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  • Centrica to shut UK's main offshore gas storage site

    20 June 2017

    The Rough field, the UK's biggest natural gas storage site under the North Sea, will be permanently shut by operator Centrica because of the age and poor condition of injection and recovery infrastructure. Rough accounts for about 70% of the country’s gas storage capacity and a lack of alternative storage facilities is likely to increase dependency on imports and gas market volatility....

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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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  • 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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  • Chinese authorities punish more than 30 over 2016 power plant explosion

    02 June 2017

    According to a report by the Xinhua news agency, more than 30 people have been punished after their responsibility was highlighted in an investigation into a power plant blast in the city of Dangyang in central China's Hubei Province on 11 August 2016. The explosion killed 22 and seriously injured another four. ...

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  • California road tanker crash and inferno kills driver and leads to evacuation of 200

    24 May 2017

    A tanker truck full of fuel overturned and exploded near Merced in northern California on May 23, killing the driver and prompting the temporary evacuation of 200 local residents, local media said. The tanker was carrying 41,000 litres of gasoline when it crashed in Atwater on Highway 99 on its way to delivering the fuel to an area gas station, according to a fire official....

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Ghana road tanker explosion hospitalises more than 150 15 May 2017

On May 9 a road tanker near the Olam Oil depot in Takoradi, south-western Ghana, caught fire and exploded. More than 150 were injured in the blast and were taken to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital and the Takoradi Government Hospital. Some of the injured are said to have suffered second-degree burns with a few referred to the Cape Coast Hospital....

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Ship fire in Sharjah kills one, injures four 15 May 2017

One crew member was killed and four others suffered burns after a fire broke out on a vessel transporting a petroleum products at Al Hamriyah port on May 13, Sharjah Civil Defence said. A massive explosion started the fire and the vessel broke into two, Gulf News reported, with 16 evacuated from the crippled vessel.  The explosion also damaged buildings nearby....

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Spain abandons offshore gas storage project due to earthquake risk 04 May 2017

The Spanish Minister of Energy, Álvaro Nadal, said on May 3 that the Castor offshore gas storage field and facilities will be dismantled after final confirmation from a team including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University experts that gas injection into the field was causing tremors and minor earthquakes....

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Anti-piracy NGO says West Africa, Somalia and South-East Asia remained problem areas in 2016 03 May 2017

A report issued on May 2 by anti-piracy NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) found an upsurge in pirate activity in some areas, and residual problems in areas where previous years had seen a reduction in piracy. The 2016 State of Maritime Piracy report includes analyses of the situation in the Western Indian Ocean, West Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean....

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Two crew killed in explosion on bulk coal carrier in North Atlantic 25 April 2017

Two crew members are dead and three more have serious burn injuries after an explosion on a coal cargo ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. The captain of the Tamar, a 623-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, reported an explosion in the forward storeroom on April 24, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said in a statement....

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