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Production begins from BP-operated Seagull field in North Sea 20 November 2023

BP has announced that it has successfully started production from the Seagull oil and gas field in the UK North Sea. Seagull has been developed by Neptune Energy, which holds a 35% stake, as a subsea tieback to the BP-operated central processing facility (CPF) of the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) in the central North Sea, around 140 miles east of Aberdeen. The project supported 800 jobs through the development phase....

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Rolls-Royce and partners to investigate production of hydrogen using electricity and heat from SMRs 20 November 2023

Topsoe, a specialist in carbon emission reduction technologies, ULC-Energy, a nuclear energy development and consultancy company, and Rolls-Royce SMR have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to investigate the production of hydrogen based on Topsoe’s Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) technology and electricity and heat produced from a Rolls-Royce SMR nuclear power plant....

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US chemical plant explosion injures one 14 November 2023

An explosion at a chemical plant in the city of Shepherd in rural Texas injured one worker and sent a significant plume of black smoke across nearby residential areas on 8 November. A shelter in place order that lasted for several hours was issued to residents within a one-mile radius around the facility operated by chemical blending and recycling specialist Sound Resource Solutions....

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Lithium-ion battery explosion leads to fire on oil tanker 14 November 2023

The thermal runaway of a cell within a handheld radio’s lithium-ion battery led to a fire on an oil tanker last year while docked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on 9 November. The fire resulted in $3 million (£2.4m) in damage to the vessel....

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“Greenwashing”: industry now able to provide independent proof for environmental claims 14 November 2023

With accusations of greenwashing increasing, industry has urgently needed independent proof that environmental and sustainability claims have been established based on agreed methodology and best practice....

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Second Topical Peer Review on fire safety in UK nuclear installations published 14 November 2023

The UK has concluded the self-assessment phase for the second Topical Peer Review (TPR 2) on fire protection at nuclear installations. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is coordinating the UK’s involvement in TPR 2, which is overseen by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)....

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Air Products to build Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant 13 November 2023

Air Products has announced that it will build, own and operate a state-of-the-art carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The facility is expected to be on-stream in 2026, and the resulting "blue" hydrogen product to serve ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and additional customers via Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network system. It will be the largest blue hydrogen plant in Europe once operational....

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New UK legislation introduced for annual oil and gas licensing rounds 10 November 2023

The UK government introduced the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill to Parliament on 8 November which will require annual oil and gas licensing rounds subject to stringent new emissions and imports tests....

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British Steel announces £1.25 billion decarbonisation plans, set to cut 2,000 jobs 07 November 2023

British Steel unveiled a £1.25-billion proposal on 6 November that would see the blast furnaces at its Scunthorpe site replaced with an electric arc furnace (EAF). Following detailed analysis of its current operations, available technology and challenging market conditions, the company said it is proposing to accelerate its decarbonisation programme – a move which could see up to 2,000 jobs being cut....

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Water treatment plant explosion injures one person 07 November 2023

An explosion at a water treatment plant in Texas, US injured one person on 2 November. The incident happened in the city of Graham in north-central Texas after a leak from a chemical storage tank....

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