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  • Hazardex & PPTex 2019 exhibitors and sponsors

    15 October 2018

    The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics & Trolex with many more companies (listed below) confirmed to exhibit. Spaces are now limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the original and longest established specialist hazardous area operations event....

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  • Two injured as F-16 fighter explodes at Belgian airbase

    12 October 2018

    On October 11, Belgian news sources reported that two aircraft technicians were injured when an F-16 fighter exploded at Florennes airbase in Namur province. The incident took place as the aircraft stood parked at the end of a runway and two other aircraft standing nearby were slightly damaged. ...

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  • Eleven killed, 12 injured in explosion at India steel plant

    10 October 2018

    A blast and fire at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh in eastern India killed eleven employees and injured 12 on October 9, police said. The explosion at the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) plant took place in a gas pipeline. The injured, most in a serious condition, were taken to hospital....

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  • Explosion kills one, injures nine at Brod oil refinery in northern Bosnia

    10 October 2018

    A powerful explosion on October 9 at the oil refinery in Brod in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina killed one worker and injured another 9, authorities said. The explosion was followed by a significant fire that firefighters fought to contain. ...

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  • Ukraine ammunition depot fires and explosions cause mass evacuation

    09 October 2018

    Explosions and fire have hit an ammunition depot at Ichnya in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine in a possible act of sabotage, officials said, leading to a mass evacuation. About 12,000 people were moved from the area around the depot, about 109 miles (176km) north-east of the capital Kiev. There were no reported casualties....

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Canada refinery suffers major explosion and fire during turnaround 09 October 2018

An explosion at the Irving Oil Refinery in St John, New Brunswick, started a major fire on October 8. Local sources said 3,000 people were at the site when the incident happened, mostly contractors working on a turnaround at the facility. The company confirmed that all its workers and contractors were accounted for. ...

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OSHA cites Husky Energy subsidiary Superior Refining for April explosion and fire 08 October 2018

On October 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it had cited Superior Refining Company LLC - based in Superior, Wisconsin - for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire on April 26 that injured several employees. The company faces $83,150 in proposed penalties....

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DRC fuel tanker explosion kills more than 50 08 October 2018

A fuel tanker collision in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on October 6 killed more than 50 and injured 100, Atu Matubuana, interim governor of the province, said. The tanker caught fire at Mbuba village, about 80 miles from the capital after crashing into a parked truck. A local official told a radio news station people ran to collect fuel after the crash and were killed when it ignited....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference – Call for papers NOW CLOSED, programme to be announced shortly 08 October 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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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Awards for Excellence 06 October 2018

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 27 & 28 February 2019, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Categories open for nomination are Contribution to Safety, Contribution to the Environment, Technical Innovation, Best User Application, PPTex Innovation and Best Customer Service....

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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