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  • Chinese safety regulators blame ‘reckless greed’ after 15 die in coal mine blast

    19 November 2019

    A coal mine explosion that killed 15 people in northern China should be blamed on “reckless greed” and neglect, the state safety regulator said on November 19. Nine miners were also injured in the explosion, which is believed to have been caused by a gas blast and were in a stable condition in hospital....

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  • France announces plans for giant windfarm off Normandy

    19 November 2019

    The French energy ministry is firming up plans to construct a 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm off the northern coast of Normandy with up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each. The ministry said wind and seabed conditions were very favourable for offshore wind power at the proposed site....

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  • The most popular content from two years of Connectivity

    19 November 2019

    To celebrate its anniversary, sister title Connectivity has released a special print edition! It contains some of the best content published over the last two years and is an ideal guide to those starting their Industry 4.0 journey....

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  • UK explosive cash machine burglary gang receive prison sentences

    18 November 2019

    Five men have been jailed for a total of more than 45 years after a series of cash machine (ATM) burglaries across north-west England. The men stole just under £500,000 between March 2018 and February 2019 from 15 cash machines in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Wales....

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  • Illegal custody of hazardous waste caused Chinese chemical blast that killed 78 people

    18 November 2019

    A chemical blast in eastern China that killed 78 people and injured hundreds more was caused by the illegal custody of hazardous chemical waste, the incident’s lead investigative team has said....

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Explosion at South Korean defence lab kills one, injures five 15 November 2019

An explosion at a state-run weapons research facility killed one person and injured five on November 13 in South Korea. The blast occurred at the Agency for Defence Development’s lab in the city of Daejon, around 160 kilometres south of Seoul....

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Six dead, 16 injured after pipeline explosion in Egypt 14 November 2019

An oil pipeline in northern Egypt exploded on November 13 killing six people and injuring 16 others. Officials said the six people who died were illegally siphoning fuel from the pipeline when the explosion occurred....

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Thyssenkrupp tests hydrogen as coal replacement in its blast furnaces 13 November 2019

German steel producer Thyssenkrupp has begun testing hydrogen in a working blast furnace this week as a replacement for pulverised coal injection (PCI) as part of company plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050....

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Cyber-attack on Mexico's Pemex halts work, threatens computer networks 12 November 2019

An attempted ransomware attack on November 10 hit computer servers and halted administrative work at state-owned Mexican oil company Pemex, Reuters said, citing employees and internal emails....

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EDF shuts down nuclear plant after strong earthquake in southern France 12 November 2019

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake centred in the southern Ardeche department on November 11 has caused French electricity utility EDF to shut down three reactors at its Cruas nuclear power station and run checks at the Tricastin nuclear plant and facility....

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