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  • Belgian waste plant explosion kills one, raise questions over new Irish plant

    18 September 2018

    Belgian waster treatment company Indaver confirmed today that an accident occurred during the preparation of waste for treatment at its plant at Stabroek near Antwerp where liquid waste was being transferred from a tanker into a storage tank. The company said that one employee had been fatally injured and four others hospitalised with minor injuries after an explosion and fire at the site....

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  • Indian oil group to move LPG storage facility out of Mumbai for safety reasons

    17 September 2018

    Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India’s second largest public sector oil and gas group, has decided to move the LPG storage facility out of its Mumbai Mahul refinery complex. D Rajkumar, the chairman and managing director of BPCL, said the move was “for safety and commercial reasons". The new facility will be built near the town of Rasayani, about 50km south-east of Mumbai....

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  • Shell announces methane emissions reduction target

    17 September 2018

    On September 17 Royal Dutch Shell plc announced a target to maintain methane emissions below 0.2% of its total oil and gas production by 2025, it said in a statement, joining BP, which last year set a similar goal. Exxon Mobil announced in May plans to reduce methane emissions by 15% by 2020....

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  • Gulf of Mexico oil leak said to be worse than originally reported

    17 September 2018

    An article in the Wall Street Journal quotes a new US government study which estimates that up to 10 million gallons of oil a year are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from wells abandoned by Taylor Energy after its rig on the site was destroyed by a hurricane in 2004. The spill has been the subject of ongoing litigation between US agencies and the company....

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  • ConAgra found liable for 2009 fatal explosion

    17 September 2018

    The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on September 14 that ConAgra Foods Inc. must indemnify an engineering firm for $108.9 million after the latter settled wrongful death suits resulting from an explosion at ConAgra's Slim Jim factory in Garner, North Carolina, in June 2009 which killed four people....

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One dead, one seriously injured after explosion at Florida weapons plant 17 September 2018

One person died and another was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries after an explosion at a non-lethal weapons manufacturing plant near Tallahassee, Florida. The explosion occurred on the morning of September 14 at the AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems plant in Perry, Taylor County....

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Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference – Call for papers DEADLINE APPROACHING 15 September 2018

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference to be held on February 27 & 28 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK. 2019 will be The Year of Process Safety Leadership, and this will be a major area of focus for the COMAH community. ...

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Trump Administration unveils new proposals to loosen rules on methane leaks 14 September 2018

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed to significantly weaken standards that limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry sources. The original standards, finalised by the Obama-era EPA in 2016, were designed to reduce methane leaks by as much as 510,000 tons by 2025....

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One killed, dozens injured and hundreds evacuated after string of explosions and fires in north Massachusetts 14 September 2018

At least one person has been killed and at least 25 injured after a series of gas explosions in towns north of Boston on the evening of September 13. Officials said many explosions and up to 80 fires broke out in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, thought to have been caused by the overpressurisation of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts....

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Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion could have been caused by landslide 13 September 2018

Torrential rain and saturated ground likely caused an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in Western Pennsylvania to slip and explode on September 10, the company said, but the exact cause remained unclear pending an investigation. There were no injuries in the massive explosion, which took place in Center Township, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh....

Features

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Applying risk and consequence modelling knowledge from the oil and gas industry to urban energy projects

This year's 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster offers a timely opportunity to look back at the significant developments in risk and consequence software modelling, says David Price of Gexcon UK. The Public Inquiry into the accident, which claimed 167 lives, triggered increased attention in the assessment of risk from gas leaks and subsequent ignition leading to jet fire and explosion modelling....

Case Studies

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Risk and consequence modelling case study

The project involved a large residential development set in gardens with community facilities including cafes, restaurants, retail and leisure in a major UK city. Consultancy activities involved advising on DSEAR regulatory compliance in relation to an Energy Centre incorporated into the basement of a multi-use building....

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The Cinderella of the renewable energy sector

Just a few weeks after the UK government rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the French leader in tidal power, Naval Energies, also announced it was pulling out of the sector. The company was one of the few to have developed tidal turbine energy technology to the industrial launch stage. On 24 July, the company deployed a new 2MW tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. ...

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