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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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News Extra: New Russian research shows Siberian seabed methane gas emissions have significantly increased 01 December 2016

A report in the Siberian Times on the findings of a new expedition in the Laptev Sea north of Siberia  claims scientists have found evidence of a significant increase in the rate of underwater permafrost degradation and methane release....

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Chernobyl NSC containment arch moved into place in historic engineering feat 29 November 2016

Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, has been enclosed by a vast steel shelter designed to prevent radiation leaks from the site. The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged reactor started on November 14 and took over a week to complete....

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Helicopter crash in northern Russia kills 19 oil workers and crew 24 October 2016

An Mi-8 helicopter travelling from the Vankor oil and gas field in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to Staryi Urengoi in the Yamalo-Nenets region crashed near its destination killing 16 of the 19 passengers on board and all three crew. Three passengers survived. Rescuers found the helicopter lying on its side in the tundra. ...

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News Extra: Greenpeace says oil spills in Russia equivalent to six Deepwater Horizon disasters every year 17 October 2016

Greenpeace Russia, one of the only organisations to attempt to quantify the number and extent of oil leaks in that country, estimates that the Russian oil industry spills more than 4.2 million tonnes on land each year, compared with the almost 700,000 tonnes spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 by the BP-chartered rig Deepwater Horizon....

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News Extra: Chevron greenlights largest oil project since 2014 08 August 2016

US oil major Chevron has approved a US$36.8bn expansion of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan, the largest single investment by the sector since the oil-price crash in 2014. The Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP) project will increase oil production by 260,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), adding around 50% to the current 514,000 boe/d output....

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