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World’s largest green hydrogen project’s total investment value closes at $8.4 billion 23 May 2023

NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC) has announced that following signing financial documents with 23 local, regional, and international banks, and investment firms, it has now achieved financial close on the world’s largest green hydrogen production facility at a total investment value of $8.4 billion (£6.7bn)....

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Resin manufacturer fined after exposing employees to respiratory hazards, risk of explosion 22 May 2023

Inspectors from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have proposed $171,000 (£137,000) of penalties for Sumitomo Bakelite North America Inc. after it failed to follow required safety measures to protect workers from the dangers of chemical exposure and potential explosion. This is the second time the company has been found at fault after OSHA identified similar violations in a 2019 inspection....

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UK awards 20 carbon storage licences 22 May 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) awarded 20 carbon storage licences at offshore sites on 18 May. The UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round was launched in June 2022, with applications closing in September. The 20 licences in total are around 12,000 square kilometres in size and are located in areas such as Aberdeen, Teesside, Liverpool and Lincolnshire....

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Two companies cited after workers show elevated levels of inorganic arsenic at chemical facility 19 May 2023

A US Department of Labor investigation has found that two companies operating at a wood treatment chemical manufacturing facility in Georgia, US exposed workers to chemical hazards....

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Adhesive factory explosion injures six in South Korea 18 May 2023

An explosion and fire at an adhesive factory in Cheonan, South Korea injured six people on 18 May. Officials said that three of the injured are in a serious condition while two are in critical conditions after receiving burns all over their bodies....

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Fire at Marathon Petroleum refinery kills one worker, injures two 16 May 2023

A fire at Marathon Petroleum’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, Texas killed a worker and injured two others on 15 May. The incident comes days after a gas leak injured four employees at a Marathon refinery in California on 4 May....

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Cleanup of inactive Gulf of Mexico wells estimated at $30 billion, new research suggests 16 May 2023

Wetlands, coastal areas and offshore waters near Alabama, Louisiana and Texas in the US have more inactive oil and gas wells than producing ones, and the cost to permanently plug and abandon them could be $30 billion (£24.1bn), University of California, Davis, researchers have suggested....

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Ammunition factory explosion injures one in Sweden 16 May 2023

One person was injured after an explosion at an ammunition factory in southern Sweden on 10 May. The incident happened at a plant operated by aerospace and defence manufacturer Nammo in the town of Karlsborg, 137 miles (220km) southwest of Stockholm....

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UK has 22 major energy security projects capable of producing 1.5 billion barrels planned 16 May 2023

Major North Sea energy operators met in May to discuss future opportunities and get clear messages on energy security, driving down emissions, and the importance of accelerating the transition at an annual meeting organised by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA)....

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Fire breaks out at Shell chemical plant, burns for three days 09 May 2023

A fire broke out in the olefins unit of Shell’s Deer Park Chemicals Facility in Texas, US on 5 May. The blaze was extinguished on 6 May but later reignited and burned for a third day before firefighters were able to extinguish it again on 7 May. No injuries were reported, however Shell said some contractors underwent a medical evaluation as a precaution....

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