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  • Indonesian gas pipeline explosion kills three

    29 August 2014

    The explosion of a gas pipeline in Subang, West Java, killed three and severely injured seven others on August 28, according to the Jakarta Post. The pipeline, belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, caused a serious fire along Java’s northern coastal highway at Kampung Batang....

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  • Saudi gas blast kills five

    28 August 2014

    A gas tank explosion in Medina, Saudi Arabia, killed five people and damaged several vehicles on August 26, according to officials. An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the blast, which took place near the Prince Mohammed National Guard Hospital, they said. ...

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  • PSA orders Statoil to review systems following North Sea hydrocarbon leak

    28 August 2014

    Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has issued an order to Statoil following the investigation into the leak at Statfjord C platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, which identified serious breaches of regulations....

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  • Russian oil exploration team reaches North Pole

    27 August 2014

    Russia’s Marine Arctic Geological Expedition (MAGE), which is conducting geological and geophysical research into the hydrocarbon potential of the Russian continental shelf outside the country’s 200-mile Arctic Ocean exclusive economic zone (EEZ), reached the North Pole on August 10....

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  • CSB says fatal Mississippi fish plant explosion caused by ignition of volatile solution

    27 August 2014

    An explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast which killed one worker and injured others happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a news release on August 26. CSB inspectors said that workers were performing hot work at or near the tank that exploded on July 28 at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point....

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Three killed in incidents at US metal plants 26 August 2014

Police said a blast at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City, Illinois, which killed two people and injured at least one more, was caused by a mortar round. The company recycles items including computers and cars and, according to its website, also deals with the ammunition industry and the military. More than 160 people work at the Granite City plant....

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Austrian engineer critical after UK anaerobic digester incident 22 August 2014

On August 20 an engineer working for Austrian company Himmel was seriously injured in a gas explosion at a farm at Chittering, Cambridgeshire, where he was involved in building a multi-million pound anaerobic digestion plant for Pretoria Energy Company Ltd. He was described as being in a in a “critical, but stable” condition by a spokesman at nearby Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he was taken by air ambulance....

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Ukraine train derailment causes large oil spill and fire 22 August 2014

A train with 35 tanker cars of oil derailed at Horodyshche in Cherkasy Oblast, central Ukraine, on the morning of August 22. The derailment triggered a major oil spill, with 11 of the cars catching fire. According to the State Emergencies Service, quoted in Kyiv Post, crews extinguished the fire by midday and cleaned up over 1,250 square meters of contaminated ground with the help of 230 local emergency personnel....

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HSE confirms appointment of new chief executive 22 August 2014

Dr Richard Judge has been appointed chief executive of Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator and will start at the Health and Safety Executive in November 2014. The first recruitment round for the £160,000-a-year job was mothballed with the publication of the Temple review, and the job description rewitten to take into account the new requirements for increasing the commercialisation of HSE. ...

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US grain dust explosion injures seven 14 August 2014

According to the Columbus Dispatch, seven people were injured in an explosion on August 13 at an Ohio grain facility. Five employees and two state grain graders were at the Coshocton Grain facility in central Ohio when a suspected dust explosion took place as rail cars were being filled with corn....

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Improving environmental safety through responsible monitoring

The escape of chemical pollutants into the environment either by air or water can pose a major environmental risk, not just on an industrial site but also to the surrounding area. For this reason, sites need to be carefully monitored so that emissions are accurately measured not only at known points of discharge, such as stacks and drainpipes, but also any other areas where there is a possibility of leakage. This article from ABB looks at some of the issues that need to be considered....

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A new enhanced oil recovery concept: wind powered water injection

DNV GL is proposing a new concept that combines mature water injection technology with the newest developments in offshore wind power to achieve more cost effective Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Initial studies show it will reduce the cost of water injection, avoid costly topside modifications and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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