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  • Pipeline breach causes jet fuel shortage in New Zealand

    15 September 2017

    Dozens of flights from Auckland Airport have been cancelled after the a 168 kilometre pipeline carrying jet fuel, petrol and diesel from an oil refinery at Marsden Point in Northland to tanks in Wiri, south Auckland was cut by a digger on September 14. A spokesman from the refinery, owned by Refining NZ, estimated the pipeline would take between 10 and 14 days to fix....

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  • Fire on board tanker at Indonesian shipyard kills five

    12 September 2017

    A fire killed five and injured one at ASL Marine Holdings' shipyard in Batam, Indonesia on September 7, according to the Straits Times. The vessel owner-operator and shipbuilder said that initial investigations showed the fire likely started inside the tanker and was confined to the pump room, and that the casualties were all employed by one of the shipyard’s contractors.

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  • Correction: Extensive South Korean oil spill threatens tourism, wildlife and seafood businesses

    11 September 2017

    On 11 September 2017, an article with this headline was published on the Hazardex website. In fact, this incident took place in September 2007 and the article was based on a misreading of the date....

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  • Two workers killed in incident at Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant

    30 August 2017

    A FirstEnergy spokeswoman said two workers were killed and four others injured at the utility’s Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, on August 29. Local media reported her as saying the workers were performing maintenance in an underground enclosure carrying out repairs on a pipe when it ruptured and they were overcome by toxic gas. ...

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  • Newspaper investigation following fatal accident at Florida power station highlights unsafe practices

    23 August 2017

    On June 29, molten coal slag spilled onto six workers as they tried to clear a blockage in a tank during routine maintenance at the Tampa Electric Co (TECO) Big Bend power plant at Apollo Beach, south of Tampa. Two of the six died immediately, three others succumbed to their injuries over the following weeks and a sixth is still in hospital with serious injuries....

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British bulk carrier carrying explosive fertiliser on fire off Canaries 22 August 2017

According to Spanish sources, a British bulk cargo carrier owned by the UK’s Bibby Line Ltd is on fire and without power off the Canary Islands with more than 42,000 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate fertiliser in its hold. Tugs and salvage vessels are in attendance, and its last reported position was 150 kilometres south of El Hierro Island, the westernmost in the archipelago....

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Pipeline blast kills at least one in Mexico 21 August 2017

At least one person was killed and five others were injured on August 19 when an illegally tapped oil pipeline exploded in east Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, officials said. The state Secretariat of Civil Protection said in a press release the blast happened as thieves were trying to steal fuel from the pipeline, which runs from the town of Minatitlan to the capital Mexico City....

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Four killed in explosion at South Korean shipyard 21 August 2017

Four workers were killed in an explosion at the STX Offshore & Shipbuilding plant in Changwon, South Korea, fire authorities said on August 20. The blast occurred as workers carried out painting work inside a 12-metre-deep tank in a 74,000-ton oil tanker. The tanker is on order from Greek company Andriaki Shipping and is due for delivery in October, according to the Yonhap news agency....

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Three men critically burned in explosion at car wash in Canada 18 August 2017

Three men suffered serious burns to their legs in an explosion at a car wash in Red Deer, Alberta, on August 18. Two workers were transferring liquid vinyl protector from an old bottle to a new one in the detailing bay when the explosion happened. Two are in a life-threatening condition and were transported to hospital in an air ambulance, while the other has serious injuries. ...

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South Carolina utilities suspend construction of two reactors in blow to US nuclear revival 07 August 2017

On July 31, the utilities involved in the construction of two new nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina, said all construction work would halt on the site because of delays and cost overruns. South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCG&E) and partner Santee Cooper commissioned Westinghouse Electric Co. to build two AP1000 reactors at the site nine years ago....

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