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  • Record coal plant retirements offset by China coal plant boom, new report says

    06 April 2021

    According to a new report by led by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), a steep increase in coal plant development in China offset a retreat from coal in the rest of the world in 2020, resulting in the first increase in global coal capacity development since 2015. In total, China was home to 85% of the 87.4 gigawatts (GW) of proposed new coal plants in 2020....

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  • Grain silo explosion injures one in Canada

    06 April 2021

    A worker suffered sever burn injuries on April 2 after a fire and explosion in a grain silo at the Port of Vancouver, Canada. The incident is reported to have been a dust explosion and happened while two workers were cleaning the silo....

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  • Seed cleaning facility explosion kills one, injures another

    01 April 2021

    One person was killed and another was injured following an explosion at a seed cleaning facility in Oregon, US on March 30. The incident happened near the town of Silverton, south of Portland....

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  • The digital edition of Hazardex April is now available!

    01 April 2021

    The April issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Mining, Motors, Process Safety, Certification, and Cyber Security. Read it now!...

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  • UK Government to allow North Sea oil and gas exploration in return for carbon emission cuts

    30 March 2021

    The UK Government announced a deal with the oil and gas industry on March 24 that would allow the continuation of oil and gas exploration in the North Sea as long as oil drillers pass a “climate compatibility” test. The North Sea Transition Deal will see the government help the oil and gas industry cut its carbon emissions through a joint investment of up to £16 billion while supporting up to 40,000 jobs....

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Sinopec announces intention to become China's largest hydrogen energy company 29 March 2021

In 2020, Sinopec announced that it would build China's largest hydrogen energy company. During the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, Sinopec will accelerate the development of new energy business with hydrogen energy as its core, and vigorously promote the rapid development of the entire hydrogen energy industry chain in the two major areas of hydrogen energy transportation and hydrogen-based refining....

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Refinery fire injures five in Indonesia, hundreds evacuated 29 March 2021

An oil refinery fire in West Java, Indonesia on March 29 injured five people and forced the evacuation of hundreds of local people. The blaze at Indonesian state oil company Pertamina’s Balongan refinery burnt through the night and could be seen from several miles away....

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INEOS Energy sells its Norwegian oil and gas business to PGNiG for $615m 26 March 2021

INEOS Energy has announced an agreement with PGNiG Upstream Norway to sell its oil and gas business in Norway in a deal worth $615 million. The deal includes all INEOS Oil & Gas interests in production, licenses, fields, facilities and pipelines, on the Norwegian continental shelf....

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UK HSE releases update on setting workplace exposure limits (WELs) following Brexit 26 March 2021

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released a bulletin updating companies on the organisation's work on setting workplace exposure limits in Great Britain following the end of the EU transition period....

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UK's Tank Storage Association appoints new President and Vice-President 25 March 2021

Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive of the Oil and Pipelines Agency, has been elected as the new President of the Tank Storage Association, the trade association representing all aspects of the UK’s bulk liquid storage industry and associated logistics. Adrian succeeds Paul Denmead, Director of Terminal Operations UK at World Fuel Services Europe....

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How to maintain a healthy and efficient workplace in ATEX environments

Intense workloads and pressure to produce high-quality products are creating a demand for cleaner production facilities, but the intensity seems to make this need harder to attain than ever before. Airborne dust and particulate waste from manufacturing processes are increasingly unacceptable in today’s facilities when trying to achieve an efficient working environment....

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Switch to single source LED lighting saves OQ Chemicals $50k annually

A switch to single source LED industrial lighting at the Bishop petro-chemical facility of OQ Chemicals, located just outside Corpus Christi, Texas, is saving the plant some $50,000 annually in reduced maintenance costs with additional savings in reduced energy costs and virtually eliminating lighting maintenance whilst also producing substantial improvements in visibility, sustainability and staff safety....

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Protecting people and equipment from explosions

In this interview, the Chair of IEC Technical Committee 31, Martin Thedens, discusses IEC TC 31 and how it continues its busy work despite the difficulties linked to the COVID-19 pandemic....

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