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  • 2 dead after explosion at gas plant in China

    19 July 2019

    An explosion at a gas factory in central China has left two people dead and an unconfirmed amount of people missing. The blast on July 19 happened in the air separation unit of the Yima gas factory, according to the state news agency Xinhua....

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  • Australian offshore regulator orders shutdown of Timor Sea FPSO vessel

    12 July 2019

    On July 11, Australian offshore safety regulator NOPSEMA issued a prohibition notice to Upstream Production Solutions (UPS) as service provider and Northern Oil & Gas Australia (NOGA) as operator of the Northern Endeavour floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Timor Sea to halt all production and cease all operations immediately....

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  • US Hanford nuclear plant is degrading, environment at risk

    12 July 2019

    A new report from the US Department of Energy has said that a plant at the Hanford nuclear site in the State of Washington is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment. The PUREX (Plutonium Uranium Extraction) plant is heavily contaminated having been used to produce plutonium for the US defence programme up until the 1980s....

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  • HSE releases annual UK workplace fatality figures

    11 July 2019

    On July 3, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its provisional annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19. These revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers)....

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  • Fire at Russian power plant kills one, injures 13

    11 July 2019

    A fire broke out at a thermal power plant near Moscow on July 11 killing a woman and injuring 13 people. The blaze started at a natural gas pipeline on the premises of the power plant before being extinguished by firefighters a few hours later....

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SPE Offshore Europe 2019 - Breakthrough to excellence 11 July 2019

As the global climate change debate heats up and the oil and gas industry embraces a more digitalised and sustainable role in the energy transition, leaders and innovators from across the energy mix will unite at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland....

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Black lung disease on the rise among US coal miners 10 July 2019

Cases of coal miners suffering from pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, are on the rise in the US despite regulations on dust exposure in mining. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers suggest that the increased rates of the disease could be a result of greater exposure to silica dust, likely due to the mining of ever-narrowing coal seams that require cutting through large amounts of rock to access....

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Hazardex Conference & Exhibition returns to Harrogate 10 July 2019

The 2020 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will take place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, its original home. For the last five years the event was located at Runcorn in Cheshire, but before that was run very successfully in the elegant North Yorkshire spa town....

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UK downstream oil sector maps out its future in a low-carbon world 09 July 2019

A new report from the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) outlines the opportunities across the downstream oil sector – from the refinery to the forecourt – that can help companies decarbonise their operations, provide a new generation of low-carbon liquid fuels to consumers and ensure that the industry continues to be a major contributor to the UK economy....

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New technologies are gearing up to find fugitive methane leaks 09 July 2019

A suite of new technologies may soon be patrolling for fugitive — invisible but harmful — natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector. The University of Calgary's recent study suggests that drones, aircraft, trucks, fixed sensors and even satellites may be poised to help find gas leaks quickly, preventing damage to the environment and human health....

Features

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Lessons and challenges in major hazards leadership: a personal perspective

Jo Nettleton is Deputy Director and Head of Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation at the UK Environment Agency. In this article, based on her presentation at the Hazardex 2019 Conference, she looks at some of the high hazard incidents that have occurred during her wide-ranging career and reflects on the importance of leadership and collaboration in preventing these incidents. Jo also considers some of the main challenges for the future....

Case Studies

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Challenges and opportunities: Taking the Scotch whisky sector beyond compliance

Last autumn, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched its first Sector Plan for one of the biggest industries in Scotland: Whisky. This sector plan is not about implementation, because all but a small number of distilleries in Scotland fulfil their obligations, says Paul Guppy of DPS Group. This is about a new key phrase which is becoming increasingly important, moving beyond compliance....

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Taking the EU cyber security Directive seriously

The EU’s NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) is the first piece of EU-wide cyber security legislation. It aims to achieve a high common level of network and information system security across the EU’s critical infrastructure. The Directive was enacted into UK law on 10 May 2018, and fines of up to £17 million can be levied on companies found to be in contravention....

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