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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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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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Oil tanker explosion kills at least 99, injures over 100 08 November 2021

At least 99 people were killed and over 100 others were injured on November 5 after an oil tanker exploded in Sierra Leone, western Africa. The incident occurred after crowds gathered on the outskirt’s of the country’s capital Freetown to collect leaking fuel following a crash involving the tanker and a bus....

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UK's Tank Storage Association launches new Energy Transition Charter 26 October 2021

The UK's Tank Storage Association (TSA) formally launched a new Energy Transition Charter on October 26 affirming the sector’s shared commitment to supporting the achievement of the UK’s climate neutrality targets....

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UK announces new plan to reach 2050 net zero target 19 October 2021

The UK government released a new Net Zero Strategy on October 19, setting out how the country will deliver on its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The plans are laid out in the report ‘Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener’ which has been published 12 days before global leaders meet in Glasgow for COP26....

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Fire erupts at fuel storage facility as shortages continue in Lebanon 11 October 2021

Firefighters managed to extinguish a significant fire at a tank farm in southern Lebanon on October 11. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident at the Zahrani oil facility, although it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control....

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