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  • China identifies 123 officials responsible for fatal Tianjin explosions

    09 February 2016

    A State Council investigatory team has identified 123 people, including five officials at ministerial level, responsible for the Tianjin warehouse explosions in August that killed at least 165 people, according to Xinhua. The team published their official report on February 5, significantly widening the net of blame. Previously, 49 people were placed under coercive measures because of their involvement....

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  • Six die in pharma company explosion in southern India

    09 February 2016

    Six workers died and another sustained injuries after an explosion inside the Hasitha Pharmaceutical plant on the outskirts of Hyderabad, southern India. Local sources said there were 11 workers in the factory when the blast took place in one of the plant’s reactors, and a large fire subsequently engulfed the building....

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  • Pemex confirms rig fire and fatalities in Gulf of Mexico

    09 February 2016

    Pemex has confirmed that three workers have died and six more were injured in a fire on the Abkatun complex in the Bay of Campeche, less than a year after another deadly blaze at the facility.The Mexican state oil company said the fire broke out on February 7 in a compression area of the Abkatun-A Permanente platform. The blaze was controlled and an evacuation was not required....

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  • ConocoPhillips fined £3m over North Sea platform gas releases

    09 February 2016

    One of the world’s largest oil and gas companies has been fined after gas leaks on a platform off the Lincolnshire coast put workers’ lives in danger. ConocoPhillips (UK) pleaded guilty to three breaches of the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations 1995 and was fined £3m - £1m for each offence - and ordered to pay costs of £159,459....

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  • UK chemical industry reports high confidence for 2016

    08 February 2016

    The latest survey of business confidence for members of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) shows that more than 90% of businesses expect sales volumes to remain or exceed 2015 levels when there was a record 5% growth. More than 40% expect sales volumes to grow in 2016. Similar sentiment was expressed in terms of exports, investment in R&D and investment in buildings and technology....

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UK coal-fired power plant closure increases fears of blackouts 08 February 2016

Rugeley Power Station will shut this summer, according to its owner Engie, which cited a "deterioration in market conditions" for coal-fired power stations in the UK as the main reason for the closure. The 46-year-old 1GW station has been hit by a continued fall in market prices and increases in carbon costs, it added....

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Total starts gas production from Laggan and Tormore fields west of Shetland 08 February 2016

On February 8, French oil group Total announced it had started gas production from the Laggan and Tormore gas and condensate fields, located in 600 metres of water in the West of Shetland area. The fields will produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Total E&P UK has a 60% interest in the fields alongside DONG E&P (UK) Limited (20%) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20%)....

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Fatal explosion at southern Indian engineering college caused by suspected meteorite 08 February 2016

One person was killed and three others injured when a heavy object fell close to a building belonging to a private engineering college near Vellore in Tamil Nadu, causing an explosion. The incident happened in the Bharatidasan Engineering college complex at Natarampalli, with eyewitnesses claiming that the object fell from the sky....

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One killed, five injured in US feed mill explosion 08 February 2016

On February 7 an explosion at JCG Farms feed plant at Rockmart in Georgia left one man dead and five others injured. Rockmart Fire Chief Todd Queen told reporters one of the five injured men was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in a critical condition. ...

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Two workers killed in Spanish biodiesel factory blast 07 February 2016

Two workers were killed and a third was seriously injured in an explosion at a biodiesel plant in eastern Spain on January 6, regional emergency services said. The explosion took place at the Biocom Energia plant in Algemesi, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Valencia. The injured worker, who suffered 80% burns, was evacuated by helicopter to hospital in Valencia....

Features

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Making the most of late life and preparing for retirement

This aspiration is something that many of us will strive for towards the end of our working lives, but it is also a good recipe for assets, say Dai Richards and Philip Lawson of ABB Consulting. As production facilities approach the end of their economic operating lives two conflicting priorities come to the fore; maximising production while maintaining safety and reliability; reducing operating costs to make economic operation viable....

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The underestimated explosion hazards of solid biofuels

The growing trend of converting existing coal-fired plants to more environmentally-friendly fuels such as biomass requires operators to take a careful look at any potential increased risk of explosion and other potential safety issues. In this article, Johannes Lottermann and Francesca Vincenzi of Rembe GmbH Safety & Control analyse dust explosion risk in biomass plants and propose mitigation solutions. ...

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Government CCS support cancellation undermines UK's low-carbon energy prospects

The UK Government’s decision to scrap a major part of its planned carbon capture and storage (CCS) funding has been met with dismay across the UK engineering and energy sectors. Three weeks before the COP21 Paris climate change agreement was signed on December 14, the Government made a regulatory announcement to this effect on the London stock exchange. ...

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