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  • Oil company closes thousands of wells in Colorado after fatal house explosion

    27 April 2017

    Anadarko Petroleum is shutting all its vertical wells across northeast Colorado following a home explosion in the town of Firestone earlier this month that killed two people and badly injured another. The more than 3,000 wells will remain shut until field staff can conduct inspections and tests of equipment, pipes and facilities across the area, the company said on April 26....

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  • Trinidad oil refinery spills large quantity of bunker fuel

    25 April 2017

    Petrotrin, the Trinidadian state-owned oil company, said clean-up and recovery efforts were continuing following an accidental spill of 20,000 gallons (91,000 litres) of bunker fuel onto adjacent land from its Pointe-a-Pierre refinery on 23 April....

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  • US researchers develop coatings to prevent pipeline hydrate clogging

    18 April 2017

    Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow, according to a press release from the US university. These hydrates are potentially explosive and are largely responsible for the initial failure to contain the oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. ...

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  • Dakota Access Pipeline to go into service on May 14

    18 April 2017

    The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs from western North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, will begin interstate crude oil delivery on May 14, according to a filing with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Operator Energy Transfer Partners LP. ...

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  • BP reports Alaska oil spill

    18 April 2017

    BP said on April 17 that a leak at a facility on Alaska's North Slope had been brought under control. A BP spokesman said details of what caused the loss of control or the amounts of oil and gas concerned were not available. The oil producer had retained well control specialists from Halliburton to kill the well, the spokesman said. ...

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Essar Oil UK fined after 2013 Stanlow refinery explosion 06 April 2017

The UK subsidiary of India-based refining giant Essar has been fined £1.65m following an explosion at its Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port. Liverpool Crown Court heard that while there were no injuries, the blast from the early hours of 14 November 2013 caused internal structures to collapse with damage totalling more than £20m....

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BP sells Forties North Sea pipeline to Ineos 04 April 2017

Chemicals and energy giant Ineos has struck a deal to acquire the Forties Pipeline System in the North Sea from BP for US$250m. The pipeline transports about 450,000 barrels of oil per day on average - about 40% of UK production. It is one of the oldest in the sector, having started operating in the Forties field in 1975....

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Alaska operator shuts production at two platforms over gas leak, discovers new oil leak 03 April 2017

On April 1, Hilcorp Alaska said it had discovered a crude oil leak from an undersea pipeline near the Anna production platform in the Cook Inlet southwest of Tyonek. The oil leak is on the west side of the inlet and is unrelated to the company's ongoing natural gas leak on the eastern side of the basin near Nikiski....

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Production partially shut down on North Sea FPSO after gas leak 03 April 2017

On March 31, Dana Petroleum said production had been partially shut down on the Triton floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel following identification of a gas leak on subsea gas lift infrastructure. The company said the affected seabed pipework had been isolated and made safe and there was no safety risk from the release....

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Regulator to increase annual checks on Alberta pipeline operators 03 April 2017

Alberta's energy watchdog said it would step up scrutiny of pipeline operators in the province with a greater number of reviews of their ability to detect and prevent spills. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said on March 31 it planned to review the pipeline safety systems of around 20 operators each year, up from the six or so it has checked annually in the past....

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