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Coal generation to fall more than 70% by 2050 - Report 25 June 2018

About half the world’s power will be generated by wind and solar resources by 2050 while generation from coal will drop more than 70% from today’s levels, according to the New Energy Outlook 2018 report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)....

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Chlorine gas leak at Massachusetts company causes mass hysteria among workers 25 June 2018

Local media reported that 29 workers received emergency treatment after suspected chlorine gas leaks at the Thermal Circuits plant in Salem, Massachusetts, on June 24. After an initial leak and evacuation, a second incident caused some workers to feel nauseous and light-headed leading to mass hysteria as they ran towards the exit, according to Salem Fire Department Deputy Chief Alan Dionne....

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Rotterdam port authority confirms significant oil spill 25 June 2018

On June 24 the Port of Rotterdam said a clean-up operation was underway after a product tanker punctured its hull while mooring, releasing a significant amount of heavy fuel oil. Odfjell, the owner of the vessel Bow Jubail, said in a statement the ship had lost 220 tonnes of heavy fuel oil in the incident, which took place on June 23 at the LBC Oil Terminal, Botlek....

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Train derailment causes 230,000 gallon crude oil leak in Iowa 25 June 2018

Floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River are thought to have caused the derailment of up to 40 rail cars in a train carrying crude oil from Alberta south of Doon, Iowa, on June 22. Up to 230,000 gallons (1 million litres) of crude are thought to have leaked into the floodwaters, leading to fears for drinking water supplies in cities downstream of the leak site....

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BP Canada reports offshore drilling mud spill 22 June 2018

On June 22, BP Canada reported a leak of about 136,000 litres of synthetic-based drilling mud from the West Aquarius semi-submersible, about 330 kilometres from Halifax off Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Coast. The leak happened about 30 metres below sea level. According to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the drilling mud is of “low toxicity” and would have sunk to the ocean floor....

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Malaysian venture capitalist killed by charging mobile phone 21 June 2018

Nazrin Hassan, the CEO of a Malaysian venture capital fund, died after one of his cellphones reportedly caught fire while it was charging next to him in his bedroom. Conflicting reports attributed his cause of death to blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation, but authorities said they needed more time to investigate exactly what happened. ...

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Pennsylvania clears major hydrocarbon products pipeline to resume operations 15 June 2018

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted on June 14 to allow Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Sunoco Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline to return to service, reversing a suspension linked to safety concerns. The PUC stopped flows on Mariner East 1 through West Whiteland Township after sinkholes were discovered near the pipeline....

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Dry weather affects Norway’s hydro electricity output 15 June 2018

Norway, Europe’s largest hydropower producer, faces higher energy costs this summer as much of the snow accumulating in its mountains evaporated or melted into the ground during a heat wave, its water resources and energy regulator said. The NVE directorate told Reuters power companies had been relying on a gradual spring melt to replenish dams, but projections showed this was unlikely to happen....

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Lloyd’s Register Foundation and HSE set up new health and safety data programme 15 June 2018

Every year, huge amounts of incident investigation findings and operational health and safety data are collected globally. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), supported by the Thomas Ashton Institute are running an ambitious new programme, ‘DISCOVERING SAFETY’ which aims to substantially improve health and safety and ultimately save lives, particularly in poorer or developing nations....

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UK company fined more than £500,000 following overhead power line incident 15 June 2018

A Construction company has been fined after a tipper vehicle driven by one of its employees came into contact with overhead power lines during the construction of a waste transfer station.Northampton Crown Court heard that on 9 March 2016 a driver employed by Mick George Ltd was emptying a load of soil from his tipper vehicle at a site in Northampton....

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EDF Energy Nuclear Generation: a decade of transformation

Over the last decade, the safety and operational performance of EDF Energy's UK nuclear plants has been transformed. After years of sustained improvement, combined safety and operational results now represent the best overall performance in the past 40 years and are, in many instances, world leading. ...

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New Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex takes advantage of shale revolution

In November 2017, Shell Chemicals officially started construction on its $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania, a project that will take several years to complete. Shell made it official in June last year when it announced a final investment decision on the plant. Since then, crews have been working around the clock to prepare the site for main construction....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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