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  • Prominent geologist expresses pessimism over likely size of UK shale hydrocarbon reserves

    17 August 2017

    Professor John Underhill of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland has said the UK's potential shale deposits are likely to be far smaller than originally forecast because of fundamental geological realities that have not been taken into account up until now. In the light of this, he said the government would be wise to formulate a Plan B to fracking for future gas supplies....

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  • Initial report into fatal Colorado oil tank explosion says blast linked to emissions-control work

    14 August 2017

    The May 25 explosion in Mead, Colorado, that killed one worker and left three others seriously injured was caused by a build up of combustible products in a trench being dug between oil storage tanks at the Anadarko Petroleum site, Mountain View Fire Rescue Fire District said in a report....

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  • Shell restarts Europe's largest refinery after fire causes 10-day outage

    10 August 2017

    On August 9, Royal Dutch Shell said it would begin the phased reintroduction of units at its 400,000 barrel per day Pernis oil refinery and petrochemical plant near Rotterdam, Europe's largest refinery, after a fire in a power unit and  subsequent hydrogen fluoride leak caused its shutdown on July 29. The company initially estimated the restart process would take two weeks....

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  • Nigeria to legalise mini refineries in Delta

    07 August 2017

    The Nigerian government has said it will legalise mini refineries in the oil-rich Niger Delta and supply them with crude oil at a reasonable price by the end of the year. The move is aimed at ending the theft of oil from pipelines in the Delta, which has many illegal refineries that process the stolen oil. Communities there say they do not benefit from the oil extracted from their region....

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  • UK could use hydrogen as industrial and domestic fuel in proposed trial

    07 August 2017

    According to the Guardian, Liverpool and Manchester could be the testbed for an ambitious £600m project designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the gas used in the industrial and domestic sectors. Cadent, previously National Grid Gas Distribution Limited, will provide 100% hydrogen fuel to existing industrial methane (natural gas) users, and a mix of methane and hydrogen to millions of domestic users....

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HSE served prohibition notice on Shell over Brent Charlie gas leak in May 04 August 2017

Shell was served with a Prohibition Notice by the UK offshore safety regulator over concerns a gas leak on its Brent Charlie platform in May could have led to an explosion. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) took the enforcement action on 27 May, according to information published by the regulator on its website on August 2....

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Shell to cut 400 jobs at Dutch projects department as part of corporate simplification programme 02 August 2017

According to Reuters, Royal Dutch Shell plans to cut more than 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly at its major projects and energy technology operations, which represents around a quarter of the roles in the department. The news agency said the job losses were part of a change in its corporate structure to simplify operations in response to lower oil prices. ...

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Dekra Insight launches process safety survey and calls for wide participation 02 August 2017

In a bid to improve Process Safety performance in process industries, Dekra Insight is calling for individuals in the sector to participate in the first Global Process Safety Training & Competency Survey. This aims to benchmark challenges and trends across industrial sectors and company size, and shine the light on process safety training needs and competence gaps in process industries....

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Colorado ranch owner claims oil spill sabotaged sale of property 02 August 2017

The owner of Bishop Ranch, a big-game hunting operation near the town of Parachute in Western Colorado, has sued the Encana energy group over a pipeline leak last year that the suit says contaminated the property and killed its planned $5 million sale. The suit claims that even if the spill is cleaned up, the stigma would affect any future sale....

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News Extra: US researchers discover role of microbes in remediating 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill 01 August 2017

For the first time, a research team at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified all of the principal oil-degrading bacteria active in the massive Macondo well leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, as well as their mechanisms for chewing up the many different components of the released crude oil....

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