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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.
Canada’s Husky Energy and government agencies began underwater surveying on Monday, following an oil leak in the waters of Newfoundland & Labrador which forced shut down of all crude production in the region. Approximately 1,572 barrels of oil spill through a leaking flowline was detected from Husky’s White Rose Field to the SeaRose storage vessel on Friday. Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board will decide when operations can resume.
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.
Bothered by a series of fire accidents this year, the Indian PSU Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limted (BPCL), is preparing to move its LPG facility out of Mumbai. In an attempt to strengthen safety, the LPG facility will be shifted to Rasayani. The move is expected to help cut down 43% of truck movement near the refinery. Similar relocation might come for its other refineries in Kochi, Numaligarh, and Bina as well.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have sent an improvement notice to Texas-based Marathon Oil following the “lifting incident” in April on the East Brae platform, offshore Aberdeen. HSE has fixed a revised compliance date for Marathon in January next year. Marathon’s spokesperson has said that they are fully engaged with HSE on the matter. The lifting incident on the platform left one injured.
A huge fire broke out at the Vohburg Refinery in Germany, followed by a blast. The incident forced the authorities to evacuate the surrounding area inhabited by atleast 1,800 residents. The mishap at the 120,000 barrel per day (bpd) plant, part of the Bayernoil refinery complex, left 10 people injured. Varo Energy, Rosneft Deutschland, Eni Deutschland and BP Europe jointly own stakes of Bayernoil.
Plains All American Pipeline yesterday updated on the fire on its Texas crude storage tank. The pipeline giant, in a statement, said that the fire was extinguished, and the situation was under control. The terminal and connecting pipelines have resumed operations. The crude storage tank was caught in fire on Tuesday morning. Wichita Falls is a crude injection point in north Texas along Plain’s Basin Pipeline.
The Shell Higher Olefins Plant (SHOP) which came under fire yesterday has been extinguished. Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow refinery is on the same site as Shell’s chemical plant. Shell manufactures polymer, lubricant and detergent intermediates, plasticizers and detergent alcohols from ethylene at the site. Essar runs both the chemical plant as well as the refinery.
State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (BPCL) refinery at Mahul, India witnessed an explosion yesterday when a hydrocracker unit caught fire, leading to 40 injured workers. The official statement from BPCL assured safe shutdown of the unit. Fire-fighting teams are keenly monitoring the refinery. BPCL will, additionally, set up an investigative team for the matter. The hazard was categorised as a level III (major) blaze.
Royal Dutch Shell has been penalized with £60,000 by Aberdeen Sheriff Court in lieu of a technician being severely injured on Brent Delta installation. The incident occurred back in 2014 when a gas cylinder unexpectedly discharged, with projectiles to hit a worker. The oil major in a statement said that it “deeply regrets” what happened and has since improved upon safety regulations.
In a press conference yesterday, the US Chemical Safety Board portrayed faulty valve in the FCCU as the cause of the blast in Husky Energy refinery in Wisconsin. The board explained that the Iron Sulfide in the carbon steel of the fluidic catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) was possibly ignited by the air leaking in the unit. The explosion led to a discharge of flaming asphalt across the refinery.
Due to hot weather, a military-owned petrochemical plant near the Cairo International Airport exploded, reported Al-Ahram Online. Eight people were supposedly injured, while no deaths have been reported yet. The fire was put out successfully by firefighters, while army sent rescue teams to the scene assistance. Although large plumes of smoke were reportedly rising in the air, Ministry of Civil Aviation has denied any disruption in the air traffic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drilling industry-onshore and offshore-has a fatality rate seven times higher than for all U.S. workers. The energy industry has made great strides but at the cost of hundreds of lives and a huge amount of money. With great advances, technology must be exploited better to enhance safety.