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French court fines Total subsidiary and former manager over fatal 2009 petrochemical plant explosion 14 June 2016

On June 13 the criminal court at Sarrguemines (Moselle) found Total Petrochemicals guilty over the 2009 blast at its Carling plant that killed two and injured six. The company was fined €200,000 and a former manager of the petrochemical plant at the time of the accident was handed a one year suspended prison sentence and fined €20,000....

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French refineries close over labour law strikes 24 May 2016

A strike over new labour laws has spread to all of France's eight oil refineries, the CGT union said on May 23, in an escalating dispute with the government. An estimated 20% of petrol stations across the country have either run dry or are low on supplies, but motorists’ groups say the number affected is in reality much higher....

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Oil major Total fined more than £1m over 2012 North Sea leak 23 December 2015

On December 17, French oil and gas multinational Total was fined £1.125m for safety breaches that led to a potentially catastrophic leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea. After a  Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, the company pleaded guilty at Aberdeen sheriff court admitting that the gas leak had occurred due to the company “miscalculating a plan designed to kill an unstable gas well on the platform”....

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Progress on process safety since Buncefield 11 December 2015

Significant progress has been made in industrial safety over the last decade according to a new report published by the UK’s Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Strategic Forum. The report marks the 10th anniversary of the 2005 Buncefield fire, the biggest industrial explosion in the UK since 1974. The incident caused an oil storage depot in Hemel Hempstead to burn for four days, injuring 43 people....

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UK government awards 27 new onshore oil and gas licences 18 August 2015

The Oil & Gas Authority, part of the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, confirmed on August 18 that 27 licences from the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round had been formally offered to companies, giving the green light to large-scale shale oil and gas development in the UK....

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BATS Wireless announces successful test and delivery of ATEX/IECEx systems for Martin Linge Project 10 August 2015

BATS Wireless, (BATS), the world’s leading innovator of wireless stabilization, optimization and tracking systems today announced the successful test and delivery of 10 of its stabilized microwave systems, including eight DVM ExP2 ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 systems for the Martin Linge Project – located off the coast of Norway. ...

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Total fined £1.4m after fatal UK refinery fire 07 August 2015

Total UK Limited has been fined £1.4 million after a major fire led to the death of a worker at an oil refinery in North Lincolnshire. Twenty-four year old Robert Greenacre from Grimsby was working near a crude oil distillation unit just before the fire broke out at the Lindsey Oil Refinery (TLOR) in Immingham on 29th June 2010....

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Sanctions force Exxon Mobil to pull out of Russian Arctic project 23 September 2014

Under the latest round of US and European sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, foreign oil companies have been barred from providing equipment, technology, or assistance to Russian oil projects. On September 20, Exxon Mobil issued a statement that the company was shutting down its joint project with Russian state-controlled oil giant OAO Rosneft in the Kara Sea, north of Siberia. ...

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Decommissioning project case study: TOTAL’s MCP-01 platform 30 May 2014

MCP-01 was a concrete-based platform in the North Sea decommissioned between 2006 and 2009. This article is based on the MCP-01 Decommissioning Programme, submitted by TOTAL on behalf of the owners to UK and Norwegian government agencies in September 2007, and illustrates some of the issues that need to be addressed when facilities come to the end of their useful life....

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Buncefield: Where are we now? 15 May 2014

The 78th FABIG technical meeting titled “Dispersion and Explosion Characteristics of Large Vapour Clouds (Buncefield Explosion Mechanism JIP – Phase 2)” took place in London on the 4th of March 2014. The core aim of the session was to share the key learnings of the second Phase of the Joint Industry Project (JIP)....