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Explosion and blaze at Israeli munitions factory injures one 20 June 2017

An explosion and fire at an arms development site in central Israel left one person injured on June 1. The incident, at the Israeli Military Industries factory in Ramat Hasharon near Tel Aviv, was caused by an explosion on a production line according to an initial investigation reported in the Times of Israel....

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Cal/OSHA cites explosives manufacturer for workplace explosion that caused serious injuries 19 June 2017

Cal/OSHA has cited explosives manufacturer Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company $293,235 for multiple serious and willful accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of an explosion in Hollister, California, that seriously injured a worker....

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BP 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy shows long-term shifts underway 15 June 2017

The 2017 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, published on June 13,  Data in the Review clearly demonstrate the long-term transitions now underway in the markets, with a shift to slower growth in global energy demand, demand moving strongly towards the fast-growing developing economies of Asia, and a marked shift towards lower carbon fuels and renewables as coal use falls....

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German company fined over death of contractor in Irish tunnelling incident 14 June 2017

A German civil engineering company involved in building the Corrib gas tunnel in Western Ireland has been fined €300,000 following the death of a contractor. Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau AG pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation in an Irish court after the death of a contractor working for Herrenknecht, the company which built the project’s boring machine....

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Pennsylvania court rules in favour of drilling under refinery despite operator’s objections 13 June 2017

A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a drilling permit for a well bored at a slant under the United Refining Co. refinery along the Allegheny River in Warren, in the north of the state. United Refining says that drilling and fracking could cause a fire or explosion, as well as a release of oil into nearby waters....

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Ghana fish cannery blast kills two 13 June 2017

An explosion at a fuel pump at the Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), a tuna canning company, killed two persons and left five others with burn injuries on May 11, according to local sources. A fuel pump that connects the steam boiler facility at the company’s production plant developed a fault and was being replaced when sparks from welding work ignited fuel leaking from the pump. ...

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Three dead after Brazil drillship explosion 12 June 2017

Three workers were killed after an explosion on board the NS-32 (Norbe VIII) drillship in the Marlim field in the Campos Basin off Brazil on June 9. One man was killed in the  explosion in one of the vessel’s boilers and two others succumbed to their injuries two days later. The drillship is one of six under charter from Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG) for client Petrobras. ...

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UK waste recycling company fined £220,000 after worker scalded 09 June 2017

A waste company was sentenced on June 7 after one of its workers received severe burns to his upper body and face. Teesside Crown Court heard how the worker was injured on 17 October 2014 when he was seriously scalded by hot ash and water at the Stockton-on-Tees site of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley Ltd....

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India firework factory blast kills 25 09 June 2017

At least 25 people were killed and several others injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on June 8. The blast occurred when a blaze engulfed the factory in Balaghat district. Balaghat Police Chief Amit Sanghi said. the blast was so powerful that it could be heard five kilometres from the site....

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Canadian researchers announce innovative leakproof pipeline 06 June 2017

University of Calgary academics claim a new design they have invented will prevent oil pipeline spills. Martin Mintchev and Thiago Valentin de Oliveira say their system, which combines real-time monitoring and an outer layer around an inner pipe, would better protect the environment and improve the reputation of the industry by eliminating leaks....


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European downstream oil industry safety performance

Concawe, the European pipeline health, safety and environmental monitoring organisation, published a statistical summary of reported incidents in 2016 covering the period 1993-2015. The information was provided by 38 Concawe Member Companies, together accounting for 97.1% of the available refining capacity in the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland. ...

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How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds

A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....


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US withdrawal from Paris accord unlikely to benefit coal, but could damage renewables

President Donald Trump says the decision on June 1 to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will boost American employment, particularly in the coal sector. The number employed in coal mining dropped from about 89,000 at the start of 2012 to around 50,500 in April, according to US Energy Information Administration (EIA). ...

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