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  • North Sea oil is "winding down" and could lose 15,000 jobs- Sir Ian Wood

    27 January 2015

    THE North Sea oil industry is winding down and politicians and workers must start planning for the future “pretty quickly”, respected oil veteran and government adviser Sir Ian Wood has warned. The Wood Group founder said the North Sea oil industry could lose 15,000 jobs in Scotland and production might fall by 10% as drillers cut back in response to falling oil prices....

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  • UK parliamentary committee calls for fracking ban

    26 January 2015

    A committee of MPs in the UK’s parliament has called for a moratorium on fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.The government's drive for shale gas should be put on hold because it would lead to more reliance on fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee said....

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  • HSE publishes draft guidance on UK Mines Regulations 2014 (L149)

    26 January 2015

    The UK Health and Safety Executive has announced that, subject to Parliamentary approval, the Mines Regulations 2014 will come into effect on 6 April 2015, and will replace all current health and safety mining law. The current legislation will continue to apply up to and including 5 April 2015, along with the Approved Codes of Practice and guidance supporting it....

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  • UK manhole explosion not caused by gas leak – National Grid

    23 January 2015

    An underground explosion on January 22 in Tyseley, Birmingham, blew a manhole cover several feet into the air, narrowly missing a mother and her daughter as they passed nearby. The mother of the two-year-old girl said it is "a miracle" she escaped injury because of the proximity of the blast to the pair as they passed on the pavement....

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  • EDF Energy announces 10-year life extension for Dungeness B nuclear power station

    21 January 2015

    EDF Energy has announced that its Dungeness B nuclear power station will have a 10-year life extension to 2028. The decision follows a £150m investment programme to extend the life of the station and comes after extensive reviews of the plant’s safety cases and work with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)....

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HazardEx: UK Swansea & Ellesmere Port: EU Rotterdam - Process Safety Conferences & Exhibitions 2015 **TODAY - SWANSEA** 21 January 2015

Swansea (Village Hotel) 28/01/15Ellesmere Port (Holiday Inn Hotel) 25/02/15 CONTACT US NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2-FOR-1 DELEGATE PLACES - Ellesmere Port.Process safety engineers, EPCs and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference and com...

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Liberia rubber factory explosion injures at least 17 20 January 2015

At least 17 workers were injured in an explosion at the Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) rubber processing plant in Grand Bassa County, near the city of Buchanan, according to FrontPageAfrica. The explosion was in the plant’s boiler house and showered the injured with boiling water and burning ash. As yet, the cause of the explosion is unknown....

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Petrobras refinery explosion seriously injures three workers 20 January 2015

Three employees of state-owned oil giant Petrobras were hurt on January 19 in an explosion at a refinery near the northern city of Salvador. Three workers using an electric rotary sander on the inside of a hydrogen tank triggered the blast, according to reports. The company said there was no environmental damage and market supply will not be affected by the incident....

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At least two miners killed in Russian iron mine explosion 19 January 2015

At least two miners died in an explosion at the Yuahnaya iron ore mine in Russia's Sverdlovsk region on January 17, TASS reported. Earlier reports said a third miner was also missing. Two injured miners have been sent to the central hospital in the city of Kushva, and are reported to be in a “moderately severe” condition....

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Scotland could generate almost all its electricity with renewables by 2030 - report 16 January 2015

Scotland’s electricity system could be powered almost entirely by renewables by 2030 and without the need for any gas, coal or nuclear power stations in Scotland, according to a new report published in early January) by WWF Scotland. The report claimed the renewable option could prove a cheaper and safer option than pursuing fossil fuel-based development....

Features

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Electrostatic hazards and control techniques associated with bulk bags

Bulk bags constructed with woven fabric are very widely used in industry to package, store and ship powder and granular materials. The bags are prone to generating static charge during material loading and unloading operations, and, if allowed to accumulate, an electrostatic discharge could occur from the bag surface. ...

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Why a holistic approach is integral to geo-hazard risk and assessment

A sharp increase in the global energy industry’s demand for specialist, integrated geo-hazard and risk assessment services is a strong sign that the market is starting to recognise the importance of a more holistic approach. Phil Edwards, Head of Survey and Geo-Engineering at LR Senergy, provides an overview of this rising trend, including why operators and contractors need to understand indemnity regimes and audit trails....

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A link between mining deaths in Australia and plunging commodity prices?

The number of work-related deaths in Australian mines rose to 17 in 2013-14. In the previous financial year, no mining deaths were recorded and the total had been falling for eight years since the previous peak in 2005-06, when there were 14 mining deaths. The worst affected states, News South Wales and Western Australia, have begun investigations into this worrying trend. ...

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