China uncovers "20,000 potential risks" in oil and gas sector

Nearly 20,000 disaster risks were uncovered in China’s oil and gas sector during a safety investigation, reports claim. The probe was launched following a pipeline explosion in the East Asian nation in November last year which killed 62 people and is said to have cost 750 million yuan (£75.2m). Reports claim it found that “pipeline […]

China launches investigation after 52 killed in oil pipeline blast

China has launched an investigation into the safety of oil and gas pipelines in the country, after 52 people were killed in an explosion at a pipeline owned by Sinopec in Qingdao. At least 136 people have also been hospitalised, with 10 in critical condition while another 11 are also reported missing. On a visit […]

’60 feared dead or missing’ after oil-tanker train explosion

Around 60 people are now believed to be dead or missing after a freight train carrying crude oil exploded in Quebec, Canada. The unmanned Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) train derailed and blew up in the middle of the town of Lac-Megantic near the Maine border early Saturday morning. It was carrying 72 carloads […]

Canada oil train blast kills five

An oil train in Canada which derailed and exploded over the weekend has killed five people and left 40 missing, Canadian police have reported. Local residents were evacuated after a freight train reportedly lost control in the small town of Lac-Megantic near Quebec in eastern Canada. The subsequent blast destroyed a number of buildings. Towering […]

25 deaths in explosion at Mexico power firm HQ

Explosions at the headquarters of Mexican state oil firm PEMEX killed at least 25 people and wounded more than a hundred. Among the dead are 17 women and eight men, while around 50 are still hospitalised. Three blasts in the space of a few minutes damaged the basement and two floors of the Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) offices […]

Hunt continues after deadly explosion rocks oil rig

An explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday left one dead, another worker missing and hospitalised 11 more. Over the weekend ships and helicopters were looking for the two workers who vanished when the blast rocked the rig and set it on fire. The oil rig off the coast of […]

Toxic gas leads to mass evacuation in Germany

Around 1,400 people were evacuated from their homes in Germany today after a chemical leak in a factory caused a cloud of poisonous gas. The accident occurred in a factory run by US food giant Kraft in Bad Fallingbostel, a small town in Northern Germany. Reports claim the incident happened when employees accidentally poured acid […]

Five dead in China’s coal mine gas blast

A  gas blast in a coal mine in China has led to five deaths, Chinese media reported. The accident occurred in East China’s Anhui province yesterday in the privately-owned Wunan Coal mine. An investigation showed six people were working underground at the time of the accident and one is still missing. Reports claim the municipal Government […]

Nigerian oil explosion kills 200 people

Around 200 people were killed in an oil explosion in southern Nigeria, reports confirmed today. The incident occurred in the southern Rivers state yesterday as people rushed to scoop up free leaking fuel where a gasoline tanker had overturned. Sampson Parker, Rivers State Commissioner for Health told a news outlet: “I will describe this as […]

Boy dies in Oldham gas explosion

A young boy has died following a gas explosion in Oldham, Manchester yesterday. Around a hundred people were evacuated from the neighbouring houses after the blast, which Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said “significantly damaged” at least two houses, affecting five overall. The body of the young boy, believed to be two, was found inside one […]