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  • EDF Energy announces 10-year life extension for Dungeness B nuclear power station

    21 January 2015

    EDF Energy has announced that its Dungeness B nuclear power station will have a 10-year life extension to 2028. The decision follows a £150m investment programme to extend the life of the station and comes after extensive reviews of the plant’s safety cases and work with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)....

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  • HazardEx: UK Swansea & Ellesmere Port: EU Rotterdam - Process Safety Conferences & Exhibitions 2015

    21 January 2015

    Swansea (Village Hotel) 28/01/15Ellesmere Port (Holiday Inn Hotel) 25/02/15 CONTACT US NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2-FOR-1 DELEGATE PLACES - Ellesmere Port.Process safety engineers, EPCs and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference and com...

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  • Liberia rubber factory explosion injures at least 17

    20 January 2015

    At least 17 workers were injured in an explosion at the Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) rubber processing plant in Grand Bassa County, near the city of Buchanan, according to FrontPageAfrica. The explosion was in the plant’s boiler house and showered the injured with boiling water and burning ash. As yet, the cause of the explosion is unknown....

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  • Petrobras refinery explosion seriously injures three workers

    20 January 2015

    Three employees of state-owned oil giant Petrobras were hurt on January 19 in an explosion at a refinery near the northern city of Salvador. Three workers using an electric rotary sander on the inside of a hydrogen tank triggered the blast, according to reports. The company said there was no environmental damage and market supply will not be affected by the incident....

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  • At least two miners killed in Russian iron mine explosion

    19 January 2015

    At least two miners died in an explosion at the Yuahnaya iron ore mine in Russia's Sverdlovsk region on January 17, TASS reported. Earlier reports said a third miner was also missing. Two injured miners have been sent to the central hospital in the city of Kushva, and are reported to be in a “moderately severe” condition....

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Scotland could generate almost all its electricity with renewables by 2030 - report 16 January 2015

Scotland’s electricity system could be powered almost entirely by renewables by 2030 and without the need for any gas, coal or nuclear power stations in Scotland, according to a new report published in early January) by WWF Scotland. The report claimed the renewable option could prove a cheaper and safer option than pursuing fossil fuel-based development....

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US judge caps BP Gulf of Mexico spill fine under Clean Water Act 16 January 2015

BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion dollars less than feared, after the case judge ruled that it was smaller than the US government claimed. Federal magistrate Carl Barbier put the size of the worst offshore spill in US history in 2010 at 3.19 million barrels....

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Investment from industry and government crucial for UK North Sea, says Deloitte 15 January 2015

Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group’s latest North West Europe Review, which details drilling, licensing, and deal activity across the region for the whole of 2014, follows a year of change on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS), along with volatility in commodity prices over the last five months....

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BP and ConocoPhillips to cut 530 North Sea jobs 15 January 2015

BP has announced a reduction in its North Sea oil field workforce of 300, and US oil major ConocoPhillips has said it will shed 230 jobs over the coming months. This follows similar moves by companies including Shell and Chevron last year. BP currently employs 3,500 people in the North Sea, with a further 11,000 elsewhere in the UK, while ConocoPhillips UK workforce will fall to 1,400.

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Five killed in India packaging factory explosion 14 January 2015

Five workers were killed and seven others  sustained severe injuries after a boiler at the Alpha packaging factory in Silvassa, Gujarat, exploded on January 8. Local sources said the blast took place during welding work on a boiler....

Features

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Electrostatic hazards and control techniques associated with bulk bags

Bulk bags constructed with woven fabric are very widely used in industry to package, store and ship powder and granular materials. The bags are prone to generating static charge during material loading and unloading operations, and, if allowed to accumulate, an electrostatic discharge could occur from the bag surface. ...

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Why a holistic approach is integral to geo-hazard risk and assessment

A sharp increase in the global energy industry’s demand for specialist, integrated geo-hazard and risk assessment services is a strong sign that the market is starting to recognise the importance of a more holistic approach. Phil Edwards, Head of Survey and Geo-Engineering at LR Senergy, provides an overview of this rising trend, including why operators and contractors need to understand indemnity regimes and audit trails....

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A link between mining deaths in Australia and plunging commodity prices?

The number of work-related deaths in Australian mines rose to 17 in 2013-14. In the previous financial year, no mining deaths were recorded and the total had been falling for eight years since the previous peak in 2005-06, when there were 14 mining deaths. The worst affected states, News South Wales and Western Australia, have begun investigations into this worrying trend. ...

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