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  • Norway employers and unions starts wage talks to avert widespread strikes

    14 March 2018

    Norwegian employers and labour unions embarked on four weeks’ of wage talks on March 12 to stave off widespread strikes that risk impacting output in western Europe’s biggest crude producer. Unlike most years, in which wages are set on an industry-by-industry basis, the 2018 round rolls a majority of private sector firms into a single negotiation in a bid to resolve a stand-off over pension reform....

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  • Critically injured worker airlifted to hospital after explosion and fire in Spain

    23 February 2018

    One person, with 80% burns to their body, has been airlifted to hospital by helicopter after an explosion and fire at a concrete plant in southern Spain. A second person was slightly injured in the incident on the El Esparragal industrial estate in Guillena in Andalucia....

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  • Explosion at oilseed factory in northern France kills two

    19 February 2018

    Two people were killed in an explosion at the Saipol oilseed plant in Dieppe on February 17. Local officials said 11 people received light injuries, mostly suffering shock. A team of 40 firefighters, police and rescuers were quickly on the scene, where the explosion was followed by a fierce blaze with huge flames and a large column of smoke....

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  • OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes

    15 February 2018

    Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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  • Explosion in Montenegro arms factory seriously injures two workers

    30 January 2018

    An explosion on the morning of January 29 at the Tara small arms and ammunition plant in Mojkovac, Montenegro, severely injured two employees. The Vijesti news site said the explosion occurred in the factory assembly hall. The injured workers, who sustained life-threatening burns, were taken to the Medical Military Academy in Belgrade, Serbia....

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Belgium restaurant blast kills two, injures 14 16 January 2018

Belgian rescuers found two dead bodies early on January 16 at the site of a powerful suspected gas explosion in the port city of Antwerp that also injured 14 people, police said. The blast the previous night collapsed or severely damaged several buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp....

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Portugal explosion and fire kills eight, injures 50 15 January 2018

At least eight people have been killed and 50 others injured after a blast in a heating boiler triggered a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal on January 14. More than 60 people were at the centre for an amateur card tournament or were watching football on TV when the blast happened, with the fire igniting material in the roof and spreading quickly, causing panic....

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Netherlands earthquake could lead to further gas production cuts at Groningen field 12 January 2018

On January 8, a 3.4-magnitude Richter-scale earthquake was recorded in the northern Dutch province of Groningen, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) said in a statement. No casualties were reported but some damage to homes and buildings was reported. KNMI classified the earthquake as "induced", which means that it was caused by gas extraction....

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Venezuelan oil company could lose key Dutch Antilles oil terminal because of lack of funds for maintenance 19 December 2017

Authorities on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire have warned Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA could lose its license to operate an oil storage terminal it owns if it does not soon fulfil maintenance demands by regulators. According to a Reuters report, the company has until January 5 to introduce maintenance and safety enhancements at the terminal or it would be shut down....

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Gas plant explosion in Austria kills one, injures 18 12 December 2017

An explosion on the morning of December 12 at a gas compression and transfer plant at Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, killed one person, seriously injured another and left a further 17 with lesser injuries, the Austrian Red Cross told local media. The Gas Connect Austria-owned facility has a workforce of around 50, according to Der Spiegel....

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