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UK recycling plant blast kills worker, injures two others 09 August 2017

West Midlands Police said that a worker died following an industrial accident at a recycling plant in Oldbury, west of Birmingham, on August 7. The man suffered 'very serious burns' in the incident at the Innovative Environmental Solutions factory and subsequently died, emergency services confirmed. Two other workers also sustained burns in the incident and were in a stable condition....

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Five killed in Kashmir coal mine explosion 08 August 2017

A coal mine in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has suffered a fatal explosion on August 6 with five miners reported to have been killed. The Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad, 20 miles south of the mine site near Seri Darra village, said seven miners were digging coal about 800 feet deep in a shaft when a gas explosion caused the roof to collapse....

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South Carolina utilities suspend construction of two reactors in blow to US nuclear revival 07 August 2017

On July 31, the utilities involved in the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, said all construction work would halt on the site because of delays and cost overruns. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCG&E) and partner Santee Cooper commissioned Westinghouse Electric Co. to build two AP1000 reactors at the site nine years ago....

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Nigeria to legalise mini refineries in Delta 07 August 2017

The Nigerian government has said it will legalise mini refineries in the oil-rich Niger Delta and supply them with crude oil at a reasonable price by the end of the year. The move is aimed at ending the theft of oil from pipelines in the Delta, which has many illegal refineries that process the stolen oil. Communities there say they do not benefit from the oil extracted from their region....

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UK could use hydrogen as industrial and domestic fuel in proposed trial 07 August 2017

According to the Guardian, Liverpool and Manchester could be the testbed for an ambitious £600m project designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the gas used in the industrial and domestic sectors. Cadent, previously National Grid Gas Distribution Limited, will provide 100% hydrogen fuel to existing industrial methane (natural gas) users, and a mix of methane and hydrogen to millions of domestic users....

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HSE served prohibition notice on Shell over Brent Charlie gas leak in May 04 August 2017

Shell was served with a Prohibition Notice by the UK offshore safety regulator over concerns a gas leak on its Brent Charlie platform in May could have led to an explosion. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) took the enforcement action on 27 May, according to information published by the regulator on its website on August 2....

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16 miners missing after flood in Siberian diamond mine 04 August 2017

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in the Mir diamond mine in eastern Siberia after water flooded the shaft on August 4. The Russian state-owned operator, Alrosa, said 102 miners had been brought to the surface and another 33 miners had been located in the mine and were being evacuated. There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened....

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Two killed in US school gas explosion 03 August 2017

A natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis on August 2 collapsed part of the building, killing two people and hospitalising nine others, officials said. The explosion was caused by contractors doing work on the building, Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said. Both of those killed were school staff members....

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Indian Army asks Defence Ministry to attribute responsibility for fatal Pulgaon ammunition depot blast 03 August 2017

In a letter to the Indian Defence Production Secretary, Army headquarters has asked for a final adjudication on responsibility for the extensive fire at India’s largest ammunition storage depot at Pulgaon in Maharashtra on May 31, 2016. The incident resulted in the deaths of two army officials, four defence security corps personnel and 13 defence fire safety staff....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference – Call for papers open 03 August 2017

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2018 Conference to be held on February 28 & March 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

Features

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Optimising offshore combined operations manning

The pressures faced by operators to maintain and enhance oil and gas producing installations can require significant scopes of work to be carried out.  Limited bed space often requires mobile accommodation units such as flotels or mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to accommodate additional workers.  In this article, Paul Murray of DNV GL Risk Advisory takes a look at the issues raised....

Case Studies

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What plant is suitable for Risk-Based Inspection?

By prioritising inspection regimes according to the degree of risk, Mike Brown of British Engineering Services explains how inspection intervals can often be extended, safety improved and cost/profit benefits realised....

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UK Government faces difficult decision over departure from Euratom

The UK’s participation in the European atomic energy community, Euratom, is under threat from the Article 50 legislation that triggered the start of the two-year Brexit process in March. Now, some Conservative parliamentarians are saying they will vote against the Government if the UK decides to leave the organisation....

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