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  • Hazardex 2017 Awards: Voting starts Monday for the best hazardous area sector product, system or service

    19 January 2017

    A total of 19 nominations have been received across four categories for the Hazardex 2017 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. Voting is open to all Hazardex readers and will take place between 23 January 2017 and 20 February 2017. Winners in each category will be posted on the Hazardex website on 28 February 2017. ...

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  • Hazardex 2017 Conference: Essential intelligence for changing times - Delegate offers ENDING THIS WEEK

    19 January 2017

    The Hazardex 2017 Conference & Exhibition will take place on March 2 & 3 in Runcorn, Cheshire, and will include 40 exhibitors, the largest grouping of hazardous area product and service specialists in the UK this year, workshops, and more than 30 process safety experts from a range of backgrounds presenting original papers of key importance to the high hazard sector. ...

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  • Pemex refinery gas release kills one, injures two

    18 January 2017

    Mexico's state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) said a worker has been killed in a chemical accident at its Ciudad Madero refinery in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas. The company said in a statement that the employee came in contact with a release of toxic hydrogen sulphide while doing maintenance work....

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  • US university team develops li-ion battery with inbuilt fire extinguisher

    18 January 2017

    Researchers from Stanford University in the USA have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material which is released if the battery gets too hot. The battery contains a shell containing the flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) which melts when the temperature reaches 150C, releasing the chemical compound. ...

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  • Hazardex 2017 Exhibition & Conference - free to register for exhibition only attendance

    17 January 2017

    Pre registration for the exhibition only visitors is now open, please email us events@imlgroup.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1732 359990. Delegate bookings are also being taken, with limited offers available for early-bird & 2-FOR-1 but finishing soon. ...

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SpaceX returns to orbit after successful launch 16 January 2017

A SpaceX Falcon rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 16, the first since a launch pad explosion destroyed a Falcon and its payload in September. The launch placed 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low-Earth orbit and the first stage of the rocket successfully touched down on a platform in the Pacific Ocean, and two other returning Falcon boosters also landed safely....

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NuScale and Rolls-Royce take forward small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) plans 16 January 2017

NuScale Power has asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the company's small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design, the first time an SMR design certification application has been submitted to the NRC. And in the UK, Rolls-Royce has announced the industrial partners with whom it plans to take forward its own SMR plans....

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China's largest coal province to cut 20 million tonnes of capacity in 2017 - Xinhua 16 January 2017

China's top coal-producing province Shanxi will cut 20 million tonnes of output capacity this year, state news agency Xinhua reported. Tackling excess coal production capacity will remain the provincial government's priority in 2017, Xinhua quoted Shanxi Governor Lou Yangsheng as saying on January 14....

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UK faces costs of £24 billion for North Sea decommissioning 16 January 2017

Britain faces a £24 billion ($29.2 billion) bill for decommissioning ageing oil and gas infrastructure in the North Sea, according to energy research group Wood Mackenzie quoted in The Financial Times. This is 50% more than the Treasury’s original forecast of £16 billion. This is because oil companies are set to spend £53 billion ($66 billion) from 2017, but will claim back almost half of this through tax relief....

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Oil & Gas UK Environment Report shows downward trend in emissions in 2015 16 January 2017

Discharges to sea and emissions to the air by the UK’s oil and gas industry have been on an overall downward trend over the last 15 years, according to a report published by the sector’s trade body. The trend echoes the decline of UK oil and gas production together with effective process management and industry’s use of best available techniques, says Oil & Gas UK’s Environment Report 2016....

Features

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European oil pipelines increasingly impacted by product theft

Concawe, the European pipeline safety and environmental monitoring organisation, has collected 44 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines. This article, based on selected sections of Concawe Report 7/16 - 'Statistical Summary of Reported Spillages in 2014', covers the performance of these pipelines in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, and a full historical perspective since 1971. ...

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Vehicles for hazardous areas

With the proliferation of electric vehicles, one area that is seeing particular expansion is that of explosion-proof vehicles are aimed at market segments dealing with potentially hazardous environments such as the chemical and petrochemical industries, oil and gas production sites. In this article, Lamberto Salvan of Italian transport specialist Alkè Electric Vehicles gives an overview of this crucial area....

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Evidence, the friend of the reputable NGO

NGOs and charities play an important role in our society as watchdogs and lobbyists for the causes they seek to defend and promote. Sometimes, however, they can get carried away with the righteousness of their cause and make claims or organise interventions that can bring them into disrepute....

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