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  • Shell Canada says Quest carbon capture and storage project exceeds expectations

    17 November 2017

    Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Alberta oil sands has sequestered over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground. Quest, situated at Shell’s Scotford facility, hit the two million tonne target in July 2017, some 21 months after becoming operational. The company said the target was originally expected to be reached after two years, and the project was exceeding expectations....

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  • Major oil leak reported from Keystone pipeline in South Dakota

    17 November 2017

    TransCanada Corp’s Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 5,000 barrels (818,000 litres) of oil in north-eastern South Dakota, the company said on November 16. The pipeline was shut down and emergency response procedures were activated after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. ...

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  • CSB says US chemical plants must be better prepared for natural disasters

    16 November 2017

    The US Chemical Safety Board, concerned about the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and natural disasters, is warning the chemical industry to rethink its emergency plans in light of the Arkema fires in Crosby, Texas, that followed Hurricane Harvey in late August....

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  • Occupational safety regulator upholds fines for fatal Canada sawmill explosion

    15 November 2017

    A WorkSafeBC review has upheld a decision to impose more than $1 million worth of penalties against Babine Forest Products for a catastrophic explosion and fire in January 2012 at the Burns Lake sawmill in British Columbia which killed two workers and injured more than 20 others. Babine owner Hampton Affiliates put in a number of appeals over the ruling, but the regulator has upheld the original decision....

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  • UK and EU chemical associations spell out ‘hard’ Brexit costs to chemical industry

    15 November 2017

    Failure to secure a transition period and a new UK/EU trade agreement after Britain leaves the European Union could cost the chemicals industry an extra €1.5bn a year, according to the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and CEFIC, respectively the UK and EU chemical industry bodies. This comes as senior political figures both in the UK and EU talk up the possibility of a failure in Brexit trade talks....

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Urgent investigation underway after second explosion at UK food factory in a fortnight 14 November 2017

An urgent enquiry is underway after a food factory was rocked by a second explosion in a fortnight. According to the Manchester Evening News, the second blast on November 13 caused a fire and a large column of smoke to rise over the Cargill plant in Trafford Park and four fire engines and support units, along with paramedics and police vehicles, attended the incident....

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Bahrain blames Iran for oil pipeline blast 13 November 2017

Bahrain said an explosion which caused a large fire on one of its main oil pipelines on November 10 was caused by terrorist sabotage, which it linked to Iran. “The incident was an act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism aimed at harming the higher interests of the nation and the safety of the people,” the interior ministry said on its website....

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Burning of fossil fuels hits record high in 2017 - report 13 November 2017

The 12th annual Global Carbon Budget report published on November 13, produced by 76 of the world’s leading emissions experts from 57 research institutions, estimates that global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will have risen by 2% by the end of 2017. The new analysis estimates that 37bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted from burning fossil fuels, the highest total ever....

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Hazardex in the Regions 2017 Antwerp - BOOK YOUR COMPLIMENTARY DELEGATE PLACES 11 November 2017

We are pleased to announce that the next Hazardex in the Regions event will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 29th, 2017. This event will be co-located with PEFTEC - the event for petroleum, refining & environmental monitoring technologies. **20 complimentary delegates places** available, contact us to secure yours!...

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HSE releases latest annual injury and ill health statistics for Britain 10 November 2017

The latest annual injury and ill health statistics for Great Britain from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.3 million workers were suffering from work related ill-health and there were 609,000 workplace injuries in 2016/17. Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £14.9bn a year with 31.2 million working days lost....

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UK Process Safety Forum - Sharing experience across high hazard sectors

Sharing lessons from incidents and near-misses has always been challenging.  We live and work in an increasingly litigious society, one where caution can mean giving away as little as possible.  Sharing information can be stifled by different legal situations, for example where there may be a pending criminal prosecution.  Despite this, organisations have much to gain from sharing safety information with others....

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Digitalising the Oil & Gas industry

According to a report by DNV GL – a technical consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime sectors - it is believed by the year 2025 we will see an upstream Oil & Gas industry where technologies such as fully-automated drilling operations, autonomous inspection of pipelines and rig-less plugging and abandonment of wells will be in operation....

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Honesty about potential high hazard plant risk may be wiser than dissimulation

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey highlights some of the problems facing high hazard industry regulation in Texas and the USA. Arkema, which owns the plant on the outskirts of Houston where a number of explosions and fires broke out after flooding caused by the hurricane, is now at the centre of a legal maelstrom centred on the company's refusal to give details of the hazardous chemicals it held on site....

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