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Hazardex in the Regions 2022 are underway! Next event is Ellesmere Port on MAY 18 - attendance is FREE! 30 April 2022

Hazardex in the Regions 2022 are now underway after a hugely successful first event in Swansea on April 27. The next stop for the event is ELLESMERE PORT on MAY 18. Attendance is FREE, so register NOW!...

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The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 29 April 2022

The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Hydrogen, Human Factors, Pipelines, and Safety Valves, as well as PPTEx Supplement #16 with articles on mobile analytical technology for detecting natural gas leaks and new technologies helping to improve worker safety. Read it now!...

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Augmented reality will be a vital tool for bridging the oil and gas industry’s skills gap, new report says 29 April 2022

According to a new report from data and analytics company, GlobalData, the oil & gas industry needs to capitalise on emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR) to accelerate the training of a new generation of workers or be left paralysed in the face of disruption. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitics, and energy transition expectations have caused the industry’s skills gap to slip down company’s agendas....

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Indonesia’s state energy company aiming to double geothermal capacity 26 April 2022

The Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina is aiming to double its geothermal energy capacity by 2027-2028, Reuters news agency has reported. The country is looking to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by expanding its geothermal capacity in a move that could cost around $4 billion....

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Contractors at UK’s Stanlow refinery to ballot for strike over pay 26 April 2022

Members of the Unite union working at the Stanlow refinery in Cheshire, UK for waste company Veolia are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. According to Unite, workers are facing a “substantial pay cut” with Veolia proposing a 3.5% pay deal despite the real inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 9%....

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Two separate coal mine explosions in a week kill 11 people in Poland, 11 more remain missing 25 April 2022

Two methane explosions in the span of a week have killed a total of 11 people at two mines in southern Poland. The first incident killed five people, injured 21 and left seven people trapped underground. A second incident at a separate mine then occurred on April 23, killing six people and leaving several missing. Rescue efforts at both mines, which are owned by mining company JSW, are continuing....

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Offshore drilling merger raises competition concerns in UK 22 April 2022

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the merger of Noble Corporation and Maersk Drilling could increase operating costs for oil and gas producers in the UK North Sea. In February, the CMA opened an investigation into the approximately £2.6 billion anticipated merger between the companies....

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Ukraine’s nuclear regulator restores communications with Chernobyl 21 April 2022

Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on April 19 that direct communications between the national regulator and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been restored, more than a month after contact was lost when Russian forces seized control of the site....

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Rolls-Royce expects small modular nuclear reactor approval by mid-2024, Reuters reports 20 April 2022

Rolls-Royce is expecting its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design to receive regulatory approval in the UK by mid-2024. Paul Stein, Chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, told Reuters news agency that after receiving regulatory approval in 2024, the reactors would be able to produce power for the national grid by 2029....

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Shell and Uniper announce plans for blue hydrogen production facility in UK 20 April 2022

Uniper has signed an agreement with Shell to progress plans to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site in the East of England. The Humber Hub Blue project includes plans for a blue hydrogen production facility with a capacity of up to 720 megawatts, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage (CCS)....


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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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