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Italian oil major to invest in nuclear fusion research 16 April 2018

Italian energy group Eni has signed agreements with Commonwealth Fusion Systems LLC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the industrial development of nuclear fusion power generation technology. Eni will support CFS to develop the first commercial power plant producing energy by fusion and will take an equity stake in the company....

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Canadian Government ready to offer aid to ensure Trans Mountain pipeline capacity is expanded 16 April 2018

On April 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has the authority to ensure the new Trans Mountain oil pipeline is built and will take the financial and legislative actions needed to make it happen. This follows pipeline operator Kinder Morgan saying it would pull out of the project unless it received concrete assurances before May 31 that the expanded line would get built....

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French nuclear watchdog calls discovery of new weld defects at Flamanville “serious”. 13 April 2018

The President of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), Pierre-Franck Chevet, told a Senate committee that new defects unearthed on April 10 at the Flamanville nuclear power station being built on the Normandy coast were “serious”. This follows the latest discovery of faulty welds in critical pipework at the plant....

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Three injured in explosion at 3M plant in Minnesota 13 April 2018

Three people were injured on April 13 as a result of an explosion at 3M’s Hutchinson manufacturing site in southern Minnesota. Local media said one of those affected had serious injuries and the other two minor injuries. There was no fire, and no release of hazardous materials....

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Canadian company fined $218K for fatal 2014 explosion 12 April 2018

On October 25, 2014, an explosion of aluminum dust in a collector outside a Veolia Environmental Services facility in Sarnia, Ontario, was vented inside where it killed one worker and injured five others. Failure to get approval for changes the company made to the dust collector involved resulted in a $218,000 penalty for the company....

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Hazardex 2018: The Conference, Exhibition & Awards Review Video 12 April 2018

Each year, Hazardex the global source of current news, legislation, products & services for the high hazard industries, stages a two day event that brings together end users/operators, legislators, certifiers, trainers, consultants & suppliers to network and knowledge share. Here is a video review of 2018..... ...

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New Zealand government announces historic ban on all new offshore oil and gas exploration 12 April 2018

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on April 12 that her government would not grant any new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. The 22 existing permits would not be affected by the decision and any discoveries from firms holding these licenses could still lead to mining permits of up to 40 years, according to an emailed government statement....

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Indian utility updates safety rules following fatal explosion 12 April 2018

On November 1, 2017, the explosion of a boiler and subsequent fire at the Unchahar power plant in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh killed 45 workers and injured many more. Following this incident, plant operator NTPC has introduced strict new regulations and training programmes to ensure a similar incident does not happen again....

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UK company fined after workers suffer serious burns 12 April 2018

Two employees of BAS Castings Ltd suffered serious burns from an electrical flashover, with company shortcomings judged to be a causative factor by a court. The company, of Pinxton, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (3) and Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. It was fined a total of £ 60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 1,354....

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Russian shipyard blast kills one, injures nine 11 April 2018

One worker lost his life and nine others were injured in an explosion at the Russian Almaz shipbuilding yard on April 11, Sputnik reported, citing a statement from local authorities. According to the report, the explosion occurred inside a research ship which was undergoing repairs at the St. Petersburg-based yard....

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