Read the latest news and updates related to asset integrity in the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, and Process Industries.
Financial Post, November 28, 2013
In a world that doesn’t need an energy superpower, turning Canada into an energy superpower is bound to become a challenge. The major fossil fuel buzzwords are supply glut and demand peak, two trends that suggest another basic trend: weaker and falling prices.
Multibriefs, November 25, 2013
In sharp contrast to metals, ceramics are less vulnerable to corrosion because their chemical bonds of ceramics are oxidized at the outset, and therefore, corrosion is already present.
Bloomberg Businessweek, November 24, 2013
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asia’s largest refiner, said operations at its “super-large” production complex in Qingdao will be disrupted after a crude pipeline leak and blast that killed at least 52 people.
Reuters, November 22, 2013
An explosion in a Sinopec Corp oil pipeline killed 35 people in Qingdao in eastern China on Friday, causing a blaze that took several hours to bring under control and halting operations at a major oil port, media and ship brokers said.
Reuters, November 19, 2013
An explosion at Total's Antwerp refinery in Belgium, Europe's second-largest, killed two people, forced the evacuation of the site and caused the shutdown of a gasoline producing unit on Tuesday.
Reuters, November 15, 2013
An explosion of a Chevron Corp. pipeline rocked the rural town of Milford, Texas on Thursday. The rupture and subsequent explosion of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) line was said to have been caused when a construction crew accidentally drilled into the 10 inch LPG line. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. A Chevron spokesperson stated "the flow of product in the pipeline has been shut off and residual burn continues."
CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public
United States Chemical Safety Board, November 14, 2013
An explosion which occurred December 7, 2009, at the NDK Crystal manufacturing company in Belvidere, Illinois, fatally injuring a truck driver at a nearby gas station on the Illinois Tollway, resulted from corrosion in the walls of a pressure vessel, which went uninspected for years.
Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2013
Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the Iraqi government are closing in on a deal to construct an $11 billion petrochemical complex in southern Iraq. The project is being called "Nebras", Arabic for "beacon of light." The facility will house an ethane-cracking unit that would produce ethylene, a compound used in making plastic.
Houston Business Journal, November 8, 2013
Three Texas universities are teaming up to oversee the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, a center that will explore the best safety practices for offshore operations.
Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the Passing of Noted Chemical Process Safety Expert Professor Trevor Kletz
United States Chemical Safety Board, November 6, 2013
CSB board members and staff are saddened to learn of the death of the one of the world’s greatest authorities on chemical process safety, Dr. Trevor Kletz.
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Reuters, November 1, 2013
Tesoro Logistics LP on Friday said it is restarting the 20-year-old North Dakota pipeline that spilled 20,600 barrels of oil onto farmland in September after it secured permission from federal regulators.
Bloomberg, October 31, 2013
Pipeline safety has gained greater attention and political importance in recent years as the U.S. pipeline network tries to keep pace with booming oil and gas production. Although regulators have yet to produce new rules, they seem poised to enact more stringent regulations to detect pipeline leaks and increase pipeline safety.
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, October 31, 2013
A federal agency ordered Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Co. on Thursday to take corrective action in the wake of a recent oil spill near Tioga, N.D.
Forbes, October 29, 2013
In the three and a half years since the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, many new rules and regulations have been adopted for offshore drilling. Two of the most obvious responses for improving drilling safety, though, have been overlooked - at least until now.
NBC News, October 28, 2013
Initial investigations following a 20,600-barrel leak on a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in North Dakota point to corrosion on the 20-year-old pipeline, state regulators said Friday.
AIM Programs: Incorporation of all the Disciplines that Impact the Integrity of Infrastructure and Equipment
The goal of asset management is to effectively manage corporate assets in order to gain maximum value, profitability and returns, while safeguarding personnel, the community, and the environment. A true Asset Integrity Management program incorporates...
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