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  • Australian regulator tells Montara opeator to improve emergency management

    23 June 2017

    Australian oil and gas regulator NOPSEMA has issued an improvement notice to PTTEP Australasia for non-compliance related to its Montara operations off Western Australia. Nopsema said recent inspections at PTTEP’s Perth headquarters and offshore facilities had identified that emergency management personnel lacked the required level of spill response competency....

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  • Non-essential staff evacuated from North Sea rig after gas leak

    23 June 2017

    On Jun 22, Engie E&P Norge reported a gas leak at the Gjøa field complex in the North Sea. It said that the leak had been stopped and the situation was under control. No injuries were reported but production was shut down and 19 of the 49 crew on the semisubmersible Gjøa platform were evacuated by helicopter to the Norwegian mainland....

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  • US Supreme Court rules in favour of Chevron in Ecuador pollution case

    21 June 2017

    The long-running $8.65 billion pollution case against Chevron brought by Ecuadorian villagers and their American lawyer passed a significant milestone when the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the oil major on June 19. The court turned down an appeal of lower court rulings blocking enforcement in the United States of an Ecuadorian judgement against Chevron in 2011....

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  • Centrica to shut UK's main offshore gas storage site

    20 June 2017

    The Rough field, the UK's biggest natural gas storage site under the North Sea, will be permanently shut by operator Centrica because of the age and poor condition of injection and recovery infrastructure. Rough accounts for about 70% of the country’s gas storage capacity and a lack of alternative storage facilities is likely to increase dependency on imports and gas market volatility....

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  • BP 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy shows long-term shifts underway

    15 June 2017

    The 2017 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, published on June 13,  Data in the Review clearly demonstrate the long-term transitions now underway in the markets, with a shift to slower growth in global energy demand, demand moving strongly towards the fast-growing developing economies of Asia, and a marked shift towards lower carbon fuels and renewables as coal use falls....

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German company fined over death of contractor in Irish tunnelling incident 14 June 2017

A German civil engineering company involved in building the Corrib gas tunnel in Western Ireland has been fined €300,000 following the death of a contractor. Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau AG pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation in an Irish court after the death of a contractor working for Herrenknecht, the company which built the project’s boring machine....

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Pennsylvania court rules in favour of drilling under refinery despite operator’s objections 13 June 2017

A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a drilling permit for a well bored at a slant under the United Refining Co. refinery along the Allegheny River in Warren, in the north of the state. United Refining says that drilling and fracking could cause a fire or explosion, as well as a release of oil into nearby waters....

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Three dead after Brazil drillship explosion 12 June 2017

Three workers were killed after an explosion on board the NS-32 (Norbe VIII) drillship in the Marlim field in the Campos Basin off Brazil on June 9. One man was killed in the  explosion in one of the vessel’s boilers and two others succumbed to their injuries two days later. The drillship is one of six under charter from Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG) for client Petrobras. ...

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Second fatal explosion in Colorado puts safety of area oil and gas operations in question 30 May 2017

Workers upgrading an Anadarko Petroleum Co. oil tank facility were caught in a fire that killed one and injured three in Mead, about 65 kilometres) north of Denver, Colorado, on May 25. The incident took place only a few kilometres away from the site of the Firestone home explosion which killed two and injured a third in April and was linked to a leaking Anadarko gas pipe....

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OSHA sets fine for New York State asphalt company involved in fatal accident 30 May 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Gorman Bros. Inc. a total of $17,745 for serious violations after the death of two workers in an explosion last October at its Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions subsidiary in Glenville, NY....

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