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Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Conference – Call for papers open 02 August 2019

We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2020 Conference to be held on February 26 & 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK....

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Explosion and fire at Exxon petrochemical plant in Texas injures 37 01 August 2019

An explosion and  fire at an Exxon Mobil petrochemical plant in Baytown on the Houston Ship Canal injured 37 people and sent a thick column of smoke over the area. Jason Duncan, the plant manager of the Olefins unit where the incident occurred, said most of the injured suffered minor burns and none had to be hospitalised....

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Nuclear plants now supply 4.75% of China’s electricity output 31 July 2019

The China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) said the country’s total nuclear capacity reached 48.7 gigawatts (GW) at the end of the first half of the year following the completion of two new units in the southeast province of Guangdong in June....

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Gas utility settles Massachusetts gas explosion class action lawsuits for $143 million 30 July 2019

US utility group NiSource said on July 29 it will pay $143 million to resolve class action lawsuits caused by a series of gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities last year. NiSource said the agreement will resolve claims by thousands or residents and businesses affected by the September 2018 disaster, which killed one person, injured at least 21 others and destroyed many buildings in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover....

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Leaking oil well in Indonesia causes 84 km slick 29 July 2019

Oil from an undersea well in the Java Sea that began leaking about two weeks ago is threatening to spread further as winds extend the 84 km oil slick.  State oil company PT Pertamina says the flow from the damaged well offshore Karawang, West Java, has declined to below 3,000 barrels per day. The spill has contaminated beaches in at least 10 villages mostly to the west of the YYA-1 well, the energy ministry said on July 29....

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Explosion at Indian solar plant kills one, injures two 29 July 2019

An explosion at Talettutayi Solar Projects in Chatgaon, Maharashtra Province in Central India, killed an engineer and left two technicians with serious burns, according to the Times of India. Police said that large batteries installed at the site could have exploded....

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Hazardex Conference and Exhibition returns to Harrogate 29 July 2019

The 2020 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition co located with PPTex will take place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, its original home. For the last five years the event was located at Runcorn in Cheshire, but before that was run very successfully in the elegant North Yorkshire spa town....

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UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR nuclear programme 25 July 2019

The UK government announced on July 23 that it would commit £18 million ($22.4 million) in initial funding to support the development of the Rolls-Royce-led small modular reactor (SMR) programme. The SMR programme consortium comprises Rolls-Royce, Assystem, SNC Lavalin/Atkins, Wood, Arup, Laing O’Rourke, BAM Nuttall, Siemens, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and Nuclear AMRC....

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TEPCO to decommission second Fukushima nuclear plant 24 July 2019

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will decommission the Fukushima Daini nuclear complex, its president, Tomoaki Kobayakawa, told the Governor of Fukushima province in northeastern Japan at a meeting on July 24, according to Kyodo News....

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UK upstream industry environment report shows broadly reduced emissions in 2018 24 July 2019

Oil and Gas UK’s 2019 Environment Report was published on July 24, stating that the offshore sector had delivered a “stable” environmental performance on production levels up 4% on 2017 and an overall 20% increase between 2014 and 2018....

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