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Schlumberger, August 26, 2015

Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to the oil and gas industry, and Cameron, a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil and gas industries, today jointly announced a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction.

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PlasticsNews.com, August 26, 2015

LyondellBasell is reportedly planning on adding a new polyethylene resin plant at one of the company's facilities in Texas. LyondellBasell is already in the midst of massive capacity expansions for ethylene feedstock, including...

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BP, August 25, 2015

BP has safely restarted a large crude distillation unit (CDU) at the company's 413,000 bpd refinery in Whiting, Indiana. The unit has been shut down since August 8th after workers discovered a piping leak.

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Future Market Insights, August 22, 2015

The global intelligent pigging services market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period (2015–2025). Pipeline inspection gauges, also known as pigs, are devices used for inspection and maintenance operations of oil and gas pipelines.

Air Products Opens New Helium Plant in Colorado
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Air Products, August 21, 2015

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a global manufacturer of industrial gases and chemicals, has opened its new Doe Canyon helium production facility in Colorado. The Doe Canyon helium plant is the only one in the world extracting helium from a gas stream composed primarily of carbon dioxide (CO2). The helium from Doe Canyon will further diversify Air Products’ supply chain to ensure a reliable and stable supply for its customers.

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Delaware News Journal, August 21, 2015

An equipment problem touched off a fire in the Delaware City Refinery Friday, sending smoke billowing from the site. No injuries were reported. A compressor malfunction caused the fire at about 1 p.m.

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ABC13.com, August 20, 2015

Lightning struck a transformer Thursday morning at Valero Energy's refinery in Texas City, causing a fire that sent thick black smoke up from the facility.

Irving Oil Planning Largest Turnaround Project in Company History
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Irving Oil, August 20, 2015

This Fall, Irving Oil will invest $200 million in a turnaround project at its Saint John refinery. The project, called Operation Falcon, will be the largest turnaround in the company's history, with a focus on improving safety, reliability and long-term competitiveness.

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Lloyd's Register, August 14, 2015

Lloyd’s Register Energy releases a new Guidance Note on Risk-based Inspection for Classification and hull integrity management, providing a unique flexible approach to help operators mitigate risk and unplanned downtime.

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Paint Square, August 14, 2015

Early Wednesday morning a fire and several explosions were reported at Century Industrial Coatings plant in Jacksonville, TX. Fortunately no one was injured...

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Daily Breeze, August 14, 2015

ExxonMobil has been fined $566,600 for numerous workplace health and safety violations discovered in the wake of the February explosion of the fluid catalytic cracker unit (FCCU) at the company's 155,000 bpd refinery in Torrance, California.

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Reuters, August 14, 2015

Explosions and a fire erupted on Friday at a DrillChem plant in Conroe, Texas, sending up flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles around, but there were no initial reports of any injuries, police said.

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Washington Post, August 13, 2015

A series of massive explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin has killed at least 50 people, many of which were firefighters, and injured hundreds more.

163 tons of butadiene accidentally released at Shell
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Houston Chronical, August 13, 2015

Earlier this week, approximately 163 tons of butadiene was inadvertently released at Shell Oil's Deer Park facility. Butadiene is an important industrial chemical commonly used in the production of synthetic rubber and plastics, but it is also...

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Bloomberg, August 13, 2015

A fire and explosion have rocked Czech refiner Unipetrol's petrochemical plant in Litvinov. The ethylene facility is Unipetrol's most profitable unit and a prolonged shutdown will not...

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