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Digital collaboration – Four ways to Improve tank terminal operations 04 December 2017

At the StocExpo Europe 2017 Conference, Eduard J. Smits, Manufacturing IT, MES at Accenture, hosted two panel sessions, looking at the Global Energy Outlook and the Storage Market Outlook. Here he considers how digital technology can improve operations at tank terminals.  ...

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Industrial fans in biomass applications 12 October 2017

As the demand for an efficient form of renewable energy increases, biomass is now very much in the spotlight. Axair Fans Sales Engineer Andrew Ward explains the importance of industrial fan selection....

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Digitalising the Oil & Gas industry 29 September 2017

According to a report by DNV GL – a technical consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime sectors - it is believed by the year 2025 we will see an upstream Oil & Gas industry where technologies such as fully-automated drilling operations, autonomous inspection of pipelines and rig-less plugging and abandonment of wells will be in operation....

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What plant is suitable for Risk-Based Inspection? 18 August 2017

By prioritising inspection regimes according to the degree of risk, Mike Brown of British Engineering Services explains how inspection intervals can often be extended, safety improved and cost/profit benefits realised....

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How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds 24 May 2017

A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....

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How to influence decisions around safety 14 May 2017

Processes, procedures and hard controls alone cannot provide a complete safety solution.  Even best–in-class processes and systems may not be effective because not everyone interprets and acts on them in the same way. Companies spend millions on behavioural based safety programs, consultants and training, often with little return on investment.  ...

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Quantification of valve gas losses using acoustic emission 09 March 2017

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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The risks of ignition from workplace transport and plant equipment 24 February 2017

A lift truck, crane or other workplace transport will have multiple sources of ignition, whether from heat, static or arcing and sparking components. Rob Vesty of Pyroban looks at the latest standard EN1755:2015 and explains how the most complex mobile equipment can be converted to achieve ATEX compliance in Zone 2 areas....

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Vehicles for hazardous areas 14 December 2016

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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Solar storms could take down electricity grids and cost trillions of dollars - report 20 October 2016

The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (CCRS) has released a report, the Helios Solar Storm Scenario, exploring the potential impact a massive solar flare could have on the US economy and insurance industry. The report includes three stress test variations gauging different damage distribution and restoration timeframes, forecasting total...

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