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In lieu of the upcoming tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, oil supermajpr Chevron Corp began the shutdown and evacuation process at five of its production platforms in the region. The oil firm joined major oil companies in their preparation for the storm. A spokeswoman at Chevron said that they are also removing some non-essential workers at Jack/St. Malo.
In response to the approaching monsoon season in India, E&P major ONGC has re-located a record 35 offshore drilling rigs to new positions. Offshore engineering consultant, Aqualis Offshore, yesterday, informed about assisting the oil major in moving majority of the rigs. The firm deployed a specialist team of mariners and structural and geotechnical engineers who worked closely with ONGC’s in-house rig move cell.
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.
Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources International (CNRI) has received a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) notice after failing to issue a warning to the staff at the Ninian Southern platform during an emergency hydrocarbon leak. Although no staff was hurt, an uncontrolled release from an oil well put staff in danger on February 5th at the CNRI-operated platform. HSE regarded CNRI’s methods to caution staff of the emergency “ineffective”.
In a rather shocking scene on Monday, environmental activists of Greenpeace climbed aboard the drilling rig of oil major Equinor, currently deployed in the Norwegian Arctic. Greenpeace organization said that four activists from Norway, Sweden and Denmark climbed aboard the West Hercules rig, anchored off Hammerfest. West Hercules is scheduled to carry out drilling operations in production license 859 in the Barents Sea.
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.
Netherlands-based Ampelmann has inked its first contract in Mexico for providing offshore access services. With the award of this contract, Ampelmann has added a new region in its portfolio. The Dutch firm has deployed its fully motion compensated A-type system in Mexico, mobilised on a flotel. The system will enable safe transfer of personnel from vessels to offshore platforms, and back.
In a regulatory filing, Brazilian state-run Petrobras has informed about an oil spill that occurred offshore Espirito Santo, Brazil. Approximately 188 cubic meters of oil was spilled during a routine transfer to a vessel at platform P-58 in Bacia dos Campos, Espirito Santo state. Petrobras has assured against any oil reaching the shore, which is 80 km away. The oil major is currently investigating the incident.
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.”
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.
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.