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Gulf of Mexico oil leak said to be worse than originally reported 17 September 2018

An article in the Wall Street Journal quotes a new US government study which estimates that up to 10 million gallons of oil a year are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from wells abandoned by Taylor Energy after its rig on the site was destroyed by a hurricane in 2004. The spill has been the subject of ongoing litigation between US agencies and the company....

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Oil & Gas UK study expects industry employment to have risen slightly in 2018 14 September 2018

Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report forecasts an increase across direct, indirect and induced employment to 282,700 from 280,000 in 2017. This comes after total employment supported by industry fell by 14% in 2017 - below previous estimates of 302,000 as the downturn continued to be felt by the supply chain. ...

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Trump Administration unveils new proposals to loosen rules on methane leaks 14 September 2018

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed to significantly weaken standards that limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry sources. The original standards, finalised by the Obama-era EPA in 2016, were designed to reduce methane leaks by as much as 510,000 tons by 2025....

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Environmentalists protest over planned Israeli offshore gas plant 03 September 2018

Thousands of people attended a rally in Tel Aviv on September 1 to oppose plans for a gas processing facility to be built 10 kilometres from the Israeli coast. Environmentalists, local authorities and NGOs are waging a campaign to have the platform moved 125 kilometres off the coast, citing environmental and public health concerns....

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Ten injured and hundreds evacuated in German oil refinery blast 03 September 2018

At least 10 people were injured, four of them severely, after an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in southern Germany on September 1. The blast at the Bayernoil complex caused a shockwave that broke window panes in nearby houses and buildings in the Bavarian town of Vohburg, near Ingolstadt....

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South Africa scraps new nuclear plans in favour of renewables 29 August 2018

South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the country’s energy mix in 2030 would see only 4% provided by nuclear, meaning no new build programme is being considered in the next decade. The previous government of President Jacob Zuma had planned an expansion of nuclear from the existing 1,860 megawatts (MW) to more than 9,600 MW in 2030....

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Equinor increases resource estimate, reduces investment cost forecast for giant Sverdrup oilfield 28 August 2018

On August 27, Norwegian oil group Equinor upped its estimate for the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea to 2.2 - 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, up from a previous forecast of 2.1 - 3.1 billion barrels. It also said the cost of developing the oilfield, the North Sea’s largest discovery in more than three decades, would be lower than it originally forecast....

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Industrial gas leaks sicken 250 in central Chile 28 August 2018

Some 250 people have been affected by industrial gas leaks in the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví, 100 km northwest of the Chilean capital, Santiago, and local authorities confirmed that 19 have been hospitalised. On August 23, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a ‘Yellow Alert’ in the two towns and has increased monitoring activities to discover the source of the leaks....

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Graphene laminated pipes could reduce corrosion in the oil and gas industry 21 August 2018

Researchers at The University of Manchester and independent research and technology organisation TWI have discovered ways of using graphene to prolong the lifetime of pipes used in the oil and gas industry. Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces, the team have found a way of incorporating graphene into a polymer liner used in undersea oil and gas pipes....

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Shell says major Nigerian pipeline still shut after leak 21 August 2018

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has recovered over 95% of the oil from two spills that took place this year, although the pipeline that carries crude to the coast for export remains closed, the company said on August 20. The Trans Ramos pipeline, which carries crude oil to the  Forcados export terminal, closed in late April following two leaks in Bayelsa State and Delta State....

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