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Tanker truck explosion kills one at Bulgarian lubricants plant 25 November 2022

A worker was killed in an explosion at a lubricants production plant in Bulgaria on November 24. The incident involved a tanker truck exploding at a Lubrica plant in the northern city of Ruse....

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Shell to evaluate £25 billion British investment plans following windfall tax announcement 25 November 2022

Shell’s UK Country Chair has said the energy major would be evaluating plans to spend up to £25 billion in Britain over the next decade on a “case by case basis” following the UK government’s decision to increase a windfall tax on oil and gas producers....

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£20bn to be spent on decommissioning North Sea oil and gas installations in the next decade, predicts Offshore Energies UK 22 November 2022

Offshore Energies UK (OEUK), a representative body for the UK’s offshore energy industry, published its latest Decommissioning Insight report on November 22 in which it forecasts that over two thousand North Sea wells involved in oil and gas extraction are to be decommissioned at a cost of around £20bn over the next decade....

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Factory fire kills 36 in China 22 November 2022

A fire at a company that deals with chemicals and industrial goods killed 36 people on November 21. Chinese state media reported that two people were treated in hospital while two others remained missing hours after the incident....

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Explosion at Canadian wellsite kills two workers 21 November 2022

An explosion at an oil and gas facility in northern Alberta, Canada killed two contractors on November 16. The incident happened at a wellsite operated by Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd at around 14:00 local time near Slave Lake, about 250 kilometres north of Edmonton....

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Classification of vapour spaces for storage of flammable substances

Within the vapour space of a chemical tank, there is a possibility of a flammable substance to be present within its explosive limits. This necessitates the consideration of the vapour space within the tank for hazardous area classification. The incorrect classification of a vapour space of a tank can result in explosions that can be fatal....

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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....

Comment

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Hazardous area certification and the phasing out of ATEX certificates

In this opinion piece, C&P Engineering Service’s Principal C&I Engineer and Technical Director Tal Hopkins shares his views after the UK government announced a further extension to the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) deadline....

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