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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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Tank Storage Association releases 2020 Annual Review 23 June 2020

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has released its 2020 Annual Review of the UK’s bulk liquid storage sector. The review contains key data and information on terminals, process safety, occupational health and safety as well as on the industry’s significant contribution to the UK economy....

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New analysis finds UK should commit to 10GW of new nuclear power beyond Hinkley, but costs must fall 22 June 2020

New analysis by innovation agency Energy Catapult Systems, has found that committing to a further 10GW of new nuclear energy beyond Hinkley Point C is a low regrets option for the UK as it targets a Net Zero economy. However, the analysis says that costs must fall significantly if the technology is to fulfil its long-term potential....

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Tanker blast kills four in Nigeria 22 June 2020

Four people were killed on June 21 near Lagos, Nigeria after several explosions involving four vehicles. The first explosion involved a collision between two petroleum tankers which caused a fire to spread to another tanker carrying natural gas....

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Three injured after factory explosion in UK 19 June 2020

Three workers were taken to hospital with burns on June 19 after an explosion at an oilseed processing factory in Erith, southeast London. The blast occurred around 09:00 local time and caused a fire to break out....

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Enbridge fined $6.7 million for failing to fix pipeline safety issues 19 June 2020

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Canadian energy company Enbridge $6.7 million for violating a 2017 settlement relating to pipeline safety issues. Enbridge announced on June 18 that it had agreed to pay the fine after the company failed to repair or mitigate thousands of “shallow dents” on its Lakehead pipeline in a timely fashion....

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Scotland announces £62 million fund to support energy sector 18 June 2020

The Scottish government announced a £62 million fund on June 12 which will go towards helping the energy sector recover from the dual economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the oil and gas price crash....

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Total considers future of French refinery near Paris 16 June 2020

French oil major Total is considering the future of its Grandpuits oil refinery near Paris while it inspects a pipeline which supplies around 90% of the refinery’s crude. The 161-mile (260km) long Pipeline d'Ile-de-France (PLIF) which connects Grandpuits with Le Havre port on France’s north west coast is currently undergoing an audit after several leaks in recent years....

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