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  • Novichok costs estimated at more than £150 million

    21 September 2018

    The overall financial cost of the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings is now well over £150 million, according to research conducted by life sciences firm The greater part of this figure comes from reduced tourist income and loss of business to the local economy, with significant amounts also being spent on police and military involvement in the incident....

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  • Oil & Gas UK study expects industry employment to have risen slightly in 2018

    14 September 2018

    Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report forecasts an increase across direct, indirect and induced employment to 282,700 from 280,000 in 2017. This comes after total employment supported by industry fell by 14% in 2017 - below previous estimates of 302,000 as the downturn continued to be felt by the supply chain. ...

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  • Fire at UK Shell chemical plant causes evacuation

    23 August 2018

    A significant fire broke out on August 22 at a Shell-owned chemical plant on the same site as Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow refinery in northwestern England on Wednesday has been extinguished. The Shell Higher Olefins Plant (SHOP) is separated from the refinery but is also operated by Essar. Cheshire Fire Service said all staff had been accounted for and were evacuated....

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  • UK nuclear regulator to prosecute EDF Energy and Doosan Babcock

    22 August 2018

    According to a news release on August 22, the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has notified EDF Energy Nuclear Generation and Doosan Babcock of its intention to prosecute both companies. The charges relate to an incident on 12 April 2017 at the Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in Somerset, owned and operated by EDF Energy, which resulted in injury to a Doosan Babcock employee. ...

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  • Graphene laminated pipes could reduce corrosion in the oil and gas industry

    21 August 2018

    Researchers at The University of Manchester and independent research and technology organisation TWI have discovered ways of using graphene to prolong the lifetime of pipes used in the oil and gas industry. Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces, the team have found a way of incorporating graphene into a polymer liner used in undersea oil and gas pipes....

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UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017 20 August 2018

The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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UK defence plant blast kills one, injures another - Updated 13 August 2018

An explosion and fire at the Chemring plant in High Post, Salisbury, killed one staff member and injured another on August 10. Wiltshire Police said it was investigating the incident with health and safety officers, and said there was no risk to the public. The plant produces flares, chaff and decoys for military and civilian use....

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Confirmed exhibitors and sponsors at the Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition 12 August 2018

The Hazardex 2019 Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The event will be sponsored by PR Electronics and as of April 16, 2018, more than 20 companies (listed below) have confirmed they will be attending. Spaces are limited, so get in touch soon if you wish to take a stand at the only European specialist hazardous area operations event....

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Shell UK fined after technician severely injured in offshore incident 07 August 2018

Shell UK Limited was fined on August 3 for health and safety breaches after a technician was struck by a cylinder and left severely injured on the Brent Delta offshore installation. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £60,000....

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UK sentences for gross negligence manslaughter could increase in severity 01 August 2018

Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter in the UK could be increased under new advice given to judges. This comes after the Grenfell Tower disaster in west London, which killed 72 people in June 2017, and police are considering whether offences in this incident include gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter or breaches of the Health and Safety Act....

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