Gaz Metro, Anticosti Hydrogarbons sign gas development deal

first_imgGaz Métro has signed a deal with Anticosti Hydrocarbons to develop associated natural gas from Anticosti Island.The agreement with Gaz Métro will provide Anticosti Hydrocarbons with access to the expertise of Québec’s leading gas distribution utility and distribution franchise-holder on Anticosti Island to identify economic, operational, and technical solutions to transporting associated natural gas to consumer markets should any be produced in the event hydrocarbon resource production gets underway on Anticosti Island.There are a variety of technical issues to address, including storage, transportation, and distribution of the gas, said Gaz Metro in a statement.Subject to compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement, Gaz Métro will have acquisition rights to any natural gas produced from wells on Anticosti Island and be able to transport or distribute it to the markets, at a price that will allow its marketing while taking into account prevailing prices.In return for Gaz Métro’s expertise, Anticosti Hydrocarbons has agreed to an exclusive partnership with Gaz Métro for the next five years.“This agreement in principle creates an important partnership for the Anticosti project. Developing associated natural gas will create positive spinoffs for Quebec and, with the new maritime strategy announced by the government, could provide a solid leg up to Québec businesses, particularly those involved in the Plan Nord,” stated Alexandre Gagnon, chair of the Anticosti Hydrocarbons operations committee.[mappress mapid=”15665″]Press Release; Image: Gaz Metrolast_img read more

What the numbers say about MSU’s disappointing 2015

first_imgMississippi State second baseman tries to tag out an LSU player.Mississippi State second baseman tries to tag out an LSU player.Mississippi State’s season concluded last weekend with a six-game losing streak. The Bulldogs followed up three losses to Ole Miss with three more to Tennessee. Overall, MSU lost 18 of the final 21.Mississippi State’s final record was 24-30, its first losing record since 2010. Since that time, the Bulldogs had made four straight NCAA Regionals. It won the SEC Tournament in 2012. It hosted a regional in 2013 and eventually wound up in the College World Series final that year.The 2015 Bulldogs hit much better than the 2012 squad. Zac Houston’s opponent batting average mirrored that of Jonathan Holder in 2013.While a few categories show the potential that lead to a 13-0 start, the majority reveal the holes in the 2015 squad.Here’s a breakdown of this year’s key stats compared with those from the last four seasons.2015 — Record: 24-30Avg. (Team, team leader):.271; Jacob Robson .325; .300 hitters: 4.Home Runs: 22; Wes Rea 6.Stolen Bases: 47; Robson 21.Hits: 493; Robson 60.Runs: 285; Robson 41.ERA: 4.51; Trevor Fitts 2.03Opponents’ Avg: .269; Zac Houston .178Ks per inning: .82; Dakota Hudson 1.6. 2014 — Record 39-24 Avg.: .275; Brett Pirtle .363; .300 hitters: 3Home Runs: 16; Wes Rea: 5.Stolen Bases: 68; Derrick Armstrong 14.Hits: 575; Pirtle 87.Runs: 311; Pirtle 35.ERA: 3.06; Jacob Lindgren 0.81.Opponents’ Avg: .242; Lindgren .124.Ks per inning: .90/ Lindgren 1.8 2013 — Record 51-20 Avg.: .293; Adam Frazier: .352.; .300 hitters: 5.Home Runs: 30; Hunter Renfroe 16.Stolen Bases: 59; Frazier and Renfroe 9.Hits: 713; Frazier 107.Runs: 414; Frazier 62.ERA: 2.79; Chad Girodo 1.36Opp. Avg: .227; Jonathan Holder .175Ks per inning: .91; Holder 1.6. 2012 — Record 40-24 Avg.: .251; Adam Frazier .371; .300 hitters: 1.Home Runs: 21; Hunter Renfroe 4.Stolen Bases: 45; Frazier 9.Hits: 524; Frazier 91.Runs: 287; Frazier 45.ERA: 2.58; Jonathan Holder 0.32.Opp. Avg: Holder .173.Ks per inning: Chris Stratton 1.15. 2011 — Record 38-25 Avg.: .281; Jarrod Parks .371; .300 hitters: 3.Home Runs: 30; Nick Vickerson 9.Stolen Bases: 89; Vickerson 26.Hits: 591; Parks 77.Runs: 380; Vickerson 57.ERA: 4.39; Caleb Reed 1.55.Opp. Avg.: .269; Taylor Stark 0.089.Ks per inning: .87; Reed 1.03.The strikeouts per inning stand out along with pitching as a whole. Mississippi State’s lowest total since college baseball changed its bats was .87 in 2011. In every other season, MSU was at .90 or above.Mississippi State averaged a tenth of a strikeout less per inning than it has since 2012. MSU struck out 395 in 483 2/3 innings. In its worst year of pitching the last five seasons, MSU averaged .87 Ks per inning and had an ERA above 4.00. The Bulldogs mimicked those numbers this year with a .81 strikeouts per inning and an ERA of 4.51.The difference was the 2015 squad didn’t have the 2011 offense. Jarrod Parks led the team with a .371 average. MSU as a whole hit .281 with 30 home runs and 89 stolen bases.This year, with a new ball used to increase offense, the Bulldogs hit 22 home runs, stole 47 bases and hit .271 as a team.In 2012, Mississippi State won the SEC Tournament with an offense that hit .251. It clubbed only 21 home runs and finished with 45 stolen bases. All three totals fall short of this year’s club. Those numbers are with 10 more games too.However, the 2012 club could pitch. It’s 2.58 ERA is the lowest of the last five years. It struck out .91 batters per inning, which bests even last year’s staff that featured Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder. Opponents hit .240 off the 2012 staff.Two clubs: one built on pitching and the other hitting. Both saw success. This year’s club did neither.One final thing that stands out is how good the 2013 club was, specifically Adam Frazier. The team hit and pitched. Frazier led the offense with Hunter Renfroe — a first round draft pick — in the middle of the lineup. There was pro talent galore.It’s a glimpse in how far MSU has fallen in two years and how much it has to rebuild to return to Omaha.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitterlast_img read more