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  • 16 miners missing after flood in Siberian diamond mine

    04 August 2017

    Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in the Mir diamond mine in eastern Siberia after water flooded the shaft on August 4. The Russian state-owned operator, Alrosa, said 102 miners had been brought to the surface and another 33 miners had been located in the mine and were being evacuated. There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened....

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  • News Extra: Nuclear plants in Ukraine and USA hit by cyberattacks

    01 August 2017

    Monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine were taken down by the worldwide cyber attack in late June dubbed ‘Petya’. Systems usually used to monitor the area around the power station for radioactivity following the nuclear meltdown there in 1986 were not working, the Ukrainian authorities said, and the area was monitored manually until automated systems were restored a few days later. ...

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  • Top Russian scientist says gas pipelines supplying Europe in danger from exploding tundra

    11 July 2017

    Russia's leading expert on the release of methane by melting permafrost, Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Oil and Gas Research Institute in Moscow, has said energy infrastructure in polar regions is now under direct threat from the process. He said pipes built over unstable Arctic ice plugs were being deformed and could be hit by explosions when the methane reaches the surface....

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  • Explosion at Russian nickel mine kills four

    10 July 2017

    Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel. The accident happened during drifting activities carried out by Polar Construction Company, a contractor of Nornickel. The company blamed a build-up of methane, which ignited in the shaft. ...

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  • Ukraine ammunition storage facility fire causes evacuation of 20,000

    24 March 2017

    Around 20,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the Balakliia ammunition storage facility in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine after it caught fire on the morning of March 23. Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak accused the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies of setting off the fire, possibly via a drone attack....

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Ukraine coal producer idles key coal mines in rebel-held east 09 March 2017

Ukrainian coal producer DTEK Energy said on March 9 it had idled its largest mines in territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists due to a blockade on rail traffic on the Ukrainian side of the eastern front line. The blockade by a group of Ukrainian politicians and military veterans has held up industrial shipments from rebel-held areas since early 2017....

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Coal mine explosion in Ukraine kills eight 03 March 2017

On March 1, a methane explosion killed at least eight coal miners and injured six others some 550 metres underground in western Ukraine's Lviv region. Ukrainian emergency officials said about 34 miners were working in the area of the blast in Stepnaya mine in Lviv's Sokal district. Authorities rescued 20 trapped miners several hours later....

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Uzbekistan chemical plant blast kills six 27 February 2017

An official in Uzbekistan told RFE/RL that six people were killed in the chemical plant blast reported on February 23 in the city of Ferghana. Uzbek authorities originally reported the blast and said that there were fatalities, but did not say how many. No official death toll has been released....

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Azerbaijan oil company SOCAR lambasted over safety record 20 December 2016

UK-based oil and gas news and recruitment website Oil and Gas People has penned a very critical article on Azerbaijan state-owned oil company SOCAR for its safety record over the last few years. The website says the company has seen an average of 18 worker deaths each year since 2013, a figure which has “disgraced” the company and “left its safety reputation in tatters”....

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Ten feared dead in Caspian Sea after walkway collapses 15 December 2016

Azerbaijani oil officials said on December 15 that one worker has been killed and nine others were missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off. Azerbaijan State Oil Company SOCAR reported that 10 workers were swept away after a 150-meter section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea during 145 kph winds....

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