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  • Pennsylvania oil pipeline spill disrupts local water supplies

    24 October 2016

    A pipeline breach leaked about 1,300 barrels (250,000 litres) of gasoline into a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, state environmental authorities said on October 21. The leak caused the local water company to warn customers to reduce water use as a precaution....

  • Hazardex 2017 Awards for Excellence - Call for Nominations

    21 October 2016

    The 2017 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK on March 2nd & 3rd 2017. The event will feature a hazardous area and process safety sector awards programme to highlight examples of excellence, and nominations for this are now open....

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  • UK downstream oil industry sets out key priorities for BREXIT negotiations and industrial strategy

    20 October 2016

    The UK Petroleum Industry Association has published its latest report, titled Fuelling the UK’s Economic Engine, setting out the key priorities for the downstream oil sector for a new relationship with the European Union and for a meaningful industrial and energy strategy that works for the whole UK....

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  • Five French nuclear reactors with Japanese parts ordered to close down and undergo safety tests

    19 October 2016

    France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) has ordered the country’s main power generator Électricité de France (EDF) to conduct checks at five nuclear reactors ahead of scheduled maintenance, citing potential weakness in critical forged parts manufactured by a Japanese company. The company, Japan Casting & Forging Corp. (JCFC), is also under scrutiny by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority....

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  • Dust explosion at Korean chemical plant kills one, injures four

    19 October 2016

    A dust explosion in a silo at the Star Chemical company plant in the city of Gumi in south eastern South Korea left one worker dead and four others injured on October 19, the Yonhap agency reported. A silo containing terephthalic acid powder caught fire while workers were removing the silo's pipes. The chemical is a raw material used in producing polyester, widely used for clothes....

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Hazardex 2017 exhibition & conference, poster sites available 19 October 2016

With six months to go, there are just a handful of poster sites remaining for the event next March (2nd & 3rd). Please contact us promptly if you are interested in taking one of these or maybe sponsoring an award category. Call +44 (0) 1732 359990 or email for more information. ...

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Many killed in fire at hospital in eastern India 18 October 2016

At least 21 died and many were injured after a devastating fire broke out at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on October 17. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the incident: "Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families."...

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Polish shale gas programme ends after last two operators withdraw 18 October 2016

Poland's drive to exploit shale gas has come to an end with the last two companies involved, state-run gas firm PGNiG and oil refiner PKN Orlen, announcing they will withdraw from the sector. Miroslaw Kochalski, deputy head of PKN, told a news conference on October 12 that shale gas projects had been terminated, which was later echoed by Piotr Wozniak, the chief executive officer at PGNiG....

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Three injured in upstate New York tanker truck explosion 18 October 2016

Three people were hospitalised on October 17 after a tanker truck being loaded with a mix of kerosene and asphalt caught fire and exploded at an asphalt plant in Glenville near Albany, NY. During the heating of a valve on the truck vapours ignited, causing the fire and ensuing explosion, officials said. The incident is still under investigation....

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Two confirmed killed, one missing and six seriously injured after huge explosion at BASF chemical plant in Germany 18 October 2016

An explosion at a chemical plant in western Germany on October 17 killed two, with another man confirmed missing. The blast happened at BASF's main site in Ludwigshafen at around 11.30am during work on a pipeline transporting chemicals and flammable liquids to the plant's northern harbour on the river Rhine, the company said....


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Containing dust explosions in pharmaceutical processing

During the handling, storage and processing of pharmaceutical raw materials, the explosion risk of bulk powders is always present. Kevin Spiess of BS&B Safety Systems shares insights into explosion containment using different methods of explosion protection suited to pharmaceutical manufacturing....

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Solar storms could take down electricity grids and cost trillions of dollars - report

The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (CCRS) has released a report, the Helios Solar Storm Scenario, exploring the potential impact a massive solar flare could have on the US economy and insurance industry. The report includes three stress test variations gauging different damage distribution and restoration timeframes, forecasting total...


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The scourge of pipeline theft

Around the world, the deliberate theft of product from pipelines is a growing concern. Even with depressed oil prices, the lure of a quick profit that can be derived from illegally tapping into pipelines to remove product is driving many billions of dollars of losses around the world every year. ...

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