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EDF shuts down nuclear plant after strong earthquake in southern France 12 November 2019

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake centred in the southern Ardeche department on November 11 has caused French electricity utility EDF to shut down three reactors at its Cruas nuclear power station and run checks at the Tricastin nuclear plant and facility....

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NEW - Hazardex 2020 Event website launched 12 November 2019

The organisers of Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition, co-located with PPTex, have announced the launch of the event website. This offers information for conference delegates, exhibition visitors, awards nominations and the current exhibitor list, as well as opening times and directions. Visit www.hazardex-event.co.uk  ...

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Israeli oil company to pay almost $30m in compensation for 2014 pipeline leak 11 November 2019

The state-owned Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) will pay 100 million shekels ($28 million) in damages for a five million litre oil spill in December 2014. ...

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UK company and director charged with corporate manslaughter over fatal 2015 wood dust explosion 08 November 2019

A company and its management are facing manslaughter charges in the UK courts over the deaths of four people in an explosion at a Cheshire wood products mill in July 2015....

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Two injured after explosion in German mine 08 November 2019

An explosion in a mine in eastern Germany trapped 35 workers and injured two on November 8. The blast happened in Teutschenthal, southwest of Berlin and trapped the workers 700 metres (2,300 feet) underground....

Features

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European downstream safety performance in 2018

Concawe, the European downstream industry organisation, has published personal safety performance results for 2018. This article is based on selected sections of Concawe Report 6/19 – ‘European downstream oil industry safety performance - Statistical summary of reported incidents 2018’ - and provides comparisons with the industry’s safety performance over previous years. ...

Case Studies

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Reliable leak detection in industrial gas pressure-relief stations

Belgian inspection company The Sniffers used the FLIR GF77 uncooled optical gas imaging camera during a leak detection job at one of Belgium’s leading chemical groups. Tessenderlo Kerley International is a chemical group that supplies value-added liquid, soluble, and solid plant nutrition for agriculture applications. ...

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Earth tremor risk halts UK fracking plans

On November 2, the UK government imposed an indefinite suspension on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations due to fears about earth tremor risk. The government announced the suspension after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was impossible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by shale gas extraction....

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