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North Sea Transition Authority boosts technology use with knowledge-sharing contract 08 November 2022

Oil and gas production will be boosted and net zero targets supported thanks to a new partnership between the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and an online platform encouraging the innovative use of technology across the UK Continental Shelf, the regulator has said....

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Major hydrogen pipeline planned to decarbonise Welsh industry 08 November 2022

Wales & West Utilities has announced plans for a major hydrogen pipeline in south Wales to accelerate decarbonisation plans for industry and gas customers in the region. HyLine Cymru will assess the feasibility of a pipeline network from Pembroke to the Swansea Bay area, connecting low carbon hydrogen production with industrial demand and providing options for other natural gas customers....

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ArcelorMittal mine explosion kills five, injures four 04 November 2022

A methane gas explosion killed five people at an ArcelorMittal coal mine in Kazakhstan on November 3. The steel manufacturer said that four people were also hospitalised by the blast which happened at a mine in the Qaraghandy region in central Kazakhstan....

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Hazardex Live! 2023 - Early bird delegate offers now available! 04 November 2022

Hazardex Live! 2023 – the globally recognised event specific to hazardous area personnel, process & plant safety operations – is taking place in Harrogate, UK on 1st & 2nd March 2023. Early bird delegate offers are now available, giving full access to both conference streams, exhibition, and Gala Awards Evening – and even accommodation and daily refreshments! Much more, for much less – the media helping to inform the HazLoc world to be safer. Book now!...

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Investigation update on fatal BP-Husky refinery incident released 01 November 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released information related to its ongoing investigation of the chemical release and fire at the BP-Husky Refining Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio. The incident on September 20 killed two workers and resulted in a release of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphide, as well as significant property damage....

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Solar thermal plant accident injures four in Chile 01 November 2022

Four workers carrying out inspection work at the Cerro Dominador solar thermal plant in Chile suffered burn injuries on October 19 after being exposed to high-temperature water. The incident at Latin America’s first solar thermal plant left two of the workers in intensive care....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases new safety video: “Wake Up Call: Refinery Disaster in Philadelphia” 01 November 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released a new safety video about the fire, explosions, and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) release that occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 2019. The incident caused the release of over 2.2 tonnes of highly toxic HF, launched a 17 tonne vessel fragment off-site, and resulted in an estimated property damage loss of $750 million....

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The November 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 01 November 2022

The November 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Downstream, Hazard Assessment, Cybersecurity, as well as PPTEx Supplement #18 with articles on Smart Safety and Hydrogen. Read it now!...

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Energy crisis drives $73bn spend on green hydrogen projects, new study says 21 October 2022

The war in Ukraine and resulting energy crisis has spurred over $70 billion (£62.9bn) of fresh investment in green hydrogen projects in just a few months. A new report published by Carbon Tracker also found that fossil fuel-produced hydrogen has become uneconomic as gas prices soar, meaning $100 billion of ‘dirty’ hydrogen assets could become stranded by 2030....

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Geothermal energy has potential to fulfil much of UK’s current heating need 21 October 2022

The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has argued that the possibility to fulfil the UK’s heating needs without causing emissions is beneath our feet and ready to be utilised. However, the EAC has said the current policy, funding and regulatory landscape for geothermal technologies does not appear to be conducive to optimising its potential....

Features

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Classification of vapour spaces for storage of flammable substances

Within the vapour space of a chemical tank, there is a possibility of a flammable substance to be present within its explosive limits. This necessitates the consideration of the vapour space within the tank for hazardous area classification. The incorrect classification of a vapour space of a tank can result in explosions that can be fatal....

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....

Comment

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Hazardous area certification and the phasing out of ATEX certificates

In this opinion piece, C&P Engineering Service’s Principal C&I Engineer and Technical Director Tal Hopkins shares his views after the UK government announced a further extension to the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) deadline....

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