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Shell Canada says Quest carbon capture and storage project exceeds expectations 17 November 2017

Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the Alberta oil sands has sequestered over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide underground. Quest, situated at Shell’s Scotford facility, hit the two million tonne target in July 2017, some 21 months after becoming operational. The company said the target was originally expected to be reached after two years, and the project was exceeding expectations. ...

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GSK fined £55,000 over 2013 explosion at Scottish plant that injured two employees 22 December 2016

The Daily Record reported on December 21 that the parent company of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined £55,000 for health and safety failings following an explosion at the Irvine plant in Scotland over three years ago which left two employees injured. Smithkline Beecham Limited pleaded guilty to the health and safety failings following the incident in July 2013....

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Nine killed in Indian pharma plant explosion 12 December 2016

The death toll in the blast and subsequent fire at the Nitika Pharmaceutical Specialities plant in Nagpur, Maharashtra, rose to nine on December 11, with four others said to be in a critical condition. The first explosion on December 2 took place in a drier unit, and was followed by other blasts and a raging fire which quickly spread to other buildings on the site....

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Greenpeace report claims chemical accidents in China killed 200 in first 8 months of 2016 22 September 2016

According to a Greenpeace report quoted by the New York Times, 199 have been killed and a further 400 injured in the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China from January to August 2016. The investigation, which relied on government statistics, found that there were 232 chemical accidents over the period....

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Brexit worries hold back some investment, but UK chemical and pharmaceutical companies project positive outlook 04 August 2016

The UK Chemical Industries Association second quarter member company business survey found that, despite weakening sales and exports in Q2 2016, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are continuing their positive outlook over the next twelve months,in the midst of significant post-Brexit concerns.  ...

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GSK makes £275 million manufacturing investment in UK despite Brexit uncertainty 28 July 2016

On July 26, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced £275 million of new investment at three of its manufacturing sites in the UK to boost production and support delivery of its latest innovative respiratory and large molecule biological medicines. The investment will take place at GSK plants in Barnard Castle in County Durham, Montrose in Scotland, and Ware in Hertfordshire....

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New Commission study shows high regulatory costs for EU chemical industry 19 July 2016

A new Commission study shows that the cost of implementing major regulations for the European chemical industry doubled between 2004 and 2014. Europe’s regulatory framework for chemicals, along with industry’s own efforts, plays an essential role in ensuring the protection of human health and the environment. In response, European chemical industry group Cefic called for a greater focus on competitiveness....

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Argentina lab explosion injures five 30 June 2016

A blast at a pharmaceutical laboratory in the town of Rosario in Argentina has injured at least five staff, one seriously. The incident occurred on June 29 at the Apolo laboratories in the town, and early inquiries have pinned the blame on a boiler explosion, according to

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India pharma plant explosion kills 1, injures 14 25 May 2016

An explosion at Srikar Labs located at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC), Parawada, Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, resulted in one death and 14 injuries. A local official said the death was caused by ammonia asphyxiation and many of the injuries were caused by gas leakage, as well as some burns....

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Hazardex in the Regions events to take place late-2016 in Swansea and Dartford 18 March 2016

The latest Hazardex in the Regions events will take place in Swansea on October 12 and in Dartford on November 30. Following on from the success of the 2015 series, this is another opportunity for all those interested in process plant safety in Wales and the South East to participate in one of our hazardous operations-focused one-day conferences....

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