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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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  • Court halts construction of major new Pennsylvania gas pipeline pending environmental review

    26 July 2017

    A court order has halted construction of the Mariner East 2 gas pipeline across Pennsylvania. On July 19, three environmental groups presented the state’s Environmental Hearing Board with documentation alleging that the Sunoco project had caused drilling fluid spills and other accidents between April and June, leading to the ruling that all work should stop pending verification of the allegations....

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  • UK Government announces £246m battery technology investment programme

    25 July 2017

    A £246m investment in developing battery technology in Britain over four years is to be launched by the government, known as the Faraday Challenge. UK business and energy secretary Greg Clark announced the funding on July 24, which is likely to provide particular benefits for the automotive and renewable energy sectors....

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  • Canada pipeline cleared for repairs after serious 2016 oil spill

    24 July 2017

    On July 21, Husky Energy said it had been granted permission to repair a section of pipeline that leaked 225,000 litres of crude in Saskatchewan in July 2016. At least 200,000 litres of oil and chemicals leaked into the North Saskatchewan River after the incident, resulting in the closure of the water supply systems of several downriver communities for almost two months....

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  • Firefighters injured in German yacht explosion

    12 July 2017

    At least 13 people were injured in a yacht explosion in the northern German port town of Minden. According to the police, the wounded are mostly firefighters, DPA reported. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire on the yacht, but when they started to extinguish the fire, the boat exploded....

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Shell fined $2.4m for fatal Pakistan tanker blast 07 July 2017

Pakistan's oil and gas regulator has ordered a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 257 million rupees (about $2.4 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people last month. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority held Shell Pakistan Ltd responsible for the blast in Punjab province on June 25 after the tanker rolled over, and villagers rushed to collect leaking fuel....

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China gas pipeline blast kills eight, injures 35 04 July 2017

At least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province on July 2, Xinhua news agency reported. The explosion occurred in Qinglong County at a pipeline operated by China National Petroleum Corp and was triggered by a landslide after days of heavy rain....

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Death toll close to 200 in Pakistan oil tanker fire 30 June 2017

The death toll in an oil tanker fire in Pakistan rose to 194 on June 30, prompting the government to suspend six officials for negligence. At least 120 people including women and children were killed on the spot and 140 injured when they gathered to collect leaking fuel from the crashed oil tanker in Bahawalpur, some 400 km south of Lahore, on June 25....

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Florida power plant incident kills two, injures four 30 June 2017

Local officials said an industrial incident at a Florida power plant on June 29 killed two people and seriously injured four others. Initial reports said molten coal slag spilled onto workers as they tried to clear a blockage in a slag tank during routine maintenance at the Tampa Electric Co (TECO) Big Bend power plant at Apollo Beach, south of Tampa....

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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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