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Company facing £81,000 fine following confined space fatality 26 March 2024

A US employer's failure to follow federal safety procedures left a 30-year-old worker suffering fatal asphyxiation as they tried to make repairs inside a water tank at a wellsite in Oklahoma City in September 2023, a federal investigation has found....

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Fire on Perenco oil platform kills at least five 22 March 2024

Five people were killed after a fire broke out on a Perenco offshore oil platform off the coast of Gabon on 20 March. The Anglo-French oil company said an incident involving fire occurred at the Perenco Becuna platform at approximately 15:25 local time and that five people were confirmed to have died with another person missing....

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Explosion at Tunisian gas depot injures 35 19 March 2024

A fire and explosion at a gas depot near the Tunisian capital injured 35 people on 14 March. The incident happened at a facility operated by the National Oil Distribution Company (AGIL) within the Bradas Petroleum Zone, southeast of Tunis. Four of the injured remain in a critical condition....

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Fire at Iranian refinery kills at least one person, injures several more 12 March 2024

A fire broke out during maintenance at the Aftab refinery in the Iranian city of Bandar Abbas on 7 March. There were contradictory reports on the number of fatalities and injuries from Iranian state news, however several local news sites reported that one person was confirmed to have died and at least three were injured....

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Labour Party’s North Sea tax plans risk long-term pain for short-term gain, new report claims 05 March 2024

The UK Labour Party’s proposed plan to generate an additional £10.8 billion in revenue from the North Sea could have a major impact on cash flows of energy companies which in turn could stall new investment including energy transition projects according to a report from energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie report....

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Global LNG demand to grow beyond 2040, according to new Shell report 19 February 2024

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is estimated to rise by more than 50% by 2040, as industrial coal-to-gas switching gathers pace in China and South Asian and South-east Asian countries use more LNG to support their economic growth, according to Shell’s LNG Outlook 2024....

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Oil pump station explosion kills one in US 15 February 2024

A 71-year old man was killed after an explosion at an oil pumping station in Michigan, US on 5 February. The incident happened at around 15:50 local time at a site owned by Trak Oil Company in Port Huron....

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24 licences offered in second tranche of UK’s 33rd oil and gas licensing round 06 February 2024

Shell, Equinor, bp, Total and NEO are among the 17 separate companies which were offered a total of 24 licences in the second tranche of the 33rd oil and gas licensing round on 31 January. The awards follow the 27 licences offered in the first allocation made in October last year. More will follow in the coming months, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has said....

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North Sea remains a vibrant hotbed of technology innovation, regulator says 30 January 2024

The triple targets of supporting production, reducing emissions, and accelerating the transition to net zero are driving technological innovation in the North Sea, a new report from the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has said. The 2023 Technology Insights report shows that 1,200 new technologies, including aerial drone and self-driving subsea vehicles, have been reported in the latest survey, a significant upswing from the 1,080 developments recorded the previous year, and 880 in 2021....

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Shell to end onshore oil operations in Nigeria after almost a century 16 January 2024

Shell has reached an agreement to sell its Nigerian onshore subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), to Renaissance, a consortium of five companies comprising four exploration and production companies based in Nigeria and an international energy group. The $2.4 billion (£1.8bn) deal marks the end of the energy major’s onshore operations in Nigeria where it has operated since the 1930s....

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