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Rosneft Refinery fire put out
March 11, 2019
Source: Reuters

Rosneft Refinery fire put out

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.

Ampelmann finds first job in Mexico
March 5, 2019
Source: Ampelmann

Ampelmann finds first job in Mexico

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.

Petrobras informs about oil spill, offshore Espirito Santo
Feb. 25, 2019
Source: World Oil

Petrobras informs about oil spill, offshore Espirito Santo

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.

PDVSA pumping station hit by fire
Feb. 20, 2019
Source: Reuters

PDVSA pumping station hit by fire

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.”

Death toll reaches 85 in the Mexico Pipeline Blast
Jan. 21, 2019
Source: Reuters

Death toll reaches 85 in the Mexico Pipeline Blast

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.

Offshore tanker sinks pipelay vessel in South China Sea
Jan. 15, 2019
Source: Energy Voice

Offshore tanker sinks pipelay vessel in South China Sea

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.

Husky begins oil spill damage assessment
Nov. 20, 2018
Source: Reuters

Husky begins oil spill damage assessment

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.

Irving reports major incident at Saint John refinery
Oct. 9, 2018

Irving reports major incident at Saint John refinery

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.

BPCL attempts to strengthen safety
Sept. 13, 2018

BPCL attempts to strengthen safety

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.

HSE reprimands Marathon for lifting incident
Sept. 6, 2018
Source: Energy Voice

HSE reprimands Marathon for lifting incident

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.

Fire breaks out at a German Refinery
Sept. 3, 2018

Fire breaks out at a German Refinery

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 updates on Texas tank fire
Aug. 30, 2018
Source: Reuters

Plains All American updates on Texas tank fire

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.

SHOP blazes in fire
Aug. 23, 2018
Source: Reuters

SHOP blazes in fire

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.

Fire at BPCL refinery
Aug. 9, 2018
Source: The Hindu

Fire at BPCL 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.

Shell fined on HSE grounds
Aug. 4, 2018
Source: Energy Voice

Shell fined on HSE grounds

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.

Faulty valve caused the Husky Refinery explosion
Aug. 3, 2018
Source: Reuters

Faulty valve caused the Husky Refinery explosion

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.

Explosion in a Cairo Petrochemical plant
July 13, 2018
Source: The Syria Times

Explosion in a Cairo Petrochemical plant

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.

Safety Advances in Offshore Industry Grow from Tragedy
May 4, 2018

Safety Advances in Offshore Industry Grow from Tragedy

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.

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