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  • Indiana grain elevator explosion injures four

    17 April 2015

    Four men were injured on April 16 in a grain elevator explosion at LaCrosse Feed Mill, 30 miles south-east of Gary, Indiana. The blast blew large holes in the sides of a 175-foot-tall feed tower.  Residents 15 miles away reported hearing three explosions and feeling their houses shake, according to local sources. All of the victims were employees of the mill owner,  Co-Alliance....

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  • Explosion kills one at Florida gas plant

    17 April 2015

    An explosion at the MagneGas facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida, killed one and injured another worker on April 16, according to local sources. Two dozen employees were evacuated. According to the MagneGas website, the company converts liquid waste into a hydrogen-based fuel, which can be used for metal cutting, cooking, heating and powering natural gas bi-fuel cars....

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  • HSE issues Lokring pipe connector Safety Alert

    15 April 2015

    On April 14, the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Energy Division (Offshore) issued a Safety Alert highlighting the issue of chloride stress corrosion cracking which has been found to affect stainless steel (grade 316/316L) Lokring pipe connectors. The cracking has occurred in the driver / swage ring section of the connector as shown in the image....

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  • US unveils proposed new offshore oil spill regulations

    15 April 2015

    Five years after the country’s worst maritime petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration announced plans on April 13 to tighten regulations for offshore oil rigs, saying the new measures would help minimise casualties and environmental damage from future leaks....

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  • Two killed in Nebraska railcar cleaning explosion

    15 April 2015

    Fire authorities in Omaha, Nebraska, confirmed that two people were killed in an explosion on April 14 at a GE Capital Rail Services repair shop near a BNSF rail yard in the city. Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says witnesses heard an explosion from a railcar. ...

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Blast and fire at Russian refinery kills one 13 April 2015

An explosion and fire at Rosneft’s Angarsk refinery In Siberia killed one worker and injured another four on April 11, according to the Ria Novosti news agency, quoting a company release. The company said that the incident happened during welding work on a pipeline that was undergoing repair, and that an investigation into the incident would take place....

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HazardEx 2016 International Conference & Exhibition - dates announced 13 April 2015

HazardEx 2016, the two-day International Conference & Exhibition for hazardous area specialists, will take place on 24th & 25th February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

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Hazardex 2016 International Conference - Initial call for papers 13 April 2015

You are invited to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Share your technical knowledge and experience by submitting a paper proposal before 2nd October 2015 for consideration by the content committee. ...

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PG&E ordered to pay $1.6 billion penalty for 2010 California pipeline explosion 10 April 2015

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been ordered to pay a $1.6 billion penalty – the largest ever levied against a US public utility – for a 2010 explosion in a gas pipeline it operated that killed eight people, injured 58 and destroyed dozens of homes in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno....

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Liberian Government says factory explosion caused by negligence 09 April 2015

After months of investigation, the government of Liberia has revealed that the explosion which led to the death of six and the injury of eleven employees of the Liberia Agriculture Company was due to the company’s negligence. Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe said a fine of US$ 100,000 has been imposed on LAC....

Features

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Securing automation systems – a step by step approach

The big problem when it comes to security for automation systems is that there are no simple solutions. This makes it all the more helpful when communication technology experts give users a hand by providing guidelines. Here, Prof. Dr. Frithjof Klasen of PROFIBUS evaluates some of the threats facing automation systems and possible ways to improve robustness, as well as giving details of new security guidelines. ...

Case Studies

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Custody Metering for electricity generation

When the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) commissioned a new natural gas-powered electricity generation plant in Aweer, a key consideration when ordering the Diagnostic Performance and Monitoring (DPM) software was its Custody Metering capabilities – where the mass of the gas and its calorific value is measured as it is supplied from the linked offshore gas field....

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Cybersecurity and plant safety

Cybersecurity for process plant operators made it into the headlines at the end of 2014 following the announcement by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that a cyberattack on one of the country’s steelworks had caused “massive damage”, wrecking a blast furnace at the un-named plant. At the same time, security investigators said they now consider the explosion of a Turkish oil pipeline in 2008 to have been caused by cyber-sabotage...

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