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  • UK industry regulator raises future offshore oil production forecast by 50%

    22 March 2019

    The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) now believes 11.9 billion barrels will be extracted from UK waters by 2050, up from an estimate of 8 billion four years ago according to a new report. So far, 43 billion barrels of oil or its gas equivalent have been recovered. OGA also confirmed that oil and gas production in the UK increased by more than 4% in 2018, averaging 1.7 million barrels oil equivalent (boe) per day....

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  • China pesticide plant blast kills at least 47

    22 March 2019

    At least 47 people have been killed in an explosion at a pesticide plant in Yancheng, eastern China, local authorities said on March 22. More than 640 were injured in the explosion, which took place at a plant run by Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical. State news agency Xinhua said shockwaves from the blast had brought down nearby factory buildings, trapping workers, and windows of nearby residential buildings and schools were shattered....

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  • Explosion at Egypt fertiliser factory kills ten

    21 March 2019

    Ten workers were killed on March 21 when an ammonia tank full exploded at a fertiliser plant at Ain Sokhna in Egypt's northeastern Suez province, according to Al-Ahram. The explosion occurred during an operational test of one of the ammonia tanks inside the factory....

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  • US judge sets precedent by blocking new drilling on public land in Wyoming due to climate change

    21 March 2019

    A federal judge has temporarily blocked new drilling on 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) of land in Wyoming after ruling that the US Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when allowing oil and gas companies to lease federal land in the state. This a shot across the bows of the Trump administration, which wants to encourage fossil fuel extraction and disputes climate change....

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  • Explosion at Tata Steel plant in Netherlands injures four

    20 March 2019

    Four workers were injured in an explosion at the Tata Steel plant in Velsen-Noord, Noord Holland province, on March 20, according to the company. Those affected were undertaking maintenance, Tata said in a tweet, and were taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown....

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Shell joins innovative waste-to-chemicals project in Netherlands 20 March 2019

A consortium of companies comprising Montreal-based Enerkem, Air Liquide, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam, has announced that Shell will join as a partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. According to Enerkem, Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals (W2C) project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and bio-fuels out...

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Houston tank farm blaze brings company and state environmental regulator into firing line 20 March 2019

Texas officials said the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company's Deer Park facility, which had been belching large quantities of black smoke over Houston since an explosion on March 17, was extinguished on the morning of March 20. Local media said the facility has violated clean air and water regulations many times in recent years, and the state environmental watchdog has also come in for criticism. ...

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First new UK deep coal mine in decades to be sunk in Cumbria 19 March 2019

Britain’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years on the coast near Whitehaven, has been given the go-ahead by Cumbria county council. The £165m Woodhouse colliery, to be developed by West Cumbria Mining, will process 2.5m tonnes of coking coal a year for the UK and European steel industry, replacing imports from the US, Canada, Russia and Columbia....

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Deaths from coal mine incidents in China fall to new low of 333 in 2018 19 March 2019

The number of coal mine deaths in China declined by 13.1% last year to stand at 333. It was the first time that China had recorded fewer than 0.1 deaths per million tons of coal produced, officials at a national coal mine safety conference in Beijing reported. The total number of incidents fell by just 0.9% to 224. ...

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OSHA cites Florida ammunition manufacturer for serious violations after fatal 2018 explosion 19 March 2019

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited ammunition manufacturer AMTEC Less Lethal Systems Inc. for exposing employees to explosive hazards after an explosion fatally injured two workers at the company’s Perry, Florida, facility. The company faces $188,290 in penalties for multiple serious violations, and a willful violation that carries the maximum penalty allowed....

Features

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Connected workers: bridging the gap between millennials and the ageing workforce

The shifting demographic makeup of the global workforce is posing unprecedented challenges when it comes to catering for workers’ safety requirements, from the millennial generation’s digital needs (1) to the health concerns of increasing numbers of older workers (2). Gene Vena of Honeywell Industrial Safety discusses how connected safety technology can help bridge the gap between generations and improve safety for all. ...

Case Studies

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Case study: The challenges of personnel location in the Kashagan Field

The Kashagan Field is a very large offshore oilfield located in Kazakhstan’s part of the North Caspian Sea where a number of artificial islands have been built as bases for hydrocarbon extraction. The largest of these is D-island, which is approximately 120,000 m2. Dr. Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID looks at some of the challenges of personnel location in this particularly hostile work environment and explains the solution arrived at to provide effect...

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Growth implications within the EU of meeting the Paris Agreement targets

A recent report by Eurofound, the European labour organisation, concludes that meeting the Paris Agreement targets on emissions reduction would be positive for the EU, with investment in renewables and energy efficiency helping to boost economic growth and employment. Hitting the 2C target set out in the Paris Agreement would result in 1.1% additional growth between now and 2030 across EU member states, and a 0.5% increase in employment....

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