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In an unfortunate event on Sunday morning, two crew members at the Shell Auger Tension Leg Platform were killed during a routine test. A Shell spokesperson informed that the accident happened while crews were performing a mandatory test of the lifeboat launch at the rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Apart from the two killed during the accident, another one was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), yesterday, revealed plans of shutting down accident-struck South Philadelphia oil refinery permanently. The refinery suffered severe damages from devastating explosions and resulting fire last week. PES officials communicated to Mayor Jim Kenney about shutting down the refinery within the next month. However, this decision will adversely impact Philadelphia’s economy and fuel markets in the area.
Sources familiar with the wreckage at the Philadelphia refinery have revealed that the Alkylation unit at the site has been completely destroyed in the fire. The 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Philadelphia refining complex was engulfed in fire on Friday, setting a number of explosions. The wreckage is said to hamper the supply of gasoline from the region’s largest refinery, owned by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES).
A massive fire engulfed Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc’s (PES) oil refinery yesterday, inflicting severe damage to the plant. Officials believe that the refinery might have to stay shut for a very long period. A number of explosions took place at the 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refining complex on Friday morning. Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner said that they couldn’t entirely put out the fire as it is still being fed fuel.
Operators of the two oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week are undergoing examination off the UAE coast. The oil tanker explosion on Thursday escalated tensions between Washington and Iran, with the former blaming the Persian country for the assault. Once the authorities in Sharjah conclude security checks, Japanese tanker Kokuka Courageous will undergo assessment, post which ship-to-ship transfer of its methanol cargo would begin.
Two oil tankers sailing in the Gulf of Oman were caught in explosions on Thursday. While the reason for explosions on the Norwegian-owned Front Altair or the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous is still unknown, the US has blamed Iran for the incident. The unidentified attacks on the tankers have stoked fear and triggered alarms about immediate security and potential military conflict between the US and Iran.
Husky Energy yesterday said that the firm would pay $3.8 million in fine for the 2016 Saskatchewan oil spill. A Husky unit-operated pipeline was discovered to be leaking in the North Saskatchewan River, reportedly caused by ground movement over time. Husky affirmed about learning lessons from the pipeline leak including systematic geotechnical reviews of pipelines. The firm now uses fiber optic sensing technology for all the new large diameter projects.
South American country, Peru was hit by a massive earthquake of magnitude 8, yesterday, disrupting oil and gas operations in the country. One of the biggest quakes in Peru since 2007, sent strong tremors not only across the nation but also in the neighboring countries of Ecuador and Colombia. State-run Petroperu released a statement informing that the quake caused a “minor” leak in a pipe at its Talara refinery.
Traffic resumed at the Houston Ship Channel amidst continuous cleanup efforts to cover up the aftermath of a spill in the region. A collision in the channel between a 755-foot oil tanker and a tug pushing two barges on Friday spilled thousands of barrels of gasoline blending product into the channel. US Coast Guard informed that the collision capsized one barge, impaired the other and triggered the leak.
Fire safety authorities, today, put out a fire at a Malaysian oil refinery owned by state-run oil major, Petronas. An explosion occurred early morning at the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID). A testing procedure was ongoing at the project for planned commercial operations later this year. RAPID is a 50-50 joint-venture between Petronas and Saudi Aramco.
With emergency workers siphoning leaked fuel from the United States’ busiest oil port, ship traffic remained at halt along the key stretch of Houston Ship Channel yesterday. A containment barrier at Mitsui & Co Inc’s Texas ITC breached on Friday spilling fuel. The Houston Ship Channel covers nine US oil refineries that process 2.3 million barrels of oil per day (bpd).
A fire broke out yesterday at the Russian oil major, Rosneft’s Kuibyshev Refinery, which was later put out. A source told news agency TASS, “Provisionally, the fire happened on the territory of the Kuibyshev Refinery, by now it has been put out,”. Output at the Kuibyshev refinery, which processes 7.9 million tonnes of oil per year, hasn’t been affected.
A crude oil pumping station owned by state-run PDVSA was caught in a fire yesterday. A company statement informed that the fire at the 300,000 bpd-Ero pumping station was controlled, with no one injured. PDVSA will, however, experience problems in the transport of crude through pipelines. PDVSA referred to the incident as “an act of sabotage perpetrated by the right-wing opposition.”
Oil prices dipped in the international market today after BHGE data showed a climb in rig count in the US. Benchmark Brent crude oil futures dropped 1.1% to $61.39 a barrel. US WTI crude futures dipped 1.5%, to $51.92 per barrel. BHGE data released on Friday showed rig count in the US reaching to 854. Fire in Phillips 66’s Wood River refinery yesterday weighed down on WTI prices as well.
The Mexico pipeline explosion on Friday has so far claimed 85 lives, according to a Minister. In a news briefing, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told the reporters that state-owned Pemex considered the leak “minimal”, and did not shut the gasoline pipe despite an early warning from the military. Officials said that dozens of bodies were so badly charred that they will have to resort to DNA testing for identification.
An explosion in a ruptured pipeline burnt many people trying to fill containers with fuel in central Mexico yesterday. Television footage showed flames blazing from the burning pipeline in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan. State governor Omar Fayad denied knowledge of any deaths, but said that he had received reports that “many people” suffered burn injuries in the explosion.
In a major accident in the South China Sea, an offshore tanker rammed into the pipelay vessel, Star Centurion, and sank the £77 million ship. The collision punctured a hole in Star Centurion, making it tip onto its side. Tanker owner, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management stated that all crew members on the vessel were accounted for. The course of pipelay vessel is thought to have been charted out for Indonesia.
Canadian oil firm, Irving Oil has reported a major incident at its Saint John refinery in Canada. Residents in the area witnessed fire and explosion at the refinery. According to CNBC, the Saint John refinery has the capacity to refine 320,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel heating oil, jet fuel and other petroleum products. More than half of Irving Oil’s produce is supplied to the United States.