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  • Czech coal mine gas explosion kills 13

    27 December 2018

    A gas explosion killed 12 Poles and one Czech at an eastern Czech coal mine on December 20, according to mine operator OKD. The state-run company said that a methane blast more than 800 metres underground hit a gallery in the CSM coal mine near the town of Karvina. OKD said that attempts to rescue eight miners originally reported as unaccounted for had had to be abandoned due to conditions in the shaft....

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  • Three miners killed, two critical after Turkish coal mine explosion

    22 November 2018

    Three miners were killed and two injured after an underground explosion in Turkey’s Black Sea region early on November 21. The blast, thought to have been caused by methane, took place at an unlicensed mine in Kilimli in the northern province of Zonguldak. The two injured miners are in critical condition, according to hospital sources quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu....

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  • Two killed in Utah potash plant incident

    12 November 2018

    Two men were electrocuted on November 10 and a third man was critically injured in an industrial accident in Utah. The three men were working at the Intrepid potash plant south of Moab in San Juan County when the industrial equipment they were operating touched a power line, the local sheriff's office reported....

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  • Two die, 20 trapped after rock burst in China coal mine

    22 October 2018

    Two people have died and 20 remain trapped following a rock burst in a water drainage tunnel on October 20 at a coal mine in east China's Shandong Province. Xinhua said 334 people were working underground at the time of the incident, and rescuers brought 312 to safety. ...

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  • US zinc mine explosion kills one

    03 October 2018

    A gas explosion killed a miner working 3,800 feet (1,158 metres) underground at an Empire State Mines zinc mine in upstate New York on October 2, according to a statement issued by state police.  The mine, owned by Vancouver-based Titan Mining Corp, is in the town of Gouverneur, near the Canadian border 95 miles (152 kilometres) north of Syracuse....

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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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Industrial gas leaks sicken 250 in central Chile 28 August 2018

Some 250 people have been affected by industrial gas leaks in the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví, 100 km northwest of the Chilean capital, Santiago, and local authorities confirmed that 19 have been hospitalised. On August 23, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a ‘Yellow Alert’ in the two towns and has increased monitoring activities to discover the source of the leaks....

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UK Government energy stats show renewables provided almost 30% of electricity generation in 2017 20 August 2018

The figures published in late July in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017 – up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016....

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At least seven killed in Pakistan coal mine explosion 13 August 2018

A gas explosion trapped 14 labourers in a coal mine in Balochistan, western Pakistan, on August 12. The bodies of seven were brought to the surface on August 13, and local media said the Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority was attempting to retrieve the remaining seven miners from the mine in Sanjadi. There was no news about their chances of survival....

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Quarry explosion in India kills 11 workers 06 August 2018

At least 11 workers were killed and four others injured after a stock of dynamite caught fire and exploded at a granite quarry in southern India, officials said on August 4. Around 30 people were inside the quarry when the blast occurred at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state. All the deceased are thought to be migrant labourers from Odisha....

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