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Norwegian regulator shuts down Goliat FPSO over potentially faulty Ex motors 09 October 2017

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Eni Norge AS as operator to minimise the ignition threat posed by possible faulty Ex motors on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Until the order has been complied with, all production from the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit must remain shut down....

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India incense factory dust fire asphyxiates 20 09 October 2017

Twenty-eight workers were hospitalised after fire broke out at a factory producing incense sticks at Chandigarh in northern India. According to the Hindustan Times, sparks from electrical work being carried out on the premises led to a minor blast in two chemical containers, which in turn ignited sandalwood powder....

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Gas terminal blasts kill seven in Ghana 09 October 2017

At least seven were killed and scores injured, mostly suffering burns, after a series of explosions at a natural gas station in Ghana's capital, Accra, on October 7. A statement from the Ghanaian Ministry of Information the following day said that seven people had been killed and 132 injured. About half of them had already been treated and discharged, the statement said....

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Explosion at South African factory injures at least 11 04 October 2017

An explosion rocked the city of East London in south eastern South Africa, injuring at least 11 people, local authorities said on October 4. The explosion took place at one of the factories at the East London Industrial Development Zone the previous evening, a police spokesperson said. Those injured had been sent to hospital for treatment, she said....

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Houston chemical plant faces criminal investigation after series of explosions 02 October 2017

Harris County district attorney’s office confirmed it had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of French chemical group Arkema before the series of explosions and fires at its Crosby plant in the Houston suburbs after the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. The company is already facing a number of lawsuits over the effects of explosions of volatile chemicals at the plant....

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ADIPEC confirms expanded programme for world’s largest oil and gas technical conference 29 September 2017

Organisers of the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), hosted by ADNOC, have confirmed the event’s technical conference, already the world’s largest for oil and gas professionals, will see a significant increase in scope for 2017 to include the downstream industry for the first time....

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Commission says 428 pipelines failed leak test after Colorado explosion 29 September 2017

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) said that 428 oil or gas pipelines near occupied buildings failed a leak-detection test that the state ordered following the April blast that destroyed a house, killed two and seriously injured a third in the town of Firestone. The blast was traced to a nearby uncapped gas line. ...

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Ukraine ammunition depot explosions cause mass evacuation 29 September 2017

A large fire at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine triggered a series of massive explosions on September 27, prompting the evacuation of about 30,000 people. The depot is situated near the town of Kalynivka in Vynnytsya Oblast, 200 km south west of the capital, Kiev. During the night, a military base near the ammunition dump caught fire, causing officials to shut off the facility’s electricity and gas supply....

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US chemical plant explosion kills one, injures two 29 September 2017

The Augusta fire service said an explosion on September 27  at the DSM Resins plant in Augusta, Georgia, which killed one and injured a further two workers, was a “welding accident”. The plant, which produces powder-coat paint resins, is part of an industrial complex near the Savannah River that houses a number of chemical and fertiliser facilities....

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One dead, 3 injured in explosion at Kurdish steel plant 28 September 2017

An explosion at the Sulaimani Steel Factory in Bazian, Kurdistan, northern Iraq, has killed one Nepali worker and wounded three others. The inured Nepalis were rushed to hospital, according to a local police source....

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UK Process Safety Forum - Sharing experience across high hazard sectors

Sharing lessons from incidents and near-misses has always been challenging.  We live and work in an increasingly litigious society, one where caution can mean giving away as little as possible.  Sharing information can be stifled by different legal situations, for example where there may be a pending criminal prosecution.  Despite this, organisations have much to gain from sharing safety information with others....

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Digitalising the Oil & Gas industry

According to a report by DNV GL – a technical consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime sectors - it is believed by the year 2025 we will see an upstream Oil & Gas industry where technologies such as fully-automated drilling operations, autonomous inspection of pipelines and rig-less plugging and abandonment of wells will be in operation....

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Honesty about potential high hazard plant risk may be wiser than dissimulation

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey highlights some of the problems facing high hazard industry regulation in Texas and the USA. Arkema, which owns the plant on the outskirts of Houston where a number of explosions and fires broke out after flooding caused by the hurricane, is now at the centre of a legal maelstrom centred on the company's refusal to give details of the hazardous chemicals it held on site....

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