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UK manufacturer fined £200,000 after workers injured by explosion 11 September 2023

A manufacturing company in West Yorkshire, England has been fined £200,000 after workers were injured by an explosion. Three workers at Weir Minerals Europe Limited sustained burns while operating a furnace at the firm’s site on Halifax Road in Todmorden on 25 February 2020....

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Explosion at metal factory kills four, injures at least 30 in Brazil 11 September 2023

Officials have said that an explosion at a metal plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo killed four workers and injured dozens more on 1 September. The facility was completely destroyed by the blast resulting in a lengthy and difficult search and rescue operation....

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North Sea Transition Authority expected to take on role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator 11 September 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is expected to take on the role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator following the conclusion of a consultation on the proposal. The move is intended to support the industry by enabling pioneering projects to obtain the necessary licences and consents and move quickly into operation....

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UK will struggle to meet ambitious 2030 CCUS targets, research firm says 11 September 2023

According to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, only a handful of countries have policy and regulation ready to adopt CCUS today and the UK is one of them. However, the firm's analysis finds that the UK target to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of CO2 by 2030 looks very challenging with some companies not able to progress projects due to a slowdown in the negotiations for government funding....

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Offshore Europe 2023 opens with focus on accelerating the energy transition 05 September 2023

To mark the opening of the 2023 SPE Offshore Europe, attendees heard from a panel of leading industry figures and the UK’s Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. Hazardex Editor Alistair Hookway attended the event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and heard from the speakers as they discussed what a pivotal time it is for the industry as the the energy value chain comes together in Aberdeen to help drive decarbonisation and forge ahead to meet the UK’s net zero goals....

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UK reviewing membership of Energy Charter Treaty 01 September 2023

The UK government has confirmed it will be reviewing its Energy Charter Treaty membership, and considering withdrawal if vital modernisation is not agreed. The treaty has historically provided protections for investors in fossil fuels – the UK’s future membership will depend on whether proposals for the treaty’s modernisation are adopted in November....

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Corn processing plant fire injures two 01 September 2023

A fire at a US corn processing plant near the city of Decatur, Illinois left two firefighters with injuries on 28 August. The incident happened at a facility operated by agricultural origination and processing company ADM....

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FLNG sector thriving amid projects boom, new report says 01 September 2023

The right economic and geo-political conditions mean that the outlook for the global floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) project sector is bullish according to a new report by energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie....

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US Mine Safety and Health Administration releases results of latest round of impact safety inspections 01 September 2023

The US Department of Labor has announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 12 states in July 2023, issuing 288 violations and four safeguard notices. MSHA began impact inspections after an explosion killed 29 miners at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010....

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Fire shuts down Marathon Petroleum refinery, injures two 01 September 2023

A fire at Marathon Petroleum’s 596,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Garyville, Louisiana refinery forced the facility to be shutdown on 25 August. The incident happened after two large naphtha storage tanks at the site caught fire following a chemical leak....


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Auditors and drones: are you at risk?

In addition to ongoing challenges and disruptions, the chemical industry is facing a new threat – increased auditor and drone activity around their facilities and assets. Douglas Leech, Special Projects Director at the Chemical Business Association (CBA), looks at how companies in the chemical supply chain and beyond should prepare for and respond to this problem....

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Robotic 'dog' halves time power workers spend in confined spaces

In a UK-first innovative trial, robotic dog ‘Spot’ who is about the size of a Labrador, is helping to keep workers safe across the underground power network in London, the East, and the South East of England....


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How to pull a carpet from under...

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 latest “developments” regarding the UKCA mark....

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