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Fund launched to develop new nuclear energy projects across the UK 23 May 2022

The UK government launched a new £120 million government fund on May 13 designed to unlock and accelerate new nuclear technologies while encouraging new players into the market. The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) will help to realise the government’s ambition to approve eight new reactors by 2030, as committed to in the British Energy Security Strategy in April....

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Planned carbon capture plant could contribute £660 million to Scottish economy, developer says 20 May 2022

A planned new low-carbon power station at SSE Thermal’s Peterhead site in Aberdeenshire, UK could generate significant benefits to the Scottish and UK economies over its lifetime, according to a new report. The project is being jointly developed by energy companies SSE Thermal and Equinor....

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Refinery explosion kills one, injures nine in South Korea 20 May 2022

An explosion at a refinery owned by S-Oil Corp., one of South Korea’s largest refiners, killed one person and injured nine others on May 19. The incident happened in the southeastern city of Ulsan while crude oil was being processed into petroleum, fire officials said....

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CNOOC signs contract to manufacture 12 LNG carriers 19 May 2022

China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has signed contracts for the construction of 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers worth 16 billion yuan (£1.9bn) – the largest investment in LNG ship construction ever in China....

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Equinor’s Melkøya LNG plant closure extended by a week 17 May 2022

Equinor has announced that while extensive repairs at its Melkøya LNG plant in Norway have been completed, the restart of the plant will take longer than expected. The plant has been closed since a fire at the plant in September 2020....

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US milling company charged with fraud and conspiracy to conceal safety violations relating to 2017 explosion that killed five 16 May 2022

A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a corn milling company, a company Vice President, two environmental coordinators and three additional supervisors with crimes related to worker safety, fraud, air pollution and obstruction of justice, the US Department of Justice announced on May 11. The charges relate to a grain dust explosion in May 2017 which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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Tyre manufacturer cited for multiple safety violations after 3 workers suffer severe injuries on consecutive days 16 May 2022

The US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a tyre manufacturing plant in Illinois, US on May 13. In two separate incidents on consecutive days in November 2021, three workers at the Continental Tire plant suffered severe injuries....

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Chemical plant blast kills six, injures five in Slovenia 13 May 2022

An explosion at a chemical plant in southeastern Slovenia killed six people and injured five others on May 12. The incident happened at a plant belonging to chemical producer Melamin in the town of Kocevje....

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Explosion at Tata Steel plant injures three 13 May 2022

An explosion at a Tata Steel plant in the city of Jamshedpur, India injured three people on May 7. According to Telegraph India, the blast involved a gas pipeline at the plant....

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Grain silo explosion injures two, causes $2 million worth of damage in US 13 May 2022

An explosion in a grain silo at an ethanol plant in Illinois, US injured two workers on May 11. According to the local fire department, the incident caused an estimated $2 million (£1.6m) worth of damage to the facility which belongs to BioUrja Group....

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Don’t compromise on safety, clamp down on static

It is accepted that each day throughout Europe a static related incident causes a serious fire or explosion, whilst in the UK alone; HSE statistics suggest that some 50 such incidents occur each year....

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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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Was all for nothing?

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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