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Five injured in explosion at sugar beet factory 29 September 2020

Five workers were injured in an explosion on September 28 at a sugar beet processing plant in Idaho, US. The blast happened in the city of Nampa at a factory belonging to the Amalgamated Sugar Company....

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16 dead, one injured in China after coal mine fire 28 September 2020

A fire in a coal mine killed 16 people and injured one on September 27 in southwest China. The incident happened near the city of Chongqing at the Songzao coal mine, China’s state news agency Xinhua reports....

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Total to spend €500m on converting Grandpuits refinery to biofuels and bioplastics 24 September 2020

French energy major Total announced on September 24 that it will spend €500m (£456m) to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform by 2024. The platform will focus on four new industrial activities: production of renewable diesel primarily intended for the aviation industry, production of bioplastics, plastics recycling, and operation of two photovoltaic solar power plants....

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Gas tanker explosion kills at least 28 in Nigeria 24 September 2020

A gas tanker explosion killed at least 28 people on September 23 in Lokoja, central Nigeria. The blast happened after the tanker crashed into several other vehicles. Students from a nearby primary school are thought to have been killed in the incident....

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Six countries formally establish eastern Mediterranean gas forum 22 September 2020

On September 22, six east Mediterranean states signed a charter giving formal status to a Cairo-based gas forum seeking to promote gas exports and cooperation between the countries. The East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) comprises Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and the Palestinian National Authority....

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New evidence contradicts official explanation of March 2020 explosion that killed 23 in Nigeria 22 September 2020

A BBC documentary has uncovered new evidence that contradicts the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) official explanation of an explosion that killed 23 people in March. At the time, the NNPC said the blast was caused by a truck crashing into gas cylinders near one of its pipelines, however new evidence from BBC Africa Eye shows a leak from an NNPC pipeline was to blame....

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Oil refinery explosion injures two in US 21 September 2020

An explosion at an oil refinery near Evanston, Wyoming injured two workers on September 19. The blast happened at the Silver Eagle Refinery, around eight miles to the east of Evanston in south west Wyoming....

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Uganda and Tanzania sign agreement to build $3.5bn oil pipeline 18 September 2020

Tanzania and Uganda signed an agreement on September 13 to allow for the construction of a 989 mile (1,445km) long crude oil pipeline from Uganda's oil fields to Tanzania's port of Tanga on Africa's eastern coast. The pipeline will cost around $3.5bn to construct....

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Hitachi confirms withdrawal from £20bn UK nuclear project 16 September 2020

Japanese engineering group Hitachi has officially confirmed to the Isle of Anglesey council that it is withdrawing from the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project which was planned for Anglesey in north Wales. Activity at Wales’ largest ever energy project stopped in January 2019 after Hitachi failed to reach an agreement with the UK government on financing for the project....

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UK HSE issues safety alert for personnel specifying and selecting devices for measuring concentrations of flammable and toxic gases 16 September 2020

The UK HSE issued a safety alert on September 10 to highlight the risk of misleading gas detection readings associated with the use of sampling tubes with pumped gas detectors. Sampling tubes are sometimes used to extend the reach of the detection device and/or to allow detection at an increased distance from the user....

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