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A Biomass mess

Added: 31 Jul 2013

The government needs to stop pussy-footing around and make up its mind on whether it is for or agai…

Cuadrilla shale site

Let technology rule shale safety debate

Added: 19 Jul 2013

My first week as editor of Process Engineering has been dominated by events surrounding the UK’s pr…

Fertiliser plant, West, Texas

Are we learning the lessons?

Added: 3 Jul 2013

The process sectors need to take on-board the lessons learned from recent disasters. Patrick Raleig…

  AA frackiing Shale 22

Shale at a snail's pace

Added: 1 May 2013

Progress with the development and exploitation of the UK’s indigenous shale gas resources offers a …


Industry's safety record is just not good enough

Added: 23 Apr 2013

London – Harrison firefighters battle blaze at plant … Dexter wastewater treatment plant explosion …

Eni chemicals plant

Carbon vote a victory for EU industry

Added: 16 Apr 2013

London – MEPs have narrowly voted down a proposal in the European Parliament to rescue the EU’s ail…


The legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Added: 9 Apr 2013

London – The passing of Margaret Thatcher is already generating conflicting reactions from across t…

skils minister hancock2

Factory visits are not enough

Added: 2 Apr 2013

London – For the past couple of years or so it has been hard to avoid TV images of ministers – usua…

Drax Power Plant 2

The truth about energy?

Added: 26 Mar 2013

London – This week sees a further widening of the chasm between the Government’s view of the UK’s e…

BIU energy2

Shale gas a turning point?

Added: 22 Mar 2013

London – Forget the improved deals around national insurance, R&D tax credits, and even the surpris…

jenny apprentice2

Job swap

Added: 14 Mar 2013

Following all the recent hype about apprenticeships it is surprising to see a worthwhile initiative…

EDF Hinkley Nuclear

Government in a corner over new nuclear

Added: 6 Mar 2013

With so many billions of pounds, euros and yen at stake - negotiations around the programme to buil…

Petrofac oil rig  operations2

Now help other process industries

Added: 26 Feb 2013

With just a few tweaks of its tax rules – plus some gentle persuasion by industry in the form of UK…

Honeywell enterprise software launch

Mind the gap between process and IT

Added: 20 Feb 2013

The need for closer co-operation between process control and IT departments has been flagged up cle…

Milk production factory

Playing chicken with horsemeat

Added: 14 Feb 2013

The horsemeat scandal has opened the lid on shady supply-chain practices whereby processed meat is …

A recipe for contract disputes?

Added: 7 Feb 2013

Engineers need a proper understanding and experience of project requirements

London – There are typi…

ICL control room for carbon capture plant

Integration is the way forward

Added: 1 Feb 2013

New thinking is always welcome in industries, such as process, that encompass such a wide range of …

Kids Schools Skills2

New apprenticeships era or wasted opportunity?

Added: 30 Jan 2013

London – Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, is j…

BP Texas refinery

Lessons from Algeria

Added: 24 Jan 2013

London – With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that much greater security should have been aff…

Process blast

Losing sight of process safety?

Added: 18 Jan 2013

London – Earlier this week almost 100 offshore workers were evacuated from a North Sea platform, lo…