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Carbon dioxide leak kills one, injures three at Spanish nuclear plant 25 November 2021

One person died and three were rushed to hospital after a carbon dioxide leak at the Ascó nuclear power plant in Catalonia, Spain on November 24. Emergency services said that the incident was not linked to radiological activity but was likely caused by a fault in the plant’s fire prevention system....

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China's first LNG vessel refuelling station put into operation 25 November 2021

On November 20, China's first coastal LNG vessel refuelling station, which was built and operated by CNOOC Gas & Power Group, was officially put into operation....

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Unsafe “explosion proof” fan recalled after being found to be an ignition risk 23 November 2021

The UK Office for Product Safety and Standards has issued a product recall for a pneumatic fan that was sold as “explosion proof”. The product may not be safe for use in potentially explosive or flammable atmospheres as there is no evidence it has been subject to the appropriate conformity assessment, the Trading Standards website says....

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£8.7bn Australian LNG project given final approval 23 November 2021

A major A$16.2bn (£8.7bn) gas project has been given final approval which will see the development of an oil and gas field off Australia’s northwest coast. Approval for the Scarborough project, a joint venture between energy giant Woodside and BHP, was given on November 22 before the two companies announced a merger of BHP’s oil and gas portfolio with Woodside....

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UK offshore industry to spend £16.6 billion recycling 1.2m tonnes of disused oil and gas installations 23 November 2021

An estimated 1.2 million tonnes of disused oil and gas installations ranging from massive rigs to the well heads that sit on the seabed in hundreds of metres of water, are to be brought to shore for reuse, recycling and disposal in the coming decade, a new industry report has said....

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Consortium secures £9.4m of funding for Scottish hydrogen storage project 23 November 2021

The Green Hydrogen for Scotland Consortium has announced that it has been successful in its application for funding from the Energy Innovation Portfolio competition run by the UK Government Department of Business Energy Innovation and Skills (BEIS). The £9.4m of funding will support investment for the first Phase of development for ScottishPower’s 20MW Whitelee Windfarm hydrogen production and storage facility....

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Ex Certification Schemes 22 November 2021

This briefing note provides a concise guide to the various certification schemes (and related standards and bodies) for equipment offered for use in potentially explosive atmospheres....

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New Zealand police discover bodies 11 years after Pike River mine disaster 17 November 2021

On November 17, New Zealand police announced that at least two bodies had been found deep inside the Pike River Mine, 11 years after a series of methane explosions killed 29 men there. No bodies have ever been recovered. Using boreholes and specialist cameras, police said that images had been captured of two bodies, plus a possible third....

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Oil refinery fire severely injures six in Pakistan 17 November 2021

Six people suffered severe burns injuries after a fire broke out on an underground pipeline at Pakistan’s National Oil Refinery in Karachi. The blaze was caused by an explosion which occurred while maintenance work was being carried out on the line to repair a leak....

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Oil tanker vessel explosion kills six, injures two in Bangladesh 17 November 2021

The death toll from an explosion aboard an oil tanker in southern Bangladesh’s Jhalakathi district has risen to six. The November 12 blast occurred on the Sugandha River near a Padma Oil Company depot at around 08:30 local time. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while seven were taken to hospital with severe burn injuries. Five of the injured later died as a result of their wounds....

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