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Three injured in explosion and fire at edible oil plant in southern Spain 09 April 2018

A dust explosion at a sunflower seed silo at the Deoleo Koipe factory in Andujar, near Jaen in Southern Spain, left three workers with minor injuries including smoke inhalation and shock. Sheets of metal were sent flying through the air after the blast and it took firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control....

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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off 03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8....

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Presentations from Arctic Safety 2018 now available 03 April 2018

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) staged the 2018 Arctic Safety conference in Stavanger on 21-22 March. Representatives from Norwegian and foreign oil companies, government agencies and unions shared their experience of ensuring safe operations in Arctic environments. The PSA has now published presentations covering activities in Alaska, northern Canada and the far north of the Norwegian continental shelf....

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Italy port explosion kills two 28 March 2018

Two people were killed on March 28 when a product tank exploded at the Neri terminal in Livorno, one of Italy’s biggest passenger and commercial ports. The two had been carrying out maintenance on the storage tank when the blast occurred, a port authority official said....

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Blast at Czech chemical plant kills six 22 March 2018

An explosion at Unipetrol’s refinery and chemical plant in the Czech Republic on March 22 killed six people, local news agency CTK reported. A Unipetrol spokesman confirmed a blast had occurred at a plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital, Prague. The agency also said others were seriously injured and police said emergency services were responding to the explosion....

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Statoil rebrands to distance itself from oil and gas roots 19 March 2018

Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest petroleum company, will change its name to Equinor to reflect its move beyond oil and gas production into renewables. The name reflects the starting point for equal, equality and equilibrium, and “nor,” to signal the company’s Norwegian origin, according to Statoil, which is 67% controlled by the government....

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Norway employers and unions starts wage talks to avert widespread strikes 14 March 2018

Norwegian employers and labour unions embarked on four weeks’ of wage talks on March 12 to stave off widespread strikes that risk impacting output in western Europe’s biggest crude producer. Unlike most years, in which wages are set on an industry-by-industry basis, the 2018 round rolls a majority of private sector firms into a single negotiation in a bid to resolve a stand-off over pension reform....

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Critically injured worker airlifted to hospital after explosion and fire in Spain 23 February 2018

One person, with 80% burns to their body, has been airlifted to hospital by helicopter after an explosion and fire at a concrete plant in southern Spain. A second person was slightly injured in the incident on the El Esparragal industrial estate in Guillena in Andalucia....

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Explosion at oilseed factory in northern France kills two 19 February 2018

Two people were killed in an explosion at the Saipol oilseed plant in Dieppe on February 17. Local officials said 11 people received light injuries, mostly suffering shock. A team of 40 firefighters, police and rescuers were quickly on the scene, where the explosion was followed by a fierce blaze with huge flames and a large column of smoke....

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OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes 15 February 2018

Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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