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  • China fireworks factory explosion kills 12

    23 September 2014

    A blast at Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others in the city of Liling in Hunan province, the Xinhua news agency reported on September 23. A further two people were also missing following the explosion. The blast left surrounding areas scattered with debris and glass shards from broken windows of nearby houses, Xinhua said....

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  • Sanctions force Exxon Mobil to pull out of Russian Arctic project

    23 September 2014

    Under the latest round of US and European sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, foreign oil companies have been barred from providing equipment, technology, or assistance to Russian oil projects. On September 20, Exxon Mobil issued a statement that the company was shutting down its joint project with Russian state-controlled oil giant OAO Rosneft in the Kara Sea, north of Siberia. ...

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  • EU antitrust authorities to approve UK nuclear plant project

    22 September 2014

    A European Commission spokesperson has confirmed EU state aid regulators will not oppose French utility EDF's plan to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in the UK. "Vice President Almunia will propose to the college of commissioners to take a positive decision in this case," EC spokesman Antoine Colombani said on September 22....

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  • Alabama steel plant blast injures three

    22 September 2014

    An explosion at US Steel's Fairfield Works outside Birmingham, Alabama, seriously injured three workers on September 21, local sources reported. AL.Com said that one of the three was possibly fatally injured. The incident reportedly happened when a pipe exploded in one of the three Q-BOP facilities at the plant....

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  • Oil & Gas UK statement on Scottish Referendum result

    19 September 2014

    Oil & Gas UK, the representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, issued the following statement on the Scottish Referendum result: ...

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Two injured in Ohio grain elevator explosion 18 September 2014

On September 18 two contractors were seriously injured in an explosion at the Mercer Landmark grain elevator in Celina, Ohio. According to a fire department spokesperson, a dust explosion in the elevator was followed by a fire.  ...

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UK Power Networks blames rain for increase in pavement explosions in London 17 September 2014

On September 16 the CEO of the company that maintains London’s power cables blamed a surge in potentially deadly pavement explosions on increasing rain, according to the Evening Standard newspaper. Basil Scarsella, who runs Hong Kong-based UK Power Networks, was appearing before Westminster Council’s Enviromment, Policy and Scrutiny Committee....

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Chevron pipeline closed after fatal incident 17 September 2014

Chevron Pipe Line Co. closed an Gulf of Mexico offshore gas pipeline after an incident on September 13 left a contract worker dead and two others injured. The pipeline links Gulf of Mexico production facilities to the Henry Hub storage and delivery point at Erath in Louisiana....

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Aberdeen safety conference next month: Book your delegate places or register for the exhibition now 16 September 2014

Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy 15 September 2014

Scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which could lead to a new era of cheap, clean and renewable energy. Chemists from the University of Glasgow report in a new paper in Science on September 12 on a new form of hydrogen production which is 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art method....

Features

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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A new enhanced oil recovery concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Initial studies show it will reduce the cost of water injection, avoid costly topside modifications and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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