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UK company director receives suspended sentence after lorry touches overhead power lines 10 November 2017

On November 2, the director of a London-based waste contractor was fined and given a suspended sentence after a lorry contacted 132kV overhead power lines in North London. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company put no controls in place to prevent vehicles coming into contact with overhead power lines....

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Sellafield destroys chemicals in controlled explosion 22 October 2017

Bomb disposal experts were called to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant after a routine audit of chemicals stored in a laboratory revealed canisters of potentially dangerous solvents which had been on the site since 1992. An area of the site was cordoned off and the canisters disposed of by controlled explosion....

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HSE confirms unexploded military device still in place near Ninian Central platform in North Sea 20 October 2017

The UK Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that an unexploded device, discovered in August near the Ninian Central platform in the North Sea, has yet to be removed. The device, believed to be a depth charge, was discovered by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) while carrying out a routine inspection around the rig, according to platform operator Canadian Natural Resources (CNR). ...

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UK company fined after tank farm explosion 02 October 2017

In September, Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 19 January 2015, contractors of ESL Fuels Ltd cut into a sealed pipe using a grinder. The pipe, which was attached to a tank, was being used as part of a waste oil recovery process at their North Blend Tank Farm. Flammable gases within the pipe ignited, resulting in an explosion within the tank and the tank lid and vent pipe being partially detached and projected over a raised walkway....

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More than half of UK’s electricity from green sources this summer, according to National Grid 26 September 2017

Between 21 June to 22 September, 52% of electricity generation was met by low carbon sources, compared with about 35% four years ago. Growth in solar, offshore and onshore wind has contributed significantly to the increased share of generation from renewable sources. June 7 also became the first day when over half of the UK’s energy came from renewables....

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Two seriously injured in UK gas explosion 21 September 2017

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a gas explosion at a Nottingham industrial estate in Central England on September 20. Emergency services said the blast happened at the Bio Dynamic UK plant in Colwick, which converts food waste into energy.Witnesses said the blast took place in a 30-foot long anaerobic digester tank, lifting it 10ft off the ground....

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UK oil and gas reserves may last only a decade, study claims 20 September 2017

The UK oil industry is entering its final decade of production, research by scientists at the University of Edinburgh suggests. A study of output from offshore fields estimates that close to 10% of the UK's original recoverable oil and gas remains, 11% of oil and 9% of gas resources. The study also claimed that fracking is unlikely to be economically feasible in the UK because of a lack of sites with suitable geology....

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UK subsidy for offshore wind significantly lower than nuclear in latest government auctions 11 September 2017

The UK government has awarded Contracts for Difference (CfD) to three offshore wind farms totalling 3.2GW, with a new record low of £57.50 per megawatt-hour (MWh) set in the country. Dong Energy secured support for the 1.4GW Hornsea 2 off Yorkshire while EDPR and Engie won a CfD for the  950MW Moray 1 off northern Scotland. Both sites will come online by 2023....

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Air freshener causes car to explode in UK 08 September 2017

An air freshener has caused a car to explode in an Essex car park, injuring one person. A cigarette ignited a build-up of gases from the air freshener inside the car, the fire service said, blowing off the roof and doors of the Ford Focus in a B&Q car park in Southend. The car suffered significant damage, the Essex Fire and Rescue Service said. ...

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Perenco workers rescued from platform in UK sector of North Sea after gas leak 23 August 2017

Ten offshore workers had to be rescued from a normally unattended platform off the Norfolk coast following a gas leak. The platform, owned by offshore energy company Perenco, had to be shut down to evacuate the crew and has yet to resume operations. The company confirmed no one had been injured during the incident....

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