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DSEAR and ATEX considerations for hydrogen 08 August 2023

As the demand for clean energy sources continues to increase, hydrogen is set to be a key player in the evolving energy mix. A recent DNV report highlighted its growing role with half of senior energy professionals expecting it to represent a significant proportion of the energy mix by 2030, and 42% declaring their intent to invest in the field....

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The crucial role of gas analysers in effective hydrogen production 08 August 2023

In this article Ben Goossens, Global Product Line Market Manager for the Continuous Gas Analysers at ABB, highlights the role steam methane reformers (SMRs) will have in helping to meet the future demand for hydrogen. He also takes a deep dive into what the main gas analysis requirements are on an SMR whether controlling, measuring or monitoring across each of the key production phases....

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The importance of controlling static electricity 08 August 2023

Countries around the world have set the strategic objective of reaching net-zero as soon as possible. One of the key enablers is the rapid development of the hydrogen economy. Vast amounts of public and private money are being invested in the production, storage and transportation of hydrogen as well as the fuelling station network for the increasing range of hydrogen vehicles....

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Preparing a competent workforce for the unique hazards of hydrogen 08 August 2023

In this article, CompEx Certification’s Technical Authority Paul Hague discusses the importance of ensuring a competent workforce is equipped with the right skills and knowledge to deal with hydrogen....

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Overcoming challenges in digitising Ex inspection systems 08 August 2023

Did you know that many oil and gas companies still don’t have effective digital management systems in place to manage their hazardous area (Ex) inspection campaigns? In today’s rapidly advancing, digitised, AI world, there are still many companies who use outdated methods when managing hazardous area inspections – this should be a thing of the past, yet so many companies still rely on “manual” methods....

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Why the UK’s energy transition needs a holistic overhaul of training 08 August 2023

The emerging energy skills gap is no secret, with a projected 200,000 jobs to be created in clean energy in the coming years, building a workforce for the future is a hot topic for many. While there's a lot of focus on the need for a growing workforce, it raises questions about the standards required and how we align these, but one thing’s for certain, training and standards will be crucial....

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To avert human errors, the oil & gas industry needs better learning and procedure management 11 July 2023

For decades, the oil and gas industry has prioritised investments in technologies aimed at enhancing equipment availability, efficiencies, and capacities. Yet, there has been a noticeable lack of investment dedicated to improving human performance and retaining knowledge, a gap that has resulted in costly consequences....

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Purge & pressurization: an overview of proposed changes to IEC standard 60079-2 04 July 2023

With multiple protection options for hazardous area equipment that may cause ignition, engineers must determine the most cost-effective method to mitigate the risks, while ensuring compliance with local certification schemes and standards, such as UKEX, ATEX, IEC, and many others....

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The ageing challenge of hazardous installations 04 July 2023

In this article, Romualdo Marrazzo from ISPRA (Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) presents examples of how organisations manage the issue of ageing asset problems through specific procedures oriented to “asset integrity management”. The article will also describe the results of Safety Management System (SMS) inspections, where weaknesses emerged with reference to ageing and asset integrity of the hazardous installations inspected....

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The environmental considerations for decommissioning Brownfield land for development 04 July 2023

As the demand for affordable property rises across the country, developers are looking to brownfield sites as a creative solution to the UK housing crisis. The transformation of brownfield land to family homes or retirement communities can be a lucrative leap for both builders and site owners. However, the greatest risk for these developments is from what is in the ground, meaning the process presents considerable time, cost, and environmental risks....

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