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    Lawsuit Aims To Block Oil Drilling On Land In Nevada

    Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration.

    TProtesters oppose drilling in Nevadahe Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally failed to consider potential consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, ranging from harm to the greater sage grouse to contamination of fragile desert water sources and emission of climate-altering greenhouse gases.

    The suit filed last week in federal court in Reno seeks an order forcing the bureau to rescind oil drilling leases it sold in June for as low as $2 per acre on three land parcels covering about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers).

    The groups are asking a judge to forbid permits on an additional 103 parcels totaling 296 square miles (767 square kilometers) until the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws they say require a thorough examination of the potential effects of fracking.

    “The Trump administration wants to turn public lands into private profits for the fossil fuel industry at the peril of local communities and wildlife,” said Clare Lakewood, an attorney at the Center for Biological...

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    Halliburton Introduces New Drill Bit For High Energy Applications

    Halliburton has announced the release of GeoTech HE™, a robust drill bit that incorporates new features and materials to deliver enhanced performance and increased reliability in today’s high energy drilling systems characterised by very high weight-on-bit and drilling torque.

    GeoTech HE drill bit. Photo HalliburtonRecent years have seen advances in drilling equipment and practices that have enabled operators to significantly increase energy and drilling speed to reduce costs. As a result, drill bits experience higher forces that challenge traditional design theory and materials and significantly increase risk of damage to the bit body material and API connection.

    GeoTech HE (high energy) bits are built to function in these challenging conditions. Both the matrix and steel platforms incorporate unique design geometries and features focused on high energy systems. The new matrix body incorporates a blend of materials and the new steel body is machined from an advanced alloy material. Both are formulated for increased strength and durability under high torsional and axial loads.

    "The launch of GeoTech HE positions us to drive superior levels of performance in the field as we listen and respond to help our customers meet their drilling objectives," said Scott Regimbald, vice president of Halliburton Drill Bits & Services. "As our...

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    Nine Abducted From Ghani Oilfield In 2015 Killed By ISIS

    The Security Brigade of Derna Shura Council unveiled Monday that the nine foreigners abducted by ISIS from Al-Ghani oil field in March 2015 had been executed.

    Nine Abducted From Ghani Oilfield Killed By ISISDerna Shura Council explained in a statement that its forces found in June 2015 five unidentified foreign bodies during a combing operation in the western part of the city following the defeat of ISIS. The bodies, all handcuffed, were handed over to the Libyan Red Crescent and registered as unidentified at the time.   

    But later, the Council managed to identify the five bodies after examining ISIS equipment and laptops seized during the  eight-month-long war against the radical group. One of the laptops was for Czech national Pavel H, a catering coordinator at Al-Ghani oil field. His personal photos found in his laptop were identical to one of the five bodies found during the combing operation.

    From this point, the Council linked the five bodies with the nine foreigners who had been reported missing after an ISIS attack on Al-Ghani oil field. The Council started searching for information and photos of the other missing foreigners and discovered that the four other bodies were for foreign workers from Austria and Ghana, in addition to two from Bangladesh who were reported missing after the ISIS attack.

    In another ISIS laptop,...

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    Weir To Hire More Than 100 More New People In Midland Texas

    Weir Oil and Gas committed last week to building a $30 million facility in Midland, but it was revealed Friday how many new jobs were expected to be created in the Tall City.

    This map available from the Midland Development Corp. website shows where the David Mims Business Park is located in Midland. Weir Oil and Gas is looking to purchase the 20-acre western portion of the 73.62-acre site to construct a nearly $30 million customer service facility. Division President Paul Coppinger said during a press conference at the Midland Development Corp. offices that Weir will hire more than 100 new employees on top of the 160 it has currently. 

    Weir struck a deal with the MDC recently that will see the oilfield services company build a 92,000 square-foot facility at the MDC’s currently undeveloped David Mims Business Park on Interstate 20 near Schlumberger’s Midland headquarters. In return, the MDC will offer Weir a $1.8 million forgivable loan to be paid in equal installments over five years so long as the company maintains a payroll of no less than $6 million and a property value of at least $20 million.

    Weir will buy 20 acres of the 73.62-acres available at a cost of $20,000 per acre. The property will be on the tax rolls at $65,000 per acre. 

    Coppinger said the company is glad that its long hunt for a place to consolidate its Permian...

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    Cudd Offers Summer Interns Hands-On Experience

    For 10 weeks, Cudd Energy Services crews had every move questioned, every decision studied, every task watched.

    Cudd Energy Services hosted 10 interns this summer.They weren’t being watched by supervisors conducting evaluations. Rather, it was a group of 10 college students participating in the company’s annual summer internship program.

    Joe Lee, Cudd’s technical manager, estimates the company has been conducting the summer program at least the past 10 years.

    “Each year is different. If activity is up, we have more participants. If activity is slower, we have less,” he told the Reporter-Telegram by telephone. He said this year’s participation was up.

    “This summer’s group was excellent, one of the best we’ve had,” he said.

    One thinks of engineering or geology students spending their summers interning at oil production companies, where they spend much of the time in the office, doing paperwork or in front of computers.

    “But we provide an experience oil companies can’t give,” Lee said. “It’s all done at the well site. They participated in the work going on. We give them hands-on experience. So when they graduate and go on to design jobs, they have a better understanding of what’s going on at the well site.”

    From the company’s perspective, Lee said management gets to meet possible future employees “or if they go...

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  • Lawsuit Aims To Block Oil Drilling On Land In Nevada

    Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration.

    TProtesters oppose drilling in Nevadahe Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management illegally failed to consider potential consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, ranging from harm to the greater sage grouse to contamination of fragile desert water sources and emission of climate-altering greenhouse gases.

    The suit filed last week in federal court in Reno seeks an order forcing the bureau to rescind oil drilling leases it sold in June for as low as $2 per acre on three land parcels covering about 9 square miles (23 square kilometers).

    The groups are asking a judge to forbid permits on an additional 103 parcels totaling 296 square miles (767 square kilometers) until the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws they say require a thorough examination of the potential effects of fracking.

    “The Trump administration wants to turn public lands into private profits for the fossil fuel industry at the peril of local communities and wildlife,” said Clare Lakewood, an attorney at the Center for Biological...

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    Halliburton Introduces New Drill Bit For High Energy Applications

    Halliburton has announced the release of GeoTech HE™, a robust drill bit that incorporates new features and materials to deliver enhanced performance and increased reliability in today’s high energy drilling systems characterised by very high weight-on-bit and drilling torque.

    GeoTech HE drill bit. Photo HalliburtonRecent years have seen advances in drilling equipment and practices that have enabled operators to significantly increase energy and drilling speed to reduce costs. As a result, drill bits experience higher forces that challenge traditional design theory and materials and significantly increase risk of damage to the bit body material and API connection.

    GeoTech HE (high energy) bits are built to function in these challenging conditions. Both the matrix and steel platforms incorporate unique design geometries and features focused on high energy systems. The new matrix body incorporates a blend of materials and the new steel body is machined from an advanced alloy material. Both are formulated for increased strength and durability under high torsional and axial loads.

    "The launch of GeoTech HE positions us to drive superior levels of performance in the field as we listen and respond to help our customers meet their drilling objectives," said Scott Regimbald, vice president of Halliburton Drill Bits & Services. "As our...

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    Nine Abducted From Ghani Oilfield In 2015 Killed By ISIS

    The Security Brigade of Derna Shura Council unveiled Monday that the nine foreigners abducted by ISIS from Al-Ghani oil field in March 2015 had been executed.

    Nine Abducted From Ghani Oilfield Killed By ISISDerna Shura Council explained in a statement that its forces found in June 2015 five unidentified foreign bodies during a combing operation in the western part of the city following the defeat of ISIS. The bodies, all handcuffed, were handed over to the Libyan Red Crescent and registered as unidentified at the time.   

    But later, the Council managed to identify the five bodies after examining ISIS equipment and laptops seized during the  eight-month-long war against the radical group. One of the laptops was for Czech national Pavel H, a catering coordinator at Al-Ghani oil field. His personal photos found in his laptop were identical to one of the five bodies found during the combing operation.

    From this point, the Council linked the five bodies with the nine foreigners who had been reported missing after an ISIS attack on Al-Ghani oil field. The Council started searching for information and photos of the other missing foreigners and discovered that the four other bodies were for foreign workers from Austria and Ghana, in addition to two from Bangladesh who were reported missing after the ISIS attack.

    In another ISIS laptop,...

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    Weir To Hire More Than 100 More New People In Midland Texas

    Weir Oil and Gas committed last week to building a $30 million facility in Midland, but it was revealed Friday how many new jobs were expected to be created in the Tall City.

    This map available from the Midland Development Corp. website shows where the David Mims Business Park is located in Midland. Weir Oil and Gas is looking to purchase the 20-acre western portion of the 73.62-acre site to construct a nearly $30 million customer service facility. Division President Paul Coppinger said during a press conference at the Midland Development Corp. offices that Weir will hire more than 100 new employees on top of the 160 it has currently. 

    Weir struck a deal with the MDC recently that will see the oilfield services company build a 92,000 square-foot facility at the MDC’s currently undeveloped David Mims Business Park on Interstate 20 near Schlumberger’s Midland headquarters. In return, the MDC will offer Weir a $1.8 million forgivable loan to be paid in equal installments over five years so long as the company maintains a payroll of no less than $6 million and a property value of at least $20 million.

    Weir will buy 20 acres of the 73.62-acres available at a cost of $20,000 per acre. The property will be on the tax rolls at $65,000 per acre. 

    Coppinger said the company is glad that its long hunt for a place to consolidate its Permian...

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    Cudd Offers Summer Interns Hands-On Experience

    For 10 weeks, Cudd Energy Services crews had every move questioned, every decision studied, every task watched.

    Cudd Energy Services hosted 10 interns this summer.They weren’t being watched by supervisors conducting evaluations. Rather, it was a group of 10 college students participating in the company’s annual summer internship program.

    Joe Lee, Cudd’s technical manager, estimates the company has been conducting the summer program at least the past 10 years.

    “Each year is different. If activity is up, we have more participants. If activity is slower, we have less,” he told the Reporter-Telegram by telephone. He said this year’s participation was up.

    “This summer’s group was excellent, one of the best we’ve had,” he said.

    One thinks of engineering or geology students spending their summers interning at oil production companies, where they spend much of the time in the office, doing paperwork or in front of computers.

    “But we provide an experience oil companies can’t give,” Lee said. “It’s all done at the well site. They participated in the work going on. We give them hands-on experience. So when they graduate and go on to design jobs, they have a better understanding of what’s going on at the well site.”

    From the company’s perspective, Lee said management gets to meet possible future employees “or if they go...

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    East Texas Oilfield Worker Missing In West Texas

    An East Texas family is desperately seeking answers into the disappearance of one of their family members in the oilfields of West Texas.

    Christopher SandersChristopher Sanders, 40, of Daingerfield was working in the oilfields near Monahan’s Texas when his family says he reportedly went for a walk and vanished.

    The disappearance was on August 13.

    Sandy Sanders has spent exhausting hours making calls and using social media trying to find any information on the last day her son Christopher was seen. 

    "I've talked to people all over the United States. We have law enforcement, the Rangers, he's on 3 National Missing Person lists. It's totally out of character for him," Sandy says. 

    Working in the Monahan’s oilfield, Sandy says Chris went for a walk, and never came back.

    "He was seen Eastbound on I-20. Left his vehicle left his R-V, my nephew tried to call him back and he'd already turned the phone off," says Sandy. 

    His phone has not been used since, and neither have his credit cards.

    Initial information led investigators to look in Pecos and Odessa. But no sign of him.

    A father of two children, Chris is supposed to be on bipolar medication, which Sandy wonders may cause disorientation if he's off them.

    "He's on bipolar meds, he's also on high blood pressure medication. I know that he was...

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    Weatherford Introduces AutoTong System For Increased Operational Efficiency

    Weatherford International plc has introduced the AutoTong system, an automated pipe makeup and connection evaluation system that aims to enhance consistency, efficiency, safety and life-of-well integrity

    The AutoTong system aims to enhance the quality consistency and efficiency of tubular connections by automatically making up pipe to the appropriate parameters.Featuring AutoEvaluate connection-makeup software, the AutoTong system is one of the world’s first technologies to provide autonomous connection evaluation, said the company.

    According to Weatherford, the new AutoTong system autonomously determines the appropriate connection parameters based on the pipe and thread criteria as specified by the original equipment manufacturer. The system further aims to monitor the torque and adjusts the rotational speed of the casing to achieve the optimal torque value.

    “The integrated AutoEvaluate software automatically evaluates the connection quality based on high-resolution data and does not require a joint-makeup analyst to interpret the data,” said the company in a statement.

    “By eliminating the element of human error from the physical makeup and connection validation processes, the AutoTong system sharply increases the safety and efficiency of well construction operations,” stated Aaron Sinnott, vice-president of Well Integrity at...

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    U.S. Shale Sector At Critical Price Threshold

    Forward U.S. oil prices for 2018 have climbed back above $50 per barrel, a level that should be high enough to stabilize drilling activity over the next two months.

    A pump jack is seen at sunset near Midland Texas U.S. on May 3 2017. REUTERSErnest ScheyderBut if prices continue their current upward trend, shale firms will almost certainly interpret that as a sign to increase output and begin ramping up their drilling programs again.

    Shale drilling has proved very sensitive to changes in the value of West Texas Intermediate crude, especially the forward prices shale firms rely on to hedge production and reduce their risks.

    Between February 2016 and January 2017, the progressive increase in forward prices encouraged shale producers to boost output by hiring extra drilling rigs.

    The number of rigs drilling for oil, which had been falling during the industry slump, started to increase again from May 2016, and oil output began to rise from October 2016.

    Rig counts typically respond to a change in oil prices with a lag of 16-20 weeks, while output tends to respond after an additional delay of five to six months.

    By January 2017, however, the rapid escalation in the rig count implied a large increase in production that threatened to overwhelm the market.

    Forecasts by the U.S. Energy Information Administration...

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    Buying Sand For Use In Fracking Is The New West Texas Gold Rush

    There is a new land grab going on in the oil-rich fields of West Texas. This time it is over sand.

    Heavy equipment digs sand from a pit at the HiCrush sand mine in TexasBig oilfield sand suppliers, Wall Street firms and other investors have been buying up swaths of the West Texas desert. These ­investors aim to mine and sell the sand to drillers in the booming Permian Basin, who need large quantities of sand to ­extract oil and gas from shale ­formations.

    Texas energy producers have typically bought the millions of kilos of sand that each well ­requires from mines located far from their drilling fields. After oil prices collapsed in late 2014, though, cost-conscious drillers ­reconsidered their well designs and recipes for the slurries they blast underground to unleash fuel from shale formations.

    Many West Texas drillers discovered that they could replace sand they had been shipping from mines 2000km away in Wisconsin with finer grades found in dunes nearby. Doing so elimi­nates rail costs that sometimes are equal to or more than the sand itself. Now investors are lining up to supply local sand to West Texas drillers.

    “Local sand is a huge disrupter that is beneficial to the shale producers,” said Ben “Bud” Brigham, an Austin geophysicist who built and sold two oil companies and now is ploughing some of his ­profits into sand...

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    Oil Holds Near Five-Month High In Most Bullish Week Since July

    Brent oil prices held near five-month highs on Friday and were on track for the biggest weekly gain since late July, on forecasts for rising demand and the gradual restart of U.S. oil refineries.

    Site of an oil field is seen at sunset in Karamay Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region China May 7 2017. Picture taken May 7 2017. REUTERS-StringerThe Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries this week forecast higher demand for its oil in 2018 and pointed to signs of a tighter global market, indicating its deal with non-OPEC states to cut output is helping tackle a glut.

    That was followed by a report from the International Energy Agency  saying the glut was shrinking thanks to strong European and U.S. demand, as well as production declines in OPEC and non-OPEC members.

    “This boost to the market is attracting fresh speculative length,” said Gene McGillian, director of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

    To sustain current high prices, continued strength in demand is needed, he said, noting that a weak fourth quarter in the United States could prompt traders to back off long positions.

    Brent crude  settled up 15 cents at $55.62 a barrel.

    The benchmark rose for the third straight week, increasing 3.3 percent, the most since the end of July.

    U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled...

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    Red Wing Building 'Wall Of Honor'

    Red Wing Shoes, which has long supplied hard-working footwear to some of America’s toughest trades, wants to give honor where it’s due: It’s building an actual wall of boots to reflect the stories of those who’ve worn them.

    Red Wing Building Wall Of HonorThe wall itself is intended for the company’s flagship store in Red Wing, Minn., while a digital version will become part of its marketing campaign. CMO Dave Schneider says he’s been kicking the idea around since he started at the company three years ago. “My second day on the job, I started going to focus groups, and it was inspiring the love and reverence people had for the brand.

    "Even if our boots were beyond their price threshold, they all had stories—maybe it was about their dad, guys they’d worked with, or the way the most experienced people on a job site wore Red Wing,” he tells Marketing Daily. “So, for this new campaign, we decided to ask people to send in those stories, and we’re going to put the best ones on the wall.”

    It’s gathering the stories at RedWingAmericaWorking.com, and so far, the “Epic stories live forever” headline has drawn in some doozies, including third-generation steel workers, trash collectors, oil-rig workers and a crane operator who wore them in the hazardous clean-up in New York after the 9/11 attacks. Photos are often taken of shoes dangling from...

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    Shell To Withdraw From Iraq's Majnoon Oilfield

    Royal Dutch Shell is seeking to sell Iraq’s Majnoon oilfield and the oil ministry has started preparations to finalize its exit, according to an oil ministry letter and oil officials.

    A worker walks through the Majnoon oilfield in Basra 420 km 261 miles southeast of Baghdad October 6 2013. REUTERSEssam AlSudaniA letter signed by Iraqi oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi and dated Aug. 23 and directed to Shell Iraq Petroleum Development gave approval for Shell to quit Majnoon, an oilfield near Basrah which started production in 2014.

    “We respect your desire and decision to seek an acceptable end of Shell Iraq Petroleum Development SIPD’s interest in Majnoon,” the oil ministry letter said, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. SIPD is Shell’s local unit.

    Three Iraqi oil officials and an Iraqi senior engineer working with Shell in Majnoon confirmed the letter’s authenticity.

    A Shell spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    In November, industry sources had told Reuters that Shell was considering selling out of its oil fields in Iraq as part of its global $30 billion asset disposal program.

    Shell is the operator of the giant Majnoon field near Basrah in southern Iraq which started production in 2014.

    The officials said the oil ministry and Royal Dutch Shell had been discussing investment budgets and...

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    US Gas Rigs Rise As Drillers Return To Shale Plays

    In its weekly release, Houston-based oilfield services player Baker Hughes, a GE company BHGE , reported a rise in natural gas rig count in the United States.

    US Gas Rigs Rise As Drillers Return To Shale PlaysDetails

    Weekly Summary: Rigs engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the United States totaled 944 in the week ended Sep 8 - higher than the prior week's 943. This shows an increase in total rig count for two weeks in a row after four straight weeks of a decline.

    Since it slipped to an all-time low of 404 last May, rig count has been rising rapidly in the U.S. shale resources. Punctuated by a few pauses, the current nationwide rig count is considerably higher than the prior-year level of 508.

    For the week in discussion, the rise in rig count can be attributed to increased activity in inland waters.

    Rig count in both onshore and offshore operations is in line with the prior week. The respective rig counts for onshore and offshore drilling are 923 and 16.

    Oil Rig Count: Oil rig count slipped by three to 756. It is to be noted that the rigs exploring crude has decreased five times in the last eight weeks.

    The current tally, though far from the peak of 1,609 attained in October 2014, is significantly above the previous year's count of 414....

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    Tributes Paid To Aberdeenshire Oil Worker Killed In Tragic Accident

    A probe was launched after a Scots oil worker was killed in an offshore accident in Africa.

    Phillip had just become a new dadNew dad Philip Westerman, 30, was on a rig off the coast of Congo when the incident happened.

    Local cops are investigating along with his bosses at surveying firm Fugro but it’s thought there are no suspicious circumstances.

    Philip, from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, became a dad for the first time last December.

    His devastated wife Candice, 30, posted up pictures of the couple with their baby boy after she was told the devastating news.

    Her sister Taylor Murray wrote an emotional tribute to her brother-in-law. She said: “Philip was the nicest guy anyone could ever meet.

    “He was an absolute gentleman, a proper romantic with a dirty sense of humour that never failed to make me laugh.

    A Fugro spokesman said: “Fugro Subsea Services regret to confirm that there has been an incident offshore in Congolese waters, which has resulted in the fatality of one of our offshore ROV personnel.

    “Next of kin have been informed and are being supported. Our thoughts with the family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

    “Additional Fugro personnel has been mobilised to assist with the investigation. We are fully co-operating with the local authorities.”

    Subsea survey specialists Fugro are...

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    Helicopter Survey Suggests '62% Unlikely To Fly In Super Pumas Again'

    A survey of oil workers by the manufacturer of Super Puma helicopters found 62% of passengers were unlikely to fly in the aircraft again.

    The rotors detached from the helicopter in NorwayThe 225 aircraft were recently cleared to fly by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after a crash last year, but only if certain extra safeguards are put in place by operators.

    • They were grounded following the fatal crash which was off Norway.
    • The Airbus survey also found passengers want more room, for safety reasons.
    • More than 5,000 people took part.
    • The Unite union claimed oil workers viewed Super Pumas as "flying coffins".
    • No North Sea operators are currently using the aircraft to take workers on and offshore.
    • The crash in April last year killed 13 people, including Iain Stewart from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
    • The CAA criteria announced in July included:
    • Change in the design by removal of the components that were susceptible to premature deterioration
    • Earlier replacement of component
    • Design change to introduce an improved maintenance inspection method to detect any deterioration at an early stage
    • More frequent inspections
    • Reduction in the thresholds for rejecting components based upon early signs of any deterioration

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