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Fire & Blast Challenges of the Energy Transition

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SCI’s Fire And Blast Information Group (FABIG) is organising a 2-day conference which will cover the ‘Fire & Blast Challenges of the Energy Transition’. Our knowledge of the prevention and mitigation of hydrocarbon fire and explosion hazards has considerably advanced over the past 30 years, and the industry has now reached a mature understanding of these hazards. The transition towards low to zero carbon sources, in which hydrogen and batteries are set to play a key role is, however, bringing new challenges which will be covered in this forthcoming FABIG Conference. Day One of this event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on 19th April 2023 and will comprise a full day of technical presentations from leading experts covering a range of topics including challenges in risk assessment and modelling in relation to hydrogen fires & explosions, results from experiments involving hydrogen releases and nuclear fire safety research. Day Two of the event will be held at the DNV Spadeadam site on 20th April 2023, where delegates will see live hydrogen and battery fire & explosion demonstrations interspersed with technical presentations focussing on hazards from batteries used in Electric Vehicles (EV) and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). This is a first for a
FABIG event and the objective is to enable delegates to experience at first hand the hazards that they aim to prevent in their day to day jobs. More detailed information on the programme for this FABIG Technical Meeting can be found on the FABIG website.

FABIG was established in 1992 in the wake of the Piper Alpha disaster to develop and facilitate the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and best practice on the design of industrial facilities against fires & explosions. The Piper Alpha disaster, which occurred on 6th July 1988, claimed the lives of 167 people and remains the worst offshore accident to date. It drew the attention of the offshore industry and the regulators to the damage that could be caused by explosion and fire on an offshore platform. FABIG now has more than 100 Corporate Members worldwide and has organised over 150 technical meetings and conferences, published over 80 editions of a journal featuring a wide range of technical papers on explosion and fire engineering and released 15 technical guides.

For more information on FABIG Membership click here