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BP ships first cargo from Indonesia’s newly expanded Tangguh LNG facility 30 October 2023

The first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by the new third liquefaction train at the Tangguh LNG facility, in Papua Barat, Indonesia, was safely loaded and delivered to Indonesia’s state-owned power generator PT PLN (Persero) on 18 October. This marked the start of full commercial operation of the newly expanded Tangguh LNG facility, which now has a total capacity to 11.4 million tonnes a year....

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35 North Sea firms throw backing behind bid to improve workers’ mental health 26 October 2023

The group behind a drive to improve mental health in the North Sea has praised the response to its call to arms after a further 29 organisations signed up to its Mental Health and Well-being Charter. A total of 35 companies who work in the UK Continental Shelf have pledged to protect and improve conditions for workers by introducing the Mental Health and Well-being Charter....

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UK offshore oil and gas emissions have fallen 24% in last five years, new report says 24 October 2023

The UK offshore oil and gas industry has reduced production emissions by 24% compared to 2018, according to a new report from industry body Offshore Energies UK (OEUK). In its Emissions Report 2023, OEUK estimates that emissions from the production, transport and processing of oil and gas in the UK fell to the equivalent of 14.28 million tonnes of CO2 in 2022. This compares with the 2018 figure of 18.9m tonnes....

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Agricultural company failed to inspect, test critical safety systems in explosion that injured 3 workers 23 October 2023

A lack of preventative maintenance on the explosion suppression system of a bucket elevator was a major factor in an April 2023 explosion at a facility operated by agricultural origination and processing company Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM). The blast happened at ADM’s West Plant in Decatur, Illinois and resulted in the hospitalisation of three employees with burns and other injuries and extensive damage to the grain elevator, federal investigators have found....

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Equinor publishes third quarter 2023 safety results 23 October 2023

Equinor has published its latest safety performance results covering the third quarter of 2023. The statistics show the oil major’s positive safety trend continues. The number of serious incidents per million hours worked is still declining at the end of the third quarter, measured over the past 12 months, the company said....

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Investigations lead to convictions of company officials in deadly mill explosion case 20 October 2023

Two former employees of US milling company Didion Milling were convicted of workplace safety, environmental, fraud and obstruction of justice charges on 13 October. The charges against the company’s Vice President of Operations and former Food Safety Superintendent stem from a deadly explosion in 2017 which killed five employees at Didion’s mill in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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The latest developments of IECEx's hydrogen activities 17 October 2023

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month, Thorsten discusses the latest developments regarding hydrogen within IECEx....

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Battery cell manufacturing plant faces £222,000 in fines after safety violations 17 October 2023

A manufacturer of battery cells for electric vehicles is facing penalties of up to $270,000 (£222,000) after US Department of Labor investigators identified 19 safety and health violations at a facility in Ohio, US....

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New coalition launches to enable first transatlantic shipment of clean hydrogen by 2026 17 October 2023

The newly formed Transatlantic Clean Hydrogen Trade Coalition (H2TC) is aiming to connect US fuel producers to heavy-industry consumers in Europe to help facilitate an inaugural shipment of clean hydrogen-based fuels by 2026, aiming to grow transatlantic trade to three million metric tons annually by the end of this decade....

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UK Health & Safety Executive fines two companies for wood dust failures 17 October 2023

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) fined two separate companies in October for safety failures relating to exposing workers to excessive wood dust. A furniture company based in Northwich has been fined £16,000 for repeatedly failing to protect employees, while a Lincolnshire-based sole trader was fined around £1,300 and ordered to pay over £3,500 in court fees....


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Protecting energy storage from fire risk

As the world races to meet ambitious sustainability targets, the global energy storage market continues to grow rapidly. It’s estimated that 387GW / 1,143GWh of energy storage capacity will be added globally from 2022 to 2030 – that’s more than Japan’s entire 2020 power generation capacity. The US and China are still leading the way, with Europe set for a significant ramp-up in capacity as a result of the recent energy crisis....

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Carbon capture plant in the heart of London helps teach the fundamentals of a greener industrial future

For more than a decade, a one of its kind carbon capture pilot plant has been operating in the heart of central London. The unique plant, a partnership between Imperial College London and ABB, has seen more than 4,500 students gain hands-on experience and training on the latest real-life technologies and solutions since it opened in 2012....


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Vienna is calling

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month he discusses hydrogen and the discussions that were had at a recent hydrogen conference in Germany....

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