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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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  • SPE Offshore Europe 2015 - Inspiring the next generation

    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....

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  • Tianjin explosions cause losses of more than one billion dollars

    21 August 2015

    The series of explosions that devastated the port area of the Chinese city of Tianjin and killed at least 114 people are likely to have a significant negative effect on the local economy. The city has a population of 15 million people, almost twice that of London, and an economy roughly the size of the Czech Republic. A week after the blasts, losses are estimated to exceed a billion dollars. ...

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Probe reveals questionable activities by Tianjin blast warehouse owners 20 August 2015

Exclusive interviews by the Xinhua news agency of the detained owners and executives of Tianjin Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd, whose warehouse exploded on August 12 in Tianjin killing 114, have unveiled a number of dubious practices, including using connections to get safety approvals that should not have been granted....

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New Zealand aluminium plant owners fined after explosion injures worker 19 August 2015

McKechnie Aluminium Solutions was fined $33,000 and ordered to pay $15,000 in reparations to a worker who suffered serious burns in an explosion on 23 May 2014 at its Bell Block plant in New Zealand’s North Island....

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Hazardex in the Regions at PEFTEC 2015 Antwerp 19 August 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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UK government awards 27 new onshore oil and gas licences 18 August 2015

The Oil & Gas Authority, part of the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, confirmed on August 18 that 27 licences from the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round had been formally offered to companies, giving the green light to large-scale shale oil and gas development in the UK....

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China work safety watchdog director under investigation after Tianjin blast 18 August 2015

On August 17 the current director of the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) – the country’s work safety watchdog – was put under investigation. Yang Dongliang, who was vice-mayor of Tianjin between 2009 and 2012, is suspected of “serious violations of discipline and law”, according to a statement published on the government’s anti-corruption website. ...

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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