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US refineries commitment to safety called into question

A spate of serious accidents at US refineries has led to a renewed call for a commitment to safe operations from operators. Sean Ottewell reports

Explosion-proof enclosures for electrical equipment

Target offshore and onshore oil, gas and petrochemical applications

Explosive decompression perfluoroelastomer for offshore pumps and valves

Polymer's high fluorine content renders it inert to a wide range of liquids and gases such as hydrogen sulphide and methane

BP's 'top kill' tricky but doable; odds seen as even

BP says it has 30,000 hydraulic horsepower of pumping capacity at its disposal

IECEx Certification of Personnel Competency

New IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competency is off the ground

Preventing petroleum tank lightning strikes

New options make satisfying API RP 545 fast, economical, and safe for floating roof tank lightning protection. Del Williams report

Handheld ATEX laser measure

Suitable for offshore personnel working on high risk rigs and installations

Technology integration delivers more powerful integrity management

The complexity of the pipelines means there is no universal technical solution to all the safety challenges. But integration of existing technologies is a step forward. Jie-Wei Chen and Wolfgang Krieg report

Independent inspection key to oil and gas pipeline installations

The impact of the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill will result in oil and gas pipeline installations coming under far greater scrutiny from industry regulators over the coming months and years. Dr Richard Gooch discusses how to meet these more stringent engineering, inspection and safety requirements

New concept for explosion protection of generator sets

Flamepack is a self-contained, open frame module that sits on top of the generator set container and connects to the diesel engine

Oil spill detection system

The Miros OSD System utilises a standard marine X-band radar and advanced image processing algorithms for the detection of oil spill

Health and safety rules drive new industry initiatives

Evolving health and safety regulations are prompting a broad range of new initiatives within the industry, including a subsea well incident response project, novel landing string assemblies, and new guidelines to make offshore support vessels safer

Building competence through a well-defined industry collaboration

IMOSTI Inc trains and educates the workforce in offshore oil and gas industry

Safeguarding company employees and contractors

Placing staff and contractors in high risk locations needs to be based on high quality and timely information and backed up by detailed emergency planning. The two allow for proactive solutions that can be implemented smoothly in the face of rapidly changing circumstances. Nick Stocker reports

Light and fog warning systems for Saleh platforms

Platforms are marked by four Tideland Syncrolan LED light stations, fog signal, fog detector

Well capping device to bolster UK oil spill response capability

Cap uses a choke and a series of valves which close down and stop the flow of hydrocarbons

Explosion proof LED light

Suitable for applications such as petrochemical processing, offshore marine operations, paint spray booths

Safety and emergency protocol for Gulf of Mexico

FES International announces partnership with Helix Energy to offer official safety protocol for the Gulf of Mexico

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