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Forties pipeline shutdown

INEOS has released a statement confirming that the Forties Pipeline System has been shutdown following the discovery of a small hairline crack in the pipe.

Russia launches South pipeline

Russia’s South pipeline has commenced ultra-low-sulfur diesel exports to Black Sea and Mediterranean markets.

Vopak contracts Fluor

Fluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Vopak Terminal Durban (Pty) Ltd.


Wison granted DNV GL AiP

Wison’s multifunctional LNG distributor has been granted approval in principle by DNV GL.

PinnacleART and AspenTech partner up

PinnacleART and AspenTech have partnered to deliver asset maintenance and reliability solutions to the oil and gas and chemicals industries.


ExxonMobil and ITQ make ethylene breakthrough

ExxonMobil and Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica have discovered a material that could reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with ethylene production.


Alfa Laval receives order

Alfa Laval has won an order to supply heat exchangers to a refinery in the Middle East.


API supports DOT rail tank car action

API has welcomed the US Department of Transportation’s decision to rescind a requirement that tank cars be equipped with electronically-controlled pneumatic braking systems.


A new era

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Explosion at Baumgarten Natural Gas Station

Following an explosion on the grounds of the Baumgarten Natural Gas Station in Austria on 12 December 2017, Gas Connect Austria released the following statement:

“An explosion occurred […] on the grounds of the Baumgarten Natural Gas Station. The fire produced by the incident was then completely extinguished during the afternoon. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that an employee of TUV Austria lost his life in the accident. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones and will support them as much as possible during this difficult time. The exact circumstances of the accident are still unclear and are being investigated. The company is doing everything possible to help with these investigations. 21 people were injured. All of them received immediate medical attention and nearly all of them have already been able to leave the hospital.

“The parts of the plant that were affected by the incident are currently non-operational. However, following extensive investigations by the fire brigade and the regional police, flows on the Trans Austria Gas pipeline towards Italy, the West Austria Gas pipeline to Germany and the Hungaria-Austria Gas pipeline will be restored over the next few hours.

“The exact cause of the accident is unclear; the current assumption is that it was caused by a technical fault. The respective authorities and experts from Gas Connect Austria are intensively investigating the potential causes of the incident. Austria’s natural gas supply was at no time at risk. With the restart of operation on the international pipeline systems, it will be possible to resume transit through Austria, thereby restoring security of supply for the affected countries.”

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