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  • Key report shows safety further improving in UK offshore oil and gas

    27 July 2017

    The Oil & Gas UK 2017 Health & Safety Report, which provides the latest annual health and safety data for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, shows a continued trend of improving performance, despite 2016 being a challenging year. The report captures the significant trends, issues and themes of the sector’s performance on the UK Continental Shelf during 2016. ...

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  • UK chemical company fined £1.2m after explosion

    27 July 2017

    A chemicals company has been fined £1.2m following an explosion at its site at West Thurrock, Essex. Only two people suffered minor injuries following the blast at the Industrial Chemicals Ltd plant, which happened during the operation of the hydrochloric acid (HCl) burner on 26 September 2013....

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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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  • World’s first floating wind farm being assembled off coast of north-east Scotland

    25 July 2017

    Construction has begun on the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm, around 15 miles off the coast of north-east Scotland. Five giant turbines will be installed in the Hywind project by operator Statoil of Norway, which together are expected to provide 30 megawatts of energy, enough to power 20,000 homes. One of the turbines was installed in late July, with the rest expected to be in place by the end of August....

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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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LPG explosion in China kills two, injures 55 24 July 2017

A liquefied petroleum gas canister explosion devastated three restaurants in the eastern China city of Hangzhou on July 21, killing two people and injuring 55, state media said. Forty-five received hospital treatment, including seven for severe injuries. A shop owner has been taken into custody, Xinhua state news agency reported....

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Takata announces new airbag inflator recall after filing for bankruptcy 14 July 2017

Takata will recall an additional 2.7-million airbag inflators in the US installed in vehicles manufactured by Nissan, Mazda and Ford, according to a recall notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The inflators were made from 2005 through to 2012 but the Japanese company, which filed for bankruptcy in June, did not identify the vehicle models affected in the notice....

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HSE releases annual UK workplace fatality figures 13 July 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatalities in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record....

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Chevron to introduce new barrier technology for oil leaks from contaminated land into water 13 July 2017

Oil giant Chevron wants to introduce new technology to contain and clean up petroleum leaking into the Hudson River from its old facilities at the Port of Rensselaer in upstate New York. The company plans to install a so-called ‘oleophilic bio barrier’ (OBB) along 200 feet of Hudson shoreline to contain and gradually break down petroleum that is currently seeping into the river....

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