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  • ITC tank farm fire continues to impact greater Houston area

    25 March 2019

    Although the fire in a number of tanks at the Intercontinental Terminals Company’s petrochemical storage facility at Deer Park east of Houston was originally extinguished on March 20, it reignited two days later and had to be tackled again by the teams of firefighters still on site. A breach in a containment wall also spilled chemicals into the Houston Ship Channel and halted ship traffic in the nation’s busiest oil port....

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  • Gas explosion kills 16 in eastern Myanmar

    25 March 2019

    A gas explosion on March 23 at Mongmao in Myanmar's eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured 48, according to AFP. The news agency quoted a Facebook post by the United Wa State Army (UWSA), a local militia based in the enclave on the Chinese border....

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  • China pesticide plant blast kills at least 78

    25 March 2019

    The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in eastern China rose to 78 on March 25, with hundreds still receiving medical treatment four days after one of the country's worst industrial accidents. The March 21 explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, in Yancheng city razed an industrial park and blew out the windows of surrounding homes.  ...

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  • UK industry regulator raises future offshore oil production forecast by 50%

    22 March 2019

    The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) now believes 11.9 billion barrels will be extracted from UK waters by 2050, up from an estimate of 8 billion four years ago according to a new report. So far, 43 billion barrels of oil or its gas equivalent have been recovered. OGA also confirmed that oil and gas production in the UK increased by more than 4% in 2018, averaging 1.7 million barrels oil equivalent (boe) per day....

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  • Explosion at Egypt fertiliser factory kills ten

    21 March 2019

    Ten workers were killed on March 21 when an ammonia tank full exploded at a fertiliser plant at Ain Sokhna in Egypt's northeastern Suez province, according to Al-Ahram. The explosion occurred during an operational test of one of the ammonia tanks inside the factory....

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US judge sets precedent by blocking new drilling on public land in Wyoming due to climate change 21 March 2019

A federal judge has temporarily blocked new drilling on 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) of land in Wyoming after ruling that the US Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when allowing oil and gas companies to lease federal land in the state. This a shot across the bows of the Trump administration, which wants to encourage fossil fuel extraction and disputes climate change....

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Explosion at Tata Steel plant in Netherlands injures four 20 March 2019

Four workers were injured in an explosion at the Tata Steel plant in Velsen-Noord, Noord Holland province, on March 20, according to the company. Those affected were undertaking maintenance, Tata said in a tweet, and were taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown....

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Shell joins innovative waste-to-chemicals project in Netherlands 20 March 2019

A consortium of companies comprising Montreal-based Enerkem, Air Liquide, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam, has announced that Shell will join as a partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. According to Enerkem, Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals (W2C) project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and bio-fuels out...

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Houston tank farm blaze brings company and state environmental regulator into firing line 20 March 2019

Texas officials said the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company's Deer Park facility, which had been belching large quantities of black smoke over Houston since an explosion on March 17, was extinguished on the morning of March 20. Local media said the facility has violated clean air and water regulations many times in recent years, and the state environmental watchdog has also come in for criticism. ...

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First new UK deep coal mine in decades to be sunk in Cumbria 19 March 2019

Britain’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years on the coast near Whitehaven, has been given the go-ahead by Cumbria county council. The £165m Woodhouse colliery, to be developed by West Cumbria Mining, will process 2.5m tonnes of coking coal a year for the UK and European steel industry, replacing imports from the US, Canada, Russia and Columbia....

Features

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Connected workers: bridging the gap between millennials and the ageing workforce

The shifting demographic makeup of the global workforce is posing unprecedented challenges when it comes to catering for workers’ safety requirements, from the millennial generation’s digital needs (1) to the health concerns of increasing numbers of older workers (2). Gene Vena of Honeywell Industrial Safety discusses how connected safety technology can help bridge the gap between generations and improve safety for all. ...

Case Studies

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Case study: The challenges of personnel location in the Kashagan Field

The Kashagan Field is a very large offshore oilfield located in Kazakhstan’s part of the North Caspian Sea where a number of artificial islands have been built as bases for hydrocarbon extraction. The largest of these is D-island, which is approximately 120,000 m2. Dr. Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID looks at some of the challenges of personnel location in this particularly hostile work environment and explains the solution arrived at to provide effect...

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Growth implications within the EU of meeting the Paris Agreement targets

A recent report by Eurofound, the European labour organisation, concludes that meeting the Paris Agreement targets on emissions reduction would be positive for the EU, with investment in renewables and energy efficiency helping to boost economic growth and employment. Hitting the 2C target set out in the Paris Agreement would result in 1.1% additional growth between now and 2030 across EU member states, and a 0.5% increase in employment....

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