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Two killed by oil tank explosion in Peru 08 December 2017

On December 6, Petroperu reported that an explosion in a crude oil tank at Station No. 8 on the Nor Peruano Pipeline, located in the province of Jaén, Cajamarca, left two people dead. The deceased were workers employed by a maintenance contractor and a third worker suffered first and second degree burns, Petroperu said....

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Three injured in Arkansas chemical plant blast 08 December 2017

An explosion at the United Initiators plant in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, injured three people, according to the local fire department. The company, which makes peroxide at the site, released a statement saying that a decomposition involving benzoyl peroxide occurred, injuring the workers. Production has stopped and an investigation is under way....

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HSE accepts Crown Censure for “deeply disappointing” Buxton laboratory injury 07 December 2017

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has accepted a Crown Censure after a worker at its laboratory was injured when conducting an experiment at a testing facility. On 4 October 2016 a worker at HSE’s Laboratory in Buxton suffered serious burns while setting up an experimental hydrogen test rig. He has since returned to work....

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Farmers killed in Illinois gas pipeline explosion 06 December 2017

Two farmers were killed and two injured, one critically, after they ruptured a natural gas pipeline while laying drainage pipes in a field near the town of Dixon, Illinois, on December 5. The pipeline is owned by Kinder Morgan and its subsidiary Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, and representatives arrived to investigate the incident after the resulting blaze was put out by the local fire department....

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Canada remembers Great Halifax Explosion on 100th anniversary of largest blast of pre-atomic era 05 December 2017

On December 6th, 1917, the French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc, having left New York loaded with explosives destined for the Allied war effort in Europe, collided with the New York-bound Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting fire set off an explosion that flattened large parts of the city, killed at least 2,000 and injured a further 9,000....

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US Court rules in favour of tribes over oil-spill response plan for Dakota Access Pipeline 05 December 2017

On December 4, a federal judge ordered pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners LP to coordinate with local tribes and the Army Corps of Engineers to create an oil-spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) by next April. The 1,170-mile (1,900-km) North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline has been in operation since June....

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Explosion at Japanese chemical plant kills one, injures 11 01 December 2017

At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire on December 1 in the city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 100 km east of Tokyo. Residents living within 100 metres of the plant were ordered to evacuate as 17 fire engines and nearly 60 firefighters tackled the blaze....

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Hose company faces legal action over explosion at Minnesota truck company 30 November 2017

Swagelok Co., an Ohio-based company that assembles and sells hoses and fittings, has been named in a series of lawsuits filed by representatives of five employees who were seriously injured in an explosion at the McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing plant in Dodge Center, Minnesota, on January 11....

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Two dead, two missing in China factory blast 27 November 2017

An explosion in a port city south of Shanghai on November 26 killed at least two people and injured 19 others, knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, Chinese news sources said. The official Xinhua news agency said the blast happened at a riverfront site in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, one of China's busiest ports....

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US cosmetics plant explosions kill one, injure dozens 21 November 2017

One person is dead and up to 40 reported injured after two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics plant in upstate New York. The plant is owned by Verla International, a contract packaging and filling company for cosmetics and perfumes. Early indications are that the blasts were triggered by chemicals used at the plant, with an investigation ongoing into the precise cause....

Features

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Digitalising the oil and gas sector

Digitalisation has already brought far-reaching benefits to the oil and gas industry. This increased connectivity has signalled many benefits in measurable innovations and efficiencies. The potential downside is exposure to cyber risks. Cyber security breaches can take businesses offline and lead to lost production, raised health, safety and environmental risks, costly damage claims and negative reputational impacts....

Case Studies

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How the latest localisation beacon technology is helping Lufthansa’s journey towards Industry 4.0

German airline Lufthansa is seeking to develop the full potential of expanded organisational information flowing from the new technologies we group together under the Industry 4.0 banner. One important element of this is the integratation of the latest mobile and beacon technology to capture location, tracking and sensor data from the people, assets and systems within its operations....

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Canada and UK push for coal phase-out against opposition from USA and Germany

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Claire Perry, launched an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn UN climate summit in mid-November, signalling a sharp contrast with US President Donald Trump's promotion of coal as a key global energy source and Germany's continued reliance on the fuel source for electricity generation....

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