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June 7, 2010

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HSE man rewarded for carbon technology research

A HSE employee has won a prestigious award for a paper on new technology that could help reduce global warming.€ᄄ€ᄄ

Mike Bilio, process integrity leader of the HSE’s Offshore Division, received the accolade from the Institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) for a study of the health and safety implications of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) − an emerging technology that looks to prevent carbon dioxide, released by the burning of fossil fuels, from reaching the atmosphere.€ᄄ

The winning paper, ‘CO2 Pipelines material and safety considerations’, was co-authored by Mike and his colleagues at University College London and Leeds University.€ᄄ

Said Mike: “Having my contribution recognised by my peers in this way is an honour indeed, and recognises the expertise available within HSE. Carbon capture is an increasingly important area for development. We’re doing nationally important work which will have a real impact on all our lives.”€ᄄ

The award was presented on 21 May at the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Enablers Seminar, where the HSE, Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) chaired discussions on CCS.€ᄄ €ᄄThe HSE’s role is to enable the development of new energy technologies, such as CCS and ensure any new systems are designed, operated and maintained safely.

The Executive’s chair, Judith Hackitt, also a chemical engineer, who spoke at the event, said: “This is a real triumph for both Mike and HSE, and demonstrates our commitment to enabling the UK to innovate and implement carbon capture and other emerging technologies.€ᄄ €ᄄ

“There’s still a lot to do, but by working together to identify and follow up research issues, HSE, EA and SEPA are ensuring that knowledge gaps are addressed and risks addressed as an integral part of the technology development.”

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