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  • Hazardex March: Editor's comment

    23 March 2020

    Since taking over as Editor of Hazardex, I have made a conscious effort to seek out the latest developments regarding hazardous area-related research being conducted at universities and organisations around the world....

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  • Got Brexit done

    05 March 2020

    In the first week of February I attended the annual meeting of the European Notified Bodies Group for the ATEX Directive (ExNB). This was after the UK had officially left the EU but, of course, nothing has actually changed. UK Notified Bodies are still recognised in the EU; our EU-Type Examination Certificates remain fully valid and support manufacturers’ CE declarations and markings....

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  • A new start

    29 January 2020

    This is my first article for Hazardex since I left my role as the IECEx Chairman at the end of 2019. According to our rules, after two terms of three years, the chairmanship of the IECEx System must be handed over to a new person. In my case, I handed the position onto Paul Meanwell, a manufacturer’s representative from South Africa....

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  • Some thoughts on standard writing at the international level

    07 January 2020

    This year, our standards committee, IEC TC31 was not invited to meet along with the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai. Because we are one of the larger committees, always trying to find room for a number of parallel meetings for a fortnight, some hosts just find it too difficult....

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  • IECEx annual meeting 2019

    18 December 2019

    At the end of September, the annual IECEx management meeting took place in Dubai, UAE. For me personally, it is always a pleasure to be in this breathtaking city....

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Goodbye and thank you! 17 December 2019

The January edition is my last Hazardex edition as Editor – I retire at the end of 2019 after eight happy and productive years with the publication....

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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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