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Six hurt in oil platform blaze

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Wednesday December 15, 2010

KUALA TERENGGANU: Six offshore oil rig workers were injured when a fire broke out at the Bekok C platform operated by Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd about 200km off Terengganu waters.

They were among 102 people buy cialis online who were carrying out chores at the site when the incident occurred at 12.05am yesterday. All of them were evacuated to another platform by Petronas’ emergency response team.

Petronas Carigali said 108 workers were on the platform when the fire broke out.

Bekok C was undergoing a scheduled shutdown for maintenance during the mishap, it said in a statement.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated. Those injured were sent to Sultanah Nur Zahirah hospital here where they were recuperating.

They were identified as Alias Abdullah, 32, Mohd Hamzah Abdullah, 32, Mohd Fauzi Ibrahim, 37, M. Rishaudin Ismail, 32, Mohd Ariff Farimi, 28, and Zamri Wagiman, 33.

One of the injured was later sent to the ICU when his condition deteriorated.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who visited the injured during the lunch break of the state legislative assembly, said the victims were traumatised over the incident.

“They said sparks from one of the maintenance valves could have caused the fire. They were all panic-struck but were thankful there were no fatalities,” he said.

Reporters were barred from interviewing the victims at the hospital.

Pic taken fr Metro Harian

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Petronas Carigali awards US$280m offshore contract to Petrofac

Friday, December 31st, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd has awarded a US$280 million contract to London Stock Exchange-listed Petrofac to develop an offshore early production system on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Petrofac said on its website on Thursday, Dec 30, said the contract was awarded following a competitive tender and first oil is viagra purchase canada expected before the end of 2011.

Under the contract, Petrofac will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) for the full scope of the early production system in a water depth of approximately 65 metres.

The EPCIC will comprise of a mobile

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offshore production unit (MOPU), a floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility for the early production of approximately 20,000 barrels of oil per day, and all interconnecting subsea pipelines.

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Cendor phase I development,  also undertaken by Petrofac on behalf of Petronas in record time under a production sharing contract framework.

Among the local partners supporting Petrofac in this project are Kencana HL, which will add all the processing equipment to the MOPU, and BumiArmada which will supply and install the FSO.

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Silver Eagle refinery fined $1 million over explosion, fire

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:32 a.m. MDT

By Joseph M. Dougherty, Deseret News

WOODS CROSS — The Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division has fined Silver Eagle Refining Inc. more than $1 million following two serious incidents in 2009.

The bulk of the fines — $896,000 — stem from what the division called “willful” violations, meaning either the company knowingly committed them or didn’t knowingly commit them but was aware of hazardous conditions and acted in careless disregard of its responsibilities.

The citations also include “serious” violations with fines totaling $102,000. Serious violations are those where an accident could occur that would result in death or serious physical harm. The division also issued $8,400 in fines for “repeat” violations.

In November 2009, a leaking hydrogen pipe at a dewaxing unit Levitra canadian pharmacy at the company’s refinery in Woods Cross exploded, damaging nearby homes.

The explosion caused an outcry, not only because of the damage, but because of a flash fire that

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occurred at the refinery in January 2009. That fire hospitalized four workers and led to evacuations across the city.

For the November explosion, the company’s primary insurer has paid out its coverage limit of $1 million to address the vast majority of the more than 290 claims — mostly for damage to homes — and the rest of the claims are being handled by another underwriter, said Mike Redd, Silver Eagle vice president for refining and operations.

The refinery lost about $800,000 a day after it shut down refining operations between November and Feb. 17, when a refining unit was brought back online, processing about 4,000 barrels of oil per day

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into gasoline, diesel and wax.

Silver Eagle expects to pay part of the fine, though it’s too early to determine how much. A team of experts is reviewing the 153-page citation to identify which parts the company will affirm and which it will refute, said spokeswoman Cindy Gubler.

It’s a process that could take months to work through, Gubler said.

Many of the violations in the citations, which were issued April 28 but only obtained by news outlets recently, begin with the phrase, “The employer did not ensure …” The citations for willful violations state Silver Eagle did not:

 Ensure that certain buildings adequately protect employees.

Enforce the wearing of flame-resistant coveralls.

 Adequately control vehicle access.

 Follow accepted engineering practices relating to pressure vessels, policies and procedures.

 Ensure frequency of inspections and tests of process equipment.

 Correct deficiencies in pressure-relief valves.

Trina Patterson, a neighborhood resident whose home was damaged in the November explosion, said she didn’t think she could be shocked anymore by Silver Eagle.

“I’m finding out about violations prior to the blast that they did not correct,” she said.

Patterson said she’s concerned that no agency seems to have the authority to determine if Silver Eagle is safe or if it should be closed down. The Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division’s mandate is to protect employees, she said.

“The (refinery’s) lack of concern for safety doesn’t stop at the property line, which we learned in November,” Patterson said



Monday, November 8th, 2010

Bernama – Tuesday, November 9

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workers of a motorcycle wheel rim factory, Excel Rim Sdn Bhd,

in Prai industrial area here, were injured when a dust collector machine at the factory suddenly exploded and led to a fire that burned the facility to the ground.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Director (Operations) Mohamad Razam Taja Rahim said workers were flung by the force of the explosion which occurred at 10.15am.

He said the injured worker were sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital and Bagan Specialist Hospital for treatment, while 70 other workers on duty escaped unhurt.

“The fire squad took cheep kamagra 15 minutes to spray foam and put the blaze under control,” he told reporters here today.

The explosion also caused damage to two other factories located nearby.

Losses estimated at over RM1 million and the cause of the explosion is being investigated, he added.


Fire And Explosion At Biotechnology Factory

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Article taken from DOSH Malaysia 1/4/2010





1: Ceilings damaged by explosion

Recently, there was an incident involved fire and explosion at biotechnology factory. The incident took place at production workshop for sweetener

products. The incident occurred when the production workers poured the sweetener powder into reactor which contained of ethanol. Suddenly, fires came out from reactor and flashed all workers around the area creating an explosion. The explosions caused severe damage to the workshop especially the ceilings and walls. The incident also caused a worker seriously injured and three others injured.

Figure 2: Reactor condition after incident
1. Hazard and operability studies (HAZOP) must be carried out on the process system which involves mixing of powder material (which fda approved viagra sales size is less then 420 micron in diameter) and highly flammable liquid before the process started.
2. Employers must supply workers with suitable personal protective equipment such as fire retardant coverall and free electrostatic cloth, respirator and gloves to avoid electrostatic charge and smell of toxic gaseous.
3. Employers must ensure that workers wear suitable personal protective equipment for maintenance work.
4. A safe system must be designed for pouring of powder (which size is of 420 micron in diameter) into reactor i.e contain of ethanol to avoid workers from activity that can create hazard. Besides, workers are prohibited from pouring the powder into reactor which contain ethanol by themselves.
5. Every process of production activity must be supervised by a trained safety and health officer especially in identifying fire and explosion hazard caused by process production process activity.


MALAYSIA aims to become an oil field services and equipment (OFSE) hub for Asia

Thursday, November 4th, 2010


MALAYSIA aims to become an oil field services and equipment (OFSE) hub for Asia, leveraging on its strategic location at the centre of the Asia Pacific region and adjacent to the international shipping lanes.

Under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), three entry point projects (EPPs) have been identified to attain the target.

As outlined under the National Key Economic Activity (NKEA) for oil, gas and energy sector, the three EPPs are to attract multinational companies (MNCs) to bring a sizeable share of their global operations to Malaysia, the ETP report said.

The projects are also geared at consolidating domestic fabrications, developing engineering, procurement and installation capabilities and capacity through strategic partnerships and joint ventures.


The global OFSE market is valued at RM800 billion and has undergone rapid growth of 25 per cent an annum in recent years.

With a burgeoning domestic oil and gas industry, proximity to oil fields and a cost-competitive workforce, Malaysia is well-placed to become Asia’s OFSE hub.

In addition, by increasing competitive pressures in the domestic market, there is potential for Malaysian companies to first become domestic champions and subsequently regional champions as it captures a larger share of the regional market.

Under the sector’s NKEA, the target is to attract 10 to 20 major international companies in the OFSE industry, bringing about 10 per cent of their business operations to Malaysia.

“This translates to around 40 per cent of their regional activities and would mean positioning Malaysia as a cost-competitive base for engineering, procurement and construction as well as strategic base for installation activities in the Asia Pacific region,” the report noted.

If the goal is met, the OFSE industry will have considerable impact, creating over 20,000 jobs and almost RM6.1 billion of incremental gross national income (GNI) by 2020.

A permanent government body to be known as Oil Field Services Unit (OFSU) will be set up. It will be responsible for overseeing the oil field services industry’s growth and development.

Comprising 20 people, with at least 10 of whom will have the oil and gas industry experience, OFSU will be fully operational within the next six months.

Among others, its responsibilities are to make recommendations on how to restructure the domestic industry to create a more competitive environment and position the industry and its companies for growth, and to promote the Malaysian OFSE industry and companies to overseas firms and investors.

OFSU will require only minimal funding of RM5 million a year to cover its operating expenses. However, the success of the EPP is contingent on attracting foreign players to set up operations overnight viagra here, which would require estimated funding totalling RM6.8 billion. This comprises of RM6.3 billion in private investment and RM500 million in public investment.

On the whole, the ETP has identified 12 EPPs and two business opportunities within the NKEA for oil, gas and energy sector.

“These EPPs will contribute RM47.1 billion to GNI to meet the 2020 targets. An additional RM61.2 billion will come from business opportunities and baseline growth,” the report said.

Thus, the NKEA expects to deliver a RM131.4 billion GNI impact and create an additional 52,300 jobs in this sector.

A significant proportion of these jobs will be highly-skilled jobs, with an estimated 21,000 or 40 per cent for qualified professionals such as engineers and geologies, with monthly salaries in the range of RM5,000 to RM10,000.

The incremental GNI includes RM23.1 billion of GNI from the multiplier effect created by EPPs from other sectors.

The largest sources of the multiplier effect on the oil, gas and energy NKEA are palm oil, tourism and electronics and electrical NKEAs, for example, an increase in generic cialis online

usage of energy due to an increase in tourists visiting Malaysia.

The oil, gas and energy NKEA is targeting a 5 per cent annual growth for the sector from 2010 to 2020. This is an ambitious goal, particularly against a backdrop of the natural 2 per cent decline of oil and gas production.


Petronas Chemicals' big debut

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Petronas Chemicals’ big debut

By Goh Thean Eu

Published: 2010/11/02


Petronas Chemicals’ IPO will potentially be the biggest in Southeast Asia, valued at over RM12.5 billion.


Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd, a Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) subsidiary, will be listed on November 26 in what will potentially be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in Southeast Asia, valued at over RM12.5 billion.

The IPO involves 2.48 billion shares, or 31 per cent of Petronas Chemicals’ enlarged share capital, according to its listing prospectus published yesterday.

The exercise includes an offer for sale of 1.78 billion shares and issuance of 700 million new shares. More than 10 per cent, or 293 million of the IPO shares, are being offered to retail investors at RM5.05 each.

The price for institutional investors is being fixed via a bookbuilding, with the bidding price starting at RM4.50, sources said.


The share sale is set to be the biggest in the region, at least in recent times. It will surpass the US$2.7 billion (RM8.4 billion) raised by Global Logistic Properties Ltd in Singapore last

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month and the US$3.3 billion (RM10.2 billion) raised by Maxis Bhd last year.

Petronas Chemicals expects to generate some RM3.54 billion proceeds from the 700 million new shares, the prospectus noted.

Almost two-thirds of the proceeds, or RM2.24 billion, will be used for business expansion and acquisitions in the next five years. About one-third, or RM1.2 billion, is for working capital over two years.

Petronas Chemicals’ sales and profit have declined in the past two years. Its earnings eased 25.5 per cent to RM3.45 billion in the financial year ended March 31 2009, while revenue dropped 3.79 per cent to RM12.86 billion.

The following fiscal year, net profit fell 24.7 per cent to RM2.59 billion while sales slowed 1.3 per cent to RM12.2 billion.

Analysts, however, remained upbeat about response to the IPO. This was due partly to the strong interest shown in last week’s listing of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd, another Petronas outfit.

“I believe the IPO will generate good response from investors. First is that the company gets its gas feedstock from its parent, which may translate into better margins. This will help it to be profitable, even during bad years.

“Second is that it will be a composite index component stock. Investors just can’t ignore that,” said an analyst from a local brokerage, who declined to be named.

The analyst added that Petronas Chemicals’ proposed dividend policy of giving half

of its net profit back to shareholders would add to its appeal.

Most analysts and research heads are in a “blackout” phase currently as the investment banks they are working for are involved in the IPO. During this time, they are not allowed to issue research reports or comment on Petronas Chemicals.Signs are that the company is on the growth path again.

In the four months ended July 31 2010, its net profit jumped 59 per cent to RM938 million. Group revenue rose by almost 30 per cent to RM4.22 billion.

“It is a volatile business. You have good years and bad years. And when cheap cialis from india you are in good years, the profits are really, really good,” said a research head.

Some analysts, however, were not entirely positive on the company.

“It is currently in a very tight spot. It is caught in between the supplier countries and consumer countries, whereby supplier countries like those in the Middle East and consumer countries like China are setting up their own petrochemical plants.

This has resulted in increased competition,” said another analyst.

The principal adviser, managing underwriter and joint underwriter of the mega-IPO is CIMB Investment Bank Bhd, with 13 other local investment banks as joint underwriters.

The retail offering, which began yesterday, will end on November 9.

The institutional offering, which started on October 26, will end on November 12.

Price determination date and balloting will also be on November 12.