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Fire forces closure of key UK electricity cable as prices hit record high 16 September 2021

A fire at a facility in Kent in the early hours of September 15 has forced the shutdown of a key electricity cable that imports power from France into the UK. In a statement, National Grid said that a fire at its IFA interconnector site in Sellindge, between Ashford and Folkestone, had been evacuated and that emergency services were in attendance. The shutdown of the cable comes as the UK experiences record high market prices for wholesale energy....

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Chemical incident at commercial truck washing company kills two workers in US 14 September 2021

Two employees of a commercial truck washing company were found dead after they were exposed to an unknown chemical, police have said. The incident happened while the workers were cleaning the inside of a tanker in Avondale, around 19 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona....

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Series of explosions at ammunition depot kills 15, injures 98 in Kazakhstan 30 August 2021

An arms depot explosion in southern Kazakhstan killed 15 people and injured 98 others on August 26. Kazakhstan’s Emergency Ministry confirmed the death toll after further bodies were found amongst the rubble following search and rescue efforts on August 30. One person remains missing, the ministry said....

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South Africa’s largest coal-fired power plant suffers explosion just one week after coming online 17 August 2021

An explosion caused extensive damage at South Africa’s newest and largest coal-fuelled power plant on August 8, just one week after the plant had come fully online. No injuries were reported in the incident at the Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in the northeast of the country....

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Working group says ageing FPSO fleet poses evolving safety challenges 16 August 2021

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has brought together leading companies in the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) sector to address the safety challenges produced by a fleet where more than half of the ship type vessels are over 30-years-old and a quarter are over 40-years-old....

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Research project for the use of hydrogen in aviation starts in Hamburg 09 July 2021

A new development platform has been launched in Hamburg in order to test new hydrogen technology from as early as 2022. Funded by the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will work with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and Hamburg Airport over the next two years to design and test extensive maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology....

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New plant near Hull could triple UK hydrogen production capacity 29 June 2021

Plans for two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the UK’s Humber region have taken a significant step forward after SSE Thermal and Equinor submitted a planning (DCO) application. The plans, which could triple the UK’s hydrogen output, comprise one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station....

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Tanker explosion kills one person, injures another in South Africa 04 June 2021

A man was killed while cleaning the inside of a tanker in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa on May 29. The incident happened on the premises of a cleaning services company in Cliffdale....

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Beijing Winter Olympics to be supplied by 100% clean energy 19 May 2021

As we approach the 24th Winter Olympic Games, various projects are proceeding intensively and efficiently. Being a "green Olympics" is one of the important concepts for the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, and the aim for organisers is that the event and all venues will be completely powered by clean energy – a pioneering move in the history of the Olympics....

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Major US pipeline network shut down after cyber attack 10 May 2021

A cyber attack on US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline led to the shut down of its entire network on May 7. The Colonial Pipeline network transports around 2.5 million barrels of gasoline per day – around 45% of the US East Coast’s gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel....

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