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  • Chemical park explosion kills two person in Germany, five people still missing and 31 injured

    27 July 2021

    An explosion at an industrial park in Leverkusen, Germany killed two people and injured 31 others on July 27. The incident happened at Chempark, an industrial park for several chemical companies including Bayer and Lanxess. Five people remain missing with the park's operator saying the hope of finding them alive is dwindling....

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  • Hackers demand $50m from Saudi Aramco following 1 terabyte data leak

    27 July 2021

    Saudi Aramco has confirmed that company data has been leaked after cyber criminals demanded $50 million (£36.5m) in cryptocurrency from the oil major. Aramco said in a statement that there was an indirect release of a limited amount of data which was held by third-party contractors. The company’s own systems were not breached, and the leak has had no impact on operations, it said....

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  • US OSHA issues $1 million in fines, says six deaths were preventable in 2021 poultry plant chemical leak

    26 July 2021

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a total of $1 million in fines to four companies following a fatal liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Georgia, US killed six people in January 2021. The incident, which also injured 12 people, occurred at the Foundation Food Group plant where a freezer malfunctioned and caused colourless, odourless liquid nitrogen to displace oxygen....

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  • New agreement to support UK’s onshore green hydrogen plants and associated industrial infrastructure

    21 July 2021

    Green infrastructure developer Cerulean Winds has signed an agreement with px Group to progress plans for an integrated 200-turbine floating wind and hydrogen development in the North Sea. The Cerulean proposal has capacity to generate 3GWh of power, enough to electrify the majority of offshore facilities, reducing CO2 emissions by more than half from 2025. An excess of 1.5 GWh of power would be diverted to onshore green hydrogen plants....

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  • OPITO renews safety pledge on 10th anniversary of scholarship to commemorate Piper Alpha victims

    20 July 2021

    A scholarship that commemorates the victims of the world’s worst offshore oil disaster is set to mark its own landmark 10th anniversary. OPITO’s Piper Alpha Memorial Safety Scholarship was launched a decade ago to provide a fitting legacy for the 167 men who tragically lost their lives in the explosion on the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea on the night of 6 July 1988....

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Floating wind power model developed by the CHN Energy Group is officially launched 20 July 2021

Recently, the world's first floating wind power integrated cage aquaculture demonstration prototype test model, developed by the CHN Energy Group, was officially launched in the Ocean Engineering Laboratory of Shanghai Jiaotong University, marking the official entry of the project into the model test stage....

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US pipeline operator to pay an additional $1 million for 2018 blast, previously fined $30 million 20 July 2021

A unit of US pipeline operator Energy Transfer has agreed to pay a $1 million fine to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to settle safety violations in relation to the September 2018 pipeline explosion on the Revolution natural gas pipeline in Western Pennsylvania....

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Energy majors submit bids for Scottish offshore wind leasing 20 July 2021

Several energy majors have submitted bids to build offshore wind projects off the coast of Scotland, the first round of seabed leasing in Scottish waters for over a decade. BP, Equinor, Orsted, Shell, and RWE are among those which submitted bids as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing that will grant property rights for new large-scale offshore wind project development, including floating wind for the first time....

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UK Health & Safety Executive releases annual workplace fatality figures for 2020/21 20 July 2021

Provisional data released by the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21, an increase of 29 from the previous year, though the number of deaths in 2019/20 (113) was low compared to other recent years....

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New call for ‘urgent action’ to ensure safety keeps pace in UK renewables sector 16 July 2021

New independent research has found that 63% of managers in the oil, gas and renewables sectors have outlined concerns in their organisation about a major safety incident occurring in the next five years. Dräger Marine and Offshore, which commissioned the research, called for urgent action to be taken to ensure that safety in the UK’s fast-growing renewable energy and carbon capture sectors keeps pace in order to avert a major safety incident....

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