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  • TC Energy to begin construction of long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline

    31 March 2020

    On March 31, TC Energy announced that it would go ahead with the construction of its Keystone XL pipeline after the Alberta government committed to investing $1.1 billion into the $8 billion project. The pipeline, which will be 1,210 miles (1,947 kilometres) in length and carry around 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day, has been delayed for years after opposition from landowners, environmental groups and tribes....

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  • Composite metal foams move closer to use in hazardous material transportation applications

    31 March 2020

    Researchers have said that Composite Metal Foams (CMFs) have passed a “simulated pool fire test” which moves the material closer to widespread adoption in applications such as packaging and transportation of hazardous materials. CMF is a foam that consists of hollow, metallic spheres embedded in a metallic matrix, providing much greater strength to density ratio and energy absorption than other metal foams....

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  • UK greenhouse gas emissions fall for seventh consecutive year

    31 March 2020

    Government figures have shown that a record year for renewable energy in 2019 meant that the UK experienced a seventh year in a row of falling greenhouse gas emissions. The provisional figures were revealed on March 26 and reveal a 3.6% fall in emissions compared with 2018, a 28% difference from 2010, and a 45% drop from 1990 levels....

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  • The April issue of Hazardex is now available!

    31 March 2020

    The April issue of Hazardex can now be read online. The issue includes features on Fire Safety, Valves, Non-electrical Ignition, and Offshore....

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  • Five people sentenced to death for pipeline explosion in Egypt

    30 March 2020

    A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced five people to death for their role in an oil pipeline explosion that killed nine people and injured 13. The explosion in November 2019 happened near Itay al-Baroud in the northern province of Bahira, a village located halfway between Cairo and Alexandria. The pipeline transports oil between the two cities....

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Hazardex 2020 event review video 27 March 2020

Hazardex 2020 was a great success for the industry, facilitating essential knowledge sharing amongst global peers. It has been heralded as one of the best Hazardex events to date. Take a look at the 2020 event review video now and we look forward to seeing you next year at Hazardex 2021!...

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UK HSE warns Ithaca Energy for exposing workers to potentially explosive atmosphere 26 March 2020

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has warned oil and gas operator Ithaca Energy after it exposed workers to the risk of injury from fire or explosion on one of its floating storage vessels in the North Sea....

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Working from home? Get your print copy of Hazardex magazine redirected! 26 March 2020

If you are working remotely, you can now get your monthly print copy of Hazardex delivered to your home address or a new location for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Update your details now!...

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CSB releases new animation on 15th anniversary of BP Texas City refinery explosion 25 March 2020

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Identification Board (CSB) released an updated animation video on March 23 to mark the 15th anniversary of the significant hydrocarbon release and ensuing explosion at the BP Texas City refinery which killed 15 people and injured 180 others. The massive explosion was a landmark investigation for the CSB and revealed safety gaps at refineries across the US....

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Hinkley Point C construction to continue, but workforce reduced to half 25 March 2020

EDF Energy has said it will reduce the size of its workforce at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project in Somerset, UK due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From March 24, the workforce at Britain’s largest construction site will drop from 4,500 to around 2,000 as remaining skilled workers concentrate on critical areas and work in shifts with extra transport and staggered breaks to minimise contact....

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HSE UK offshore safety report for 2018

The Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2018 from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has shown that most safety trends in offshore oil & gas and wind operations have continued to improve. 2018 was the second consecutive year without a fatality and the longer-term rolling reportable non-fatal injury rate continues to fall on the UK Continental Shelf....

Case Studies

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Utilities company puts handheld gas detection to the test

Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England. Covering a sixth of the UK, WWU takes care of 2.5 million gas supply points in homes and businesses in a catchment area with a population of 7.5 million people....

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Hazardex March: Editor's comment

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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