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Augmented reality will be a vital tool for bridging the oil and gas industry’s skills gap, new report says 29 April 2022

According to a new report from data and analytics company, GlobalData, the oil & gas industry needs to capitalise on emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR) to accelerate the training of a new generation of workers or be left paralysed in the face of disruption. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitics, and energy transition expectations have caused the industry’s skills gap to slip down company’s agendas....

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Indonesia’s state energy company aiming to double geothermal capacity 26 April 2022

The Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina is aiming to double its geothermal energy capacity by 2027-2028, Reuters news agency has reported. The country is looking to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by expanding its geothermal capacity in a move that could cost around $4 billion....

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Contractors at UK’s Stanlow refinery to ballot for strike over pay 26 April 2022

Members of the Unite union working at the Stanlow refinery in Cheshire, UK for waste company Veolia are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. According to Unite, workers are facing a “substantial pay cut” with Veolia proposing a 3.5% pay deal despite the real inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 9%....

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Two separate coal mine explosions in a week kill 11 people in Poland, 11 more remain missing 25 April 2022

Two methane explosions in the span of a week have killed a total of 11 people at two mines in southern Poland. The first incident killed five people, injured 21 and left seven people trapped underground. A second incident at a separate mine then occurred on April 23, killing six people and leaving several missing. Rescue efforts at both mines, which are owned by mining company JSW, are continuing....

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Offshore drilling merger raises competition concerns in UK 22 April 2022

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the merger of Noble Corporation and Maersk Drilling could increase operating costs for oil and gas producers in the UK North Sea. In February, the CMA opened an investigation into the approximately £2.6 billion anticipated merger between the companies....

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Ukraine’s nuclear regulator restores communications with Chernobyl 21 April 2022

Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on April 19 that direct communications between the national regulator and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been restored, more than a month after contact was lost when Russian forces seized control of the site....

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Rolls-Royce expects small modular nuclear reactor approval by mid-2024, Reuters reports 20 April 2022

Rolls-Royce is expecting its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design to receive regulatory approval in the UK by mid-2024. Paul Stein, Chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, told Reuters news agency that after receiving regulatory approval in 2024, the reactors would be able to produce power for the national grid by 2029....

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Shell and Uniper announce plans for blue hydrogen production facility in UK 20 April 2022

Uniper has signed an agreement with Shell to progress plans to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site in the East of England. The Humber Hub Blue project includes plans for a blue hydrogen production facility with a capacity of up to 720 megawatts, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage (CCS)....

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Explosion aboard oil tanker kills one, injures six near Hong Kong 19 April 2022

One person was killed and six others were injured after an explosion occurred on an oil tanker near Hong Kong on April 16. The incident happened on the Panama-registered Chuang Yi tanker that was located around 300km east of Hong Kong in the Taiwan Strait....

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PepsiCo, Kelloggs, and Jaguar Land Rover among 28 organisations switching to UK-produced low carbon hydrogen 19 April 2022

A number of manufacturers have announced that they will transition to low carbon hydrogen produced and distributed in the North West of the UK as part of the HyNet industrial decarbonisation cluster. The 28 companies, which supply the UK with food, drink, consumer goods, metals, paper, cars, glass and chemicals, includes brands such as PepsiCo, Kelloggs, and Jaguar Land Rover....

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Considerations for hazardous area classification of modular hydrogen facilities

Hydrogen production is rising in popularity due to an increasing demand for clean energies and fuel alternatives. Hydrogen electrolysis is one method of hydrogen production that is both energy and space efficient....

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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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The work continues

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month, Ron discusses the first face-to-face international standards meetings for over two years....

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