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South Africa scraps new nuclear plans in favour of renewables 29 August 2018

South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said that the country’s energy mix in 2030 would see only 4% provided by nuclear, meaning no new build programme is being considered in the next decade. The previous government of President Jacob Zuma had planned an expansion of nuclear from the existing 1,860 megawatts (MW) to more than 9,600 MW in 2030....

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US judge orders review in latest setback for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline project 20 August 2018

A federal judge in Montana has ordered the US State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, possibly delaying the project further. For more than a decade, environmentalists and native American groups have fought the $8-billion 1,900-km pipeline that will carry heavy crude from the Alberta oil sands to southern Nebraska....

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Three missing after explosion on board Indian oil tanker off Oman 15 August 2018

Three sailors are missing and one has suffered burn injuries after a blast on the oil tanker MT Desh Vaibhav on August 14, according to a statement from the vessel’s owner, Shipping Corporation of India. SCI said the vessel was off Oman and bound for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the explosion occurred in one of its cargo tanks....

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Explosion at South Korean coal-fired power plant kills one, injures four 09 August 2018

An explosion at a coal-fired power station in South Korea on August 8 left one worker dead and four others injured, the Yonhap agency reported. The blast occurred at the plant of energy company GS E&R in the city of Pocheon, about 50 km northeast of Seoul. Police believe that combustible dust could have caused the explosion....

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Two dead and up to 70 injured after tanker explodes near airport in Italy 07 August 2018

A huge explosion on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy has killed two people and left at least 70 injured, some with serious burns, police said. The explosion was caused when a road tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas crashed into another truck that had come to a halt in the lane in front of it. ...

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Exploding mobile phone causes emergency aircraft evacuation at Spanish airport 01 August 2018

Passengers on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Ibiza evacuated their Boeing 737 via the aircraft’s emergency chutes after a passenger’s phone battery exploded and caught fire as the plane was about to take off, causing smoke to spread throughout the cabin. No one needed medical attention after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of July 31. ...

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New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk off West Africa 24 July 2018

The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents. A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In total, 69 vessels were boarded, with 23 attempted attacks, 11 vessels fired upon and four vessels hijacked. ...

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Fatal Unchahar power plant blast in India ascribed to mistake by senior staff 24 July 2018

The explosion on 1 November 2017 that killed 45 workers at the Unchahar power plant in Uttar Pradesh was the result of an “error in judgment” by some of the plant’s most experienced operators, according to an internal investigation into the state-run electricity producer’s biggest disaster....

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Workers rescued after fire breaks out on oil tanker at Pakistani shipbreaking yard 17 July 2018

A fire on board an oil tanker at a shipbreaking yard in Gadani, Pakistan, on July 16 has been brought under control. Pakistani authorities said they managed to evacuate 20 workers from the vessel, the German tanker ADA, and there were no casualties reported....

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Investigators find metal fatigue caused fatal 2016 Airbus helicopter crash in Norway 10 July 2018

The crash of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that killed all 13 people aboard was the result of metal fatigue in its gearbox, Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said in its final report into the incident published on July 5, 2018.  The crash occurred after the Super Puma’s main rotor blades separated from the helicopter as it was ferrying passengers from a Norwegian offshore oil platform to the mainland....

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