Safety

Fire breaks out at Exxon's refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands

(Reuters) — ExxonMobil Corp said on Monday a fire broke out at its refinery in Rotterdam but that there were no injuries and most of the facility remained operational.

At least one dead, 5 burned in eastern Mexico pipeline explosion

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — At least one person died and five others suffered burns after a pipeline exploded during an illegal tap in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, state-owned oil company Pemex and state emergency services said on Saturday.

XOS launches analyzer for testing critical elements in petroleum refineries

ALBANY, N.Y. — XOS has announced the worldwide release of Petra MAX, a new D4294 analyzer with combined analysis of 13 elements from P to Zn. Petra MAX delivers high-precision sulfur analysis in addition to rapid monitoring of critical elements like Ca, Fe, K, Ni, and V at sub-ppm levels.

Schneider Electric, Claroty partner to address safety, cybersecurity challenges

NEW YORK — Claroty, in Operational Technology (OT) network protection, and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that they are partnering to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world's industrial infrastructure.

California rolls out new refinery regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State agencies today announced final approval of new regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries across the state. The regulations take effect Oct. 1.

Rethinking the risk mitigation process and revitalizing operational safety

Planche, S., DuPont Sustainable Solutions

For the past 2 yr, oil prices have been in free-fall. At the time of writing, the WTI price is around $50/bbl, up slightly since OPEC’s May 2017 announcement to extend its September 2016 production cut of 2.2%.

Role statements needed for reliability job functions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Experience shows that written role statements impart great value to industries that have reliability professionals on staff.

Carburization inspection robots for radiant tubes inside ethylene cracking furnaces

Tiyawongsakul, T., Rayong Engineering & Plant Service Co. Ltd.

In an olefins plant, the reliability of ethylene cracking furnaces is one of the deciding factors used to indicate whether or not the plant can be operated at its design productivity.

Plug the metering skills gap to ensure measurement accuracy and safety

Macgillivray, A., TUV NEL Ltd.

In all sectors of industry, the measurement of flow is of vital importance. However, in an industry that is cutting costs, what impact will a growing skills gap have on meter management and accuracy of measurement?

Supply Chain: Rail’s speed of change is all about efficiency

Donofrio, T., Argo Consulting

Railroads have long played a major role in safely and efficiently moving freight from origin to destination. However, for more than a decade, they have faced declines and slow growth in coal and other bulk commodities transported by carload service.