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INEOS announces over €2 billion investment in green hydrogen production 19 October 2021

INEOS announced on October 18 that it is to invest more than €2 billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen across Europe. Its first plants will be built in Norway, Germany, and Belgium with investment also planned in the UK and France....

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Consortium aims to develop large-scale green hydrogen facility in Orkney, UK 12 October 2021

Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), a consortium formed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) has announced it is studying the use of offshore wind to power the production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland....

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US paint manufacturer faces $709,000 fine after April 2021 explosion killed one, injured eight 12 October 2021

A US-based paint manufacturer is facing fines of up to $709,000 for safety violations following an explosion at a factory in Columbus, Ohio in April 2021. The incident, which the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said could have been prevented, killed a press operator and hospitalised eight other employees of Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation....

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UK Oil & Gas Authority grants carbon storage licence to reuse depleted gas fields 11 October 2021

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has awarded a carbon dioxide (CO2) appraisal and storage licence (CS licence) to Harbour Energy. The licence will help boost the drive to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the authority said. The licence will cover an area in the Southern North Sea off the coast of Immingham in North East Lincolnshire....

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Fire erupts at fuel storage facility as shortages continue in Lebanon 11 October 2021

Firefighters managed to extinguish a significant fire at a tank farm in southern Lebanon on October 11. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident at the Zahrani oil facility, although it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control....

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No one injured after explosion and fire at major Russian gas processing plant 11 October 2021

An explosion resulted in the closure of an important gas processing plant in Russia’s far east on October 8. The blast occurred at state-controlled Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing Plant, one of the world’s largest gas processing facilities....

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Congratulations to this year's winners at the Hazardex Awards for Excellence! 07 October 2021

A total of 20 nominees were shortlisted across four categories for the Hazardex 2021 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners were announced at the Hazardex 2021 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on October 6, 2021. Find out the winning and highly commended entries here!...

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Hazardex 2021 is here! Visit us on October 6-7 at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, UK 06 October 2021

Hazardex 2021, the most important global event specific to hazardous area operations across all major industries, took place on October 6-7 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK....

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UK set to be first country to legislate for safe and efficient rollout of fusion energy 05 October 2021

The UK will become the first country in the world to detail how it would legislate to ensure the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy, outlined in a Fusion Green Paper launched by Science Minister George Freeman on October 1....

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The digital edition of Hazardex October is now available! 04 October 2021

The October issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Petrochemical, Alarms, and Automation. Read it now!...

Features

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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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