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Explosion reported on Iranian oil tanker near coast of Saudi Arabia 11 October 2019

Iran has claimed that one of its oil tankers has been hit with two explosions while sailing near the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea. The ship, belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), was around 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port of Jeddah when it was reported to have been hit with the explosions on the morning of October 11....

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France's EDF now says new-generation Flamanville reactor will cost four times original estimate 09 October 2019

French state-controlled utility EDF raised by 1.5 billion euros ($1.6 billion) the costs estimated for the long-delayed Flamanville nuclear plant it is building in northern France....

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South Sudan oil pipeline leak affects wide area 09 October 2019

A report by VOA News from South Sudan quoting a local government official claimed an oil leak from a ruptured pipeline had had a serious impact on the surrounding population and environment....

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Cement factory blast kills one, injures 20 in Laos 08 October 2019

An explosion as a result of rock blasting at a Chinese cement factory in Laos has killed one person and injured around 20 others. Houses and vehicles were also damaged in the explosion which happened on October 5 in Luang Prabang province in northern Laos....

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Explosion injures two on offshore supply ship 07 October 2019

An explosion on an offshore platform supply ship has injured two people in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast on October 6 started a fire on the Isla Ciari which was moored at the Akal C-8 platform, just offshore from Ciudad del Carmen in the south of Mexico....

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The dangers of combustible dust in the workplace and how to combat it

Workplace hazards can be harmful to staff, work equipment and company buildings and assets. To tackle and prevent chemical workspace hazards, such as combustible dust explosions, the employer and supplier directives have been put in place for employers to take on the responsibility of ensuring workplace safety of their staff and protecting them from atmosphere explosives. These directives, known as the ATEX directives, were established by the EU because combus...

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Challenges and opportunities: Taking the Scotch whisky sector beyond compliance

Last autumn, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched its first Sector Plan for one of the biggest industries in Scotland: Whisky. This sector plan is not about implementation, because all but a small number of distilleries in Scotland fulfil their obligations, says Paul Guppy of DPS Group. This is about a new key phrase which is becoming increasingly important, moving beyond compliance....

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Saudi Arabia - An object lesson in the importance of guarding against low-tech threats

The drone attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas facilities and key infrastructure will have significant ripple effects in the global energy and petrochemical markets, as well as the global economy, as oil prices rise and natural gas production is disrupted. The strikes on 14 September hit the Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq, the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas processing site....

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