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Power Outages During Periods Of Cold Weather

Power outages during periods of cold weather

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Periods of cold weather are characterised by low temperatures, sometimes combined with snowfall and/or wind. Synonymous with high electricity consumption, they are often the cause of power failures and other critical systems, such as telecommunication networks, can also be affected. If energy demand is higher than production, load sharing can be implemented. But what are the risks?
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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary :

A la suite des précipitations qui se sont abattues fin mai 2016 en Ile de France, des remontées d'eau sont observées à travers des plaques d'égout situées entre les bâtiments abritant des fours d'une verrerie classée Seveso seuil haut. L'eau se propage dans des galeries techniques et inonde le site. L'exploitant déclenche son POI le 01/06 à 10 h. Il prend la décision d'évacuer son personnel. A 14h55, une perte d'alimentation élec [...]

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Results of an accident study covering the 2015 summer heat wave in France

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While its impact was not quite that of the deadly heat wave in 2003, the hot weather experienced during summer 2015 was still highly exceptional for France. BARPI has undertaken an analysis of the effects of these recent extreme hot spells on accident trends occurring in industrial activities. Corrective measures are proposed to target the vulnerabilities revealed by the accidents. These lessons learnt are especially important in a context of global warming !
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Explosion of a tank of alcohol in a vinegar factory under development

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  • FRANCE

In a 3,000 m² vinegar factory, a 150 m³ tank containing 40 m³ of alcohol vinegar exploded at around 9:40 a.m. while undergoing welding work. The tank, measuring 13 m in height and 4 m in diameter, was projected like a missile. It flew through the roof and landed 80 m from the building, on the Nîmes-Grau du Roi railway line. The emergency rescue services took 2 injured employees to the hospital, one of whom had been badly burned. Rail traffic was interrupted. The spilt alcohol was collected in the holding tank. The building adjoining the [...]

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Technological incidents triggered by flooding

  • Fact sheet
Numerous scientific studies at the initiative of public or private entities converge on the observation of a growth of natural disasters in the last decades. This fact sheet presents some indicators to understand the specificity and impact of floods on industrial sites.
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Overview of industrial accidents during the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

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What happens when the world’s third-largest economy is simultaneously hit by a once-in-a-century earthquake and once-in-a-millennium tsunami ? Two years after the media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, this overview provides insight into the primary accidents that occurred on industrial sites in several key sectors of Japan’s economy that were hit by the earthquake and/or the tsunami of March 11th, 2011.
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