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Survivor tells of 18 hour wait to be rescued from Azerbaijan platform fire

07/12/2015

A survivor of a fire at the Guneshli field in Azerbaijan has told how workers were stranded on a lifeboat for 18 hours while they waited to be rescued. Malakhat Aliyeva told reporters strong winds had made it challenging for rescuers to approach the lifeboat, which had around 26 people on board. One person has been confirmed dead, while another 29 workers are missing, following the fire off the cost of Azerbaijan.

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Safety warning issued to helicopter operators

20/11/2015

A safety warning has been issued to helicopter operators after a fault was discovered which could potentially endanger crews. The warning was issued on Wednesday by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), after a problem was found in rescue hoists. The fault was traced during a safety test on an Airbus Deutschland Helicopter MBB-BK 117 C-2.

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CPS decide not to bring corporate manslaughter charges after refinery explosion

13/11/2015

The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) in Wales said no corporate manslaughter charges will be brought after an explosion which killed four workers at an oil refinery. The investigation into the incident, which happened at a Chevron refinery – now Valero – in 2011, was described as “extremely complex”. The families of Julie Schmitz 54, Dennis Riley, 52, Robert Broome, 48, and Andrew Jenkins, 33, were informed of the decision.

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Fire at Daewoo shipbuilding yard leaves one dead and seven injured

10/11/2015

Police are investigating after a fire at a shipbuilding yard in South Korea has left one person dead and seven others injured. The incident happened at a shipyard owned by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on Geoje Island earlier today. It is believed the fire broke out on an 85,000 LPG tankers where engineers had been carrying out welding work.

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BP hit with Skarv FPSO improvement notice

10/11/2015

Oil major BP has been issued with a notice from Norway’s safety body for violations related to operational risk on its Skarv FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel). The PSA (Petroleum Safety Authority) said non-conformities were identified in connection with risk management, fire water in the event of gas detection and man-machine interfaces.

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Search continues for pilots after helicopter crashes offshore India

05/11/2015

A helicopter has crashed into the Arabian Sea shortly after take-off from an offshore installation owned by ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation). Two pilots are said to be missing after the helicopter,owned by India’s Pawan Hans,crashed. An Indian defence spokesman said debris has now been recovered including what appears to be the aircraft's door and some other debris.

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Worker killed in Chevron accident off Gulf of Mexico

21/10/2015

An investigation has been launched after a worker was been killed in an accident on a drillship contracted to oil major Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. The man, who was employed by Pacific Drilling was fatally injured on board the Pacific Santa Ana while it was operating in waters in the US Gulf.

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Fatal platform fire caused by leak in gas fuel line

20/10/2015

The cause of a platform fire in Mexico earlier this year which killed four workers and left 16 injured was a leak in a rarely used gas fuel line which had corroded, according to a new report. The findings by Mexico’s Agencia de Seguridad, Energia y Ambiente (ASEA) on what happened on board the Pemex Abkatun Permanente platform will not lead to any fines against the company. The gas fuel line had shown what was described as an “unusual” kind of accelerated corrosion due the presence of micro-organisms and sulphuric acid within the gas.

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International SOS leads the way with first certification in remote healthcare provision

20/10/2015

A global healthcare company which provides services for several North Sea energy firms has become the first organisation in the world to be certified for its remote services. International SOS, which provides medical advice and referrals for offshore workers and people travelling to remote locations, received the award under new “telehealth” guidelines published by the International Organization for Standardization. Lawrie Campbell, head of the firm’s North Sea division, said: “Advancements in telehealth are vital for the oil and gas industry, where remote locations and testing conditions become increasingly challenging.

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Workers killed in explosion at Louisiana gas plant

09/10/2015

Three people have died while two others have been seriously injured after an explosion at a natural gas plant in Louisiana. The fatally injured were contractors working at the Williams Partners facility in the town of Gibson which is around 60 miles from New Orleans. The two seriously injured are being treated at nearby hospitals following the explosion.

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North Sea copters in life raft safety checks

29/09/2015

Extra safety checks are being carried out on North Sea helicopters after a potential problem with their life rafts was detected. Manufacturer Airbus Helicopters said yesterday about 25 of the Super Puma EC225LP aircraft were affected globally, including about six in UK offshore oil and gas operations. A spokesman for the firm said a routine inspection of an EC225LP had revealed an issue with its life raft mechanism, leading to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) emergency air worthiness directive.

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