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    Company in Quinton explosion has numerous violations, fatalities

    A drilling company involved in the January rig explosion in Quinton that killed five men has a history of violations and fatalities.

    In this Jan. 22 2018 file photo provided from a frame grab by Tulsas KOTV NewsOn6.com fires burn at an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig near Quinton Okla.Attorneys continue litigation in five lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims — Matt Smith, 29, of McAlester, Oklahoma; Josh Ray, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; Cody Risk, 26, of Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge, 60, of Crescent, Oklahoma; and Roger Cunningham, 55, of Seminole, Oklahoma. The attorneys allege, among other things, gross negligence against Patterson-UTI — which has a history of workplace safety violations in a dangerous industry.

    The oil and gas industry averaged 106.07 fatal occupational injuries per year in America from 2003 to 2016, according to data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oklahoma averaged 11 fatal occupational injuries in the oil and gas industry during that same span, data shows.

    A 2008 report from a U.S. Senate committee called Patterson-UTI “one of the worst violators of workplace safety laws” and detailed 13 employee fatalities in Texas during about a four-year period. An Associated Press analysis from 2008 found at least 20 Patterson-UTI workplace fatalities between 2002 and 2007.


    Sharara oilfield armed attack leads to 160,000-barrel per day production loss

    Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that a group of unidentified gunmen stormed the Sharara oilfield’s station 186 yesterday morning.

    London 15 July 2018It confirmed reports that four employees were kidnapped by the attackers and that two were subsequently released. It did not confirm the nationality of the employees.

    The NOC said that it is currently liaising with the relevant authorities to resolve this problem and ensure the safety of staff.

    The Sharara oilfield is operated by Akakus Oil Operations, a joint venture between the NOC, France’s Total, Spain’s Repsol, Norway’s Statoil and Austria’s OMV. As a precautionary measure, the NOC announced that the oil wells in the adjacent areas were also shut down and all other workers were evacuated.


    After Deepwater Horizon, a new BP emerges

    Eight years ago, the oil giant BP was struggling to cap an out-of-control exploration well that was gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Tar balls had washed ashore on the Texas coast. A flotilla of boats was trying to skim or burn oil from the water's surface.

    The TransAdriatic pipeline will carry Caspian Sea natural gas to Europe. Bloomberg photo by Konstantinos TsakalidiAt BP's Houston exploration headquarters, engineers and geologists - as well as much of the rest of the country watching at home - were transfixed by live silent video of the well being illuminated against the dark sea floor by underwater robots. It was like watching the company's lifeblood pour out of the ground and seep into the murky gulf.

    But BP has survived. The 2010 oil spill, triggered by a blowout that killed 11 workers and toppled the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, "shook the company to its core," says Robert Dudley, a low-key American from Mississippi who took charge of the storied company formerly known as British Petroleum.

    Since the blowout, BP has sold off $75 billion of assets to cover unprecedented government fines, private damage claims and legal bills. It has retooled facilities, ousted two top executives and been lucky with the ups and downs of oil prices. Now it is once again investing profitably in massive oil and natural gas projects, including a Caspian gas pipeline, wells offshore Egypt and the fracturing of shale oil rock formations in Louisiana.


    Norwegian rig workers strike lifts Brent prices

    A strike started Tuesday by offshore oil and gas rig workers in Norway is putting pressure on Brent crude prices, adding to concerns of another supply disruption in global oil markets, Kallanish Energy reports.

    Above an oil platform in the North Sea in Norway. Hundreds of workers on Norwegian oil and gas offshore rigs are due to strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal.Futures for the global benchmark were trading on Tuesday at 10:00 EDT at 1.65% higher, or $1.29 a barrel. The September Brent crude oil reached $79.36/Bbl at that time, from $78.07/Bbl Monday.

    Two Norwegian trade unions – SAFE and Norwegian Shipowners’ Association – failed to reach an agreement during negotiations over wages and pension demands. Some 670 rig workers walked out of nine installations yesterday and another 901 workers, from 20 installations, may leave July 15, at the end of the mediation deadline.

    SAFE said in a statement 80% of its members rejected the Shipowners Association’s (representing the employers) offer, saying they failed to agree to a “fair pension requirement” and lift wages of rig workers. SAFE is seeking drilling workers’ wages to match those of workers for oil companies, which are higher.

    In total, up to 2,250 rig workers could join the action, SAFE said.


    Sixty Six Acquires Oklahoma-Based Five Star Rigs And Supply

    Sixty Six Oilfield Services Inc. said July 10 it completed the acquisition of Five Star Rig and Supply Inc., an Oklahoma-based drilling rig and supply parts company, in an all-stock transaction.

    Sixty Six Energy Aquires Five Star Rigs And SupplyIn April, Sixty Six said it had signed a letter of intent to acquire Five Star with plans to raise up to $20 million in debt and expansion capital. The terms of the transaction weren't disclosed.

    Five Star was founded in 1983 as a local oilfield supply company but has evolved over the years to become a manufacturer of oilfield equipment such as centrifugal pumps, wireline machines, bug blowers and FC-1000 and other 1000 HP mud pumps.

    Jason Clayton, president and majority owner of Five Star, said in April the company had been looking to expand its footprint in the drilling supply market.


    Iraqis protest at oilfields to call for jobs and basic services

    Iraqi police fired into the air to disperse protesters demanding jobs and better public services at one of three demonstrations outside major oilfields in the southern oil hub of Basra on Thursday, police sources said.

    Iraqis protest at oilfields to call for jobs and basic servicesTwo protesters were wounded, police and hospital sources said, without elaborating after the incident near an entrance to the giant West Qurna 2 oilfield, run by Lukoil.

    Local workers said around 10 protesters managed to briefly enter a crude separation facility before police pushed them back. An angry crowd set fire to a caravan used by police, said two policemen at the scene.

    The unrest did not impact production at West Qurna 2 or the other two fields, West Qurna 1 and Rumaila, two oil officials said.

    Oil exports from Basra account for more than 95 percent of OPEC producer Iraq’s state revenues. Any potential disruptions to production could severely impact the economy.


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