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  • UK oil and gas reserves may last only a decade, study claims

    20 September 2017

    The UK oil industry is entering its final decade of production, research by scientists at the University of Edinburgh suggests. A study of output from offshore fields estimates that close to 10% of the UK's original recoverable oil and gas remains, 11% of oil and 9% of gas resources. The study also claimed that fracking is unlikely to be economically feasible in the UK because of a lack of sites with suitable geology....

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  • New Kuwait oil spill reported off southern coast

    20 September 2017

    Another oil spill was reported on September 19 in the Ras al-Zour area, where the Kuwait National Petroleum Company is building the Middle East’s largest refinery. This is the latest in a series of unexplained leaks off the Gulf State in recent months, with another reported in the same area last month and another, at Abu Fatira, measured at over a nautical mile in length....

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  • Significant oil leak discovered in Houston suburb after Hurricane Harvey floodwaters subside

    18 September 2017

    On September 14, the US Coast Guard said that less than 20% of an 11,000 barrel (2 million litre) gasoline spill in Texas after Hurricane Harvey had been recovered, while the rest evaporated or soaked into the ground. The spill was from the Magellan Midstream Partners storage tank farm in the Houston suburb of Galena Park....

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  • Three injured during explosion at Florida food additives plant

    18 September 2017

    According to the local fire department, three people suffered chemical burn injuries in a chemical explosion at the Natural Advantage Food Flavorings plant at Lakeland in Florida on September 17. All three are reportedly in a stable condition and around 50 were evacuated from the locality after the incident....

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  • Barcelona bakery blast injures 21

    18 September 2017

    At least 21 people have been injured after two explosions ripped through a bakery in Barcelona on September 16. One person is said to be in a critical condition, eight are serious and 12 have minor injuries. Local authorities said the blast was thought to be due to a gas leak in the bakery, rather than an act of terrorism....

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French nuclear regulator highlights safety problems at La Hague reprocessing plant 15 September 2017

An impromptu inspection last July by the French nuclear safety authority ASN of the Areva nuclear reprocessing plant at La Hague in Normandy found that in certain areas, both explosion protection and hydrogen monitoring did not comply with established safety standards. La Hague contains the largest amount of radioactive materials on one site in the whole of the EU....

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Rejected detonator explosion at Indian ammunition storage facility injures three 15 September 2017

Three workers sustained injuries after a large quantity of defective detonators exploded at the Badmal ordnance factory in Balangir district, Odisha, on September 15. Faulty detonators from shells are taken to the demolition yard, which is isolated from production and other  facilities, to be dismantled or destroyed. The explosion reportedly took place at the demolition yard....

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Pipeline breach causes jet fuel shortage in New Zealand 15 September 2017

Dozens of flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled after the a 168 kilometre pipeline carrying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from an oil refinery at Marsden Point in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland was cut by a digger on September 14. A spokesman from the refinery, owned by Refining NZ, estimated the pipeline would take between 10 and 14 days to fix....

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Hazardex in the Regions 2017 Antwerp - BOOK YOUR COMPLIMENTARY DELEGATE PLACES 13 September 2017

We are pleased to announce that the next Hazardex in the Regions event will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 29th, 2017. This event will be co-located with PEFTEC - the event for petroleum, refining & environmental monitoring technologies. **20 complimentary delegates places** available, contact us to secure yours!...

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Fire on board tanker at Indonesian shipyard kills five 12 September 2017

A fire killed five and injured one at ASL Marine Holdings' shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on September 7, according to the Straits Times. The vessel owner-operator and shipbuilder said that initial investigations showed the fire likely started inside the tanker and was confined to the pump room, and that the casualties were all employed by one of the shipyard’s contractors.

Features

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Optimising offshore combined operations manning

The pressures faced by operators to maintain and enhance oil and gas producing installations can require significant scopes of work to be carried out.  Limited bed space often requires mobile accommodation units such as flotels or mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to accommodate additional workers.  In this article, Paul Murray of DNV GL Risk Advisory takes a look at the issues raised....

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What plant is suitable for Risk-Based Inspection?

By prioritising inspection regimes according to the degree of risk, Mike Brown of British Engineering Services explains how inspection intervals can often be extended, safety improved and cost/profit benefits realised....

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UK Government faces difficult decision over departure from Euratom

The UK’s participation in the European atomic energy community, Euratom, is under threat from the Article 50 legislation that triggered the start of the two-year Brexit process in March. Now, some Conservative parliamentarians are saying they will vote against the Government if the UK decides to leave the organisation....

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