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  • Underground autonomous ‘Ratty the Robot’ makes pipe inspections safer

    31 May 2022

    Robotics experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre have developed an autonomous robotic rat which can scurry along underground pipes carrying out inspection work. The invention has the potential for cost and efficiency savings for utility companies as well as reducing human exposure to hazardous environments and preventing pipework leaks....

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  • US electric company fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed five

    10 May 2022

    Tampa Electric (TECO) is facing a fine of $500,000 (£405K) in relation to an explosion that killed five workers at its Apollo Beach coal power plant in Tampa, Florida in June 2017. In court on May 6, TECO pleaded guilty to violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and now faces the fine as well as an order to pay compensation to the families of the victims....

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  • UK utility fined £5 million after fatal gas explosion

    15 February 2022

    Northern Gas Networks was fined £5 million on February 9 for safety breaches relating to a 2019 fire and gas explosion. The incident involved a gas pipeline near residential premises in the town of Mirfield, West Yorkshire and resulted in the death of a woman in her seventies....

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  • Three crewmembers found alive four days after Nigerian FPSO explosion

    07 February 2022

    Three crewmembers of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel were found alive four days after an explosion tore the ship apart off the coast of Nigeria in the Niger Delta on February 2. Three other crewmembers of the FPSO Trinity Spirit were also found dead nearby the survivors following a search and rescue operation on February 6. Four other crewmembers remain missing....

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  • German fuel supplier hit by cyber attack, 13 oil terminals affected

    01 February 2022

    A major fuel supplier in Germany has been forced to operate at a limited capacity following a cyber attack on January 30. Oiltanking, whose customers include several medium-sized companies and Shell, said it had been the victim of a cyber attack which had forced the company to shut off its operational technology (OT) systems, impacting a total of 13 distribution terminals across Germany....

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Explosion at Canadian tanker manufacturing facility kills six, injures two 18 January 2022

An explosion at a tanker truck manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Canada killed six people and injured two others on January 13. One of the deceased died from their injuries after being transported to hospital, while efforts to recover the bodies of five others were hampered by the unsafe site and poor weather conditions....

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China's first outdoor explosion-proof refuelling robot begins operating 12 January 2022

On December 29, the Lhasa Airport Express Oil Station in China's Tibet region welcomed the country's first high-altitude outdoor explosion-proof refuelling robot. The intelligent robot, developed by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is able to autonomously locate and open a fuel tank cap on a car before filling the vehicle with fuel....

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Coal to make up 85% of US power capacity retirements in 2022 11 January 2022

Coal-fired power plants will make up around 85% of US electric generating capacity scheduled to retire in 2022, a new report has said. The US Energy Information Administration says that about 12.6 GW of coal-fired generating capacity was scheduled to be retired this year out of the total 14.9 GW. Natural gas and renewables will likely take up a greater share of supply as a result....

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Tanker explosion kills at least 59 in Haiti 14 December 2021

A fuel tanker explosion killed at least 59 people on December 14 in Haiti’s second largest city, Cap-Haitien. The number of injured remains unknown with the death toll expected to rise....

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US National Transportation Safety Board issues safety recommendations in relation to fatal pipeline blast in August 2020 13 December 2021

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued 10 safety recommendations on December 7 during a public board meeting held to determine the probable cause of a fatal pipeline explosion in August 2020. The incident involved a dredging vessel rupturing a submerged natural gas pipeline in the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas which resulted in an explosion that killed five and injured five others....

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