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  • Dry weather affects Norway’s hydro electricity output

    15 June 2018

    Norway, Europe’s largest hydropower producer, faces higher energy costs this summer as much of the snow accumulating in its mountains evaporated or melted into the ground during a heat wave, its water resources and energy regulator said. The NVE directorate told Reuters power companies had been relying on a gradual spring melt to replenish dams, but projections showed this was unlikely to happen....

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  • French factory explosion injures three

    08 June 2018

    On June 7 an explosion at the Soprema plant in Saint-Julien-du-Sault, 25 km from Sens in central France, injured three workers, two seriously. The cause was initially attributed to two contractors using a grinder near a tank where solvents were stored. The subsequent fire was quickly extinguished by company personnel....

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  • French grain silo explosion injures four

    06 June 2018

    At least four people have been injured following an explosion at a grain silo in Strasbourg, eastern France on June 6. Police said eleven were on site at the time of the incident. The grain storage facility is owned by the Comptoir Agricole group, a major French agricultural cooperative, and had a storage capacity of 40,000 tonnes....

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  • Poland’s PGE shelves nuclear power plans in favour of offshore wind

    14 May 2018

    PGE, Poland’s largest power group, has decided to abandon its leading role in building the country’s first nuclear power plant and will instead focus investment on offshore wind energy. According to Reuters, state-owned refiner PKN Orlen could take over PGE’s stake in the nuclear project, while the latter concentrates on a $10bn offshore wind power development....

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  • Quarter of oil and gas senior managers express safety fears

    01 May 2018

    A quarter of senior managers in the oil and gas sector believe safety management is not effective, according to a study. The report - from the risk management specialists DNV GL - questioned more than 800 senior managers and technical specialists around the world and found that while 38% felt safety management was effective, 26% of the respondents disagreed....

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Italian oil major to invest in nuclear fusion research 16 April 2018

Italian energy group Eni has signed agreements with Commonwealth Fusion Systems LLC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the industrial development of nuclear fusion power generation technology. Eni will support CFS to develop the first commercial power plant producing energy by fusion and will take an equity stake in the company....

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French nuclear watchdog calls discovery of new weld defects at Flamanville “serious”. 13 April 2018

The President of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), Pierre-Franck Chevet, told a Senate committee that new defects unearthed on April 10 at the Flamanville nuclear power station being built on the Normandy coast were “serious”. This follows the latest discovery of faulty welds in critical pipework at the plant....

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Three injured in explosion and fire at edible oil plant in southern Spain 09 April 2018

A dust explosion at a sunflower seed silo at the Deoleo Koipe factory in Andujar, near Jaen in Southern Spain, left three workers with minor injuries including smoke inhalation and shock. Sheets of metal were sent flying through the air after the blast and it took firefighters two hours to bring the blaze under control....

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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off 03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8....

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Presentations from Arctic Safety 2018 now available 03 April 2018

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) staged the 2018 Arctic Safety conference in Stavanger on 21-22 March. Representatives from Norwegian and foreign oil companies, government agencies and unions shared their experience of ensuring safe operations in Arctic environments. The PSA has now published presentations covering activities in Alaska, northern Canada and the far north of the Norwegian continental shelf....

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