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Total dismisses North Sea platform down manning claims

05/08/2016

French oil giant Total today denied mounting a large-scale down manning operation on one of its North Sea platforms due to concerns over lifeboat provision. Total said it had slightly reduced the number of people on Elgin-Franklin, but dismissed claims in a media report which set the figure as high as 40. The report said Total was down manning because it would not have had enough lifeboat capacity for a full evacuation of Elgin-Franklin while adhering to industry standards for lifeboats.

Health & Safety

BP refinery in Indiana inspected after breaching waste discharge limit – reports

05/08/2016

BP’s refinery in Indiana is thought to have been inspected after the facility discharged five times more industrial waste into Lake Michigan than allowed earlier this week. A BP spokesman was quoted as saying “an upset” at the refinery’s wastewater treatment facility had caused the infringement and said the firm was working to correct the problem. The company reportedly said no hydrocarbons had leaked into the lake, adding that the excess in wastewater discharges would not affect drinking water or marine life.

Health & Safety

Union boss casts doubt on sustainability of North Sea maintenance backlog reductions

02/08/2016

Job losses and low morale could derail efforts to bring the UK offshore sector's safety-critical maintenance backlog under control, a trade unionist said yesterday. RMT regional organiser Jake Molloy was commenting on a report showing the amount of maintenance work overdue for completion on oil and gas infrastructure was shrinking. Oil and Gas UK’s health and safety report said year-on-year reductions were being reported across the backlog of planned, corrective and deferred work.

Health & Safety

UKCS gas leaks up in 2015 as detection technology improves – OGUK report

01/08/2016

Better technology could be behind an increase in the number of oil and gas leaks reported on the UK continental shelf (UKCS) in 2015, according to new research. In its latest annual health and safety report, Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said the number of offshore hydrocarbon releases went up by 9% last year. But the industry body said the rise was largely made up of minor incidents, as the frequency of major leaks was flat.

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