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  • 12 dead in Nigerian pipeline explosion

    24 June 2019

    At least 12 people have died in an oil pipeline explosion in south-eastern Nigeria, with the death toll potentially rising further as more bodies are recovered. The explosion happened on June 22 near Oyigbo in the oil-rich Rivers State of Nigeria....

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  • Four injured in explosion at Philadelphia refinery

    24 June 2019

    A fire and subsequent explosions at the largest refinery on the US East Coast have injured four workers. Several explosions occurred at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc’s oil refinery in the early hours of June 21 following the ignition of a fire in a tank....

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  • Norwegian hydrogen transport sector on hold after explosion

    17 June 2019

    A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station in Sandvika west of Oslo on June 12 has brought most of the hydrogen vehicle industry in Norway to a standstill. Both Toyota and Hyundai halted deliveries of hydrogen cars pending the release of more information about the explosion. ...

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  • US power grid probed by Russian-linked hacker group

    17 June 2019

    A Russian-linked hacking group has been probing the US power grid network in search of weaknesses, according to security experts. The hacking group, ‘Xenotime’, is the same group which used its 'Triton' malware in an attempt to sabotage a Saudi petrochemical plant in 2017....

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  • Husky fined $3.8m for 2016 oil spill

    17 June 2019

    Husky Energy has agreed to pay a $3.8m fine for an oil spill in July 2016 that saw a pipeline leak 225,000 litres of oil and chemicals into the North Saskatchewan River. The leak was discovered on a pipeline operated by Husky Oil Operations, a subsidiary of Husky Energy, whch harmed local wildlife and forced the closure of several communities' water supply systems for almost two months....

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Report into fatal Oklahoma rig blowout calls for tougher oversight from regulators and improved industry safety standards 14 June 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigation into 2018 explosion and fire outside Quinton, Oklahoma, which killed five people, has concluded that the incident could have been avoided if federal safety regulators, state oil and gas authorities, and the energy industry had closed regulatory gaps and set tougher safety standards....

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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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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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