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Fire on Pemex offshore platform kills one, injures 11 09 April 2024

At least one person was killed after a fire broke out on an offshore platform operated by Pemex on 6 April. Mexico’s national oil company said that the fire broke out at 16:48 local time on one of the platforms of the Akal-B Process Centre (Akal-B1), in the area where the pipelines that handle fuel gas for the turbomachinery are located....

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INEOS completes acquisition of TotalEnergies’ petrochemical assets in southern France 08 April 2024

INEOS has completed the acquisition of TotalEnergies’ 50% share in four facilities at Lavera in southern France. The deal includes one of Europe’s largest steam crackers with an annual capacity of 720,000 tonnes of ethylene, an aromatics business with an annual capacity of 270,000 tonnes and a polypropylene business with an annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes....

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Publication of International Atomic Energy Agency review of Operational Safety at Heysham 2 Power Station 08 April 2024

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its review of Heysham 2 power station’s operational safety following a three week visit to the station in October 2023. The visit was carried out by an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) made up of nuclear industry experts from across the world....

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The April 2024 issue of Hazardex is now available! 03 April 2024

The April 2024 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Process Safety, Training, Maintenance, Gas & Vapour, plus all the latest industry news. Read it now!...

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Fire at Phillips 66 refinery injures two 02 April 2024

Two employees were injured after a fire broke out at a Phillips 66 refinery in Texas, US on 1 April. The incident happened at the company’s Borger, Texas refinery after a blaze started at around 11:20 local time....

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Global refinery capacity totalling 3.6 million b/d at high-risk of closure, new report says 02 April 2024

As much as 3.6 million barrels a day (mmbd) of global refinery capacity has been assessed as being under high-risk of closure, according to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie’s latest refinery closure threat analysis....

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Ithaca Energy, Eni start UK merger talks 02 April 2024

UK independent Ithaca Energy and Italian major Eni have entered into an exclusivity agreement centred on Eni’s upstream assets, excluding its carbon capture and Irish Sea assets. Ithaca and Eni have up to four weeks from 27 March to progress the contractual documentation required in connection with the merger, Ithaca said in a stock-exchange announcement....

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UK publishes new guidance for carbon storage industry 02 April 2024

The UK’s North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has published two sets of guidance which will help the developing carbon storage industry prepare for first injection. Last year, the Government set out its vision for the carbon storage industry pledging up to £20billion investment and suggesting that it has the potential to store the carbon equivalent of taking 6 million cars off the road, and support 50,000 jobs, by 2050....

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ONR notifies Sellafield Ltd of intention to prosecute 28 March 2024

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified Sellafield Ltd that it will be prosecuted under the Nuclear Industries Security Regulations 2003. The charges relate to alleged information technology security offences during a four-year period between 2019 and early 2023....

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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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