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CNOOC establishes a new energy company 19 April 2022

CNOOC has announced the official establishment of CNOOC (China) Co., Ltd. Beijing New Energy Branch. CNOOC Chairman Wang Dongjin announced the formation of the new company during an unveiling ceremony held in Changping Future Science City, Beijing....

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INEOS offers to develop shale gas test in UK 12 April 2022

INEOS has offered to develop a shale gas test site in the UK in order to demonstrate that fracking can be performed safely. The offer from the chemicals and energy giant comes after the UK published its Energy Security Strategy last week and said that the government would remain open-minded about fracking....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases new safety video on fatal 2020 fire 12 April 2022

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new safety video about a fatal incident at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina. On September 21, 2020, a fire erupted in a confined space when a heat gun fell into a bucket of flammable resin killing two contract workers....

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EDF looking at extending Sizewell B nuclear power plant’s operating life by 20 years 12 April 2022

EDF Energy has announced that the operating life of the Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk, UK could be extended by at least 20 years, from 2035 to 2055 or beyond. A final investment decision is anticipated by 2024, which would then be followed by the required capital investment in the plant, safety enhancements and obtaining the necessary approvals....

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UK chemical company fined after worker suffers burns 12 April 2022

UK chemical company Robert McBride Ltd. has been sentenced for safety breaches after a 31-year-old worker suffered 13 per cent superficial burns to his right arm and hand following the ignition of flammable vapours. The incident occurred in August 2017 at a site in Hull. McBride is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of retailer-owned household goods....

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UK announces Energy Security Strategy, eight new nuclear reactors to be built 07 April 2022

The UK announced its plans for greater energy independence on April 7 which could see 95% of the country’s electricity produced from low carbon sources by 2030. The government’s British Energy Security Strategy sets out how the UK will accelerate deployment of new nuclear, wind, solar, and hydrogen whilst also supporting the production of domestic oil and gas in the nearer term....

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Hazardex in the Regions: Swansea is taking place on April 27 - register for FREE! 07 April 2022

Hazardex is taking its renowned HazLoc safety events on the road, starting with Swansea on April 27 at the Village Hotel. With a premium conference programme, including high-profile speakers presenting essential guidance and insight of local & national relevance, as well as an exhibition consisting of leading high hazard industry companies, it's not to be missed! Attendance is FREE, so register NOW!...

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New analysis shows Ukraine war will not derail Europe’s energy transition 06 April 2022

Europe’s energy transition will be accelerated – with less fossil fuels in the energy mix and lower greenhouse gas emissions – because of its pivot away from Russian gas. According to new analysis from DNV’s Energy Transition Research, 34% of the energy mix in Europe will come from non-fossil fuels in 2024, two percentage points more than the pre-war forecast....

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China to accelerate low-carbon transition on the basis of ensuring energy security 06 April 2022

The China Energy Administration has issued a new report, "Guiding Opinions on Energy Work in 2022", which outlines how China will strive to produce about 200 million tons of crude oil and around 214 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2022. The country will also produce about 2.6 billion kilowatts of installed power capacity and more than 80 million kilowatts of new peak power generation capacity....

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UK regulator withdraws requirement to decommission remaining shale gas wells 05 April 2022

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced on March 31 that it has withdrawn a notice that required Cuadrilla Resources, the only company licensed to carry out fracking in the UK, to decommission its shale gas wells by June 2022. Cuadrilla now has until the end of June 2023 to evaluate options for two sites, but if no credible re-use plans are in place by then, it is expected that the decommissioning requirements will be re-imposed....

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Considerations for hazardous area classification of modular hydrogen facilities

Hydrogen production is rising in popularity due to an increasing demand for clean energies and fuel alternatives. Hydrogen electrolysis is one method of hydrogen production that is both energy and space efficient....

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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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The work continues

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 the first face-to-face international standards meetings for over two years....

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