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  • Paint factory explosion kill one, injures eight in US

    12 April 2021

    An explosion at a paint plant in Columbus, Ohio on April 8 killed one person and injured eight others, including two critically. The blast happened at a facility belonging to the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp., a family-owned coatings manufacturer....

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  • EDF Energy could bring Dungeness B nuclear plant’s decommissioning date forward

    09 April 2021

    EDF Energy announced on April 8 that it was exploring a range of options in relation to its Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent, south east England. One of the options is to bring forward the plant’s decommissioning date of 2028 as it continues to suffer from technical challenges that continue to make its future both difficult and uncertain, EDF said....

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  • Equinor and SSE announce world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power plant

    08 April 2021

    Equinor and SSE Thermal have announced plans to jointly develop two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the UK’s Humber region, comprising one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station....

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  • Power plant explosion kills six people in China

    08 April 2021

    An explosion killed six people at a power plant in eastern China on April 7. The incident happened while workers were carrying out welding tasks on a tank in Chuzhou city of Anhui province....

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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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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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Adapting to change and remaining resilient

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the most robust supply chains and has ushered in a new way of working. This has changed how companies operate in an unprecedented manner. Here’s how motor and drive manufacturer WEG kept going during the first few months of the pandemic to maintain customer supply and help in the COVID-19 fight....

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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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