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  • Oil theft attempt causes major spill from Brazil pipeline

    10 December 2018

    At least 60,000 litres of oil spilled into Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay and a nearby river on December 8 after an attempted robbery on a pipeline, accordin to a statement by Transpetro, part of the state-run oil and gas group Petrobras. The company said the oil had spilled into the Estrela River and immediate action by emergency teams ensured 75% of the oil had been cleaned up by the morning of December 10....

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  • US Coast Guard orders Louisiana oil company to stop 14-year old Gulf of Mexico leak

    03 December 2018

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has ordered Taylor Energy Company to contain and clean up an ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which the federal government says has leaked more than a million barrels of oil since 2004. According to the Washington Post the order was issued on 23 October 2018, and the company faces fines of $40,000 per day if it fails to comply....

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  • Recruitment recovers in UK oil & gas sector

    30 November 2018

    Workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as business confidence reaches its highest level since 2013, according to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute and KPMG....

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  • Oil leak from FPSO off Newfoundland coast said to be province’s largest ever

    20 November 2018

    An oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland caused an estimated 250,000 litres of crude to leak into the ocean, Husky Energy said on November 16. The leak, from a flowline to the SeaRose FPSO, stationed about 350 kilometres off the coast, happened in the White Rose field while crews were preparing to restart production after operations were suspended the previous day due to high winds and rough seas....

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  • Montana trucking company owner jailed for his part in 2012 oil plant explosion

    14 November 2018

    A Montana trucking company owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of criminal charges stemming from an explosion at an oil processing plant. A US District court also ordered Donald Wood of Woody's Trucking to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution after three workers were seriously injured in the 2012 explosion at Custom Carbon Processing Inc. near the town of Wibaux....

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Canadian railway researching concept of bitumen bricks as safer alternative for oil transport 13 November 2018

Canadian National Railway (CN) recently filed a patent for a new technology that could help make oil transportation by rail safer. The process involves mixing and wrapping bitumen, one of the products extracted from Canada’s oilsands, with a layer of polymer, transforming the heavy crude into solid bricks that are easy to transport and will not leak or sink in water....

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UK regulator says country has oil reserves for at least 20 years of production 08 November 2018

The UK has enough oil reserves to sustain production for the next 20 years and beyond, according to a new industry report by the sector’s regulatory body. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has estimated overall remaining recoverable reserves and resources of between 10 and 20 billion barrels. However, it said significant investment was required in new field developments for untapped potential to be realised....

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Delaware refinery explosion injures three 31 October 2018

An explosion due to an equipment failure at PBF Energy's Delaware City, Delaware, injured three people on October 29, a report by Delaware Online said. During equipment maintenance, there was a minor explosion and three men were burned, the report said, quoting a state fire marshal. The report also said there was no fire and no major damage to equipment at the facility....

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Oil & Gas UK health and safety report for 2017 shows improving trend 29 October 2018

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry continued to see improvement across a broad range of health and safety indicators last year, according to a key insight into the health and safety landscape published by Oil & Gas UK in October. There were no work-related fatalities recorded in 2017 and the non-fatal injury rate also continued to decrease across the UK Continental Shelf....

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Trump administration approves first oil production project in federal Arctic waters 26 October 2018

On October 24, the Trump administration approved a plan by Houston-based Hilcorp to start large-scale oil production in federal waters off Alaska’s North Slope. The company’s Liberty Project involves the construction of a nine-acre gravel island in shallow waters about five miles from shore and drill for oil from there. A pipeline buried beneath the ocean floor would carry the oil to shore....

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