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  • UK gas engineering company fined for unsafe LPG installation work

    24 January 2022

    A gas engineering company has been fined after undertaking Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) installation work at a food factory near Spalding, Lincolnshire that was later condemned as being unsafe. The fine of £20,000 follows a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation which found the company did not have the competencies to undertake the work....

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  • CNOOC releases 2022 strategic outlook

    19 January 2022

    CNOOC released its strategic outlook for 2022 on January 11. The state-owned energy company has set itself the net production target of 600-610 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2022, an increase of 5.3%-7% over the previous year. The total capital expenditure budget will reach 90 billion-100 billion yuan (£10.3bn-£11.5bn) while 13 new projects will also be put into production....

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  • Second fire in just three months at Kuwait’s largest refinery kills two, injures ten

    18 January 2022

    A fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in Kuwait killed two contractors and injured 10 others on January 14. The incident is the second fire to have happened at the country’s largest refinery in the last three months after a number of people were injured in October....

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  • Fire injures four at ExxonMobil refinery in Texas

    04 January 2022

    A fire at ExxonMobil’s refinery in Baytown, Texas injured four people on December 23. All four of the injured were contractors at the site, one of the largest refining and petrochemical facilities in the world located around 25 miles east of Houston....

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  • Germany’s energy regulator says Nord Stream 2 won’t be online in first half of 2022

    17 December 2021

    Germany’s energy regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has said that its decision on certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won’t be made before July 2022. The certification process for the pipeline was stopped in November after BNetzA told the Swiss-based operator – whose majority owner is Russia’s Gazprom – to set up a German subisidiary in order to comply with European law....

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Esso Petroleum fined £500,000 for gas leak at UK’s largest refinery 15 December 2021

Esso Petroleum, the operator of the UK’s largest oil refinery, has been fined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching health and safety regulations. The £500,000 fine relates to a November 2015 incident at the company’s Fawley refinery in Hampshire where an uncontrolled release of around 15 tonnes of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) occurred through a valve....

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Shell backs out of plans to develop Cambo oil field in North Sea 03 December 2021

Shell announced on December 2 that it had decided to pull out of plans to develop the Cambo oil field in the North Sea. The energy giant, which had a 30% stake in the project off the west coast of the Shetland Islands, said that the economic case for the project was not strong enough. Majority owner of the project, Siccar Point, has said it would continue to engage with the UK government and other stakeholders about the project’s development....

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US Department of Labor cites refinery for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals 03 December 2021

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a refinery in the US Virgin Islands for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals following flaring incidents. Limetree Bay Refining's refinery in Christiansted on the island of St. Croix faces $259,000 (£195,000) in proposed penalties for 20 violations....

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China National Petroleum Corporation builds carbon capture and storage at its Liaohe oil field 02 December 2021

On November 23, the carbon capture , utilisation and storage (CCUS) test project at the Liaohe oil field in northeastern China successfully passed the approval of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The oil field is now speeding up the construction of a regional carbon storage service base and striving to create further underground storage....

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China's first LNG vessel refuelling station put into operation 25 November 2021

On November 20, China's first coastal LNG vessel refuelling station, which was built and operated by CNOOC Gas & Power Group, was officially put into operation....

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