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Oil refinery explosion in South Africa kills two, injures six 02 July 2020

An explosion at an oil refinery in Cape Town, South Africa killed two people and injured six others on July 2. The blast happened in the early hours of the morning and caused a fire to break out at the plant which is operated by a Glencore subsidiary....

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Equinor to develop clean hydrogen plant in UK’s Humber region 02 July 2020

Equinor is leading a project to develop one of the UK’s – and the world’s – first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), provides the beginnings of a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, the UK’s largest by emissions....

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EDF shuts down France’s oldest nuclear reactor 30 June 2020

EDF has announced that the second reactor at Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France was shut down on June 29. The plant's first reactor was closed at the end of February. The decision to close France’s oldest nuclear plant has been praised by environmentalists, but there are concerns that the closure will have a negative impact on the local economy....

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BP to sell its petrochemicals business to INEOS 29 June 2020

BP announced on June 29 that it had reached an agreement to sell its global petrochemicals business to INEOS for $5 billion (£4bn). The sale is the next strategic step in reinventing BP, strengthening its balance sheet, and delivering its target for divestments a year early, the energy major said in a statement. Under the terms of the agreement, INEOS will pay BP a deposit of $400 million (£323m) and will pay a further $3.6 billion (£2.9bn) on completion.

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The July 2020 issue of Hazardex is now available! 29 June 2020

The July issue of Hazardex can now be read online. The issue includes features on Risk Assessment, Explosion Science, Instrumentation, and Asset Maintenance....

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World's first international hydrogen supply chain begins fuelling power plant with hydrogen 26 June 2020

Japanese engineering company Chiyoda Corporation announced on June 25 that its pilot hydrogen project had begun to provide clean fuel for gas turbine power generators at a Japanese power plant using hydrogen imported from Brunei. The project is the world’s first implementation of an international hydrogen supply chain and the first example of foreign-produced hydrogen being used for power generation in Japan....

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Earthquake kills worker at Mexico’s largest refinery, causes small fire 25 June 2020

An earthquake in Mexico killed a worker at a Pemex refinery in the southern state of Oaxaca on June 23, with tremors also causing a small fire to break out. The worker died after falling from a structure at the plant during the 7.4 magnitude earthquake which hit the coast of southern Mexico....

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China undergoing new coal boom with 250GW of coal-fired power in development 25 June 2020

A report published on June 25 has said that China currently has 249.6 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired capacity under development, despite the country slowing down coal plant developments in recent years. The report by Global Energy Monitor (GEM) and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) says that China has 97.8 GW under construction and 151.8 GW in planning, a 21% increase from 2019 and a larger amount than the total coal capacity of the US.

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Pipeline defects were missed by operator prior to fatal 2019 explosion 23 June 2020

A federal report has revealed that a natural gas pipeline in Kentucky, US had several defects which its operator had missed during nine years of self-inspections prior to it suffering an explosion in August 2019. The pipeline, which is operated by Enbridge subsidiary Texas Eastern Transmission LP, exploded in the early hours of the morning, killing one person and injuring six others....

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Explosion injures four utility workers in US 23 June 2020

A gas pipeline explosion injured four utility workers in Arkansas on June 18. The blast happened after an underground natural gas line was ruptured in the city of Maumelle, north west of Little Rock....

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