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  • Two oil tankers ‘attacked’ in Gulf of Oman

    14 June 2019

    Two oil tankers have suffered explosions in the Gulf of Oman in what has been described as an ‘attack’. The explosions, which occurred on June 13, come just a month after four tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May....

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  • UK chemical maker faces fine for toxic gas leak in US

    12 June 2019

    The British-based chemical maker, Croda, has been cited by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for ‘serious’ violations in failing to prevent a toxic gas leak at its Atlas Point plant in Delaware. The leak on November 25, 2018 hospitalised one worker with five others suffering symptoms of chemical exposure....

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  • Oil tanker blast and fire kills three in Russia

    11 June 2019

    Three sailors have been killed in an explosion on an oil tanker and subsequent fire in the Caspian port of Makhachkala. Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry branch in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan said that three people were hospitalised following the blast, which occurred early on June 11....

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  • Scottish Power to build battery storage complex to improve wind energy supply

    11 June 2019

    The Scottish Government has approved ScottishPower plans for the UK’s largest windfarm at Whitelee, south of Glasgow, to have its own battery storage centre on site, in what will be one of the biggest such projects in the UK. It will have 50MW of lithium-ion battery capacity to store excess power from the windfarm's 215 turbines and provide it to the National Grid when required, enhancing control and flexibility. ...

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  • UAE report on oil tanker attacks blames ‘state actor’

    07 June 2019

    The United Arab Emirates has told the UN Security Council a ‘state actor’ was most likely behind attacks on four tankers off its coast. The May 12 attacks bore the hallmarks of a sophisticated and co-ordinated operation, the report said....

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Chevron fined £5m over fatal 2011 UK refinery explosion 06 June 2019

The former owners of an oil refinery in Pembroke, west Wales, have been fined over an explosion in June 2011 that killed four contractors. Chevron will have to pay a fine of £5 million and court costs of £1 million as part of a deal it struck with Valero Energy UK Limited, which bought the site shortly after the disaster....

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Japan’s first hostile environment firefighting multi-robot system now operational 06 June 2019

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the country’s first firefighting robot system has been deployed to an area with refineries, chemical plants and storage facilities in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. The system will battle blazes in hostile locations that are difficult for firefighters to reach....

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Seven injured in two US hydrocarbon plant incidents 06 June 2019

In the first incident, three people were hospitalised following a flash fire on June 5 at Summit Midstream’s Hereford Ranch Plant in northern Weld County near Grover on the Colorado-Wyoming border. According to local media, three contractors were working on a compressor when the fire ignited and all are now being treated for burns. Two are thought to be in critical condition and were taken by air ambulance to hospital....

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New Mexico fireworks explosion injures 12 firefighters 06 June 2019

An explosion at a fireworks storage area at Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico on June 5 injured 12 firefighters, one with critical and another with serious injuries, according to local police. Ten others were treated on scene for minor injuries....

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Source of new CFC emissions discovered 04 June 2019

According to an international team of scientists, emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes per year from eastern China since 2013. The new research was published in Nature on May 22....

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Hazardex 2019 event review video

The 2019 event continued the successful model and included workshops, free seminar content, a networking dinner and awards ceremony. All aiming to strengthen and expand the community that looks to the Hazardex website and journal for industry intelligence and information. Contact us for 2020 participation information now!...

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New real time optical particle counting technology offers step change in mine, quarry and mineral processing site safety

The Air XD from UK detection and electronic systems manufacturer Trolex uses optical particle counting technology to dynamically count and size airborne particulate in real time. This has many advantages over conventional monitoring techniques which typically only give total exposure over a fixed monitoring period after that exposure has occurred. ...

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Russian oil and gas – worth the risk?

According to the news agency reports in late April, pipelines in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland are estimated to contain five million tonnes of contaminated Russian oil. Pipeline operator Transneft said the oil in the Druzhba pipeline network from Russia to customers in Europe was contaminated at a private terminal at Samara in southern central Russia....

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