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UK fracking company announces major milestone 04 April 2018

On April 3, Cuadrilla Resources said it had completed drilling the UK’s first horizontal well into a shale gas formation at a site in Lancashire, as a prelude to starting hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations from the site this summer. The company said it has discovered a "very sizeable quantity" of natural gas at the Preston New Road site....

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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off 03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8....

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Presentations from Arctic Safety 2018 now available 03 April 2018

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) staged the 2018 Arctic Safety conference in Stavanger on 21-22 March. Representatives from Norwegian and foreign oil companies, government agencies and unions shared their experience of ensuring safe operations in Arctic environments. The PSA has now published presentations covering activities in Alaska, northern Canada and the far north of the Norwegian continental shelf....

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Colombian Government to assess criminal responsibility for Ecopetrol oil spill 03 April 2018

On April 2, Colombia’s attorney general’s office launched an investigation to determine whether officials from state-run oil company Ecopetrol could be held criminally responsible for an oil spill of 550 barrels in Santander province. The Lisama 158 well leaked crude into a ravine over a three-week period, contaminating the water and affecting animal and plant life....

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Large oil spill off Borneo coast ignites and kills at least four [Updated] 03 April 2018

An Indonesian oil company has denied responsibility for a 4km-long oil slick off the coast of Borneo, which appears to be spreading and contaminating new stretches of coastline and local fisheries. At least four fishermen died in Balikpapan Bay on March 31 when part of the slick ignited. A fifth fisherman is missing....

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Family of Texas girl killed in explosion sue gas company 03 April 2018

The family of the girl who was killed in an explosion at her home in northwest Dallas in February has filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against Atmos Energy, the utility supplying natural gas to the neighbourhood. The suit claims that gas leaks from the company’s pipeline network caused the explosion, and that Atmos knew the system was dangerous....

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Two killed in Egypt gas explosion 03 April 2018

Two workers died and nine others were injured on March 31 in an explosion caused by a gas leak at a construction site in Al-Jalala, Egypt. A security source confirmed that the accident took place after a bulldozer ruptured a Gasco natural gas pipeline at the site. The injured were taken to Suez General Hospital....

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Three killed in north China factory explosion 03 April 2018

Three people died and three others were injured when an explosion hit a workshop of an aluminum company on April 3 in north China's Shanxi Province. The blast happened in the early morning at Yunhai aluminum company in Yongji City, according to Xinhua....

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Scientist claims Siberian craters could be caused by natural gas exploitation 03 April 2018

Unexplained craters in Siberia that first appeared in 2014 were initially thought to be caused by natural underground methane eruptions in thawing permafrost. But now, Russia's leading authority on the phenomenon claims that many explosions may have been triggered by the large-scale exploitation of natural gas in the region....

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UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year 29 March 2018

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

Features

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How Ex certified robots are finding a niche in remote and hazardous oil and gas sites

It is perhaps surprising that although robots have been making cars for decades and are roaming the surface of Mars, we do not see them at onshore oil and gas facilities. Of course tethered, remotely operated vehicles are widely used by the subsea sector, but they have never made the evolutionary step onto land.  That is about to change, says Ian Peerless of ExRobotics. ...

Case Studies

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How the latest localisation beacon technology is helping Lufthansa’s journey towards Industry 4.0

German airline Lufthansa is seeking to develop the full potential of expanded organisational information flowing from the new technologies we group together under the Industry 4.0 banner. One important element of this is the integratation of the latest mobile and beacon technology to capture location, tracking and sensor data from the people, assets and systems within its operations....

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UK industry faces engineering workforce shortfall

A report into the UK engineering labour market published by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) reveals the challenges facing the industry’s workforce now and in the future, including the likely retirement of one in five UK engineers by 2026....

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