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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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SPE Offshore Europe 2017 18 August 2017

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is taking place at a time when confidence levels are gradually climbing following the longest and most significant downturn the oil and gas industry has seen in decades. Over four days, under the theme Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry, the event will provide opportunities to share knowledge and shape the future of the industry.

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Prominent geologist expresses pessimism over likely size of UK shale hydrocarbon reserves 17 August 2017

Professor John Underhill of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland has said the UK's potential shale deposits are likely to be far smaller than originally forecast because of fundamental geological realities that have not been taken into account up until now. In the light of this, he said the government would be wise to formulate a Plan B to fracking for future gas supplies....

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UK company fined after worker suffers flash burns 14 August 2017

A manufacturing firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms. Pyronix Limited manufactures intruder alarm equipment. Part of the manufacturing process involves dipping Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in Fluorocoat Thin Film Coating, which is a highly flammable substance, to provide humidity protection....

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Tata Steel UK fined after uncontrolled release of toxic substances 11 August 2017

A steel company has today been fined after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe. Hull Crown Court heard on 17 June 2011 a large quantity of Benzole was released at an open site glass in Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe Steel Works. The release resulted in a large flammable vapour cloud that exposed five workers to the risk of serious injury of death had the cloud ignited....

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