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  • Germany hosts first hydrogen-powered and electro-hybrid trains

    21 September 2018

    On September 16, trains equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity started running on a 100km stretch of track running between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude in Lower Saxony. The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is a low-noise, zero-emission train with a top speed of 140 km/h....

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  • Shell announces methane emissions reduction target

    19 September 2018

    On September 17 Royal Dutch Shell plc announced a target to maintain methane emissions below 0.2% of its total oil and gas production by 2025, it said in a statement, joining BP, which last year set a similar goal. Exxon Mobil announced in May plans to reduce methane emissions by 15% by 2020....

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  • Belgian waste plant explosion kills one, raise questions over new Irish plant

    18 September 2018

    Belgian waster treatment company Indaver confirmed today that an accident occurred during the preparation of waste for treatment at its plant at Stabroek near Antwerp where liquid waste was being transferred from a tanker into a storage tank. The company said that one employee had been fatally injured and four others hospitalised with minor injuries after an explosion and fire at the site....

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  • Ten injured and hundreds evacuated in German oil refinery blast

    03 September 2018

    At least 10 people were injured, four of them severely, after an explosion and fire at an oil refinery in southern Germany on September 1. The blast at the Bayernoil complex caused a shockwave that broke window panes in nearby houses and buildings in the Bavarian town of Vohburg, near Ingolstadt....

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  • Equinor increases resource estimate, reduces investment cost forecast for giant Sverdrup oilfield

    28 August 2018

    On August 27, Norwegian oil group Equinor upped its estimate for the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea to 2.2 - 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent, up from a previous forecast of 2.1 - 3.1 billion barrels. It also said the cost of developing the oilfield, the North Sea’s largest discovery in more than three decades, would be lower than it originally forecast....

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Amsterdam Apple store iPad explosion leads to evacuation 20 August 2018

An Apple store in Leidseplein Square in Amsterdam was temporarily closed after an iPad battery explosion resulted in leaking vapours. The device was placed in a container full of sand by staff and firefighters responded to the scene. Local media reported that three people had to be treated for respiratory issues after the incident....

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Two dead and up to 70 injured after tanker explodes near airport in Italy 07 August 2018

A huge explosion on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy has killed two people and left at least 70 injured, some with serious burns, police said. The explosion was caused when a road tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas crashed into another truck that had come to a halt in the lane in front of it. ...

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CEFIC publishes agreed guidelines for chemical emergency response 03 August 2018

The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published a new set of guidelines for the supply and transport of hazardous materials to help chemical companies deliver best practice in telephone chemical emergency response.  ...

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Exploding mobile phone causes emergency aircraft evacuation at Spanish airport 01 August 2018

Passengers on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Ibiza evacuated their Boeing 737 via the aircraft’s emergency chutes after a passenger’s phone battery exploded and caught fire as the plane was about to take off, causing smoke to spread throughout the cabin. No one needed medical attention after the incident, which took place on the afternoon of July 31. ...

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French marine renewables specialist pulls out of tidal energy 31 July 2018

French renewable energy company Naval Energies has decided to stop investing in tidal turbines and concentrate its efforts on floating offshore wind and thermal energy conversion. The company had been an important developer of tidal technology with ongoing projects in France, Japan and Canada that could now be threatened....

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