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OIL resumes well-capping operation after explosion
July 24, 2020

OIL resumes well-capping operation after explosion

Crew members of OIL, ONGC, Alert, Schlumberger and other contractors are at the gas well site in Baghjan and the final preparations for placing capping stack is underway, The gas well site in Baghjan witnessed an inferno a month ago. The capping stack was ready and wrapped with a ceramic blanket and ceramic cloths. A team from IIT Guwahati completed data collection for thermal imaging and sound measurement at required areas under the guidance of district officials and the OIL team.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shuts gasoline producing FCC after fire
July 20, 2020
Source: Reuters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shuts gasoline producing FCC after fire

Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut on Saturday the gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracker at its 318,000 barrel-per-day joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery after a fire, sources familiar with plant operations said on Sunday. All individuals were safe and accounted for at the Shell Deer Park Complex, which includes the refinery and adjoining chemical plant. The Deer Park refinery is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company.

OIL suspends 2 officials over Assam gas well blowout
June 11, 2020

OIL suspends 2 officials over Assam gas well blowout

Two staffers of Oil India Ltd have been suspended for alleged negligence of duty in the gas well blowout at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district. Earlier, Oil India Ltd (OIL) Chairman and MD Sushil Chandra Mishra said a five-member inquiry committee was formed and actions would be initiated on employees of the company if there was any prima facie evidence of human error.

After big blowout, Assam's Baghjan oilfield catches fire
June 10, 2020
Source: The Hindu

After big blowout, Assam's Baghjan oilfield catches fire

On May 27, oil and natural gas began to gush out uncontrollably from the Baghjan oil field in Assam’s Tinsukia district in an event known in industry parlance as a blowout. But even as OIL officials and engineers scrambled to contain the leak, a fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon, birthing a towering inferno at the site. Over 2,000 people have been moved to relief camps since the blowout occurred.

Environmental concerns surge over Assam gas well blowout
June 9, 2020

Environmental concerns surge over Assam gas well blowout

A three-member expert team from a Singapore-based emergency management firm on Monday reached Assam's Tinsukia district from where gas is "uncontrollably" flowing out from a well for the past 13 days. State-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) brought the foreign experts to control their gas well blowout at the Baghjan village in Tinsukia, around 550 km east of Guwahati, after natural gas started spewing since May 27.

OIL reaches out to global experts as gas flows ‘uncontrollably’ for seventh day
June 5, 2020

OIL reaches out to global experts as gas flows ‘uncontrollably’ for seventh day

Following the May 27th blowout at OIL's Baghjan well, the state-run oil major has called top experts from Singapore's Alert Disaster Control to tackle the uncontrolled gas leak from the site. A statement from the firm read, "All safety and security measures are continuously being monitored to protect surrounding villagers and their properties,". The Baghjan blowout is the second in 15 years at an OIL installation.

bp cuts Gulf of Mexico output, evacuates workers as storm approaches
June 4, 2020
Source: Reuters

bp cuts Gulf of Mexico output, evacuates workers as storm approaches

bp Plc began shutting down production at three platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico and evacuating workers, in preparation for the Tropical Storm Cristobal. The storm is forecasted to make landfall in Louisiana over the weekend. bp is reducing production at its Thunder Horse, Atlantis and Na Kika platforms. Non-essential workers are being pulled from the Mad Dog platform, but production is not being cut back.

OIL reports blow out at well in Assam, 25 families evacuated
May 28, 2020

OIL reports blow out at well in Assam, 25 families evacuated

Oil India Limited (OIL) authorities in Assam’s Tinsukia district shifted 25 families to safety after a natural gas producing well reported a blowout on Wednesday morning. An OIL press statement said that blowout occurred at the Baghjan-5 well at 10.30 am. The well suddenly became very active while the operation was on, the statement added.

Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 at Tubarao Martelo Field in Brazil
May 27, 2020
Source: Reuters

Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 at Tubarao Martelo Field in Brazil

About 50 workers were infected by the novel coronavirus during an outbreak in recent weeks at a production well owned by Brazilian oil firm Dommo Energia SA, two regulatory sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The production well, at the offshore Tubarao Martelo field, has been paralyzed since early May, added the sources, who requested anonymity to discuss private operational matters.

Over 400 people test positive for COVID-19 at main Kazakh oilfield
May 16, 2020

Over 400 people test positive for COVID-19 at main Kazakh oilfield

More than 400 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at Kazakhstan's top-producing oil field, health officials said on Friday. The number of infections at the giant Tengiz oil field rose from 17 on Thursday to 401 by Friday, according to officials in the Atyrau region. Kazakh state company KazMunayGas, ExxonMobil and LukArco - a subsidiary of Russia's Lukoil - are stakeholders in this project.

Vizag gas tragedy happened due to human error: Forensic report
May 11, 2020

Vizag gas tragedy happened due to human error: Forensic report

A team of Forensic experts examined the site for two days and claimed that the gas leakage happened due to human error and negligence. The cooling process was not maintained during the lockdown and this resulted in the generation of enormous amounts of heat and vapors started coming out of the breathers, said the experts. This laxity resulted in the death of 12 people, whilst hundreds were hospitalized.

Gas explosion in Lagos kills 15
March 16, 2020

Gas explosion in Lagos kills 15

In an unfortunate event on Sunday, 15 people died in a gas explosion in Lagos, injuring many more and destroying around 50 buildings. State-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said that the blast happened due to a truck that "hit gas bottles stacked up in a gas processing plant. National emergency services spokesman told AFP, "15 bodies have been recovered now. So many people have been injured," .

Chesapeake Energy informs about oil well fire in Texas
Jan. 30, 2020
Source: Reuters

Chesapeake Energy informs about oil well fire in Texas

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy has informed about an oil well fire at one of its drill sites in Texas, saying that emergency personnel are responding to the situation. Local media in Burleson County have claimed multiple injuries at the site, approximately 75 miles east of Austin. Chesapeake spokesperson did not respond to questions on injuries.

Trelleborg acquires Signum
Jan. 16, 2020

Trelleborg acquires Signum

Engineered polymer solutions provider, Trelleborg has concluded the acquisition of Signum Technology Ltd and its subsidiary companies Gall Thomson, KLAW LNG, KLAW Products, and Vee Bee Filtration. The acquisition move will add Signum's safety-critical solutions, including Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs) and safety solutions for LNG transfer systems, to Trelleborg’s product portfolio. Signum's acquisition is in line with Trelleborg’s strategy to fortify its position as a system provider.

Fire at Sri Chakra Oil Mill
Dec. 27, 2019

Fire at Sri Chakra Oil Mill

Sri Chakra Oil Mill in East Godavari District caught fire yesterday. It took about eight hours for firefighters to put out the fire, managing to save the main factory and nearby oil storage tanks. Although the actual reason behind the fire is yet to be known, sub-inspector Anaparthi suspects an electrical short circuit to be the reason for the fire. No casualties were reported due to the accident.

Fire at Oil Refinery, Wilmington Costs No Lives
Dec. 27, 2019
Source: Reuters

Fire at Oil Refinery, Wilmington Costs No Lives

No casualties or operational damage were reported in a small fire at Phillip 66’s 139,000-barrel-per-day Los Angeles refinery in Wilmington, California on Tuesday. The fire was extinguished in the meantime by Los Angeles’ City Fire Department while the cause of the fire is still under investigation of Port Police and County HOWZMAT.

Fire at Revap refinery under control: Petrobras
Sept. 30, 2019
Source: Reuters

Fire at Revap refinery under control: Petrobras

Brazilian state-run major, Petrobras informed about a fire that broke out at its Revap refinery, in Sao Jose dos Campos. On Sunday afternoon, the tanks which store materials used to produce asphalt and fuel caught fire. A statement released by Petrobras read that the fire was brought under control without any casualties. Investigations on the incident are underway.

Fire at ONGC Navi Mumbai plant kills five
Sept. 3, 2019
Source: India Today

Fire at ONGC Navi Mumbai plant kills five

A fire broke out at ONGC’s Uran gas processing plant this morning, killing at least five. Eight others injured in the incident have been admitted to a hospital, as rescue operations remain underway. ONGC said that gas being supplied to the plant has been averted to a plant in Hazira, Gujarat.

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