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  • Hazardex Live 2024 is THIS WEEK -- Delegate & Exhibition visitor registration still open!

    28 February 2024

    Hazardex Live 2024 is taking place on 28-29 February 2024 at the Hilton Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK. Crucial updates for all engineers from trainee to C level, there is something for everyone! Come along & join peers from operators, suppliers, buyers, legislators, competency/trainers, those with hazardous area and wider safety responsibilities. Secure your places NOW!...

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  • US Department of Labor issues 188 violations in latest impact inspections at 15 mines

    27 February 2024

    The US Department of Labor has announced that its Mine Safety and Health Administration completed impact inspections at 15 mines in 10 states in January 2024, issuing 188 violations. The agency began conducting impact inspections after an April 2010 explosion in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine killed 29 miners....

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  • CSB issues investigation update into fire at Marathon Renewables facility

    23 February 2024

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released an update on the agency’s investigation into the November 2023 fire at the Martinez Renewables facility in Martinez, California which seriously injured a worker. The CSB’s investigation has found that a metal tube ruptured within a reactor charge furnace during a unit startup....

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  • EU will miss 2050 climate targets by a decade without urgent action, new report claims

    23 February 2024

    Despite ambition across its members, the European Union (EU) won’t meet climate targets until well into the 2060s, as focus shifts to energy security and economic stability. Renewables and electrification uptake is due to progress steadily, but nascent technologies, such as hydrogen and carbon capture, need urgent action in the forms of investment, demand certainty, and policy commitment, according to new report from energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie....

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  • Fire breaks out at warehouse containing 900 metric tons of lithium batteries

    20 February 2024

    A fire broke out at a battery recycling facility containing around 900 metric tons of lithium batteries in southern France on 17 February. The blaze started at a warehouse owned by recycling company SNAM in the town of Viviez, north of Toulouse....

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600MW hydrogen plant with carbon capture granted planning permission in UK 20 February 2024

Equinor’s H2H Saltend, a 600-megawatt low carbon hydrogen production plant with carbon capture, has been granted planning permission by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. One of the first of its kind and scale to be granted planning permission in the UK, Equinor says the plant will help establish the Humber as an international hub for low carbon hydrogen whilst significantly reducing carbon emissions....

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“Potential for serious personal injury” during steam leak at Heysham 1 nuclear reactor 20 February 2024

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an improvement notice on EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd following an incident at Heysham 1 Power Station in Lancashire, UK. The incident occurred on 23 December 2023 while Reactor 1 was being returned to service when a valve controlling the flow of superheated steam from the reactor failed, resulting in a steam leak....

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Carbon intensity regulation to make or break global low-carbon hydrogen market, new report says 20 February 2024

The future of low-carbon hydrogen hinges on global policymakers introducing regulations and subsidies that focus on the carbon intensity of the hydrogen produced rather than its colour, according to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie’s Horizons report ‘Over the rainbow: Why understanding full value-chain carbon intensity is trumping the colour of hydrogen.’...

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Global LNG demand to grow beyond 2040, according to new Shell report 19 February 2024

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is estimated to rise by more than 50% by 2040, as industrial coal-to-gas switching gathers pace in China and South Asian and South-east Asian countries use more LNG to support their economic growth, according to Shell’s LNG Outlook 2024....

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UK chemical supply chain shows positive signs of strengthening 16 February 2024

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has released results from the latest quarterly supply chain survey which shows a cautious but growing optimism throughout the CBA membership for the months ahead....

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