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Dutch and Danish grid operators to form offshore power hub in North Sea 10 March 2017

Dutch power grid operator TenneT said on March 8 it had found the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea, Danish power transmission company Energinet.dk. TenneT's plan, first announced in June, involves the construction of one or more artificial islands surrounded by wind farms on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea....

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Elon Musk volunteers to sort out South Australia power blackouts 10 March 2017

Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy problems within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100 megawatt hours (MWh) battery storage system for free. Repeated blackouts in South Australia since September last year have sparked a political row in the country....

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Canada oil sands threatened by departure of oil majors 10 March 2017

The departure of international players from Canada's oil sands is raising fresh doubt over future development prospects for the world's third-largest crude reserves as the region struggles to compete with cheap US shale plays. Royal Dutch Shell and Marathon Oil sold off billions of dollars in oil sands assets on March 9, the latest sign that global oil majors are abandoning the region....

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Siemens forecasts UK offshore wind power subsidies will drop below nuclear 10 March 2017

Subsidy costs for British offshore wind farms should fall below that of new nuclear plants, according to the head of Siemens' UK offshore wind operations. The UK government is under pressure to bring down users' electricity costs at the same time as subsidising low-carbon generation to help meet its carbon emission reduction targets and plug a looming supply gap....

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Explosion at fireworks company in Portugal kills one 10 March 2017

According to a source at the Relief Operations Centre (CDOS) in Oporto, reported in O Leme Jornais, a worker was killed in a blast at the Douro Pirotecnia factory in northern Portugal. Emergency workers at the site confirmed there were no further casualties. In 2010, another company employee was killed in an explosion while handling pyrotechnic products....

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Ukraine coal producer idles key coal mines in rebel-held east 09 March 2017

Ukrainian coal producer DTEK Energy said on March 9 it had idled its largest mines in territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to a blockade on rail traffic on the Ukrainian side of the eastern front line. The blockade by a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans has held up industrial shipments from rebel-held areas since early 2017....

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Korean contractor takes responsibility for power plant explosion in southern Vietnam 08 March 2017

Vietnam's state-owned power provider, EVN said chimney welders caused the explosion that severely injured them both. South Korea’s Doosan, the primary builder of a thermal power plant in the central province of Binh Thuan, has taken full responsibility for the explosion that injured two workers this week, according to Vn Express....

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Hazardex 2017 Awards: Winners announced 08 March 2017

A total of 20 nominations were shortlisted across four categories for the Hazardex 2017 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. Winners were announced at the Hazardex 2017 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on March 2nd 2017 and are listed below....

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US laboratory invents reusable sponge that could revolutionise oil spill cleanup 07 March 2017

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in US history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren’t all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface....

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Fatal opencast coal mine cave-in highlights India's poor mining safety record 06 March 2017

Some 23 miners and dozens of vehicles were buried when about 250 metres of stripped overburden collapsed on December 29, 2016, at the Lalmatia opencast mine in Jharkhand, north-eastern India. In an investigation, Indian Express noted that this disaster ended an exceptionally dangerous year for mining in India, with a fatality every three days during the first six months....

Features

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European oil pipelines increasingly impacted by product theft

Concawe, the European pipeline safety and environmental monitoring organisation, has collected 44 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines. This article, based on selected sections of Concawe Report 7/16 - 'Statistical Summary of Reported Spillages in 2014', covers the performance of these pipelines in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, and a full historical perspective since 1971. ...

Case Studies

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Vehicles for hazardous areas

With the proliferation of electric vehicles, one area that is seeing particular expansion is that of explosion-proof vehicles are aimed at market segments dealing with potentially hazardous environments such as the chemical and petrochemical industries, oil and gas production sites. In this article, Lamberto Salvan of Italian transport specialist Alkè Electric Vehicles gives an overview of this crucial area....

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Checks and balances

A few weeks after his inauguration, it is clear President Trump has no intention of backpedalling on the pronouncements he made during his election campaign with regard to the energy and environment sectors. As an example, the new administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the main climate change page from its website....

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