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Platform Shut Down after Leak

A small natural gas leak on the Statfjord A offshore platform shut down 160,000 barrels per day of Norwegian oil production on Feb. 14. The leak was quickly traced to a small hole in a water pipe, and that production was expected to resume within 24 hours. Any gas leak on an offshore platform can lead to catastrophic explosions and fires if ignited. The leak shut down the 30,000 barrel per day Statfjord A platform as well as the linked 130,000 barrels per day Snorre A platform. The majority of the 244 crew aboard Statfjord A took to their lifeboats as a precaution, and remained there for about two hours until the situation was clarified. There was no need to evacuate. The Houston Chronicle reported that the leak was from a test separator, used to determine the water, oil and gas content from a field. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Offshore Rig Gas Leak Kills Two

Two Brazilian maintenance workers died as a result of a toxic gas leak at an offshore oil rig operated by the state oil firm Petrobras. "The workers died when doing maintenance work on a drainage tank at the B-37 platform on the Marlim block in the Campos basin on Wednesday evening," said a Petrobras spokesman, adding that the workers were employees of Ultratec engineering firm. He said it was yet unclear how the leak had occurred and what gas caused the deaths

Offshore Gas Leak – Union Calls for Evacuation of More Platforms

High pressure gas leak from North Sea oil rig off coast of Scotland – union expresses safety concerns about gas cloud Oil and gas union leaders have called for all platforms within a five-mile radius to be evacuated after fears the gas cloud may be travelling in their direction, according to a report in Scottish local newspaper 'The Press and Journal' As a direct result of the risk the gas leak poses to its staff on nearby platforms

Gulf of Mexico Port Update

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued the following status report on ports affected by Hurricane Katrina: Port of New Orleans: Operational to 42 feet Port of Fourchon: Operation to 24 feet Port of Gulfport: Operational to 30 feet Port of Biloxi: Operational to 9 feet Port of Pascagoula: Operational to 36 feet Port of Mobile: Operational to 43 feet Port of Fourchon: Operational to 24 feet The Industrial Canal is open east of the Cowan/Lorraine bridge.

Petrobras Stops Platform Output After Gas Leak

Brazil state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA stopped production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union said on its website on Monday, citing worker reports.   The P-40, a semi-submersible production platform, was producing about 45,915 barrels (7,300 cubic meters) of oil and 800,000 cubic meters of natural gas a day when it was shut down, the union said.  

The Digital Oilfield Microwave Communication Offshore Brazil

 FPSO Skarv with  Pointlink antennas. Photo: BP

With most offshore wells in Brazil located between 30 and 300 km from the coast, communication with offshore assets has not always been straightforward or reliable. Some operators and service providers still use traditional maritime VSAT services for coverage offshore Brazil, yet the introduction of Microwave radio has led to a much better level of quality and reliability in high-bandwidth voice and data communications

Industry Targets Improved Offshore Leak Detection

Christian Markussen

Leak detection is a considerable challenge facing the industry, and DNV GL has therefore taken the lead in establishing a new Joint Industry Project (JIP). Twenty key industry players are partnering to develop a best practice for designing and implementing offshore leak detection systems. Over the last few years, following several oil releases, there has been an increasing focus by both operators and authorities on the environmental impact related to offshore oil and gas activities

Angola LNG Compressor Leak Delays Loading Program

By Oleg Vukmanovic, Reuters A compressor leak at Angola's new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant has delayed loading programs and reduced output at the $10 billion project, which is due to shut for two months from July, a site manager said. Delays caused by a leaking valve at an air compressor unit has meant that LNG initially due to start being pumped aboard a waiting vessel on Tuesday this week has been pushed back to Monday next week.

Natural Gas Leak on Supply Vessel in Gulf

Houma Incident Command received a report of an incident that occurred at about 9:25 a.m. Friday, June 11, involving a supply vessel that was mooring to a natural gas riser platform and pipeline in waters near Cocodrie, resulting in a release of natural gas. Of the 41 people on board, 36 were transported to shore, treated by emergency medical services and taken to five local hospitals.  Symptoms ranged from scratchy throats to coughs and nausea

Apache CEO, Vermont activist build alliance on climate issues

Steve Farris runs a $33 billion Texas oil and gas company and turns, for advice, to a bearded Vermont environmentalist. As other energy firms battled climate change and anti-pollution activists in recent years, the Apache Corp chief executive instead built an alliance with Steven Heim, managing director of Boston Common Asset Management, one of the better-known socially responsible investment firms.

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water

First Offshore Exhibition at Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Frits Loomeijer, General Director of the Maritime Museum

Over forty-five leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have contributed to the funding for the first ever exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the offshore sector, to be housed at The Maritime Museum Rotterdam for the next seven years

Its Time to Act for Minimising Cost: EU F-Gas Regulations on Refrigerants

Courtesy Oceanic Technical Solutions

The cost of refrigerant and regulatory compliance in the next five years will become as commercially important to vessel operations as regulations governing sulphur emissions are today, warns Robert Chesters, Managing Director Oceanic Technical Solutions.

USS Freedom Suffers Casualty

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of its main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) on July 11 reportedly caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system

Securing the Scorpene: DCNS to Move Court

Photo: DCNS

 The French shipbuilder DCNS plans to seek an injunction to prevent further publication of information contained in 22,400 secret documents about stealth submarines built for India, says The Australian.   The company will seek legal action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales after

Australia Warns DCNS after Security Breach

Australian defence officials warned French naval contractor DCNS to beef up security in Australia, where it is preparing to build a A$50 billion ($38.13 billion) fleet of submarines, in the wake of a massive data leak, a government spokesman said on Friday.

Scorpene Submarine Data Leak: Setback to Indian Navy

Photo: DCNS

 India has began multiple investigations to determine the extent of damage caused by the reported massive leak of secret data detailing the combat and stealth capabilities of the Indian Navy’s soon-to-be-inducted Scorpene submarines.  

Large or Small, Land or Sea, Every Spill Matters.


There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental

French Sub Info Leaked

Leaked DCNS documents "neither critical nor confidential" - source   Leaked documents about French naval contractor DCNS' Scorpene submarines appear to be neither critical nor confidential, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday.  

SCHOTTEL’s LEACON Certified Leak-free

SCHOTTEL LEACON sealing system with SCHOTTEL Rudderpropeller (Image: SCHOTTEL GmbH)

Following a technical update, the SCHOTTEL LEACON system has now been certified by classification society DNV-GL as a leak-free sealing system for the oil-to-sea interface. This optimized version has already been integrated in the ongoing production.  

Shell: Force Majeure on Nigerian LNG

Shell Petroleum Development Company has declared force majeure (FM) on gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on Bonny Island, a spokeswoman said. "The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on gas supply to NLNG on

Det Norske to Restore Production at Alvheim after Leak

Alvheim FPSO (Photo: Det norske)

Norwegian oil firm Det norske said it expected to reach full production at its Alvheim FPSO (floating storage, offloading and producing unit) overnight after a leak, stopped production earlier on Thursday.   There was no discharge into the sea as a result of the incident, it added.  

Oil Spills from VLOC in Strait of Malacca

Incident of oil spill Photo Berge Bulk Maritime

Berge Bulk Maritime confirms that an its VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier)  “BERGE BUREYA” – (IMO/LR # 9297539) operated vessel was involved in an oil spill incident off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait earlier yesterday morning.  

Canada Seek to contain Oil Spill

Employee at work with Ram River Gas Plant in background Photo Husky Energy

Authorities are building a new containment boom to fight an oil spill in a major western Canadian river, officials said on Saturday, after the spill breached a previous barrier and threatened the drinking water of several communities along the coast.

Fire at Prelude LNG Construction Site in South Korea

Happier Times: In May 2013 the price per barrel of oil was more than $100 and Shell ha laid the keel for Prelude FLNG, the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project. (Courtesy of  Royal Dutch Shell)

Shell said a small fire occurred at the construction site in South Korea for its huge floating Prelude liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, with work resuming immediately and an investigation underway.   The incident would not have an impact on the delivery schedule

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