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  • Gas plant explosion in Austria kills one, injures 18

    12 December 2017

    An explosion on the morning of December 12 at a gas compression and transfer plant at Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, killed one person, seriously injured another and left a further 17 with lesser injuries, the Austrian Red Cross told local media. The Gas Connect Austria-owned facility has a workforce of around 50, according to Der Spiegel....

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  • UK and EU chemical associations spell out ‘hard’ Brexit costs to chemical industry

    15 November 2017

    Failure to secure a transition period and a new UK/EU trade agreement after Britain leaves the European Union could cost the chemicals industry an extra €1.5bn a year, according to the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and CEFIC, respectively the UK and EU chemical industry bodies. This comes as senior political figures both in the UK and EU talk up the possibility of a failure in Brexit trade talks....

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  • Romania suffers two fatal coal mine incidents in October

    06 November 2017

    On October 30, an underground explosion at the Uricani coal mine in Western Romania killed one and injured three others. This is the second mine accident in Romania in a month: a gallery ceiling collapsed at the Lupeni coal mine on October 5 leaving two miners dead and one injured....

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  • Latest UK ATM explosion heist highlights growing criminal trend

    26 October 2017

    UK police are searching for thieves who blew up a cash machine in an explosion that shook homes more than two miles away in the early hours of October 26. The blast happened at a Co-operative Bank cashpoint outside a Matalan store in Darlington in north eastern England, leaving a large amount of debris spread over the adjacent car park. ...

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  • Norwegian regulator shuts down Goliat FPSO over potentially faulty Ex motors

    09 October 2017

    The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Eni Norge AS as operator to minimise the ignition threat posed by possible faulty Ex motors on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Until the order has been complied with, all production from the Goliat floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit must remain shut down....

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Barcelona bakery blast injures 21 18 September 2017

At least 21 people have been injured after two explosions ripped through a bakery in Barcelona on September 16. One person is said to be in a critical condition, eight are serious and 12 have minor injuries. Local authorities said the blast was thought to be due to a gas leak in the bakery, rather than an act of terrorism....

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French nuclear regulator highlights safety problems at La Hague reprocessing plant 15 September 2017

An impromptu inspection last July by the French nuclear safety authority ASN of the Areva nuclear reprocessing plant at La Hague in Normandy found that in certain areas, both explosion protection and hydrogen monitoring did not comply with established safety standards. La Hague contains the largest amount of radioactive materials on one site in the whole of the EU....

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PSA Norway issues report into hydrocarbon leak from Åsgard A 11 September 2017

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has completed its investigation into a hydrocarbon leak on 10 March 2017 from the S template on Åsgard A. Although there were no casualties, about 31 tonnes of gas and 1.6 tonnes of condensate leaked into the sea and production from the S template was halted for 28 days. Several breaches of regulations have been identified....

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Hazardex 2018 Conference – Call for papers **closed 15/9/17** 10 September 2017

The call for papers has now closed. We are now seeking abstracts for the Hazardex 2018 Conference to be held on February 28 & March 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK....

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Total’s acquisition of Maersk Oil demonstrates French group’s confidence in North Sea 25 August 2017

The $7.45 billion deal, announced on August 21, makes Total the second largest operator in the North Sea after Statoil. Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said last month that he was ready to make acquisitions to grow production, taking advantage of a fall in company valuations, the cost of drilling and other equipment during the three-year industry downturn. ...

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