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  • At least seven injured in explosion at refinery in western Siberia

    13 July 2018

    According to RIA Novosti, an explosion at the Surgutneftegas refining facility in Russia’s Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region on July 13 injured at least seven employees. Two of the injured were taken to hospital for trauma care, a local health official told the news agency. ...

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  • China chemical plant blast kills 19

    13 July 2018

    A series of explosions at a chemical plant in China’s Sichuan Province resulted in 19 deaths and another 12 injured on July 12. The incident occurred at the Yibin Hengda Technology facility in Jiang’an County, which is part of the Synfarm group. An eyewitness told Beijing News he heard seven explosions in ten minutes at the site....

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  • Egypt chemical depot blast injures 12

    13 July 2018

    Egyptian state news agency MENA said 12 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion at a storage facility belonging to a petrochemicals company outside Cairo airport on July 13. The  minister of civil aviation, Younis al-Masri, said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion....

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  • UK company owner jailed after fatal industrial unit explosion

    12 July 2018

    A company owner has been sentenced to 8 months in custody after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers. Luton Crown Court heard how Mr Thomerson, the sole owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted by the owners of an industrial park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire to refurbish several of the units....

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  • Investigators find metal fatigue caused fatal 2016 Airbus helicopter crash in Norway

    10 July 2018

    The crash of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that killed all 13 people aboard was the result of metal fatigue in its gearbox, Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said in its final report into the incident published on July 5, 2018.  The crash occurred after the Super Puma’s main rotor blades separated from the helicopter as it was ferrying passengers from a Norwegian offshore oil platform to the mainland....

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Government infrastructure committee says UK should scale back nuclear plans in favour of renewables 10 July 2018

Government advisers have told UK ministers to back only a single new nuclear power station after Hinkley Point C, currently under construction, because renewable energy sources are likely to prove a better investment over the next few years. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) said the government should scale back existing nuclear new build plans that envisage as many as six new plants being built....

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Firework warehouse explosion kills 24 in Mexico 06 July 2018

On July 6 a series of explosions at a fireworks depot in Mexico killed at least 24 people and injured more than 40 others. The biggest blasts took place as emergency responders arrived at the scene in the town of Tultepec, north of Mexico City. Local authorities said four firefighters and five police were casualties in the blast....

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UK company develops technology to detect radioactive material using particles from space 06 July 2018

Scientists have successfully developed a technology that can harness muons – essentially heavy electrons derived from space particles – to detect and safely manage radioactive waste. This could have major implications for nuclear decommissioning, the storing of historic waste and the testing of new waste management techniques....

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Two workers hospitalised with serious burn injuries after Australia factory blast 03 July 2018

Two men are in hospital after an explosion and fire on July 3 at a factory in Smithfield, western Sydney. A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said six crews attended and treated two men at the scene with serious burns, one with burns to 36% of his body, the other with 18% burns. Sixty firefighters fought the blaze, which spread to a nearby building....

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Japan chemical plant blast kills one, injures 11 03 July 2018

An explosion on June 6 at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, left one person dead and at least 11 injured. A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion, one died and another is seriously injured, a fire official told local media. The blast took place at the Protein Chemical Co. facility in the town of Wakasa, according to fire authorities....


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EDF Energy Nuclear Generation: a decade of transformation

Over the last decade, the safety and operational performance of EDF Energy's UK nuclear plants has been transformed. After years of sustained improvement, combined safety and operational results now represent the best overall performance in the past 40 years and are, in many instances, world leading. ...

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New Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex takes advantage of shale revolution

In November 2017, Shell Chemicals officially started construction on its $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania, a project that will take several years to complete. Shell made it official in June last year when it announced a final investment decision on the plant. Since then, crews have been working around the clock to prepare the site for main construction....


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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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