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PSA Norway issues report into hydrocarbon leak from Åsgard A 11 September 2017

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has completed its investigation into a hydrocarbon leak on 10 March 2017 from the S template on Åsgard A. Although there were no casualties, about 31 tonnes of gas and 1.6 tonnes of condensate leaked into the sea and production from the S template was halted for 28 days. Several breaches of regulations have been identified....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference – Call for papers **closed 15/9/17** 10 September 2017

The call for papers has now closed. We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2018 Conference to be held on February 28 & March 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

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Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil demonstrates French group’s confidence in North Sea 25 August 2017

The $7.45 billion deal, announced on August 21, makes Total the second largest operator in the North Sea after Statoil. Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said last month that he was ready to make acquisitions to grow production, taking advantage of a fall in company valuations, the cost of drilling and other equipment during the three-year industry downturn. ...

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British bulk carrier carrying explosive fertiliser on fire off Canaries 22 August 2017

According to Spanish sources, a British bulk cargo carrier owned by the UK’s Bibby Line Ltd is on fire and without power off the Canary Islands with more than 42,000 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate fertiliser in its hold. Tugs and salvage vessels are in attendance, and its last reported position was 150 kilometres south of El Hierro Island, the westernmost in the archipelago....

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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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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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Firefighters injured in German yacht explosion 12 July 2017

At least 13 people were injured in a yacht explosion in the northern German port town of Minden. According to the police, the wounded are mostly firefighters, DPA reported. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire on the yacht, but when they started to extinguish the fire, the boat exploded....

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Spain’s fracking plans called into question 03 July 2017

The Basque Country and Cantabria regions in the north of Spain contain a shale gas supply potential equal to 70 years of consumption, according to a 2013 report commissioned by the Spanish Association of Hydrocarbon Research, Exploration and Production (ACIEP). A number of companies became involved in early efforts to develop these resources, but low gas prices and strong local opposition have thwarted those plans....

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Exploding whipped cream dispenser kills French lifestyle blogger 22 June 2017

A prominent lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a domestic accident. French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the device exploded and struck her chest, despite receiving prompt medical attention....

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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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