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  • Azerbaijan oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record

    20 December 2016

    UK-based oil and gas news and recruitment website Oil and Gas People has penned a very critical article on Azerbaijan state-owned oil company SOCAR for its safety record over the last few years. The website says the company has seen an average of 18 worker deaths each year since 2013, a figure which has “disgraced” the company and “left its safety reputation in tatters”....

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  • Ten feared dead in Caspian Sea after walkway collapses

    15 December 2016

    Azerbaijani oil officials said on December 15 that one worker has been killed and nine others were missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off. Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR reported that 10 workers were swept away after a 150-meter section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea during 145 kph winds....

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  • News Extra: New Russian research shows Siberian seabed methane gas emissions have significantly increased

    01 December 2016

    A report in the Siberian Times on the findings of a new expedition in the Laptev Sea north of Siberia  claims scientists have found evidence of a significant increase in the rate of underwater permafrost degradation and methane release....

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  • Chernobyl NSC containment arch moved into place in historic engineering feat

    29 November 2016

    Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the site. The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged reactor started on November 14 and took over a week to complete....

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  • Helicopter crash in northern Russia kills 19 oil workers and crew

    24 October 2016

    An Mi-8 helicopter travelling from the Vankor oil and gas field in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to Staryi Urengoi in the Yamalo-Nenets region crashed near its destination killing 16 of the 19 passengers on board and all three crew. Three passengers survived. Rescuers found the helicopter lying on its side in the tundra. ...

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News Extra: Greenpeace says oil spills in Russia equivalent to six Deepwater Horizon disasters every year 17 October 2016

Greenpeace Russia, one of the only organisations to attempt to quantify the number and extent of oil leaks in that country, estimates that the Russian oil industry spills more than 4.2 million tonnes on land each year, compared with the almost 700,000 tonnes spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 by the BP-chartered rig Deepwater Horizon....

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News Extra: Chevron greenlights largest oil project since 2014 08 August 2016

US oil major Chevron has approved a US$36.8bn expansion of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan, the largest single investment by the sector since the oil-price crash in 2014. The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP) project will increase oil production by 260,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), adding around 50% to the current 514,000 boe/d output....

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Three dead in explosion and fire in Siberian oilfield 28 July 2016

Three people have died in an explosion and fire at an oilfield in the Irkutsk Region in Russia's Siberia, TASS news agency reported on July 27. The accident at Rosneft's Verkhnechonskoye oilfield injured three others, with two in critical condition, it said. The accident was caused by a snapped fuel gas receiver, the report said....

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Two killed in Azerbaijan munitions plant explosion 28 July 2016

Authorities in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku said two employees at the Araz munitions plant in the town of Shirvan were killed in an explosion on July 26. A spokeswoman for the national health ministry added that 20 people had been taken to a local hospital with various injuries. Early indications were that the blast involved a stockpile of old ammunition being prepared for disposal. ...

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Over 100 mineworkers rescued after fire in Siberian mine 03 June 2016

A total of 103 miners have been rescued after a fire broke out underground at the Zarechnaya mine in the Kemerovo region of Western Siberia. 51 of them were led to the surface within minutes, but initial reports said more than 50 were trapped underground. Rescuers were subsequently able to control the fire and bring the rest of the miners to safety. ...

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