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  • Sub-zero waters a barrier to oil spill recovery - UK study

    24 May 2017

    Sub-zero temperatures in the deep waters of the North Atlantic would significantly hamper the ability of oil-eating bacteria to help the ocean recover from a major oil spill, according to new research.  In the first study of its type, scientists at the University of Aberdeen have tested the ability of oil-degrading microorganisms found in deep water sediments west of Shetland, which is home to several major oil fields. ...

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  • Researchers in Canada find methane in groundwater poses safety risk

    23 May 2017

    Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk, according to a new study by academics at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Researchers at the U of G-based G360 Institute for Groundwater Research found the gas travelled far beyond the shale wells where it is drilled to threaten explosion risk some distance away....

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  • South African refinery blast injures 11

    22 May 2017

    On May 22, a blast at the Natref oil refinery injured 11 people, according to a statement by plant co-owner Sasol. The 108,000 barrel per day refinery, situated in Sasolburg south of Johannesburg, remains operational but facilities in the vicinity of the hydrogen compressors where the blast occurred have been closed down....

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  • Shell shuts Brent Charlie platform in North Sea due to gas leak

    22 May 2017

    Shell shut down its Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland, after a gas leak was detected on May 19. Production was halted and 31 non-essential personnel were flown off the platform as a precaution. Shell said the leak was soon stopped and an investigation is under way....

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  • Two killed in Indian quarry after lightning strikes explosives

    22 May 2017

    On May 18, a quarry blast at Madapanta, Ramanagara, in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, was confirmed to have killed two workers and injured another nine. According to a witness report in the Times of India, the workers were placing explosives in heavy rain when lightning struck the quarry, causing a bundle to explode....

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Explosion kills at least 29 illegals in South African gold mine 19 May 2017

An explosion on May 11 reportedly killed dozens of illegal miners in Harmony Gold’s Eland mine in Welkom, Free State, local authorities announced on May 12. A week later, 29 bodies had been recovered from the closed mine, local media said, with some of the bodies dragged for 13km through underground tunnels by rescuers to bring the bodies to the surface. ...

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Eaton Unveils Highest Performing Modular Surge Protection Device for Complete Process Reliability 19 May 2017

Power management company Eaton’s new MTL SD Modular range provides comprehensive protection from transient surge events up to 20 kA, the highest level of protection currently available for a modular pluggable device which is coupled with the highest packing density on the market. ...

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Explosions kill six at Colombia shipyards 18 May 2017

Colombian police are investigating explosions at two shipyards in Cartagena that killed at least six people and injured 22 others. The blasts occurred within about 30 minutes of each other on May 17 at two industrial facilities that are at least six kilometres apart. Black plumes of smoke rose into the sky from the scene of each blast. Some of the injured were seriously burned....

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Two killed in Polish ammunition plant explosion 18 May 2017

Two people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at a black gunpowder plant in southwestern Poland, local authorities said on May 17. A spokesman for local firefighters said that the plant in Makolno, in the Wroclaw region, was destroyed in the blast. Four of the injured were hospitalised with burns....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference and Exhibition 18 May 2017

The 2018 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will be taking place once again at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK on February 28 and March 1. The two-day Conference & Exhibition, which also includes workshops, a networking dinner and awards ceremony, aims to strengthen and expand the community that looks to the Hazardex website and journal for industry intelligence and information....

Features

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New threats to ICS/SCADA systems and practical protection

The cyber world has changed dramatically over the past 12 months. Cyber attacks on ICS/SCADA networks and breakthrough research discoveries have made investment in top level cybersecurity an absolute priority for companies, argues Phil Neray of CyberX, while Tim Ricketts of M.A.C. Solutions provides advice on improving the security of ICS networks. ...

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Quantification of valve gas losses using acoustic emission

Originally developed for estimating leakage rates through valves to flare in oil refineries and offshore platforms, acoustic emission technology is also finding use in other process industries such as power generation, nuclear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, says Tim Bradshaw, General Manager, MISTRAS Group, UK operations. ...

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Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board

The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....

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