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  • Fire breaks out at Shell chemical plant, burns for three days

    09 May 2023

    A fire broke out in the olefins unit of Shell’s Deer Park Chemicals Facility in Texas, US on 5 May. The blaze was extinguished on 6 May but later reignited and burned for a third day before firefighters were able to extinguish it again on 7 May. No injuries were reported, however Shell said some contractors underwent a medical evaluation as a precaution....

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  • Explosion at US refinery kills one person, injures another

    27 April 2023

    An explosion at a refinery near Chicago, Illinois killed one worker and injured another on 25 April. The incident happened at Seneca Petroleum in the town of Lemont, southwest of Chicago....

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  • Victims of 2019 ExxonMobil plant explosion awarded almost $30 million

    23 February 2023

    Five victims of an explosion at ExxonMobil’s Olefins Plant in Texas, US in 2019 have been awarded almost $30 million after a jury found the energy major to be fully responsible. A total of 66 people were injured in the incident which occurred after a line rupture caused by a build up of polymer popcorn....

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  • Petrochemical plant explosion kills five, injures eight in China

    17 January 2023

    An explosion at a petrochemical plant in the north east of China killed five workers and injured eight others on January 15. The incident occurred at an alkylation facility operated by Panjin Haoye Chemical Co Ltd in Panshan County, Liaoning Province....

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  • Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies to build world scale petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia

    16 December 2022

    Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies announced on December 15 that they have taken the final investment decision for the construction of a world scale petrochemical facility in Saudi Arabia. The “Amiral” complex will be owned, operated, and integrated with the existing Saudi Aramco TotalEnergies Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP) refinery located in Jubail on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast....

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Saudi Aramco signs MoU with Shandong Energy Group 14 December 2022

On December 7, the Saudi oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco and Shandong Energy Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Jinan to jointly develop project opportunities for refining and chemical integration in China....

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Sinopec and INEOS sign $7 billion project cooperation agreement 13 December 2022

On December 7, INEOS and Sinopec signed a series of joint venture cooperation agreements with a total value of around $7 billion (£5.7bn). The agreement includes three headline deals, including INEOS acquiring a 50% stake in Shanghai Secco, a subsidiary of Sinopec....

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Tanker truck explosion kills one at Bulgarian lubricants plant 25 November 2022

A worker was killed in an explosion at a lubricants production plant in Bulgaria on November 24. The incident involved a tanker truck exploding at a Lubrica plant in the northern city of Ruse....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases new safety video: “Wake Up Call: Refinery Disaster in Philadelphia” 01 November 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released a new safety video about the fire, explosions, and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) release that occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 2019. The incident caused the release of over 2.2 tonnes of highly toxic HF, launched a 17 tonne vessel fragment off-site, and resulted in an estimated property damage loss of $750 million....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases final report into 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion 12 October 2022

On October 11, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final investigative report into the significant fire and explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that occurred in June 2019....

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