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  • UAE fuel tank explosion kills two, injures three

    06 June 2023

    A diesel fuel tank explosion killed two people and injured three others in the city of Ajman, United Arab Emirates on 4 June. The incident happened at a factory operated by a fuel trading company. Initial reports suggest welding work was being conducted nearby at the time of the blast....

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  • Impact inspections at 20 US mines find 335 violations in April 2023

    05 June 2023

    The US Department of Labor has announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) completed impact inspections at 20 mines in 15 states in April 2023 and found 335 violations. MSHA began using impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners....

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  • Gas leak at Europe's only large-scale LNG plant halts production

    05 June 2023

    A gas leak at Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant on 31 May has been stopped and normalisation is under way, the energy major has said. No injuries were reported as a result of the leak, however Equinor’s emergency response organisation was mobilised and emergency services were called to the site....

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  • CCS and hydrogen challenges to be tackled at SPE Offshore Europe 2023

    01 June 2023

    Energy industry leaders are to set out how the sector can overcome challenges posed by the implementation of carbon capture storage (CCS) and the use of hydrogen at SPE Offshore Europe 2023 (OE23)....

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  • ADIPEC 2023

    30 May 2023

    ADIPEC, taking place in Abu Dhabi from 2-5 October 2023, is an international platform convening global energy producers, consumers and innovators to accelerate game-changing solutions and transformational progress for the future of energy....

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Final report into 2021 fatal acid release published 30 May 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report into the 27 July 2021 fatal acetic acid release at the LyondellBasell La Porte Complex in La Porte, Texas. The CSB’s report found that the inadvertent removal of pressure retaining components of a valve caused the release of 74 tonnes of an acetic acid mixture, killing two contract workers....

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Pemex refinery blaze injures four 30 May 2023

A fire at a refinery operated by Mexican state oil company Pemex injured four people on 23 May. The incident happened at the company’s Lazaro Cardenas refinery in the city of Minatitlan, eastern Mexico....

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Hazardex in the Regions returns in September & November! 30 May 2023

Our renowned Hazardex in the Regions events are back by popular demand! Following the return of the regional events across the UK last year, the much-requested one-day events for 2023 will be taking place in Swansea on 13 September and Grangemouth on 22 November. FREE registration is now OPEN! Sponsorship & Exhibiting opportunities are now available and we are also welcoming submissions of non-commercial presentations. Get in touch now for further details on how to be involved!...

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Demand for engineers increasing, with rapid growth in green jobs 26 May 2023

As the UK ramps up its focus on becoming a net zero economy, a new report commissioned by EngineeringUK has found that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations and that vacancies for ‘green engineering’* roles in the UK have increased by more than half (55%) over the last five years....

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Refinery explosion injures two in US 24 May 2023

An explosion and fire in a gasoline hydrotreater at a refinery in Oklahoma, US injured two workers on 23 May. The incident happened at CVR Energy’s Wynnewood site, 67 miles (107km) south of Oklahoma City....


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Batteries: why certification matters

As the battery sector changes quickly, with an increasing number of emerging players and novel technologies, this disruption presents both risks and opportunities for existing suppliers as well as new market entrants. To succeed in this dynamic environment, companies need to have a clear strategy that addresses the unique challenges of this industry, including early and thorough planning for their products’ regulatory compliance....

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Methane number determination in gaseous liquefied natural gas

Stringent legislation on air pollution and greenhouse gas emission and conflicts in countries with oil reserves all drive the shipping industry to focus on alternatives to heavy fuel oil....


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Safety concepts for hydrogen

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month, Thorsten discusses how adequate risk awareness for handling hydrogen needs to be adopted through targeted training and learning....

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