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  • CNOOC builds China's first smart offshore gas field cluster

    13 May 2021

    On April 29, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced the completion of China's first offshore intelligent gas field group. The Dongfang Gas Field Group consists of 10 offshore production platforms, one land processing terminal and several subsea oil and gas pipelines. It is currently the largest self-operated gas field group in the western South China Sea....

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  • Major US pipeline network shut down after cyber attack

    10 May 2021

    A cyber attack on US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline led to the shut down of its entire network on May 7. The Colonial Pipeline network transports around 2.5 million barrels of gasoline per day – around 45% of the US East Coast’s gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel....

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  • INEOS fined £400,000 for 2017 Grangemouth gas leak

    07 May 2021

    Petrochemical giant INEOS has been fined £400,000 after a gas leak from a cracked pipe created a potentially explosive gas cloud over its Grangemouth plant in May 2017. INEOS admitted in court that its safety inspections had failed to identify a 10 inch (25cm) long corroded section of pipe which allowed a leak of ethylene gas....

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  • Chemical Business Association announces new Chief Executive

    07 May 2021

    The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced a new Chief Executive, Tim Doggett. Tim took the reins of the Chemical Business Association on May 1 following the retirement of the previous CEO, Peter Newport....

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  • Dust Safety Science releases 2020 Combustible Dust Incident Report

    07 May 2021

    Dust Safety Science has released its annual Combustible Dust Incident Report which captures and details combustible dust incidents from around the globe. The report shows that in total, 165 fires and 60 explosions caused 88 injuries and 10 fatalities during 2020....

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Wacker plant in US fined $3,200 (£2,300) for 2020 explosion that killed one, injured four 04 May 2021

A Wacker Polysilicon plant in Tennessee, US has been cited for a “serious violation” and fined $3,200 (£2,300) in relation to a November 2020 incident which killed one worker and injured four others. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) proposed the fine after its report found improper personal protective equipment (PPE) was used during maintenance activity....

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Wood processing plant explosion injures eight in Lithuania 04 May 2021

An explosion at a wood processing facility in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda injured eight people on May 3. A building collapsed during the incident and 28 people were evacuated from the Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) facility....

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Chemical factory blast injures two in Iran 04 May 2021

A chemical factory explosion and fire injured at least two firefighters in Iran on May 2. The incident happened at the Movaledan chemical plant near to the central city of Qom....

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The digital edition of Hazardex May is now available! 04 May 2021

The May issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes PPTex supplement #12, as well as features on Sensors, Occupational Safety, and Training. Read it now!...

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Bosley Mill owner cleared of manslaughter, mill managers cleared of health and safety breaches following fatal 2015 explosion 30 April 2021

Manslaughter charges against the owner of a wood mill in Cheshire, UK where four people died in a 2015 explosion were dropped on April 29. A day later, on April 30, two mill managers were cleared of health and safety offences as well, bringing an end to a 12-week trial....

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Sensing an improvement in mining safety and productivity

The mining industry contributes significantly to the global economy in countless ways and plays a pivotal part in our everyday lives. We are constantly looking at ways to mine more efficiently, lower our costs to be more profitable and drive environmental and social responsibility....

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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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Peripheral vision

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month, Ron discusses the side effects of Brexit that some within the industry may not have previously considered....

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