Health & Safety

North Atlantic Drilling to review regulations after investigation


The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has warned North Atlantic Drilling (NAD) that an incident on a drilling unit could have caused injury to staff. An investigation by the PSA was carried out after an incident on the West Venture in March this year when it was operating on the Troll field. It comes at the same time as Transocean were hit with a report outlining concerns over safety following an incident the same month.

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Flight data recorder recovered from Nigeria helicopter crash


Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the flight data recorder from a helicopter which crashed on the way from an oil platform. The incident earlier this month left six people dead and others injured after the Sikorsky 76 Bristow helicopter crashed into a lagoon. The aircraft had been carrying 10 passengers and 2 crew when the incident happened.

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Brazil’s attorney general urges Supreme Court approval for Petrobas investigation


Brazil’s attorney general has asked the nation’s Supreme Court for permission to investigate 54 top political figures for alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the country’s largest corruption scandal. Attorney general Rodrigo Janot’s request to the top court opens an expansive new phase of the investigation into the kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras. Mr Janot told a group of supporters who had gathered outside his office: “We’re going to work with tranquillity, with balance. Those who must pay will pay. “We’re going to investigate. This will be a long process, we’re just now beginning. The investigation begins and we’ll follow it through to the end.”

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Senior official of CNOOC under investigation after bribery claims


A senior official of the China National Offshore Company (CNOOC) is under investigation suspected of allegedly receiving bribes. Luo Weizhong, general manager of CNOOC gas and power group which is a subsidiary of the company, has also been detained. China’s top prosecutor made the announcement today in a statement on the website of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.