Bruce Craig

    Offshore oil & gas and shipping: a complex legal picture

    Although in recent years there has been a movement towards renewable energy, the UK continues to rely heavily on the North Sea offshore oil and gas industry to meet its energy needs. It is therefore fair to say that rumours of the demise of offshore oil and gas are greatly exaggerated.

    By Bruce Craig, Pinsent Masons on 22 July 2022


    Clean energy: the safety risks

    The planned transition to cleaner sources of energy like hydrogen will help us reach our climate change goals, but the safety risks must not be overlooked.

    By Paul Davidson, Dräger Marine and Offshore on 01 November 2021


    Down to earth

    Brazing is still widely used in earthing systems, despite the increased evidence of the high safety risks that it poses.

    By Nik Sweeting, Aplicaciones Tecnológicas S.A. on 02 September 2019


    Valero Energy fined £5m after refinery explosion kills four

    An eight-year investigation into an explosion at a Pembrokeshire oil refinery that killed four workers has culminated at court in a £5m fine for Valero Energy.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 07 June 2019

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    Marathon Oil fined £1.16m for Boxing Day gas blast

    The UK arm of American-owned Marathon Oil has been fined over £1m after a corroded pipe burst on its North Sea platform, 250 kilometres north-east off the coast of Aberdeen.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 30 May 2019

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    Oil and gas decommissioning – as complex as it can get

    Regarded by some as a ‘necessary evil’, decommissioning in the oil and gas industry are inherently hazardous projects, which require meticulous management and an extremely defined skill set, if they’re to be executed safely.

    By Richard Vann, RVA Group and Past president of the Institute of Demolition Engineers on 01 November 2018


    RMT issues modern day warning for Piper Alpha memorial day

    Thirty years on from the worst oil disaster in history, the offshore industry is in danger of repeating mistakes that saw 167 workers killed in the Piper Alpha explosion, the RMT has warned.

    By British Safety Council on 09 July 2018