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Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion could have been caused by landslide 13 September 2018

Torrential rain and saturated ground likely caused an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in Western Pennsylvania to slip and explode on September 10, the company said, but the exact cause remained unclear pending an investigation. There were no injuries in the massive explosion, which took place in Center Township, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh....

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Explosion at Indian petrochemicals facility kills six 13 September 2018

THE explosion of a methane boiler tank at the Mohit petrochemical factory in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, killed six workers and left two others in a serious condition, according to local media. Another worker is reported to be missing. Welders had been repairing the tank, which had been leaking for the past few days....

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Nigeria gas tanker explosion kills dozens 12 September 2018

At least 35 died and hundreds were injured after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's Nasarawa state, the country's emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said on September 10 the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria....

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Advanced firefighting robot on display at conference in Australia 10 September 2018

A Chinese-built firefighting robot was presented to Australian emergency services professionals in early September. The CITIC Heavy Industries RXR-MC80JD is a tracked robot designed to conduct reconnaissance and fight fires in extreme situations and hazardous areas. The company developed the robot after the Tianjin disaster in 2015, where explosions at a chemical depot killed 175 and injured a further 900....

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Eight killed in South Africa munitions plant explosion 04 September 2018

At least eight people were killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory at Somerset West near Cape Town on September 3, according to a fire and emergency services spokesperson. Firefighters are continuing to search for others believed to be trapped. The plant is jointly-owned by German and South African companies and manufactures munitions and explosive products....

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Japan holds major disaster drill following nuclear plant restarts 04 September 2018

According to a JIJI news agency report, a nuclear disaster drill took place on August 22 mobilising 21,000 people in Fukui Prefecture which assumed simultaneous major radiation release incidents at the Oi and Takahama nuclear power plants, both of which now have operational reactors....

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US railcar cleaning company and two owners charged over fatal incident in 2015 03 September 2018

In a report dated August 23, the US Department of Justice announced a slew of charges against Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services and its two owners following an explosion in 2015 that killed two workers. The charges include conspiracy, violating worker safety standards, violating federal law that governs hazardous waste management and submitting false documents to a federal agency....

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Environmentalists protest over planned Israeli offshore gas plant 03 September 2018

Thousands of people attended a rally in Tel Aviv on September 1 to oppose plans for a gas processing facility to be built 10 kilometres from the Israeli coast. Environmentalists, local authorities and NGOs are waging a campaign to have the platform moved 125 kilometres off the coast, citing environmental and public health concerns....

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Ten injured and hundreds evacuated in German oil refinery blast 03 September 2018

At least 10 people were injured, four of them severely, after an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in southern Germany on September 1. The blast at the Bayernoil complex caused a shockwave that broke window panes in nearby houses and buildings in the Bavarian town of Vohburg, near Ingolstadt....

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Russian munitions plant blast kills three 31 August 2018

RT said on August 31 that an explosion at the Sverdlov munitions plant in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region, has killed at least three people and injured several more. Some may still be trapped under rubble at the plant, which is one of the biggest munitions factories in Russia. At least four people were injured in the accident, RT said, citing the local governor....

Features

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Applying risk and consequence modelling knowledge from the oil and gas industry to urban energy projects

This year's 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster offers a timely opportunity to look back at the significant developments in risk and consequence software modelling, says David Price of Gexcon UK. The Public Inquiry into the accident, which claimed 167 lives, triggered increased attention in the assessment of risk from gas leaks and subsequent ignition leading to jet fire and explosion modelling....

Case Studies

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Risk and consequence modelling case study

The project involved a large residential development set in gardens with community facilities including cafes, restaurants, retail and leisure in a major UK city. Consultancy activities involved advising on DSEAR regulatory compliance in relation to an Energy Centre incorporated into the basement of a multi-use building....

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The Cinderella of the renewable energy sector

Just a few weeks after the UK government rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the French leader in tidal power, Naval Energies, also announced it was pulling out of the sector. The company was one of the few to have developed tidal turbine energy technology to the industrial launch stage. On 24 July, the company deployed a new 2MW tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. ...

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