Square Enix has also revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV will be playable on Sony’s next generation platform and will even feature faster load times thanks to the SSD. It will also feature the PlayStation 4 Pro’s graphical options. We still want a dedicated PlayStation 5 version that features greater visual improvements and potentially a 4K resolution, but that’s something we don’t expect to come until the fourth expansion pack next year.

During the Live Letter, they also announced that all the fan festivals have officially been cancelled, and instead, there will be an event in February, most likely digitally, and will feature a massive 14 hour broadcast.

Patch 5.4 will be available in early December, with the big Bozja Frontlines update coming next Tuesday.

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Gunk from medieval bathrooms revealed people suffered from parasites

What could you possibly find in a toilet that’s been out of order for hundreds of years? Some ghastly things might be hiding in there, and it’s not what you might think.

There were obviously no porcelain seats or advanced plumbing in latrines 800 years ago. You went, and countless others went after you, unknowingly leaving behind evidence of what was crawling in an entire community’s guts. Think of all those TV commercials that relentlessly insist on probiotics for gut health. Probiotics might be trending, whether in pill or yogurt form, but they do help balance the intestinal microbiome—everything that lives in your guts. Scientists have now been able to find out what was lurking in the microbiomes of two cities during the 14th and 15th centuries, and it’s ugly.

Parasites thrive when you don’t have proper sanitation. The Middle Ages spawned the bubonic plague, so it has nowhere near the cleanest reputation in history. Cesspits from Jerusalem and Riga, Latvia are giving us a closer look the microbiomes of pre-industrial agricultural societies that might be able to provide insight into our own insides. While industrialization has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies and obesity, microbial DNA in coprolites (fossilized feces) recovered from long-abandoned latrines has revealed that Medieval human microbiomes were plagued by parasites.

“Together, these findings provide a first glimpse into the rich prokaryotic and eukaryotic intestinal flora of pre-industrial agricultural populations, which may give a better context for interpreting the health of modern microbiomes,” said Kirsten Bos, a specialist in ancient bacterial DNA from the Max Planck Institute, who recently co-led a study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

Gnarly things revealed themselves under the (literal) microscope. The eggs of parasitic worms were easily detected with microscopic analysis, but there were other

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NJ begins probe of veterans homes as 47 new COVID-19 deaths are revealed

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Veterans groups rally at the Menlo Park veterans home after 62 residents died of Covid-19 on September 16, 2020.

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The New Jersey attorney general has requested troves of documents from the Paramus and Menlo Park veterans homes in a far-reaching investigation of their high death tolls during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a state records review has increased total coronavirus deaths at the two state-run facilities to 190.  

The addition of 47 “probable” deaths due to COVID-19 at the two New Jersey veterans homes means that nearly a third of the residents at each home died of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19. Two nurses aides, one at each of the homes, also died. 

Thirty-nine previously uncounted deaths at the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home make its 101 resident deaths the highest now reported at a New Jersey nursing home and the highest among state-run veterans homes nationwide. There were 300 residents at the home on March 13 when the homes closed their doors to visitors on orders from health officials.

Members of the Passaic Valley Elks Lodge, including veteran Bob Keller, second from left, honor each of the over one hundred veterans who have passed away from Covid-19 at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus by placing one flag for each veteran on the front lawn of the home on May 24, 2020.  (Photo: AMY NEWMAN, NORTHJERSEY.COM/ USA TODAY NETWORK)

At the Paramus Memorial Veterans Home, an additional eight probable deaths attributed to COVID-19 by the state Health Department increase its total to 89. Before the pandemic, the home had 312 residents. The number of probable deaths at each home was released this week after NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY Network New Jersey asked for them.

“Having one-third of the residents die in our veterans homes is

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