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  • Australian regulator tells Montara opeator to improve emergency management

    23 June 2017

    Australian oil and gas regulator NOPSEMA has issued an improvement notice to PTTEP Australasia for non-compliance related to its Montara operations off Western Australia. Nopsema said recent inspections at PTTEP’s Perth headquarters and offshore facilities had identified that emergency management personnel lacked the required level of spill response competency....

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  • Three injured in Australian abattoir explosion

    10 April 2017

    Police, paramedics, fire and rescue crews were called to the JBS Australia Dinmore abattoir near Ipswich, west of Brisbane, after an electrical explosion at the site. Paramedics treated three people with burns, and two others for smoke inhalation following a reported electrical explosion, Queensland Ambulance said....

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  • Indonesia to sue Thai oil company over 2009 oil spill

    20 March 2017

    Indonesia is preparing to sue the Australian subsidiary of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) over alleged environmental damage from the Montara oil spill in 2009, the country's Maritime Affairs Ministry said. This follows the Indonesian government’s December 2016 decision to freeze the licenses and assets of PTTEP operations in Indonesia. ...

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  • Exploding headphone batteries cause scare on Beijing to Melbourne flight

    16 March 2017

    A woman’s headphones caused disruption on a flight to Australia after they exploded when she fell asleep listening to music. The unidentified passenger awoke two hours later when she began to feel a burning sensation on her face, according to a release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). She suffered burns to her face and hands in the incident. ...

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  • Elon Musk volunteers to sort out South Australia power blackouts

    10 March 2017

    Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy problems within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100 megawatt hours (MWh) battery storage system for free. Repeated blackouts in South Australia since September last year have sparked a political row in the country....

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Australian government supports public funding for new "clean coal" power stations 07 February 2017

Australia's resources minister Matthew Canavan said the government is considering providing some of the A$5 billion ($3.84 billion) Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to help build new high-efficiency "clean coal" power stations in the country's north, Australian media reported on February 4....

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WorkSafe Western Australia issues safety alert after silo dust explosion 10 October 2016

A safety alert has been issued after a farmer fell eight metres from a ladder and suffered serious injuries while trying to extinguish a barley grain fire in a large grain silo. According to the WorkSafe WA alert, the farmer had climbed the external silo ladder to access the hatch on the roof. As he attempted to put out the fire by squirting water into the silo, the suspended grain dust in the silo caught fire, causing an explosion that blew off the roof.

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Australia electricity substation explosion injures two 04 September 2016

Two men suffered burns after an explosion occurred at an electricity substation at Airds in south west Sydney. A Fire and Rescue spokesperson said that, on arrival, they found a large electricity distribution kiosk emitting smoke. One suffered severe burns to his face, chest and hands and was transported to the specialist burns unit at Royal North Shore Hospital while the second had minor burns....

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WorkSafe NZ lays multiple charges against company and director over fatal Auckland explosion 13 May 2016

WorkSafe New Zealand has laid 33 charges against Salters Cartage Ltd and its director, Ron Salter, in Manukau District Court on May 12. A welder working on a 100,000-litre tank at the hazardous waste disposal company died on September 15 last year when the tank exploded causing a massive blast that was heard kilometres away....

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Sixty rescued after New Zealand tour boat explosion and fire 18 January 2016

Some 53 passengers and seven crew were rescued from a charter vessel off New Zealand’s North Island after the boat’s engine exploded and caught fire on January 18. The 23-metre PeeJay V had been cruising to White Island volcano, 20 miles off shore in the Bay of Plenty, when the accident happened less than a mile from port. Some jumped into rubber lifeboats while others leapt straight into the water as the flames took hold....

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