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Nexen Energy charged over fatal 2016 oil sands plant explosion in northern Canada 02 January 2018

On December 19, Alberta Occupational Health and Safety filed eight charges against Nexen Energy over an incident in January 2016 when two workers were killed in an explosion at Nexen’s Long Lake site south of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. The facility has been shut down ever since....

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Exploding car destroys 1,400 others in Liverpool car park 02 January 2018

Flames from an exploding car spread through all seven levels of the Liverpool Echo Arena multistorey car park in northern England on December 31, destroying 1,400 vehicles and causing at least £10 million worth of damage. Dan Stephens, chief fire officer at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said the temperature of the blaze was between 800C and 1,000C....

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US federal agency orders recall of 45 million gallons of propane due to lack of odorant 02 January 2018

More than 45 million gallons of propane in five US states is being recalled because it has been insufficiently odorised which could mean leaks go undetected. The propane was manufactured by Western Gas and distributed in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. It may have been delivered to customers’ small storage tanks or purchased from retailers in portable cylinders from April 2015 to October 2017....

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Manager injured in explosion at Bangladeshi gas plant after striking match 01 January 2018

According to the Dhaka Tribune, witnesses said an explosion occurred when the field manager of the RPGCL oil and gas plant in Gopalganj, Sylhet, struck a match to check a leaking petrol supply line on December 29. The manager received serious burn injuries in the blast and was taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College for treatment....

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Hazardex 2018 Awards for Excellence – Final nominations due by 5 January 2018 23 December 2017

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 & March 1 2018, will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. **Categories open for final nominations are Contribution to the Environment, Best User Application and Best Customer Service**. ...

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Happy New Year! 22 December 2017

The Hazardex team would like to wish our readers, advertisers, contributors and other friends a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see many of you at the Hazardex Conference and Exhibition at the end of February. ...

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Mexichem to vacate ethylene and VCM sectors as a result of 2016 Pajaritos blast 21 December 2017

Mexichem will not rebuild the damaged vinyl chloride monomer plant at its joint-venture PMV Pajaritos complex in Veracruz state, thus leaving the Mexican ethylene market, the state-owned petrochemical producer announced on December 21. PMV (Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo) is a joint venture between Mexichem and state-owned energy company Pemex. ...

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Lloyds of London rejects claim after hash oil explosion destroys Colorado house 21 December 2017

Venerable insurer Lloyds of London once covered actress Betty Grable’s legs for $1 million each, but a lawsuit in a US federal court makes it clear its practice of unusual policies does not include secret hash oil production or any resulting explosions....

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California wastewater company loses case against insurer which refused to pay full costs after explosion 21 December 2017

A California appellate court ruled on December 20 in favour of an insurance company in its battle with a wastewater facility that was storing hazardous materials on its site when a major explosion occurred there in 2014. The court affirmed a lower court ruling that held Allied Insurance was within its rights when it withheld $2.5 million from Santa Clara Waste Water....

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Boiler blast at Indian sugar mill kills four, injures nine 21 December 2017

Four labourers died on the night of December 20 after a boiler exploded at Sasa Musa sugar mill in Bihar’s Gopalganj district. Nine injured in the same blast have been admitted to local hospitals, and most were in a critical condition. The reason behind the boiler blast is yet to be ascertained, and the police have arrested the owner of the sugar mill as part of their enquiries....

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....

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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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