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  • US close to energy independence - consultancy

    03 December 2019

    In just a few months, the US should be fully energy independent and by 2030, the country’s total primary energy production will outpace primary energy demand by 30%, according to a forecast by Norwegian energy research consultancy Rystad Energy....

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  • Fatal blast rocks Japanese food factory in China

    03 December 2019

    An explosion occurred at a Japanese-affiliated food processing factory in the Beijing suburbs, leaving one person dead and two others missing, state-run China Central Television said on December 3....

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  • EU leaders to push for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

    03 December 2019

    A draft joint statement of the EU’s national leaders for the forthcoming December 12-13 summit seen by Reuters will push for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially causing a serious rift with countries still mainly dependent on fossil fuel electricity generation....

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  • Two hospitalised following explosion on Norwegian rig in North Sea

    02 December 2019

    Two employees were injured in an incident on the Heimdal platform in the Norwegian North Sea on November 28, according to operator Equinor. At the time of the incident, there were 70 people on the platform....

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  • US Administration guts Chemical Disaster Rule adopted after fatal 2013 Texas fertiliser explosion

    27 November 2019

    On November 21, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was removing many of the original measures proposed in an Obama-era regulation dubbed the Chemical Disaster Rule aimed at preventing disasters caused by dangerous chemical storage facilities....

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Three injured in significant Texas chemical plant explosion 27 November 2019

Some homes and businesses were evacuated and a shelter-in-place order was issued after a large early morning explosion on November 27 rocked an East Texas chemical plant in Port Neches near the Louisiana border....

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Japanese nuclear regulator approves restart of tsunami-hit Onagawa reactor 27 November 2019

According to the Kyodo news agency, a nuclear reactor in north-eastern Japan that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster and subsequently shut down has finally received the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority’s approval to resume operations....

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Satellite pinpoints major methane leak from Central Asian oilfield 26 November 2019

Montreal-based GHGSat Inc said on November 22 that one of its satellites had discovered a giant methane plume apparently deriving from unlit flaring in the Korpezhe oil and gas field in western Turkmenistan....

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Texas oilfield site blast leaves one person critically injured 22 November 2019

An explosion and fire on November 20 at a site owned by Oasis Transportation and Marketing Corp. in Midland, Texas, saw one patient in a critical condition sent urgently to a local hospital....

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Five reported dead and three injured in Italian fireworks factory explosion 21 November 2019

Five people have died and three others were seriously injured in two massive blasts at a fireworks factory in the town of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto near Messina, Sicily, La Repubblica reported on November 20....

Features

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European downstream safety performance in 2018

Concawe, the European downstream industry organisation, has published personal safety performance results for 2018. This article is based on selected sections of Concawe Report 6/19 – ‘European downstream oil industry safety performance - Statistical summary of reported incidents 2018’ - and provides comparisons with the industry’s safety performance over previous years. ...

Case Studies

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Reliable leak detection in industrial gas pressure-relief stations

Belgian inspection company The Sniffers used the FLIR GF77 uncooled optical gas imaging camera during a leak detection job at one of Belgium’s leading chemical groups. Tessenderlo Kerley International is a chemical group that supplies value-added liquid, soluble, and solid plant nutrition for agriculture applications. ...

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Earth tremor risk halts UK fracking plans

On November 2, the UK government imposed an indefinite suspension on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations due to fears about earth tremor risk. The government announced the suspension after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was impossible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by shale gas extraction....

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