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The first integrated energy station in China’s Greater Bay Area officially opens 13 December 2021

Sinopec announced on December 6 that the first integrated energy station in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has officially been put into operation. The ‘Sinopec Guangzhou Dongming third Road Integrated Energy Service Station’ integrates a number of energy supply services, such as refuelling, hydrogenation, charging, photovoltaic power generation, chain convenience, and automotive service....

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Shell backs out of plans to develop Cambo oil field in North Sea 03 December 2021

Shell announced on December 2 that it had decided to pull out of plans to develop the Cambo oil field in the North Sea. The energy giant, which had a 30% stake in the project off the west coast of the Shetland Islands, said that the economic case for the project was not strong enough. Majority owner of the project, Siccar Point, has said it would continue to engage with the UK government and other stakeholders about the project’s development....

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US Department of Labor cites refinery for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals 03 December 2021

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a refinery in the US Virgin Islands for failing to protect workers from hazardous chemicals following flaring incidents. Limetree Bay Refining's refinery in Christiansted on the island of St. Croix faces $259,000 (£195,000) in proposed penalties for 20 violations....

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Methane data falsified at coal mine where deadly blast killed 51, Putin says 03 December 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the country’s mining industry that those who fail to comply with safety regulations would be punished according to the law, harshly. Putin made the comments during a televised meeting with officials on December 2 following the Listvyazhnaya coal mine explosion in Russia’s Kemerovo Region that killed 51 people on November 25....

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Nuclear’s contribution to global climate change mitigation highlighted in new report 02 December 2021

The contribution nuclear generation makes to climate change mitigation is highlighted in a new edition of the World Nuclear Performance Report, which was produced by the World Nuclear Association ahead of COP26 in November....

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China National Petroleum Corporation builds carbon capture and storage at its Liaohe oil field 02 December 2021

On November 23, the carbon capture , utilisation and storage (CCUS) test project at the Liaohe oil field in northeastern China successfully passed the approval of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The oil field is now speeding up the construction of a regional carbon storage service base and striving to create further underground storage....

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The December 2021 issue of Hazardex is now available! 01 December 2021

The December issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Storage & Transportation, Fire Safety, and Asset Management. It also features a review of the 2021 Hazardex Conference & Exhibition. Read it now!...

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Munitions factory explosion kills two, injures 16 in Serbia 01 December 2021

An explosion at a munitions factory near Belgrade, Serbia killed two people and injured 16 on November 23. The incident happened at a factory belonging to turbojet and rocket engine manufacturer EDePro....

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bp announces plans for large-scale green hydrogen production facility in Teesside, UK 30 November 2021

bp confirmed plans on November 29 for a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the northeast of England that could deliver up to 500Mwe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen production by 2030. HyGreen Teesside is expected to match production to demand and build on experience to drive down costs. bp is aiming to start production by 2025, with an initial phase of some 60MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity....

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Factory fire in Hull, UK involved 300 tonnes of plastic 30 November 2021

A major incident was declared in Hull, northwest England on November 24 after a fire broke out at a factory containing around 300 tonnes of plastic. No one was injured during the incident; however, it took a multi-agency response to tackle the blaze, including 14 fire engines and 70 firefighters....

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Consequence modelling for effective pipeline emergency response planning

A comprehensive emergency response plan (ERP) is a crucial component of pipeline safety management for protecting the public and property surrounding pipelines that contain hazardous materials. But what constitutes a comprehensive ERP for pipeline emergencies?...

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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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It seems we are still in Europe

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 what has changed at the grass roots level of standards development and adoption since Brexit....

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