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  • US factory explosion kills two

    27 January 2020

    Two people were killed on January 24 after an explosion at a manufacturing company in Houston, Texas. Buildings up to half a mile away were damaged by the blast which occurred in the early hours of the morning....

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  • 14 dead, 50 injured after tanker blast in Peru

    27 January 2020

    A gas tanker explosion killed 14 people in Lima, Peru on January 24. Peru’s Health Ministry said 50 people were also injured by the blast which caused a fire that engulfed several nearby buildings....

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  • Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition - DELEGATES BOOK NOW

    27 January 2020

    The Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition, co-located with PPTex, will take place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town. ...

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  • Rolls-Royce to install modular nuclear reactors in UK by 2029

    24 January 2020

    Rolls-Royce is planning to install and operate its small modular reactor (SMR) programme in the UK by 2029. The manufacturer told the BBC that its plan is to build between 10-15 SMRs on former nuclear sites in Cumbria and Wales by the end of the decade....

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  • France may close next two nuclear reactors earlier than expected

    23 January 2020

    A French government consultation document has shown that France could shut its next two nuclear reactors in 2025-2026, much sooner than the expected 2027-2028 closure date. Reuters reports that the document said if market conditions relating to electricity prices and the evolution of European electricity are met, then the next closures would be brought forward....

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Researchers propose hydrogen alarm for remote hydrogen leak detection 22 January 2020

Researchers have suggested new sensors could act as the basis for a “hydrogen alarm” that can detect leaks of explosive hydrogen from hundreds of metres away. Tomsk Polytechnic University and University of Chemistry and Technology of Prague researchers have proposed the new sensors which are based on widely available optical fibre and ensure accurate detection of hydrogen molecules in the air....

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Two US refineries fined for safety violations 21 January 2020

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), which owns the largest US east coast oil refinery, and PBF Energy, which owns the Torrance Refinery in California, have been fined for violations relating to process safety management, chemical safety, and risk-management....

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Australian bushfires slow coal production as hot and windy conditions set to return 21 January 2020

Australia’s largest mining company, BHP Group, has said that the poor air quality caused by the country’s bushfires in recent months has impacted coal production in the country. The mining giant said that smoke and dust had reduced air quality at its coal mines in New South Wales (NSW) so much that operations may be constrained further in the second half of 2020....

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Five dead after pipeline explosion in Nigeria 20 January 2020

An explosion and fire on a pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria killed five people and injured dozens on January 19. According to authorities, the blaze broke out after oil thieves ruptured the pipeline when trying to steal oil....

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Chile’s state oil company charged with improper fracking 17 January 2020

Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP), Chile’s state oil company, has been charged with improper fracking in Tierra del Fuego, the country’s southernmost region. The Chilean environmental regulator, the SMA, charged ENAP on January 13 after it failed to follow protocols outlined in its permits for ‘hydro-fracking’....

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