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Three people killed in propane factory explosion 17 January 2023

Three workers at a propane distribution company were killed on January 12 after an explosion erupted at a factory in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Canada. The incident happened at a facility owned by Propane Lafortune a few miles north of Montreal....

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Petrochemical plant explosion kills five, injures eight in China 17 January 2023

An explosion at a petrochemical plant in the north east of China killed five workers and injured eight others on January 15. The incident occurred at an alkylation facility operated by Panjin Haoye Chemical Co Ltd in Panshan County, Liaoning Province....

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Utility company cited after fatal arc flash incident 17 January 2023

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited utility company Eversource Energy Service for five violations of workplace safety standards after its investigation of a fatal arc flash and arc blast in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2022 that led to a worker's death....

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Norway to earn over $200 billion from oil and gas sector in 2023 17 January 2023

Norway’s oil and gas operations in the North Sea will continue to churn out cash as the Scandinavian country maintains high production to help support Europe’s energy crisis according to a new report by energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie....

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Pipeline explosion in Lithuania due to rupture, not sabotage 16 January 2023

A pipeline explosion near Lithuania’s border with Latvia on January 13 occurred as a result of a rupture and not because of an attack or sabotage. Lithuania's gas transmission operator Amber Grid said the explosion, which resulted in a large fire and the evacuation of a local village, happened due to a welding seam simply tearing open. Police had opened an investigation to determine whether the pipeline was damaged intentionally....

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Melted butter clogs drains and historical canal after dairy plant fire 06 January 2023

A fire at a dairy plant in Wisconsin, US resulted in melted butter clogging up nearby storm drains and historic canal on January 2. The fire at the Associated Milk Producers facility originated in a storage room and left firefighters battling flames, heavy smoke, and melted butter....

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UK government announces further support for nuclear and hydrogen 06 January 2023

The UK government announced £102 million of backing for nuclear and hydrogen innovation in December. The funding includes £77 million to bolster nuclear fuel production and support the development of the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors, along with £25 million for technologies that can produce hydrogen from sustainable biomass and waste, while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

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Final report into 2018 Husky Superior Refinery explosion released 06 January 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report on the 2018 refinery explosion and fire at the Husky Superior Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin. The accident injured 36 workers, caused roughly $550 million in damage to the facility and released almost 18 tonnes of flammable hydrocarbon vapor into the air....

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RWE and Equinor agree to develop large-scale value chains for low carbon hydrogen 06 January 2023

Equinor and RWE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 5 to jointly develop large-scale energy value chains. The partners aim to replace coal fired power plants with hydrogen-ready gas fired power plants in Germany, and to build production of low carbon and renewable hydrogen in Norway that will be exported through pipeline to Germany....

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Chemical plant explosion and fire kills two, injures 17 05 January 2023

An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Maharashtra, India killed two people and left 17 others injured on January 1. The incident occurred at a chemical plant operated by Jindal Poly Films which produces polyester and polypropylene films....

Features

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Smart maintenance for hazardous area industries

Unplanned downtime is a major challenge for businesses operating in hazardous industries. In fact, 82 per cent of the oil and gas businesses surveyed have identified predictive maintenance as a strategic priority to combat this. However, hazardous industries including oil and gas, chemical production or mining and quarrying are among the slowest industries to adopt digital technologies....

Case Studies

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Methane number determination in gaseous liquefied natural gas

Stringent legislation on air pollution and greenhouse gas emission and conflicts in countries with oil reserves all drive the shipping industry to focus on alternatives to heavy fuel oil....

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Intrinsic Safety moves forward

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month he discusses the 7th Edition of IEC 60079-11....

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