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Study analyses the unexpected behaviour of hydrogen flames 14 May 2020

A new study has shown that hydrogen flames can propagate even with very little fuel, within surprisingly narrow gaps and can extend by breaking up into fractal patterns. The unexpected physical behaviour of the gas when it burns has been detected by a scientific team led by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) researchers....

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Study shows hydrogen is central to oil & gas industry decarbonisation as market growth expectations surge 14 May 2020

A new report reveals that hydrogen has surged up the priority list of many oil and gas organisations, taking a primary position in the sector’s decarbonisation efforts....

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Biodiesel factory explosion kills two in India 13 May 2020

An explosion at a biodiesel factory near Hyderabad, India killed two workers on May 13....

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Oil tanker fire kills seven, injures 22 in Indonesia 12 May 2020

A fire on a crude oil tanker in Indonesia killed at least seven people and injured 22 others on May 11. The blaze occurred on the Jag Leela, an Indonesia-flagged tanker which is docked for repairs at Belawan Port in North Sumatra....

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Global LNG demand resilient in face of COVID-19 11 May 2020

IHS Markit has downgraded its estimate for total LNG demand in 2020 and said that although it is clear that natural gas demand will be negatively affected overall, LNG demand is likely to show impressive resilience. The global information provider downgraded its estimate for total LNG demand in 2020 by 14.4 MMt (million tonnes) – or 3.8% – relative to its pre-COVID outlook....

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£1m gravity energy storage pilot system to be built in UK 11 May 2020

Gravitricity, the team behind a system that stores excess renewable energy in weights suspended above disused mine shafts, is set to build a £1 million demonstration of the technology after securing a land rental agreement in Edinburgh, UK. According to news website Business Green, Gravitricity plans to start building work on the project in October 2020 on an industrial site near the Port of Leith in Edinburgh....

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Gas leak in India kills at least 12 people as hundreds fall ill 07 May 2020

A gas leak in southern India killed at least 12 people on May 7 as hundreds of people fell ill with burning eyes and breathing difficulties. Hundreds more people were also evacuated after the leak at the LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state....

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Factory explosion kills one, injures two in Italy 06 May 2020

An explosion at a plastics factory near Naples, Italy killed one person and injured two others on May 5. The incident happened at the Adler Plastic works at Ottaviano. One of the injured people remains in a critical condition. ...

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Mine explosion injures five people in Australia 06 May 2020

An explosion at a mine in Queensland, Australia injured five workers on May 6. The incident happened at Anglo American’s Grosvenor Coal Mine in Moranbah which is in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin....

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International tribunal orders Canada-based Niko Resources to compensate Bangladesh for 2005 gas field explosion 05 May 2020

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) has ordered Canadian oil company Niko Resources to compensate Bangladesh for a 2005 explosion at the Chhatak gas field. The blast, which occurred while Niko was drilling in the field, caused considerable damage to the gas field and the local environment. Bangladesh filed a lawsuit in 2016 claiming over $1 billion in compensation....


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Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition review

The Hazardex 2020 Exhibition, Conference and Awards – co-located with PPTex – took place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town in north-east England....

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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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Coronavirus, IECEx and Standards

I am writing this shortly after the start of April, probably three or four weeks before you will read it. In terms of the health crisis, things are moving at such a rate that what I write now may or may not be relevant in four weeks’ time. We shall see....

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