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Explosion at ExxonMobil facility kills one and seriously injures another in Nigeria 04 January 2021

A fire and explosion at an ExxonMobil facility in Nigeria killed an employee and injured another on December 13. The incident happened at the Qua Iboe Terminal on the country’s southern coast. Local news reports that the explosion happened while the two employees were lighting a gas flare....

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China's energy and chemical industries to enter critical period of low-carbon transition 04 January 2021

Recently, the 2021 China Energy and Chemical Industry Development Report, sponsored by Sinopec Research Institute of Economics and Technology and co-organised by Wood Mackenzie Consulting, was released and a seminar was held in Beijing. Zhang Shaofeng, Chief Accountant of Sinopec Group, attended the press conference....

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South Africa chemical factory explosions injure 13, two critically 15 December 2020

A fire and several explosions at a chemical factory in Durban, South Africa injured 13 people on December 8. Over 100 workers were evacuated from the factory and two of the injured are reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries....

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Explosive-laden boat causes explosion on oil tanker in Saudi Arabia 15 December 2020

A fuel transport ship suffered an explosion while docked at the Jeddah terminal in Saudi Arabia on December 14 after it was struck by an “external source”, shipping firm Hafnia said. No one was injured in the incident and no damage was sustained to port facilities....

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China to continue supporting the development of renewable energies 14 December 2020

Recently, the Ministry of Finance of China issued a series of policies to promote the development of renewable energy and accelerated the review of the list of renewable energy power generation subsidy projects. At same time, the Ministry also issued a budget for additional subsidies for renewable energy electricity prices in 2021 in advance....

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Explosion at Pemex refinery causes five minor injuries 11 December 2020

An explosion at a refinery operated by Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex on December 10 caused five minor injuries. The blast happened in the northern state of Nuevo Leon at Pemex’s Cadereyta refinery. Pemex said that no one was injured in the incident, however the Nuevo Leon State Governor reported that five people suffered minor injuries....

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US chemical plant explosion kills one, injures three 10 December 2020

An explosion at a chemical plant in Belle, West Virginia killed one person and injured three others on December 8. The blast happened at Optima Chemicals Company at around 22:00 local time and caused a shelter-in-place order to be issued by police which affected around 2,000 people....

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Middle section of China-Russia Eastern Route Natural Gas Pipeline begins operation 08 December 2020

On December 3, the middle section of the China-Russia Eastern Route Natural Gas Pipeline was officially put into operation. The pipeline will see natural gas from Russia transported to Beijing and the hinterland of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, injecting new impetus into the rapid development of the area’s economic circle....

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Explosion at petroleum storage tank farm injures seven in US 07 December 2020

Seven contractors were injured on December 5 after an explosion at the Magellan Midstream Partners petroleum storage tank farm in Corpus Christi, Texas. The incident happened at around 10:00 local time when the contractors were cleaning a petroleum tank....

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Fire and explosion forces South Africa’s second largest refinery to shutdown 07 December 2020

An explosion and fire at the 120,000 barrel per day refinery operated by Engen in Durban forced operations to shutdown on December 4. Nobody is reported to have been injured in the incident at South Africa’s second largest refinery....


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Safety systems – why fitting SIL Systems is only the start of it

In this article, Matthew Morton, Technology Director and Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) at Inspec Solutions, looks at the importance of carrying out SIF (Safety Instrumented Function) proof testing of SIL (Safety Integrity Level) rated systems, to meet proof test schedules and ensure continued plant safety, particularly in hazardous environments....

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Adapting to change and remaining resilient

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the most robust supply chains and has ushered in a new way of working. This has changed how companies operate in an unprecedented manner. Here’s how motor and drive manufacturer WEG kept going during the first few months of the pandemic to maintain customer supply and help in the COVID-19 fight....


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Standardisation and Conformity Assessment at IEC

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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