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Explosion at US LNG terminal adds to global supply strain 13 June 2022

An explosion at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the city of Freeport, Texas raised fears of a shortage in supply of gas on June 8. Freeport LNG said its plant would be closed for three weeks as a result of the blast at a time when there is already a global strain on LNG supplies....

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Nuclear regulator hails “landmark moment” in the clean-up of Sellafield 13 June 2022

The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has announced what it has called a “landmark moment” in the long-term clean-up of the Sellafield site after Sellafield Ltd safely removed the first batch of waste from one of the most hazardous buildings on the site, the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS)....

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Hazardex in the Regions comes to ABERDEEN on JUNE 15, register for FREE now! 08 June 2022

Hazardex in the Regions is coming to Aberdeen on June 15. Attendance is FREE, so register now and join us from 09:00-15:30 to hear from quality speakers and meet with a range of hazardous area exhibitors. Hot drinks & food are included, so there is such a thing as a free lunch...! Register for FREE now!...

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Four Austrians sentenced in relation to fatal 2017 gas plant explosion 07 June 2022

Four men have been given 10-month suspended sentences after they were found guilty of negligence in relation to an explosion at the Baumgarten an der March natural gas transfer station in Austria which killed one person and inured 17 others in December 2017....

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Container depot explosion kills at least 49, injures hundreds in Bangladesh 07 June 2022

A fire and subsequent explosion at a shipping container depot near Chittagong, Bangladesh killed at least 49 people and injured over 300 more on June 4. Many of those killed and injured had arrived at the depot to help extinguish a blaze that had erupted before several containers storing chemicals exploded....

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Coal mine explosion kills 12 people in Colombia, three remain missing 07 June 2022

An explosion at a coal mine in northeastern Colombia killed 12 people on May 30. One miner died in hospital shortly after the blast while 14 others became trapped underground. An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted in the days following the incident which led to the discovery of 12 bodies. As of June 7, three people remain missing....

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The June 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 31 May 2022

The June 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Electrostatics, HVAC, Bonding, Dust, and Energy & Utilities. Read it now!...

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Underground autonomous ‘Ratty the Robot’ makes pipe inspections safer 31 May 2022

Robotics experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre have developed an autonomous robotic rat which can scurry along underground pipes carrying out inspection work. The invention has the potential for cost and efficiency savings for utility companies as well as reducing human exposure to hazardous environments and preventing pipework leaks....

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Robotic snake solves fusion energy pipework challenge 31 May 2022

A new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has demonstrated its capability to operate inside of fusion energy powerplant pipework and is now patented technology....

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EU agrees compromise deal on Russian oil import ban 31 May 2022

European Union leaders announced a compromise deal on May 31 that will see the majority of Russian oil imports banned in response to the invasion of Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU will now be able to finalise a ban on almost 90% of all Russian oil imports by the end of the year....

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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....

Case Studies

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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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