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Venezuela tank farm explosion blamed on “terrorist incursions” 14 March 2019

Two tanks containing thinners exploded on March 13 at a tank farm facility belonging to Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in eastern Anzoategui state. There have been no reports of victims as yet, according to local media. The blast occurred at the Petro San Felix facility located in San Diego de Cabrutica, the daily Ultimas Noticias reported via Twitter. ...

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Venezuela blackout halts oil exports, refinery operations 12 March 2019

Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA has been unable to resume crude exports from its primary port since last week’s country-wide power outage, essentially crippling the OPEC nation’s principal industry. The power outage also affected the Puerto la Cruz refinery in Anzoategui, run by state-owned oil company PDVSA, which was already operating at minimum levels. Authorities have given few indications how long it might take to restore power....

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IEA sees USA leading global oil supply growth to 2024 11 March 2019

The US will drive global oil supply growth over the next five years, adding another 4 million barrels per day to the country’s already booming output, the International Energy Agency said on March 11. “The United States is increasingly leading the expansion in global oil supplies, with significant growth also seen among other non-OPEC producers, including Brazil, Norway and new producer Guyana,” the IEA said in its five-year outlook....

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Wife of Malaysian entrepreneur thought to have been killed by exploding mobile phone charged with his murder 04 March 2019

The wife of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan, her two sons and an Indonesian national were charged with his murder in a Malaysian court on March 4, according to local media. Samirah Muzzafar, her two sons from her first marriage, and their Indonesian maid, who is still at large, were charged with murdering Nazrin at the house they shared in Petaling Jaya. The charge carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction....

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Dutch public prosecutor to sue Shell for explosion and toxic gas leak at Moerdijk plant 04 March 2019

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced on March 1 it would prosecute Royal Dutch Shell for an explosion in 2014 at its Moerdijk petrochemical plant and for the release of tonnes of carcinogenic ethylene oxide from the site in 2015 and 2016. According to the service, Shell did too little to prevent both incidents....

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Solomon Islands face ecological disaster after oil spill from grounded cargo vessel 04 March 2019

Three weeks after a cargo ship ran aground in a storm off the Solomon Islands in the West Pacific, urgent efforts are being made to mitigate the effects of a large oil leak from the vessel on the world's largest raised coral atoll. An estimated 75 tonnes of oil have escaped from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader, out of 600 tonnes on board. ...

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Hazardex 2019 Awards **WINNERS ANNOUNCED** 02 March 2019

A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2019 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners were announced at the Hazardex 2019 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 27, 2019. ...

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Senate confirms controversial appointee to head US environmental regulator 01 March 2019

On February 28 the US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s candidate to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s top environmental regulator. Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, has been the EPA’s Acting Administrator since July 2018 when former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned after widespread criticism over ethical issues....

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US Government bans lithium-ion batteries as cargo in passenger aircraft holds 01 March 2019

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on February 27 prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Devices with li-ion batteries for personal use will still be permitted in the cabin and hold....

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The Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference 28 February 2019

The Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference took place on 27 & 28 February 2019. Attendees heard presentations from senior figures in the high hazard industries, regulators and industry organisations. See below for the conference schedule. ...

Features

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Connected workers: bridging the gap between millennials and the ageing workforce

The shifting demographic makeup of the global workforce is posing unprecedented challenges when it comes to catering for workers’ safety requirements, from the millennial generation’s digital needs (1) to the health concerns of increasing numbers of older workers (2). Gene Vena of Honeywell Industrial Safety discusses how connected safety technology can help bridge the gap between generations and improve safety for all. ...

Case Studies

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Case study: The challenges of personnel location in the Kashagan Field

The Kashagan Field is a very large offshore oilfield located in Kazakhstan’s part of the North Caspian Sea where a number of artificial islands have been built as bases for hydrocarbon extraction. The largest of these is D-island, which is approximately 120,000 m2. Dr. Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID looks at some of the challenges of personnel location in this particularly hostile work environment and explains the solution arrived at to provide effect...

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Growth implications within the EU of meeting the Paris Agreement targets

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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