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Chemical plant simulator launched
Huntsman Tioxide plant near Grimsby
The Humber estuary is home to a large number of chemical plants
An 8m training centre which simulates the environment of a chemicals plant has opened in North East Lincolnshire.

The centre in Stallingborough allows chemical engineers to train without the risks of handling dangerous substances at high temperatures and pressures.

The Centre for Assessment and Technical Competence Humber (CATCH) welcomed its first students on Tuesday.

It will teach apprentices and assess existing craftsmen from the region's chemical and engineering industries.

The facility will also help companies with emergency procedures as well as offering accommodation for new businesses, conferences and training seminars.

The final stage of work on the Centre for Assessment and Technical Competence Humber (CATCH) is expected to be completed in September.

The project is the result of a partnership between North East Lincolnshire Council, Yorkshire Forward, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and Humber Chemical Focus, which represents chemical companies in the region.

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