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  • “Fire-related event” injures three and forces operations to stop at Canadian pellet plant

    30 November 2020

    A fire injured three employees of wood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Pellet on November 25 at the company’s facility in Houston, British Columbia. Operations were shut down following the incident while the three workers were taken to hospital....

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  • Fire and explosion at Indian beer production facility injures two

    30 November 2020

    Two people were injured in an explosion and fire on November 29 at a beer factory in an industrial area of Pithampur, central India. According to the Times of India, workers had been welding inside the plant when the incident occurred....

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  • Yemen rebels to allow UN repair mission on decaying oil tanker to proceed

    27 November 2020

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels have reached an agreement to allow a United Nations mission to inspect and repair an abandoned, decaying oil tanker that has the potential to cause a major humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. The UN said on November 24 that a repair mission to the stranded FSO Safer could begin by late January or early February....

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  • Explosion at South Korean steel plant kills three

    26 November 2020

    An explosion at a factory belonging to South Korean steel manufacturer POSCO killed three people on November 24. The blast happened at around 16:00 local time at a steel mill in Gwangyang, southwest of Seoul....

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  • Missile causes explosion at Saudi oil storage facility

    25 November 2020

    A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels caused an explosion at a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 23. No one was injured in the attack on Saudi Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant which caused damage to an oil storage tank....

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Venezuela cracks down on oil industry critics, arrests union leaders 24 November 2020

Venezuela has continued its crackdown on oil industry critics and whistleblowers in an attempt to block information leaks about state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the country’s deteriorating oil facilities, and unsafe working conditions....

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Belarusian nuclear plant reopens after transformer explosions halt production 23 November 2020

Belarus’s new Astravets nuclear power plant has resumed operations after a series of transformer explosions halted production on November 8, just one day after President Alexander Lukashenko officially opened the country’s only nuclear power plant....

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Cosmetics factory fire kills three, injures six 23 November 2020

A fire at a cosmetics factory in South Korea killed three people and injured six others on November 19. The incident happened at a factory belonging to Silverex located in Guzhan-dong, Incheon....

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New report shows industry maintains focus on improving HSE performance in challenging times 20 November 2020

A new report released on November 4 by OGUK, a UK trade association for the offshore oil and gas industry, outlines the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s health, safety and environmental performance in 2019, and highlights future plans for further improvement....

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INEOS launches new Clean Hydrogen business; BP announces new German hydrogen partnership 20 November 2020

INEOS and BP have both announced new hydrogen projects in recent weeks as industries continue to invest in green hydrogen as part of a worldwide drive towards a zero-carbon future. INEOS launched a new business on November 9 to develop and build Clean Hydrogen capacity across Europe, while BP announced a joint project with Ørsted to develop green hydrogen in Germany....

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A guide to using cathodic protection systems in hazardous environments

For mission-critical steel structures, like industrial pipelines, tanks and bridges, it is commonplace for cathodic protection (CP) systems to be used to protect key assets from the ongoing threat of corrosion. However, this can be easier said than done if those assets are situated in hazardous environments where sources of ignition could spark a major explosion....

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Adapting to change and remaining resilient

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the most robust supply chains and has ushered in a new way of working. This has changed how companies operate in an unprecedented manner. Here’s how motor and drive manufacturer WEG kept going during the first few months of the pandemic to maintain customer supply and help in the COVID-19 fight....

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We beat the pandemic

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards....

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