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  • Hazardex comes to Rotterdam **delegate places booking now - SPECIAL OFFERS**

    26 February 2015

    In June 2014, an explosion at the Shell chemical plant at Moerdijk in the southern Netherlands caused minor injuries to two staff and was heard 30km away, while the subsequent fire took more than 24 hours to extinguish. This was the second such incident in the locality in three years. In 2011, a blaze at the Chemie-Pack plant in Moerdijk produced a toxic cloud that spread over 20km....

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  • HazardEx: Process safety conferences & exhibitions

    25 February 2015

    Rotterdam (Regardz Airport Hotel) 25/03/15 - CONTACT US NOW FOR DELEGATE PLACES AS BOOKING FAST - For process safety engineers, EPCs, consultants and hazardous area safety ...

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  • NDA estimate of UK’s early nuclear site cleanup costs rises £20 billion in four years

    23 February 2015

    On February 11, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) published its latest estimate of the ‘Nuclear Provision’, the best estimate of how much it will cost to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites over a 100 year plus programme. This is driven primarily by the costs of decommissioning, dismantling and demolishing the buildings, as well as managing and disposing of all waste....

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  • Tata Steel UK prosecuted and fined over workers’ burns in molten metal fire

    23 February 2015

    Tata Steel UK Ltd has been prosecuted after three employees suffered serious burns when tonnes of molten metal spilled onto the factory floor and ignited. Swansea Crown Court heard on February 16 that a trainee crane driver and two colleagues escaped from the top of a crane and over the boom when a huge ladle dislodged spilling the molten metal, which then caught fire, at Tata Strip Products in Port Talbot on 2 April 2013. ...

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  • Abu Dhabi explosion and fire kills 10

    23 February 2015

    At least 10 people were burnt to death and eight others injured when a fire razed a two-storey commercial building in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah industrial area, according to the Khaleej Times. The deceased were reported to be workers from the Indian subcontinent and Syria, sleeping in illegal accommodation. ...

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Eight killed in Pakistan mining incident 23 February 2015

At least eight miners were killed in an explosion in a private coal mine in the Dukki area of Loralai district, about 225km northwest of Quetta, officials said on February 20. The incident took place the previous day at a depth of about 2,300 feet and involved a powerful explosion caused by methane gas, according to local sources quoted by Dawn....

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BP loses latest bid to reduce Gulf oil spill payout 20 February 2015

On February 19 a US judge rejected BP Plc's attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion under the federal Clean Water Act. US District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans agreed with the federal government that the maximum civil penalty that BP could face is $4,300 per barrel spilled, whereas BP had sought a $3,000 per barrel maximum....

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Sellafield achieves liquid waste removal milestone 20 February 2015

The removal of two million litres of liquid radioactive waste from silos used to store swarf waste from Magnox fuel reprocessing at the UK's Sellafield site marks a significant  hazard reduction milestone, according to Sellafield Ltd. The company said the removal of the liquid has "halved the radioactive content of some of its historic liquid nuclear waste, significantly reducing the potential hazard....

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Exxon Mobil refinery explosion in California injures four 19 February 2015

An explosion and fire in a gasoline processing unit at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, California, near Los Angeles slightly injured four workers and shattered windows of surrounding buildings, local authorities said. Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey told local television station KNBC that people who live near the refinery should take stay indoors and keep the windows closed....

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UK approves world’s largest offshore windfarm in North Sea 18 February 2015

On February 17 the UK government approved a 2,400 megawatt (MW) capacity wind generation project in the British sector of the North Sea. The 400-turbine Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project, being developed by the Forewind consortium, will cover 430 sq miles and is expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 2m homes and support 900 full-time jobs....

Features

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Securing automation systems – a step by step approach

The big problem when it comes to security for automation systems is that there are no simple solutions. This makes it all the more helpful when communication technology experts give users a hand by providing guidelines. Here, Prof. Dr. Frithjof Klasen of PROFIBUS evaluates some of the threats facing automation systems and possible ways to improve robustness, as well as giving details of new security guidelines. ...

Case Studies

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Custody Metering for electricity generation

When the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) commissioned a new natural gas-powered electricity generation plant in Aweer, a key consideration when ordering the Diagnostic Performance and Monitoring (DPM) software was its Custody Metering capabilities – where the mass of the gas and its calorific value is measured as it is supplied from the linked offshore gas field....

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Cybersecurity and plant safety

Cybersecurity for process plant operators made it into the headlines at the end of 2014 following the announcement by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that a cyberattack on one of the country’s steelworks had caused “massive damage”, wrecking a blast furnace at the un-named plant. At the same time, security investigators said they now consider the explosion of a Turkish oil pipeline in 2008 to have been caused by cyber-sabotage...

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