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  • Fire forces closure of key UK electricity cable as prices hit record high

    16 September 2021

    A fire at a facility in Kent in the early hours of September 15 has forced the shutdown of a key electricity cable that imports power from France into the UK. In a statement, National Grid said that a fire at its IFA interconnector site in Sellindge, between Ashford and Folkestone, had been evacuated and that emergency services were in attendance. The shutdown of the cable comes as the UK experiences record high market prices for wholesale energy....

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  • Hazardous materials incident kills two workers at US manufacturing plant

    14 September 2021

    Two people were killed following a hazardous materials incident in North Carolina, US on September 12. Emergency responders attended a plant belonging to Valley Proteins at around 13:30 local time and pronounced two workers as dead at the scene....

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  • Chemical incident at commercial truck washing company kills two workers in US

    14 September 2021

    Two employees of a commercial truck washing company were found dead after they were exposed to an unknown chemical, police have said. The incident happened while the workers were cleaning the inside of a tanker in Avondale, around 19 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona....

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  • Hazardex 2021 Conference Programme varied with important issues covered

    14 September 2021

    The full Hazardex 2021 Conference Programme has been announced. Here, you can find details of the confirmed papers and the speakers taking part in the two-day Conference on October 6 & 7 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK. Book your delegate spot now, take advantage of last minute discounts and hear from the industry's leading experts!...

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  • Sinopec's hydrogen energy service fully launched for Winter Olympics

    13 September 2021

    On September 9, the launch ceremony for Sinopec's Beijing Winter Olympics hydrogen energy service was held in Beijing. Ma Yongsheng, General Manager of Sinopec, made the announcement to fully launch the hydrogen service which will see four hydrogen refuelling stations being put into operation in Chongli and Yanqing ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics....

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International Atomic Energy Agency and Japan agree timeline for Fukushima water release safety review 13 September 2021

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan have agreed on an initial mission schedule and other arrangements for the implementation of the Agency’s multi-year review and monitoring of the safety of the planned treated water release at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station....

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Canadian chemical plant explosion kills one, seriously injures another 13 September 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in Toronto, Canada killed one person and seriously injured another on September 8. Emergency services were called to the Siltech chemical plant at around 10:00 local time and pronounced one person dead at the scene while another was rushed to hospital in a critical condition....

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Construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline completed, Gazprom says 10 September 2021

Russian energy company Gazprom has announced that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed on September 10. The pipeline, which will transport gas from Russia to Germany, has caused controversy with critics saying it will increase Western Europe’s reliance on Russian gas....

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Wood pellet plant blast injures four in US 07 September 2021

An explosion at a wood pellet manufacturer in the state of Georgia, US injured four people on September 2. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Hazlehurst Wood Pellets near the town of Hazlehurst. Two of the injured were airlifted to hospital....

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Chemical leak at UK poultry plant hospitalises five 07 September 2021

A chemical leak at a food processing plant in Anglesey, north Wales resulted in five people being hospitalised on September 6. The incident occurred at the 2 Sisters poultry plant in Llangefni at around 09:15 local time....

Features

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Large volume liquid hydrogen releases: key results and outcome of modelling exercises

Decarbonising shipping and transportation remains a significant challenge as storing electrical energy from renewables in significant capacity makes it of little use against the requirements of running a ship at sea where space and load requirements inhibit battery options. Liquid hydrogen (LH2), commonly used as fuel in the space industry, forms one potential solution where the required energy density/volume can feasibly be met for ships of all sizes....

Case Studies

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Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale

ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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The increasing threat of cyber crime

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month, Thorsten discusses nuclear power plants and the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components....

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