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  • Teeside company fined after uncontrolled fire

    20 June 2017

    Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an uncontrolled fire at the company’s Seal Sands premises in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard the large fire occurred at the premises in the early hours of 14 May 2014. The fire involved large quantities of dangerous substances including Vitride, which led to this fire being declared a major incident. ...

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  • Centrica to shut UK's main offshore gas storage site

    20 June 2017

    The Rough field, the UK's biggest natural gas storage site under the North Sea, will be permanently shut by operator Centrica because of the age and poor condition of injection and recovery infrastructure. Rough accounts for about 70% of the country’s gas storage capacity and a lack of alternative storage facilities is likely to increase dependency on imports and gas market volatility....

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  • UK waste recycling company fined £220,000 after worker scalded

    09 June 2017

    A waste company was sentenced on June 7 after one of its workers received severe burns to his upper body and face. Teesside Crown Court heard how the worker was injured on 17 October 2014 when he was seriously scalded by hot ash and water at the Stockton-on-Tees site of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley Ltd....

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  • Sub-zero waters a barrier to oil spill recovery - UK study

    24 May 2017

    Sub-zero temperatures in the deep waters of the North Atlantic would significantly hamper the ability of oil-eating bacteria to help the ocean recover from a major oil spill, according to new research.  In the first study of its type, scientists at the University of Aberdeen have tested the ability of oil-degrading microorganisms found in deep water sediments west of Shetland, which is home to several major oil fields. ...

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  • Shell shuts Brent Charlie platform in North Sea due to gas leak

    22 May 2017

    Shell shut down its Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland, after a gas leak was detected on May 19. Production was halted and 31 non-essential personnel were flown off the platform as a precaution. Shell said the leak was soon stopped and an investigation is under way....

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UK rejoins top ten in global renewables league table 16 May 2017

EY’s latest renewables attractiveness index (RECAI) has ranked the UK market 10th globally for new investment - but the advisory firm said the move up from 14th place last year follows major blows in other countries, rather than progress in the UK. Four years ago the UK market was ranked fourth globally but has dropped down the ranks after a series of subsidy reductions. ...

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Major gas leak causes evacuation of 1,000 staff at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland 03 May 2017

A gas leak at Ineos's Grangemouth site caused the evacuation of 1,000 non-essential staff and the closure of local roads. Emergency services said there were no reports of any injuries. The incident was caused by a leak on a pipe carrying ethylene gas which was identified and isolated, Ineos said in a statement....

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UK legislators voice severe criticism of GM Vauxhall for reaction to Zafira car fires 01 May 2017

Vauxhall showed "a reckless disregard for safety" in allowing customers to keep driving Zafira cars after a fire risk was identified, MPs said. It was "morally reprehensible" for the car maker not to warn customers sooner, members on the Transport Select Committee said, and Vauxhall was too slow in general to take action over the fires, which came to prominence in 2015....

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HSE publishes Business Plan for 2017/18 18 April 2017

The UK Health & Safety Executive has published its Business Plan for 2017/18, which includes a continuing focus on reducing the likelihood of low-frequency, high impact catastrophic incidents in high hazard industries, as well as supporting the UK’s exit from the European Union. The article below is the HSE’s outline plan for the period, signed off by CEO Richard Judge and Chair Michael Temple....

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Essar Oil UK fined after 2013 Stanlow refinery explosion 06 April 2017

The UK subsidiary of India-based refining giant Essar has been fined £1.65m following an explosion at its Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port. Liverpool Crown Court heard that while there were no injuries, the blast from the early hours of 14 November 2013 caused internal structures to collapse with damage totalling more than £20m....

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