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  • Consent for development of UK's largest untapped oil field granted by regulator

    27 September 2023

    The UK’s North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) granted development and production consent for the Rosebank oil field on 27 September. The consent has been given by the oil and gas regulator to owners Equinor and Ithaca Energy, following the acceptance of the Environmental Statement. Rosebank, located around 80 miles (129km) west of Shetland, is the UK's largest undeveloped oil field and contains around 300 million barrels of oil....

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  • Iran refinery explosion kills one, injures four

    26 September 2023

    An explosion at Iran’s Bandar Abbas oil refinery killed one person and injured four others on 22 September. The incident happened after a gas leak during emergency repairs at the site, Iranian state media said....

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  • Taiwan golf ball factory fire kills nine, leaves one missing and over 100 injured

    26 September 2023

    A fire and explosions at a golf ball manufacturer in Taiwan killed nine people and injured over 100 others on 22 September. The incident happened at a facility operated by Launch Technologies, a major international supplier of golf balls. One person remains missing....

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  • Lagging policy support and rising cost pressures put hydrogen investment plans at risk, new report says

    25 September 2023

    Momentum behind low-emissions hydrogen continues to grow despite the slow roll-out of financial incentives and stubborn cost pressures that threaten to delay projects, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) says. However, production levels can still increase substantially by 2030 if all announced projects are realised and greater efforts are made on encouraging uptake....

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  • Gas pipeline blast kills four, injures five in Romania

    25 September 2023

    A gas explosion at a construction site in the eastern Romanian county of Vrancea killed four people and injured five others on 21 September. The incident happened at around 01:00 local time when a gas pipeline was ruptured and “mechanical sparks” caused an explosion, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said....

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Hazardex Live 2024 -- Call for Speakers now OPEN! 21 September 2023

The Hazardex Committee is pleased to announce that the Hazardex Live 2024 Call for Speakers is now OPEN! We are seeking non-commercial speakers with experience and knowledge of process safety and high hazard industries. Hazardex Live 2024 is taking place on 28 & 29 February 2024 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate – get in touch NOW to find out how you can be involved! Deadline to submit an abstract is 12 October....

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UK government begins search for private investment into Sizewell C 19 September 2023

The UK government announced on 18 September that the application process for partners to register their interest in being part of Sizewell C nuclear power station project is now open. Private investors now have their first chance to come forward and qualify to invest in Sizewell C....

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Chemical explosion at world’s largest railyard causes evacuations 19 September 2023

Several towns in western Nebraska, US were evacuated on 14 September after an explosion involving chemicals in a shipping container at the world’s largest railyard produced toxic fumes. The incident at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte led to the evacuation of a one-mile radius as well as the closure of nearby highways....

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UK agrees £500m deal with Tata Steel to secure Port Talbot plant’s future 18 September 2023

The UK Government and Tata Steel agreed on a proposed joint investment package on 15 September which will help secure the future of Tata’s Port Talbot plant, subject to consultation and regulatory approvals. Tata Steel is expected to invest £1.25 billion, including a UK Government grant worth up to £500 million in a new Electric Arc Furnace for greener steel production at Port Talbot, which is currently the UK’s largest single carbon emitter....

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Three people killed in explosion at civilian explosives factory 18 September 2023

An explosion at an explosives facility in central Italy killed three people on 13 September. The incident happened at a factory owned by Esplodenti Sabino, a specialist in the recovery of materials from military ammunition and disposal of products containing explosives....


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Auditors and drones: are you at risk?

In addition to ongoing challenges and disruptions, the chemical industry is facing a new threat – increased auditor and drone activity around their facilities and assets. Douglas Leech, Special Projects Director at the Chemical Business Association (CBA), looks at how companies in the chemical supply chain and beyond should prepare for and respond to this problem....

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Robotic 'dog' halves time power workers spend in confined spaces

In a UK-first innovative trial, robotic dog ‘Spot’ who is about the size of a Labrador, is helping to keep workers safe across the underground power network in London, the East, and the South East of England....


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How to pull a carpet from under...

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month, he discusses the latest “developments” regarding the UKCA mark....

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