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Japan chemical plant blast kills one, injures 11 03 July 2018

An explosion on June 6 at a chemical plant in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, left one person dead and at least 11 injured. A total of 12 people were sent to hospitals after the explosion, one died and another is seriously injured, a fire official told local media. The blast took place at the Protein Chemical Co. facility in the town of Wakasa, according to fire authorities....

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Vale and BHP sign deal with Brazil authorities over 2015 Samarco dam disaster 02 July 2018

Samarco and parent companies Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd have signed a deal with Brazilian authorities that settles a 20 billion reais ($5.30 billion) lawsuit related to the fatal 2015 dam burst, Vale and BHP said on June 25. The agreement was signed by prosecutors from the federal government and the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo....

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One killed, six injured in Iranian refinery fire 02 July 2018

An explosion and fire at the Abadan refinery and petrochemical complex on June 28 killed one and injured a further six, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. One of the injured is reported to be in critical condition. The Abadan refinery is Iran's oldest crude processing facility and is situated in the country’s oil-rich Khuzestan Province....

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Pennsylvania company to pay $160 million after fatal truck explosion 29 June 2018

U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania will pay a record $160 million in a settlement after a food truck exploded nearly four years ago, killing its operators, a mother and daughter, and injuring 11 people. The amount is the highest pre-verdict settlement in Pennsylvania, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on June 27. ...

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Nigeria road tanker explosion kills nine 29 June 2018

An oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, late on June 28, killing at least nine people and injuring four, according to the state’s rescue agency. Adesina Tiamiyu, chief of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that 54 vehicles were also burned in the explosion on the busy Otedola bridge....

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US government says support for nuclear and coal plants a matter of national security 29 June 2018

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on June 25 that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants was as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost should not be an issue. Perry said the security of the electricity grid was as important as having the right number of ships, aircraft and military personnel....

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UK government announces £200m funding for nuclear industry projects 28 June 2018

On June 27, UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced a £200m Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD), including establishing a £40m facility to support the design of advanced nuclear technologies at Trawsfynydd in north Wales. This site, which houses two first generation Magnox reactors currently being decommissioned, could be the location for the first UK small modular reactor (SMR)....

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Netherlands gas regulator says Groningen field production falling faster than planned 28 June 2018

Dutch gas regulator SodM said on June 28 that natural gas production in the Netherlands will have fallen to between 19 and 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the year ending October 2018, lower than the original cap of 21.6 bcm set for the year and down from 24 bcm last year....

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US hospital explosion kills one, injures 12 27 June 2018

One person was killed and 12 others were injured during an explosion at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas, authorities said on June 26. Some of the injured are reported to have suffered critical burn injuries. David Byrom, Coryell Memorial Healthcare System CEO, said the hospital had been shut down and patients were being transported to other facilities in the area. ...

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US company achieves major milestone for low-cost carbon capture 26 June 2018

NET Power LLC has successfully achieved first fire of its supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) demonstration power plant and test facility located in La Porte, Texas. Firing of the 50MWth Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation commercial-scale combustor on May 30 involved the integrated operation of the full NET Power process.  ...

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