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  • Shell Australia’s giant Prelude floating LNG project likely to come on stream in 2017

    20 September 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell is building the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, which has the potential to transform the way natural gas resources are developed. It is designed to recover resources offshore that would otherwise be too costly or difficult to develop without the need to lay pipelines and build processing plants on land. In this article, Hazardex takes a look at the latest developments in this ground-breaking project....

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  • Separating the good from the bad: prioritise your storage tank maintenance

    12 September 2016

    Risk-based inspection systems and advanced non-destructive testing methods are helping storage tank owners comply with ever-increasing stringent regulations, as well as reducing maintenance costs, says Tim Bradshaw, General Manager UK Operations, MISTRAS Group....

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  • Meeting the growing challenges of asset integrity management

    09 September 2016

    The upstream oil and gas industry is cyclically faced with low oil prices and high operating costs. These factors can become even more of a concern when combined with the growing challenge of ageing assets and increasingly complex infrastructure....

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  • When ‘good faith’ isn’t good enough in the offshore wind sector,

    08 September 2016

    Randall Williams of Proeon Systems, active in the European offshore wind industry, explains why due diligence for fire safety requires more than good intentions. ...

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  • Safety Intelligence and Chronic Unease

    20 July 2016

    What makes a good manager for industrial safety? Psychologists who study hazard management have long been interested in this question. In this article for Hazardex, Rhona Flin, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, examines some new approaches to this perennial puzzle, particularly in relation to senior managers.  ...

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Fire detection strategies based on hazard analysis in Scottish whisky distilleries 15 July 2016

The locating of illicit whisky stills in remote locations was not only to avoid the excise man - safety was a concern even back in the 1800s and is still important now. At risk are not just the building, stills and stock, but also the personnel and environment. In this article, James McNay of Micropack Engineering looks at the fire risks inherent within the distillation process and at the most effective methods for detecting distillery fires....

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Exposing the myths behind working at height 08 July 2016

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Employers and employees have a legal duty to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions. Stuart Linnitt of Capital Safety looks at some of the myths associated with working at height which can compromise a safe working environment....

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Hand and finger injury risks in the oil and gas industry 01 July 2016

Jobs in the oil and gas industry are some of the most hazardous in the world. In addition to fire and explosion risks, occupational safety risks include bodily injury, with hands and fingers amongst the most vulnerable bodily parts. This article, by oil and gas sector QHSE consultant Shahram Vatanparast, reviews the mitigation measures and prevention plans that can be used by oil and gas companies to safeguard their employees....

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Transforming Ex inspections in the energy and utilities sectors 30 June 2016

With the release of zone 1 and zone 2 rated mobile devices, the engineering community can now access all the data and documents they require in most hazardous areas, with or without a WIFI connection. In this article, Steve Pearson of Phusion IM says this is a potentially transformational change for energy and utility sector companies preparing for Ex inspections....

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Robust circuit protection for hazardous locations: a guide to industry standards and component selection 28 June 2016

Preventing electrical equipment from becoming sources of ignition is key when thinking about the design and development of a new product to be used in in a hazardous location, says Saad Lambaz of Littelfuse. This is where intrinsically safe fuses or current-limiting resistors come into their own....

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