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US OSHA proposes $215,000 fine for grain facility following dust explosion 05 July 2021

The US Department of Labor has cited a grain facility for workplace safety failures following a dust explosion that severely injured a worker in December 2020. In a statement, the safety regulator said that had MFA Enterprises – operating as West Central Agri Services – addressed potential dust ignition sources, an explosion that seriously injured the employee and caused the destruction of a main elevator might not have happened....

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Shell starts up Europe’s largest PEM green hydrogen electrolyser 05 July 2021

Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser began operations on July 2, producing green hydrogen at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland. As part of the Refhyne European consortium and with European Commission funding, the fully operational plant is the first to use this technology at such a large scale in a refinery....

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UK engineering insurer sees 100% increase in operational plant fire claims in 2020 05 July 2021

HSB, an engineering and technology insurer, has said that it saw UK construction plant fire claims double in 2020. A review of claims data highlighted a surge in plant fire claims in the second and third quarter of 2020; reflecting the impact pandemic-related project delays have had on the construction industry....

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The digital edition of Hazardex July is now available! 01 July 2021

The July issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Rail, Pipelines, Risk Assessment, as well as an Ex-SIG Briefing Note. Read it now!...

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New plant near Hull could triple UK hydrogen production capacity 29 June 2021

Plans for two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the UK’s Humber region have taken a significant step forward after SSE Thermal and Equinor submitted a planning (DCO) application. The plans, which could triple the UK’s hydrogen output, comprise one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station....

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Serious regulation breaches identified from investigation into December 2020 incident at Equinor plant 29 June 2021

The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway (PSA) announced on June 24 that it had completed its investigation into the December 2020 incident involving a turbine breakdown and subsequent fire at Equinor’s Tjeldbergodden methanol plant. The regulator said serious breaches of the regulations were identified, and that Equinor has now been given an order....

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UK Tank Storage Association publishes 2021 Annual Review of the bulk liquid storage sector 25 June 2021

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has published its 2021 Annual Review of the UK’s bulk liquid storage sector. The review contains key data and information on terminals, process safety, occupational health and safety as well as on the industry’s contribution to the UK economy....

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Chemical plant explosion causes significant fire, mass evacuations in US 22 June 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in northern Illinois, US on June 14 caused a large fire and resulted in an evacuation order lasting for four days as firefighters fought the blaze. The incident happened at a plant belonging to Chemtool Inc., a lubricants and grease products manufacturer, in Rockton, northwest of Chicago....

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Jeff Bezos-backed fusion plant to be built in UK 22 June 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Canada-based General Fusion have announced an agreement under which General Fusion will build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at UKAEA’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire....

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Oil company fined £400,000 for North Sea platform gas leak 22 June 2021

Offshore oil company Apache has been fined £400,000 after it failed to provide written safety procedures for the depressurisation of an oil well, which led to the release of more than 1000kg of hydrocarbon gas at their Beryl Alpha production installation in the North Sea....

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