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  • Germany gas pipe explosion kills one, injures 26

    24 October 2014

    A gas explosion at Ludwigshafen in western Germany on October 23 killed a building worker and injured 26 people. The blast created a crater 10 metres in diameter and 6 metres deep, damaged around 50 homes and destroyed a number of parked cars. Police and prosecutors are now investigating the blast....

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  • Pharma factory explosion in Brazil injures 26

    23 October 2014

    At least 26 people were injured, including three who are in a critical condition, in an explosion at a medicine factory in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, EFE reported medical sources as saying. Of the three seriously injured staff, one had 90% burns, the second a deep head injury and the final worker suffered internal in juries from smoke inhalation. ...

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  • Indian firework factory explosion kills 17

    23 October 2014

    An explosion at a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on October 20 killed at least 17 people, police said. The blast started a fire that destroyed the Manikanta Fireworks factory in the village of Vakatippa in East Godavari district. Firecrackers were being made by casual workers without the correct permits when the explosion happened....

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  • London safety conference 26/11/14: First class papers, free exhibition, are you registered?

    22 October 2014

    Process safety engineers, EPC's and consultants. Hazardous area safety conference alongside the exhibition which is free to attend.  Why not register to visit or book to be a conference delegate? Hear from industry knowledge leaders...

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  • HSE and DECC launch new UK offshore regulator website

    21 October 2014

    The UK Department of Energy (DECC) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working in partnership, have formed the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR), to act as the Competent Authority responsible for implementing the requirements of the EU Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations....

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Three killed in Polish coal mine explosion 20 October 2014

Mining officials said on October 18 that two miners had died from the burns suffered in the Polish coal mine methane blast on October 6, and the missing body of a third miner had been recovered. The incident occurred 660 meters below the surface at the Myslowice-Wesola mine near the southern Polish city of Katowice. ...

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Fire in cooling tower closes UK gas power plant 20 October 2014

A large fire in a cooling tower at the Didcot B gas-fired power station in Oxfordshire has resulted in the closure of one of the two generating plants at the site. It was not clear how the fire started, but officials ruled out arson or terrorism. According to RWE's website, one 720-MW unit at the site, Didcot B5, has been taken offline. The other unit, Didcot B6, is still in service....

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Lockheed Martin claims major nuclear fusion breakthrough 17 October 2014

Lockheed Martin, the American defence and aerospace group, has claimed a major breakthrough in developing nuclear fusion as an energy source. Lockheed said on October 15 it would build and test a compact fusion reactor in less than a year that was 10 times smaller than any existing fusion reactor....

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Vattenfall seeks 4.7 bn euros for German decision to close nuclear plants 17 October 2014

Swedish energy group Vattenfall is claiming 4.7 billion euros ($6.0 billion) in damages from Germany following Berlin's decision to phase out nuclear power, according to sources close to the German Economy Ministry quoted by AFP. Swedish media reports in December 2012 had put the claim at 3.5 billion euros....

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Two reported missing after Czech ammunition dump explosion 16 October 2014

Two people were reported missing in a blast at an ammunition storage facility in Vlachovice-Vrbetice, Czech Republic on October 16, police said. Hundreds were evacuated from companies and a training school situated close to the facility. ...


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Grain dust explosions: risks, standards and protection

This article from Italian safety equipment manufacturer Cortem looks into the explosion risks inherent in storing grain and other fine particle food products, the safety standards that apply to the sector and the types of equipment suitable for different zones....

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Gas sampling for cattle methane emissions

Researchers in Denmark have measured the quantities of greenhouse gases in the breath of dairy cows and demonstrated a heritable variability between individual animals.  “This means that we have an opportunity to select for breeding those individuals which will produce offspring that generate less methane,” says Dr Jan Lassen who led the research project on individual methane measurements from dairy cows at Aarhus University in Denmark....


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UK nuclear and renewables problems point to long-term energy insecurity

The UK’s proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been opposed by environmental groups and campaigners who consider the billions to be paid to underwrite the construction of the plant and pay for the electricity generated will be a colossal waste of money....

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