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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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  • Future of UK's Moorside nuclear project in question as Toshiba's French partner backs out

    05 April 2017

    Toshiba has been forced to buy out the French utility Engie from a project to build three nuclear reactors in Moorside, northwest England, adding to uncertainty over the project. Engie said on April 4 it was exercising its right to sell its 40% stake in the NuGen venture to Toshiba following the bankruptcy of the Japanese firm’s Westinghouse nuclear power plant business. ...

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  • BP sells Forties North Sea pipeline to Ineos

    04 April 2017

    Chemicals and energy giant Ineos has struck a deal to acquire the Forties Pipeline System in the North Sea from BP for US$250m. The pipeline transports about 450,000 barrels of oil per day on average - about 40% of UK production. It is one of the oldest in the sector, having started operating in the Forties field in 1975....

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  • Production partially shut down on North Sea FPSO after gas leak

    03 April 2017

    On March 31, Dana Petroleum said production had been partially shut down on the Triton floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel following identification of a gas leak on subsea gas lift infrastructure. The company said the affected seabed pipework had been isolated and made safe and there was no safety risk from the release....

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UK carbon dioxide emissions fall 7.4% in 2016 31 March 2017

The UK Government published provisional 2016 greenhouse gas emissions figures on March 30 showing net emissions of carbon dioxide came to 374.1 million tonnes (Mt), 7.4% lower than the 2015 figure of 403.8 Mt. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for over 81% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions....

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Toshiba nuclear unit Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection 29 March 2017

Toshiba's Westinghouse Electric (WE) US nuclear division, which was set to provide the reactors for a new power plant in the UK, has filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors. The Japanese group, part of the joint venture behind the Moorside power station project in Cumbria, admitted the financial crisis at WE left the supply of its technology "uncertain", although Toshiba said it remained committed to the project. ...

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UK driller claims latest oil discovery is part of largest undeveloped field in UK waters 28 March 2017

UK-based Hurricane Energy has made a significant oil discovery west of the Shetland Islands days after Royal Dutch Shell and BP won exploration licences in an area the UK is counting on to breathe new life into its struggling oil and gas industry. This latest find adds confidence to the company's claim that this it is likely to be the biggest new oil discovery on the UK Continental Shelf this century....

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£600,000 fine for UK council contractor after worker receives electric shock and burns 15 March 2017

Amey LG Ltd was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,498 after being found guilty  of breaching Regulation 25 (4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 at Gloucester Crown Court after a contractor's employee was seriously injured in an incident on 29 May 2015. ...

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Dutch and Danish grid operators to form offshore power hub in North Sea 10 March 2017

Dutch power grid operator TenneT said on March 8 it had found the first partner for its plan to create an offshore energy hub in the North Sea, Danish power transmission company Energinet.dk. TenneT's plan, first announced in June, involves the construction of one or more artificial islands surrounded by wind farms on the Dogger Bank in the North Sea....

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