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Two confirmed killed, one missing and six seriously injured after huge explosion at BASF chemical plant in Germany 18 October 2016

An explosion at a chemical plant in western Germany on October 17 killed two, with another man confirmed missing. The blast happened at BASF's main site in Ludwigshafen at around 11.30am during work on a pipeline transporting chemicals and flammable liquids to the plant's northern harbour on the river Rhine, the company said....

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Iran fears oil plant fires could be due to hacking 23 September 2016

AP says in one of its Big Story reports that a series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking having played a role, with authorities saying that viruses have contaminated equipment at several of the affected complexes. This follows the targeting of the country’s nuclear uranium enrichment facilities by the Stuxnet virus in 2010....

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Greenpeace report claims chemical accidents in China killed 200 in first 8 months of 2016 22 September 2016

According to a Greenpeace report quoted by the New York Times, 199 have been killed and a further 400 injured in the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China from January to August 2016. The investigation, which relied on government statistics, found that there were 232 chemical accidents over the period....

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Brexit worries hold back some investment, but UK chemical and pharmaceutical companies project positive outlook 04 August 2016

The UK Chemical Industries Association second quarter member company business survey found that, despite weakening sales and exports in Q2 2016, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are continuing their positive outlook over the next twelve months,in the midst of significant post-Brexit concerns.  ...

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New Commission study shows high regulatory costs for EU chemical industry 19 July 2016

A new Commission study shows that the cost of implementing major regulations for the European chemical industry doubled between 2004 and 2014. Europe’s regulatory framework for chemicals, along with industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. In response, European chemical industry group Cefic called for a greater focus on competitiveness....

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Ineos director says Brexit will not impact London HQ move 12 July 2016

Brexit will not affect plans for chemicals giant Ineos to return group headquarters to the UK, according to one of the company’s senior directors. Speaking to Platts, Tom Crotty said the group was relocating a number of offices to the UK from Switzerland and would likely have a 50-50 mix between the two countries when the operation was complete....

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French court fines Total subsidiary and former manager over fatal 2009 petrochemical plant explosion 14 June 2016

On June 13 the criminal court at Sarrguemines (Moselle) found Total Petrochemicals guilty over the 2009 blast at its Carling plant that killed two and injured six. The company was fined €200,000 and a former manager of the petrochemical plant at the time of the accident was handed a one year suspended prison sentence and fined €20,000....

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News Extra: INEOS imports first US shale gas shipment into Europe 06 April 2016

In late March, the INEOS petrochemical plant at Rafnes in Norway received a shipment of 27,500m3 of US shale gas, offloaded from the world’s largest LNG multi-gas carrier, the INEOS Intrepid, which had earlier sailed from the Markus Hook terminal near Philadelphia. This is the first time that US shale gas has ever been shipped to Europe and represents the culmination of a five-year investment programme...

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EPA proposes tightening US chemical plant safety standards 01 March 2016

On February 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a plan to reform the nation’s chemical plant safety standards, with a proposal that would require companies to conduct annual safety drills, be subject to third-party audits and improve emergency response to accidents. Some companies will be asked to consider safer technologies or chemicals....

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UK chemical industry reports high confidence for 2016 08 February 2016

The latest survey of business confidence for members of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) shows that more than 90% of businesses expect sales volumes to remain or exceed 2015 levels when there was a record 5% growth. More than 40% expect sales volumes to grow in 2016. Similar sentiment was expressed in terms of exports, investment in R&D and investment in buildings and technology....

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