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Arab countries urge UN to inspect abandoned tanker off Yemen to prevent environmental crisis 20 March 2020

On March 19, six Arab countries wrote a joint letter to the UN Security Council urging it to convince Yemen’s Houthi rebels to allow UN inspectors access to an abandoned oil storage vessel moored in the Red Sea. The ‘Safer’ floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel, which contains around 181 million litres of oil, was found to be an explosion and oil spill risk in July 2019 but remains caught up in Yemen’s ongoing civil war....

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Hazardex 2021 Conference, Exhibition and Awards announced 19 March 2020

The Hazardex 2021 International Conference and Exhibition – co-located with PPTex – will be taking place on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, UK....

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Global industries announce measures in response to coronavirus 19 March 2020

Companies from all over the world are announcing the precautions they are taking in response to the impact of coronavirus and COVID-19 on several markets and industries....

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80-mile hydrogen pipeline to be built in Germany 18 March 2020

Open Grid Europe (OGE), a group of the 16 largest gas transmission grid operators in Germany, has announced plans for an 80-mile (130km) long hydrogen pipeline to be built in northwest Germany as part of the country’s move towards greener energy sources. The project is being developed by a consortium which includes OGE, BP, Evonik, Nowega, and RWE Generation....

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$1.1 million to fund research on detecting underground gas leaks 17 March 2020

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers have been designated $1.1 million for a project that will develop and characterise leak detection technologies for underground flowlines. The funding has been designated by the state of Colorado which is looking to expand knowledge around oil and gas flowline monitoring and air emissions as a result of a 2017 natural gas explosion which killed two people....

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US pipeline owner agrees to pay $60 million for 2015 spill 17 March 2020

Plains All American Pipeline has agreed to pay $60 million to settle civil charges in relation to an oil spill in May 2015 at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, California. The US Department of Justice announced on March 13 that the Texas-based oil company would settle the charges after violating federal pipeline safety laws....

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Five injured after suspected dust explosion in US 16 March 2020

Five contractors were injured on March 11 after an explosion occurred at the Valley Proteins process plant in Rose Hill, North Carolina. According to local media, three medical helicopters were called to the scene after some of the injured sustained third-degree burns....

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Gas processing plant explosion kills 17, injures 25 in Nigeria 16 March 2020

A blast at a gas processing plant in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, killed at least 15 people and injured 25 others on March 15. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the explosion was caused by a truck hitting gas cylinders near the company’s pipeline. The blast destroyed around 50 buildings in the surrounding area....

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Explosion at Petronas-Aramco refinery in Malaysia kills five 16 March 2020

An explosion and fire at the Pengerang refining complex in Malaysia on March 15 has killed five people. The blast occurred at the plant’s diesel hydrotreater unit, which uses hydrogen to remove sulphur waste from raw diesel....

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Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence – Delegates' Award Winner 13 March 2020

At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the Delegates' Award went to… Librestream for the Cube-Ex certified thermal imaging wearable camera....

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