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Explosion in gold mine traps 22 workers underground in China 12 January 2021

An explosion in east China's Shandong province trapped 22 workers underground in a gold mine on January 10. The blast happened at around 14:00 local time, however local authorities were not made aware of the incident until the evening of January 11. As of January 12, the workers remain trapped....

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Vacuum tanker explosion kills two, injures one in Kuwait 11 January 2021

Two people were killed in a vacuum tanker explosion on January 8. The force of the blast blew the tanker 30 metres down a road and caused injuries to a third person....

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Explosion kills one, injures 20 at battery recycling plant in China 11 January 2021

A blast at a battery recycling plant in the city of Ningxiang, China killed one person and injured 20 others on January 7. The explosion happened at a factory belonging to a unit of battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL)....

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Great Britain starts own chemicals legislation: UK-REACH 07 January 2021

With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, the validity of EU Regulation No. 1907/2006 ("REACH") in Great Britain also ended. A corresponding British law will now come into force ("UK-REACH"). Companies that trade in chemicals across borders should quickly adapt to the new rules....

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Pharmaceutical factory explosion kills one, injures one in Taiwan 05 January 2021

An explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taoyuan City, Taiwan injured two workers on December 20. One of the injured people later died in hospital from third-degree burns to 90% of his body....

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Oil pipeline explodes offshore Pemex refinery in Mexico 05 January 2021

A pipeline explosion occurred on December 31 near the Dos Bocas refinery in Tabasco, Mexico. An oil pipeline connecting the Pemex-operated refinery with offshore platforms suffered a loss of containment, Pemex said in a statement. No one was injured in the incident....

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Explosion at ExxonMobil facility kills one and seriously injures another in Nigeria 04 January 2021

A fire and explosion at an ExxonMobil facility in Nigeria killed an employee and injured another on December 13. The incident happened at the Qua Iboe Terminal on the country’s southern coast. Local news reports that the explosion happened while the two employees were lighting a gas flare....

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China's energy and chemical industries to enter critical period of low-carbon transition 04 January 2021

Recently, the 2021 China Energy and Chemical Industry Development Report, sponsored by Sinopec Research Institute of Economics and Technology and co-organised by Wood Mackenzie Consulting, was released and a seminar was held in Beijing. Zhang Shaofeng, Chief Accountant of Sinopec Group, attended the press conference....

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South Africa chemical factory explosions injure 13, two critically 15 December 2020

A fire and several explosions at a chemical factory in Durban, South Africa injured 13 people on December 8. Over 100 workers were evacuated from the factory and two of the injured are reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries....

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Explosive-laden boat causes explosion on oil tanker in Saudi Arabia 15 December 2020

A fuel transport ship suffered an explosion while docked at the Jeddah terminal in Saudi Arabia on December 14 after it was struck by an “external source”, shipping firm Hafnia said. No one was injured in the incident and no damage was sustained to port facilities....

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