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  • Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft face checks after part is recovered from 2017 engine explosion

    22 August 2019

    An investigation into a mid-air engine explosion on an Air France A380 in 2017 is now focused on a part showing evidence of metal fatigue recently recovered from the Greenland icecap....

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  • Small earthquake shuts down UK fracking operation

    22 August 2019

    Cuadrilla Resources has halted operations at its Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire after a seismic event measuring 1.55 on the Richter scale on August 21. UK regulations stipulate that fracking should cease if any tremor higher than 1.5 is recorded....

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  • North Dakota oil spill could be larger than Exxon Valdez event

    22 August 2019

    The North Dakota Health Department has acknowledged that a 2015 pipeline leak of liquid natural gas is far larger than the initial report of 10 gallons. The environmental blog DeSmog, which uncovered the discrepancy, said that the spill was many orders of magnitude larger....

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  • Leaked Government documents suggest two of UK’s refineries could close after no-deal Brexit

    20 August 2019

    A leaked dossier on the possible ramifications of a no-deal Brexit on the UK economy published by The Sunday Times on August 18 includes the possibility that two of the country’s six remaining refineries could close....

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  • Robots autonomously map underground mines

    20 August 2019

    Several research teams are competing in an event to develop robots capable of autonomously mapping and navigating mines. The first event in the multi-year competition, the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Subterranean Challenge, will see 11 teams assemble their robots and drones between August 15-22 in the research mine operated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in South Park Township, near Pittsburgh....

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UK plans Europe's first rubbish-to-jet fuel manufacturing facility 20 August 2019

British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell have submitted plans to build Europe’s first plant that converts household waste into jet fuel in the UK. The two companies will work with Velocys, a sustainable fuel specialist, on a site near Immingham on the the Humber estuary in North Lincolnshire....

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Russia may give pipeline operator control of all oil intake terminals after contamination scare 20 August 2019

Russia could transfer the operational responsibility for all oil intake terminals to state-owned pipeline company Transneft, according to a report on a government website relayed by the Reuters news agency, after a privately-owned terminal was blamed earlier this year for contaminating oil supplies....

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Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected 19 August 2019

A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea has revealed that far more methane is leaking from the installations than currently estimated by the UK government. The survey was conducted by a research team led by scientists from Princeton University....

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Didcot power station demolition causes mass power cut 19 August 2019

Thousands of households were left without power and three people suffered minor injuries after the remaining cooling towers at Didcot A power station were demolished in a controlled explosion on August 18. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said that around 40,000 homes in Oxfordshire were left without power after electricity pylons set ablaze soon after the demolition of the three towers....

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Blast and fire on Indian offshore support vessel kills one crew member, injures 16 13 August 2019

One crew member died and 28 were rescued after a fire broke out on the Coastal Jaguar, an offshore support vessel, in the Bay of Bengal on August 12. Of the survivors, 16 were hospitalised after the event, 15 with severe burns, and five are reported to be in a critical condition. ...

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