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Russian pipeline company faces claims of up to $1bn for polluted oil 06 February 2020

Industry sources have told Reuters news agency that the Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft is facing claims of up to $1 billion relating to the contamination of around five million tonnes of oil in April 2019....

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Pipeline corrosion and leak detector inspired by bats 04 February 2020

Engineers have developed a new scanning technique that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines by using a method that mimics bats. Similar to how a bat uses differing wavelengths of ultrasound to detect its surroundings, the new system combines two separate types of radiation, fast neutrons and gamma rays, to detect corrosion....

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German government plans to exit coal industry by 2038 03 February 2020

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on January 29 that the government is backing plans to stop using coal as an energy source by 2038. The move is part of the ruling coalition’s efforts to protect the climate and move towards renewable energy sources....

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At least four dead following oil tanker fire off UAE coast 03 February 2020

A fire on a disused oil tanker on January 29 has killed four people and injured eight others. The fire broke out on the Zoya 1 while it was around 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Sharjah, UAE....

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Texas oil well explosion kills three, injures one 03 February 2020

An explosion at an oil well killed three contractors and inured one person in the US on January 29. One of the workers died at the scene while two others died in hospital in the following days having suffered severe burns....

Features

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Alarming your tank farm

Twenty-five years on from a major explosion at an oil refinery, what can we learn about alarm annunciation? Here, Gary Bradshaw, Director at alarm annunciator specialist Omniflex, explains why many sites that fall within the scope of the Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) regulations are in urgent need of physical alarm panels that emit light and sound in the event of imminent danger....

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Utilities company puts handheld gas detection to the test

Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England. Covering a sixth of the UK, WWU takes care of 2.5 million gas supply points in homes and businesses in a catchment area with a population of 7.5 million people....

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A new start

This is my first article for Hazardex since I left my role as the IECEx Chairman at the end of 2019. According to our rules, after two terms of three years, the chairmanship of the IECEx System must be handed over to a new person. In my case, I handed the position onto Paul Meanwell, a manufacturer’s representative from South Africa....

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