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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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Venezuela says it will pay under $1 bn to Exxon over 2007 nationalisation 16 October 2014

On October 9 the World Bank’s ICSID tribunal awarded Exxon Mobil $1.6 billion compensation for its nationalised assets in Venezuela. The case relates to the 2007 takeover of a large heavy crude project in the Orinoco region by then president Hugo Chavez's government....

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Japan nuclear industry sets up risk research centre 14 October 2014

Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) set up a Nuclear Risk Research Centre (NRRC) on October 1 with a staff of 110 to carry out research to improve safety at the country’s nuclear plants. Most of NRRC's research activities will be conducted at CRIEPI's facilities in Tokyo and Chiba....

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Shell suspends GazpromNeft joint venture operations 14 October 2014

GazpromNeft General Director Aleksandr Dyukov told journalists on October 8 that sanctions had prompted Shell to suspend work on its joint venture with Gazprom Neft developing the Bazhenov field in western Siberia, according to Interfax. Khanty-Mansiysk Neftegazoviy Soyuz was set up last year to develop shale oil resources in the field. ...

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London safety conference 26/11/14: First class papers, free exhibition, are you registered? 14 October 2014

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, peers and officials who are all speaking..........

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Ineos buys second Scotland shale gas licence 13 October 2014

Petrochemical firm Ineos has bought a second 400 sq km licence for shale gas exploration and development in central Scotland adjacent to the 329 sq km area around its Grangemouth plant it acquired in August. Ineos said it had bought an 80% stake in the licence, titled PEDL 162, from Reach Coal Seam Gas Ltd....

Features

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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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