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  • Earth tremor risk halts UK fracking plans

    14 November 2019

    On November 2, the UK government imposed an indefinite suspension on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations due to fears about earth tremor risk. The government announced the suspension after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was impossible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by shale gas extraction....

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  • Saudi Arabia - An object lesson in the importance of guarding against low-tech threats

    19 September 2019

    The drone attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas facilities and key infrastructure will have significant ripple effects in the global energy and petrochemical markets, as well as the global economy, as oil prices rise and natural gas production is disrupted. The strikes on 14 September hit the Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq, the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas processing site....

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  • Taking the EU cyber security Directive seriously

    19 July 2019

    The EU’s NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) is the first piece of EU-wide cyber security legislation. It aims to achieve a high common level of network and information system security across the EU’s critical infrastructure. The Directive was enacted into UK law on 10 May 2018, and fines of up to £17 million can be levied on companies found to be in contravention....

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  • Russian oil and gas – worth the risk?

    23 May 2019

    According to the news agency reports in late April, pipelines in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland are estimated to contain five million tonnes of contaminated Russian oil. Pipeline operator Transneft said the oil in the Druzhba pipeline network from Russia to customers in Europe was contaminated at a private terminal at Samara in southern central Russia....

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  • Safety culture and leadership

    29 March 2019

    After a spike in workplace injuries at a Tesla electric car plant in 2017, Elon Musk issued an email to staff which read as follows: "No words can express how much I care about your safety and well-being. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful. Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception… I would like to meet every injured person."...

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Growth implications within the EU of meeting the Paris Agreement targets 06 March 2019

A recent report by Eurofound, the European labour organisation, concludes that meeting the Paris Agreement targets on emissions reduction would be positive for the EU, with investment in renewables and energy efficiency helping to boost economic growth and employment. Hitting the 2C target set out in the Paris Agreement would result in 1.1% additional growth between now and 2030 across EU member states, and a 0.5% increase in employment....

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Brexit and the future 20 February 2019

At the moment, manufacturers and their clients in the European Union (still including the UK) are very confused about the future validity of ATEX certificates issued by UK Notified Bodies. Despite the fact that all big UK Notified Bodies are in very close communication with their European customers and are trying hard to provide acceptable solutions, there is still uncertainty and nobody knows what problems will have to be faced in the coming months and years....

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Harnessing Industry 4.0 technology to improve staff safety 15 February 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, 151 workers have a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Manufacturers should place greater emphasis on the health and safety of their staff to reduce this figure and can invest in automation to help. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explores some technologies that can improve the safety of workers as Industry 4.0 becomes reality.  ...

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Good news from the UK oil & gas sector 21 December 2018

Amongst all the gloomy news circulating at the butt-end of 2018, I do have some good cheer to bring you. According to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors and 65% of firms expect the level of core staff to increase next year and only 5% expect a fall over the same period. ...

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The opportunity for wearable technology in PPE 26 October 2018

We are all familiar with the way that the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, socialise and play over the last two decades.  The internet is now generating the beginnings of a second seismic shift – the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) which will fundamentally change your workplace as well as your home. ...

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