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  • Australian newspaper casts doubt on safety of electrical equipment on Ichthys offshore field production facilities

    14 January 2019

    In an exclusive report, the Perth-based West Australian newspaper says it has seen documents that call into question the safety of electrical equipment in hazardous areas on the Ichthys Explorer semi-submersible platform and Ichthys Venturer oil production vessel now producing gas and condensate from the Ichthys field off the Kimberley coast....

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  • State agency orders abandonment of 14 BP wells at Prudhoe Bay following December leak

    14 January 2019

    According to local media, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ordered BP to plug and abandon 14 wells which were identified as being at risk after a major incident in 2017. BP discovered one of its wells was leaking gas and a small amount of oil on December 7. The company estimates two gallons of oil were spilled in the well house....

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  • India cement factory explosion kills one

    14 January 2019

    One person died and two are in critical condition following a blast on January 12 at a cement block factory on the Tuem Industrial Estate in Goa, India, with a further nine sustaining less serious injuries. According to local firefighters, the explosion started a large fire which was contained after several hours. Adjacent factories also sustained damage in the blast....

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  • Four killed in Paris bakery explosion

    14 January 2019

    A powerful explosion at a bakery in the Rue de Trevise in the 9th arondissement in Paris killed four and injured dozens more on January 12. Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist died, as well as a women in a flat above the bakery. Around 55 people were injured, nine of them seriously, including several foreign tourists....

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  • Mexican Government offensive against fuel theft causes widespread gas station shortages

    08 January 2019

    An offensive by Mexico’s new government against fuel theft at one of the country’s main refineries has led to a lack of fuel at gas stations in several central states, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said the shortages followed the closure of a pipeline from the Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato as the state-owned oil company Pemex started using more tankers to transport fuel....

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Explosion aboard Vietnamese tanker in Hong Kong harbour kills one, three missing 08 January 2019

The product tanker Aulac Fortune suffered an explosion and fire on January 8 at Lamma Island Anchorage, Hong Kong. Of the 26 crew, 22 were rescued, one died and three are still missing. Some of the crew were thrown overboard by the explosion on the Vietnamese-flagged vessel, local media said, while others had to jump into the water to escape the fire....

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US food processing group ADM reports explosions at two separate plants over two days 08 January 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reported explosions at two separate plants over the weekend of January 4-5, one of which resulted in the death of a firefighter and a critical injury to another.A fire at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, on January 5 led to an explosion that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette....

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Hazardex 2019 Awards: Shortlist announced **VOTING OPEN** 08 January 2019

A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2019 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. **VOTING IS NOW OPEN** Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2019 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 27, 2019....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 - Conference Delegate sales open 08 January 2019

The speakers and schedule for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference, to be held on February 27th & 28th 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, have now been confirmed. Time limited delegate offers are available but ending next week. This HAZLOC event is now CPD certified and recognised to issue certificate points to conference attendees....

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - Best Customer Service Award Candidates 07 January 2019

E - Best Customer Service: A company or corporate division that has provided excellent customer service in the sector over the last two years...

Features

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A new, hazard-based approach to product safety standards

Clare Gittens of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at EN 62368-1, which sees us move from a prescriptive and objective method of proving compliance to a more subjective approach, which relies on engineering expertise to identify potential hazards....

Case Studies

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On-scene HAZMAT response with a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer

Responders rely first on their knowledge and experience, and then on the tools in their toolkit to keep themselves and the public safe. Chemical scenes can be chaotic and getting actionable information quickly is vital. Unknowns can be incredibly dangerous. Having the right tools in the toolkit and understanding their capabilities is critical to mission success. ...

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Good news from the UK oil & gas sector

Amongst all the gloomy news circulating at the butt-end of 2018, I do have some good cheer to bring you. According to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors and 65% of firms expect the level of core staff to increase next year and only 5% expect a fall over the same period. ...

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