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Explosion at ExxonMobil facility kills one and seriously injures another in Nigeria 04 January 2021

A fire and explosion at an ExxonMobil facility in Nigeria killed an employee and injured another on December 13. The incident happened at the Qua Iboe Terminal on the country’s southern coast. Local news reports that the explosion happened while the two employees were lighting a gas flare....

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ExxonMobil field tests new methane monitoring technologies 20 April 2020

ExxonMobil is conducting several field trials of eight emerging methane detection technologies, including satellite and aerial surveillance monitoring, at nearly 1,000 sites in Texas and New Mexico to further reduce methane emissions....

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Dutch government to end Groningen gas production eight years earlier than planned 10 September 2019

Gas production at the Groningen field in the Netherlands will be halted entirely by 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned by the Dutch government, broadcaster NOS reported on September 10. Citing anonymous government sources, NOS said production would be capped below 12 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the 12 months through October 2020. The government had previously set a production cap for the period at 15.9 bcm. ...

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Explosion and fire at Exxon petrochemical plant in Texas injures 37 01 August 2019

An explosion and  fire at an Exxon Mobil petrochemical plant in Baytown on the Houston Ship Canal injured 37 people and sent a thick column of smoke over the area. Jason Duncan, the plant manager of the Olefins unit where the incident occurred, said most of the injured suffered minor burns and none had to be hospitalised....

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Mossmorran plant investigated for gas leak 28 June 2019

ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was discovered that ethane had been leaking from damaged pipes for a “number of weeks”. The ethylene plant, around 25 miles north of Edinburgh, is jointly operated by Shell and has also been criticised on numerous occasions for excessive flaring....

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Latest earthquake in Netherlands could lead to earlier than planned gas production shutdown 22 May 2019

The province of Groningen in The Netherlands was hit by a significant earthquake in the early hours of May 22, thought to have been caused by ground settlement following the extraction of natural gas. The quake measured 3.4 on the Richter scale, making it the third strongest in the province in recent years. ...

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ExxonMobil settles with Cal/OSHA over 2015 Torrance incident 04 February 2019

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $566,600 in a settlement with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for eight safety and workplace violations levied in the wake of the February 2015 fire and explosion that tore through the Torrance refinery in south-west Los Angeles. Cal/OSHA has been negotiating with the group for four years over the violation charges and fines....

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Netherlands gas regulator says Groningen field production falling faster than planned 28 June 2018

Dutch gas regulator SodM said on June 28 that natural gas production in the Netherlands will have fallen to between 19 and 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the year ending October 2018, lower than the original cap of 21.6 bcm set for the year and down from 24 bcm last year....

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Netherlands earthquake could lead to further gas production cuts at Groningen field 12 January 2018

On January 8, a 3.4-magnitude Richter-scale earthquake was recorded in the northern Dutch province of Groningen, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) said in a statement. No casualties were reported but some damage to homes and buildings was reported. KNMI classified the earthquake as "induced", which means that it was caused by gas extraction....

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Exxon Mobil moves to reduce methane from oil and gas operations 26 September 2017

On September 25 ExxonMobil announced a program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities across the United States. The program will prioritise actions at sites operated by shale subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions....