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  • Hazardex in the Regions 2014-15: UK & Europe: Early sponsors, speakers & exhibitors announced

    23 July 2014

    Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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  • Company fined over Borders factory explosion

    22 July 2014

    On July 22 a Carlisle-based company was fined £10,500 at Dumfries Sheriff Court over health and safety breaches after an explosion at a figurine-making factory in Langholm in the Scottish Borders.The company, Enesco, admitted failing to make sufficient assessment of the risks to staff at the Borders Fine Arts site. ...

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  • Northern Ireland test drilling draws anti-fracking protest

    22 July 2014

    On July 21 several hundred people took part in an anti-fracking protest at a site near Belcoo in County Fermanagh. Tamboran Resources, the operator on the site, has plans to drill an exploratory 750m deep borehole to collect rock samples at the site. If the samples show commercially viable levels of gas, the company will begin a process that could lead to fracking. ...

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  • Oil & Gas UK Activity Survey 2014

    22 July 2014

    The Oil & Gas UK Activity Survey 2014 highlights the situation the UK upstream sector now finds itself in. It is based on the latest data supplied by all exploration and production companies operating in the UK and provides a uniquely well informed insight into the opportunities and potential of this vital sector of the economy. The key results are summarised below....

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  • Deloitte points to factors responsible for fall in North Sea deals and drilling

    22 July 2014

    A new report from business advisory firm Deloitte says oil and gas firms may be adopting a “wait and see” approach before making further investment decisions in the North Sea. The sector is waiting for outcome of the Wood Review and a reassessment of the fiscal regime, as well as impact of new regulator, the report says....

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Workers evacuated from Indian rig after gas leak 21 July 2014

A gas leak on July 19 at a well being drilled by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) in the Mumbai High oilfield, 162 kilometres off the Mumbai coast, resulted in the activation of safety procedures, with drilling operations shut down and 42 non-essential staff out of 82 personnel evacuated from the Sagar Uday rig. ONGC said the operations were safe and there was no loss of life or property....

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China highway crash explosion kills 43 21 July 2014

On July 21, a van loaded with alcohol crashed into a passenger coach on a section of the Shanghai to Kunming Expressway in central China's Hunan Province. A huge explosion followed and flames engulfed five vehicles, killing 43 and injuring a further six, four of whom are in a critical condition. Most of victims were identified as migrant workers from Yibin. ...

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EU updates nuclear safety regulations 18 July 2014

On July 8, the European Council adopted the new Nuclear Safety Directive, which must now be translated into EU member states’ national law within three years. It provides more power and independence for national regulatory authorities, will also introduce periodic national safety assessments and on-site emergency preparedness and response arrangements. ...

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Australia scraps carbon tax 18 July 2014

Australia’s carbon tax has been repealed, leaving the country with no official policy to achieve the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has signed up to in international agreements. The Liberal-led  government said households will be better off by an average $550 following the move....

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Drax CCS Project secures award from European NER300 programme 14 July 2014

Capture Power, the developer of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, has welcomed today’s announcement of a funding award decision of up to €300 million under the European NER300 programme. The project will be located on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire....

Features

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Debunking the myths of Ex product approvals in North America

North America is one of the largest and most lucrative markets for equipment used in explosive atmospheres. Therefore, it is vitally important to have a full and clear understanding of the regulations governing the North American product approval process and the various options available to manufacturers and exporters of Ex equipment. For instance, did you know that UL certification is NOT mandatory in the USA; and CSA certification is NOT required in Canada?  ...

Case Studies

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What you need to know about REACH Authorisation - A guidance note for SMEs

REACH, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, is a substantial piece of legislation controlling chemicals within the EU. It aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemicals. REACH applies to chemical substances on their own, in mixtures and in articles (objects). As such, REACH has the potential to impact all UK business sectors....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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