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  • Five killed in latest China chemical plant blast

    03 September 2015

    The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Shandong province on August 31 has risen to five, state news agency Xinhua reported. The fire at the Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co Ltd, in Lijin county, was extinguished before dawn on September 2, and waste water from the plant had been sealed without any spillover....

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  • HazardEx 2016 International Conference & Exhibition

    02 September 2015

    HazardEx 2016, the two-day International Conference & Exhibition for hazardous area specialists, will take place on 24th & 25th February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. ...

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  • Huge blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills five, injures six

    01 September 2015

    A huge explosion at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain on August 31 killed five people and injured six others, authorities said. The blast at the Pirotecnia Zaragozana factory in Pinseque, sent a dense plume of white smoke into the sky that could be seen for kilometres. The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby regional capital of Zaragoza....

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  • At least 11 killed in Saudi Aramco compound fire

    01 September 2015

    A fire at a residential compound for foreign workers of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200 on August 30, according to local officials. The cause of the blaze at the Khobar compound, in the east of the country, has yet to be determined.Saudi Aramco operates several gated compounds for its foreign workforce in Saudi Arabia....

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  • Hazardex in the Regions at PEFTEC 2015 Antwerp

    01 September 2015

    The latest Hazardex in the Regions event will be co-located with PEFTEC 2015, Antwerp Expo, on November 19, 2015. Following on from the success of our April event in Rotterdam, this is another  opportunity for all those interested in process plant safety in the Benelux countries, Germany and France to participate in one of our hazardous operations-focused one-day conferences. ...

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Alberta regulator orders 95 Nexen pipelines to close after leak 31 August 2015

On August 29 the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) ordered the immediate suspension of 15 pipeline licenses issued to Nexen, the Canadian unit of China’s CNOOC, after finding “noncompliant activities” at the company’s Long Lake oil-sands operations. The order will result in the closing of 95 pipelines carrying natural gas, crude oil, salt water, fresh water and emulsion, the regulator said in a statement....

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Eleven die in Afghan gas truck explosion 25 August 2015

An Afghan health official said 11 people, mostly children, died when a truck transporting gas canisters exploded outside the western city of Herat. Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman for the Herat Regional Hospital, said on August 25 that 18 people were also wounded in the blast on the previous day. ...

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Offshore Europe 2015: The world’s largest upstream oil and gas conference and exhibition outside North America 25 August 2015

The future of the oil and gas industry depends on two key factors to help meet global demand for its products and services: attracting and retaining the right people and developing smarter technologies. But these are also two of the industry’s main challenges, which this year’s SPE Offshore Europe aims to address with a conference theme of ‘how to inspire the next generation’ – both in terms of people and technology. ...

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China chemical plant blast kills one, injures nine 24 August 2015

One person has been killed and nine injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in China's eastern Shandong province, according to state media. The explosion at the Runxing chemical factory in Zibo city shattered windows and vibrations could be felt 2km from the site. The blast on August 22 comes just 10 days after the chemical warehouse explosions at Tianjin, which killed at least 121....

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Four new fires break out at Tianjin blast site, widespread safety hazards found 21 August 2015

On August 21, Xinhua reported that firefighters, soldiers and police were attempting to douse four new fires which had broken out in the area damaged by last week's explosions in Tianjin. The state news agency also reported that the death toll from the blasts now stands at 116, with another 60 people missing. About 700 were hospitalised....

Features

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The top ten myths of dust zoning

Over 70% of powders handled in industry can cause dust explosions under the right conditions. Many of these powders can be found in the food and beverage sector, including sugar, sweeteners, starch, flour, grain, vitamins, amino acids, resins, gums, flavour ingredients, caffeine, and many others. In this article, Simon Gakhar of Chilworth Technology examines some myths that have become established in areas where dust explosion hazards are present...

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Automotive sector fires: Challenges and potential fire detection solutions

The potential cost of an automotive manufacturing plant fire ensures that safety, detection and preventive measures should never be compromised.  Fires such as the one in 2012 at BMW's Tiexi (China) plant and the automotive parts plant in Revesby near Sydney (Australia) demonstrate the consequences of a major conflagration. Michael J Pickford of FireVu discusses challenges and potential solutions for the sector....

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The importance of standards

BSI, the UK-based business standards company, has published independent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) demonstrating the economic benefits of industrial standards to UK companies. The study analysed the contribution of standards to UK labour productivity between 1921 and 2013 and surveyed 527 companies in seven key sectors....

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