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  • Hazardex 2021 Conference & Exhibition review video

    27 October 2021

    The eagerly anticipated 2021 Hazardex Conference, Exhibition, and Awards took place in-person on 6 & 7 October 2021 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK. Watch the event review video now and visit www.hazardex-event.co.uk for the latest information on our future events!...

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  • UK Office for Nuclear Regulation publishes annual review of industry performance

    26 October 2021

    On October 19, the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) published its annual report detailing the performance of Great Britain’s nuclear industry during 2020/21. The Chief Nuclear Inspector, Mark Foy, reports that the industry has performed well overall and the required standards of safety, security and safeguards have been maintained....

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  • UK's Tank Storage Association launches new Energy Transition Charter

    26 October 2021

    The UK's Tank Storage Association (TSA) formally launched a new Energy Transition Charter on October 26 affirming the sector’s shared commitment to supporting the achievement of the UK’s climate neutrality targets....

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  • New UK government funding plan could pave way for Sizewell C nuclear plant

    25 October 2021

    The UK’s Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has announced a new funding model that could pave the way for the construction of the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant project in Suffolk, east England. The £20bn project will still require planning permission, but the new funding model could help cut the cost of new nuclear power projects, the government said....

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  • Explosion and fire kills two people, seriously injures two others at US cannabis extraction facility

    25 October 2021

    An explosion and significant fire at a cannabis extraction facility in Los Angeles, US killed two people and seriously injured two others on October 18. Though the business was a legal enterprise, the operation inside appeared to be illegal, as it did not adhere to established permitting processes and safety requirements, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) said in a statement....

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Chemical plant explosion kills four, injures three in China 25 October 2021

Four people were killed and three others were injured following an explosion at a chemical plant in China’s autonomous Inner Mongolia region. The incident happened at around 23:00 local time in the Bayan Obo industrial park near Alxa League in the southwest of the region.

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Fire and explosions kill 16 people at Russian gunpowder plant 22 October 2021

An explosion in a gunpowder workshop killed 16 people on October 22 in the Ryazan Region of Russia. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said that “violations in the technological process" had led to the fire breaking out....

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Fire injures “a number of people” at Kuwait’s largest oil refinery 19 October 2021

A fire broke out at Kuwait’s largest oil refinery on October 18 and injured several people. The incident occurred at the Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery on the Persian Gulf coastline just south of Kuwait City....

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UK announces new plan to reach 2050 net zero target 19 October 2021

The UK government released a new Net Zero Strategy on October 19, setting out how the country will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The plans are laid out in the report ‘Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener’ which has been published 12 days before global leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26....

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UK gas processing terminal shut down after methane leak 19 October 2021

The Easington Gas Terminal in East Yorkshire, UK was shut down on October 19 after a methanol leak was discovered. Fire crews and emergency services attended the scene after the liquid leak was discovered at around 11:00 local time at Centrica’s plant at the site....

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Leveraging process safety to optimise capital project risk reduction and cost

While the sustainable energy market boom is attracting most international headlines, the petrochemical market, which supports nearly 2 million jobs worldwide, continues to quietly expand to meet growing demand (Figure 1). The petrochemical market forms a key part of Europe’s economy with new facilities such as the INEOS Project One in Lillo, Antwerp that is being called the most energy-efficient ethylene cracker in Europe....

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Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale

ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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New IECEx hydrogen working group

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month, Thorsten discusses the new IECEx hydrogen working group...

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