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Serious regulation breaches identified from investigation into December 2020 incident at Equinor plant 29 June 2021

The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway (PSA) announced on June 24 that it had completed its investigation into the December 2020 incident involving a turbine breakdown and subsequent fire at Equinor’s Tjeldbergodden methanol plant. The regulator said serious breaches of the regulations were identified, and that Equinor has now been given an order....

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Refinery explosion kills one, injures another in Russia 26 January 2021

An explosion and fire at the Ufaorgsintez oil refinery in central Russia killed one worker and injured another on January 25. Russian news sites report that two methane-hydrogen tanks exploded at the Rosneft operated refinery....

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Explosion at petrochemical plant injures one in Iran 26 October 2020

An explosion and fire injured one person at a petrochemical plant in southwest Iran on October 23. The incident happened at the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex, one of Iran’s largest petrochemical sites....

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Explosion at plastics refinery injures 3 in Taiwan 21 July 2020

Three workers suffered injuries on July 15 after an explosion and fire at the Formosa Plastics refinery in Yunlin County, Taiwan. The blast comes just a year after a similar explosion at the same plant and will likely see the owner, Formosa Plastics, fined for breaching air pollution laws....

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Explosion at Petronas-Aramco refinery in Malaysia kills five 16 March 2020

An explosion and fire at the Pengerang refining complex in Malaysia on March 15 has killed five people. The blast occurred at the plant’s diesel hydrotreater unit, which uses hydrogen to remove sulphur waste from raw diesel....

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Fire breaks out at fifth-largest US refinery 17 February 2020

A fire broke out at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on February 11. The refinery is the country’s fifth largest, with an input capacity of around 503,000 barrels per day. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident....

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Mossmorran chemical plant shut down until November 02 September 2019

ExxonMobil’s Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife, Scotland has been shut down until at least November after its temporary closure on August 12. The plant’s manager, Jacob McAlister, said that the extension of the temporary closure is to make the plant “more reliable” and that it will reopen "at some point during the fourth quarter of the year"....

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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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Japan’s first hostile environment firefighting multi-robot system now operational 06 June 2019

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the country’s first firefighting robot system has been deployed to an area with refineries, chemical plants and storage facilities in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. The system will battle blazes in hostile locations that are difficult for firefighters to reach....

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