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  • Tata Chemicals Europe opens UK's largest carbon capture plant

    24 June 2022

    Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) officially opened the UK’s first industrial scale carbon capture and usage plant on June 24. The £20 million plant has been completed by Northwich-based Tata Chemicals Europe, one of Europe's leading producers of sodium carbonate, salt and sodium bicarbonate....

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  • South Korea’s LG Chem to build hydrogen plant

    24 June 2022

    South Korean chemical giant LG Chem has announced plans to produce hydrogen as a key component of its long-term 2050 Net Zero corporate sustainability goal. The company said it would establish a plant in the city of Daesan with the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of hydrogen annually by the second quarter in 2024....

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  • Safety regulator proposes $311,000 fine for US company which continually exposed workers to chemical hazards

    23 June 2022

    The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that a recycling company based in Atlanta, Georgia exposed workers to hazardous chemicals without warning them of the risks. OSHA said it was the third time since 2019 that the company had been cited for similar violations....

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  • Hazardex Live! 2023 -- Call for Papers now OPEN!

    21 June 2022

    Hazardex will be celebrating its 21st Anniversary event with Hazardex Live! 2023 taking place on March 1 & 2 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK. The event will include a quality and varied conference programme, exhibition, and awards ceremony. The Call for Papers is NOW OPEN, and we are seeking submissions on a range of process safety-related topics....

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  • One person killed in fire at Sinopec refinery in China

    21 June 2022

    A fire at one of China’s largest refining and petrochemical plants killed one person on June 18. The incident happened at Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company’s plant in Shanghai and sent a thick column of black smoke across the city....

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UK government to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product safety markings 20 June 2022

The UK government announced a range of changes on June 20 to make it simpler for businesses to apply new product conformity markings for most products placed on the market in England, Scotland and Wales....

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Chemical factory explosion leaves six people missing, eight others injured in China 17 June 2022

An explosion at a chemical factory left six people missing and presumed dead in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu on June 16. The incident, which also injured eight people, happened at a pesticide factory in the city of Lanzhou just before 19:00 local time....

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Chemical plant blast injures 133 people in Iran 17 June 2022

An explosion at a chemical plant in southern Iran injured 133 people on June 13 after a leak from an ammonium tank ignited. The incident happened in the city of Firouzabad, around 480 miles (770km) south of Tehran near Iran's Persian Gulf coast....

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Bids invited in UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round 17 June 2022

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) launched the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round on June 14. The new carbon storage areas, alongside the six licences which have been issued previously, could have the ability to make a significant contribution towards the aim of storing 20-30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030....

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Finland announces first floating LNG terminal to strength energy security 13 June 2022

Finnish gas system operator Gasgrid and state-owned energy company Fortum announced they have signed a Letter of Intent to place Finland’s first floating LNG terminal vessel Exemplar at the Baltic Sea port of Inkoo....

Features

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Don’t compromise on safety, clamp down on static

It is accepted that each day throughout Europe a static related incident causes a serious fire or explosion, whilst in the UK alone; HSE statistics suggest that some 50 such incidents occur each year....

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Major pharmaceutical company reduces downtimes, improves safety using drone for tank inspections

Large scale tanks used for manufacturing pharmaceutical products are made out of stainless steel, since it is the best material for cleaning, and they must be kept clean at all times. After each production run the tanks are cleaned with acid and lye....

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Was all for nothing?

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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