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Offshore worker in stable condition after falling from rig

18/05/2015

An offshore worker is in a stable condition after falling overboard from a rig. Statoil said the incident happened in the early hours of the morning from the Seadrill West Hercules off Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada. The semi-submersible is being used as part of the Norwegian company's exploration drilling program in the region.

Health & Safety

Two workers dead in Gulf of Mexico rig accident

05/05/2015

An accident on an offshore maintenance rig in the Gulf of Mexico has left two workers dead. The Troll Solution rig in the southern Bay of Campeche has been contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow water oil field. It was positioning itself to carry out maintenance on wells linked to the Caan Alf platform.

Health & Safety

Watchdog urges tighter checks on helicopter flights

30/04/2015

Regulators have proposed strict new safety rules for helicopters flying to unmanned oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) wants to tighten up procedures for trips to the 116 installations which are normally unattended offshore. The newly-announced plans would mean that helicopters would only be able to go to such platforms if they have full capability to fly safely on one engine following loss of power of its other engine.

Health & Safety

Crew of ship seized by Iran ‘safe’

29/04/2015

The operator of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel boarded by Iranian forces as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz said it has confirmed the crew are safe. The company is still trying to determine why the ship was seized the previous day by the Islamic Republic. The MV Maersk Tigris was taken to Bandar Abbas, the main port for Iran’s navy, under escort by Iranian patrol boats, according to Maersk Line, the Danish shipping company that had chartered it. The incident comes at a critical time in Iran’s relations with the United States and the West amid talks about its contested nuclear programme.

Health & Safety

Production halted on four platforms after pipeline leak

27/04/2015

Petrobas has halted production from four oil platforms off the coast of Brazil after a leak of about 7,000 litres of oil. The leak, which was believed to be coming from a pipeline linking them, was confirmed by the country's oil regulator ANP. The incident occurred in the Camorim field, 16 kilometres off the coast of the city of Aracaju.

Health & Safety

Safety authority finds ‘fatality risk’ after investigation into man overboard

24/04/2015

The PSA (Petroleum Safety Authority Norway) has warned a man who fell overboard from a mobile drilling unit could have been killed. The safety body has been investigating how a worker fell through a gap directly into the sea 13.5metres below from the drilling unit Scarabeo 8 in February this year. The incident had occurred when subsea personnel were preparing to bring the blowout preventer (BOP) back into service after about four weeks of maintenance. Two subsea engineers, who were working in the moonpool area at the time of the incident, entered the BOP carrier used to move he unit between the well centre and the parked position.

Health & Safety

PSA find number of breaches following lifeboat incident

17/04/2015

The PSA (Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority) has found a number of breaches after a lifeboat was unintentionally launched from the mobile unit Maersk Giant earlier this year. The incident, in January, occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems. An investigation by the PSA found if the boat had been released with workers in it, there could have been serious injuries caused or even fatalities. The NSA said during testing, a lifeboat had descended to the sea, with efforts being made to activate the manual brake on the lifeboat winch.

Health & Safety

HSE issues notice to Shell over alleged safety breach

16/04/2015

Offshore giant Shell has been accused of breaking safety rules at its site at the huge St Fergus gas terminal. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued an improvement notice for the second time in just over a year after it emerged not enough was being done to prevent “major accidents” at the complex north of Peterhead. The HSE accused Shell of failing to take “all measures necessary” to identify tasks which had the potential to cause a “critical” situation.

Health & Safety

Pemex trying to contain oil spill

15/04/2015

Pemex is trying to contain an oil spill which was punctured by thieves. The Mexican state-owned company said the Gulf coast region of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan in order to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa. Workers were sent to the spill, which happened last week, as they made an attempt to limit any damage. Four of the region's water treatment plants were shut down as a precaution.

Health & Safety

Worker killed as fire breaks out at Rosneft refinery

10/04/2015

An investigation has been launched after a worker was killed after a fire broke out in a refinery in east Siberia. The incident happened on Friday at the facility, which is owned by Russian company Rosneft. A spokesman for the company said the fire broke out shortly before 10am.

Health & Safety

Oil worker flown to Hospital after injuring hand

09/04/2015

An oil worker has been taken to hospital from a North Sea platform after injuring his hand. The man is understood to have crushed his hand in a door. A helicopter will take the man - on a platform around 120 miles from Aberdeen - to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Health & Safety

Freed hostage workers return home

07/04/2015

Oil workers who were freed after being abducted more than a month ago in Libya have returned home. A foreign ministry spokeswoman said the Bangladeshi men had since rejoined their families in their village. The men, Muhammad Helal Uddin, 46, and Muhammad Anowar Hossain, 39, said they were freed after their captors had confirmed they were both Muslims.

Health & Safety

China chemical blast prompts army rescue amid safety concern

07/04/2015

A plant in southeast China that produces a toxic chemical was rocked by its second explosion in 20 months, prompting a rescue operation by the nation’s army and reviving concerns about the safety of industrial projects. The army deployed 118 soldiers and 25 specialized vehicles after the blast at the paraxylene-making Dragon Aromatics facility in Zhangzhou, People’s Liberation Daily reported on Weibo, a microblogging service. Local residents have been transferred to four sites that are 18 kilometers (11 miles) away from the plant, the Beijing Times newspaper said. Six people were hospitalized, and another 13 were treated for minor injuries, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Health & Safety

Search continues for missing Pemex workers after platform fire

06/04/2015

A search for three missing workers following a fire on a Pemex oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is still underway. The incident, which happened last Wednesday, killed four people and left dozens of other workers injured. The state-owned company said repairs have begun to resume production at the facility while the search for the missing workers continues. Pemex said it expects it will meet its output target of 646,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the region despite it being shut down on the platform following the fire.

Americas

Pemex Gulf of Mexico oil fire: one dead and 16 injured

01/04/2015

An oil worker has died and more than a dozen others have been injured after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The incident happened on the Pemex operated Abkatun Alpha platform in the Bay of Campeche earlier today. A spokeswoman for Pemex confirmed one person had been killed while 16 others had also been hurt. Two of the workers are believed to be in a serious condition.

Health & Safety

Industry safety group dismisses “stranded offshore worker” claims

01/04/2015

An energy industry safety group has moved to allay fears that offshore workers could be left stranded at sea if they don’t comply with new rules for helicopter flights. In line with size restrictions that come into force today, passengers need to have had their shoulders measured so that they can be assigned a seat next to a window large enough for them to crawl through in the event of a ditching. On Monday, an Aberdeen-based workplace healthcare provider, RPS, said workers whose measurements have not been recorded will be allocated an “extra broad” seat by default. It went on to warn that unmeasured workers might find that there is not enough room for them, as there are a limited number of XBR seats on a helicopter.

Health & Safety

BG Group begins production after small fire on Knarr FPSO

31/03/2015

BG Group has begun production once again from its Knarr field after it was shut down following a small fire. The incident happened on March 24 when there was a small electrical fire in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit in a technical room on the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). A full investigation was started immediately and short term recommendations and a spokesman said the findings have been acted on and shared.

Africa

Total evacuates staff from Yemen

30/03/2015

Total has evacuated all expatriate staff from Saana and Kharir in Yemen. The French oil major said its operations on Yemen’s Block 10 have also been reduced , with gas production maintained only for local power generation and supply to nearby communities. It comes after disruption in the region following an overnight military raid by Saudi-led forces against Houthi forces.

Health & Safety

Shetland Gas Plant worker dies

26/03/2015

An oil worker has passed away after becoming unwell at the Shetland Gas Plant (SGP). An oil worker has passed away after becoming unwell at the Shetland Gas Plant (SGP). The 61-year-old, who worked for services company Petrofac, said the man had become unwell on site and was taken to Bain Hospital in Lerwick before being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. A Petrofac spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a Shetland Gas Plant worker sadly passed away today (Thursday 26 March 2015).

Health & Safety

International oil association warns of urgent need to slash helicopter accidents

26/03/2015

There is an urgent need to cut the accident rate among helicopters working in the global oil and gas industry to at least the level of mainstream commercial airlines, an aviation “summit” in Canada has heard. This was the core message of Mark Stevens, chairman of the aviation sub-committee at the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), on day two of the 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver. Mr Stevens said there were 406 helicopter and 71 fixed wing accidents over the period 1998-2014, killing 502 and 171 people respectively.

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