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  • UK government to offer steel firms £600m to go green

    23 January 2023

    The UK government is set to provide British Steel and Tata Steel with £600 million in funding to help the two steelmakers switch from coal-fired blast furnaces and to help with their energy costs. The BBC reports that the funding is set to be announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt this week in a move which will protect thousands of jobs....

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  • UK approves first new deep coal mine in 30 years

    08 December 2022

    The UK approved its first new coal mine in decades on December 7 to the disdain of critics who say it will hinder efforts to meet climate targets. The mine, known as Woodhouse Colliery, will be located underground on a brownfield site to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria, northwest England. The project is being developed by West Cumbria Mining at a cost of £165m and will extract coking coal for the steel industry....

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  • ArcelorMittal mine explosion kills five, injures four

    04 November 2022

    A methane gas explosion killed five people at an ArcelorMittal coal mine in Kazakhstan on November 3. The steel manufacturer said that four people were also hospitalised by the blast which happened at a mine in the Qaraghandy region in central Kazakhstan....

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  • Coal mine blast kills 41 in Turkey

    17 October 2022

    A coal mine explosion in Turkey’s northern Bartin province killed 41 people on October 14. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that 110 people were in the mine when the blast happened and that 58 managed to escape or were rescued. A two-day search and rescue operation ended after the final missing body was discovered around 20 hours after the explosion happened....

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  • One worker killed, five others injured in explosion at coking plant in Poland

    30 September 2022

    An explosion at a coking plant in southern Poland killed one person and injured five others on September 22. The incident happened at a plant operated by mining company JSW located in Dabrowa Gornicza. The explosion led to the collapse of a building and the partial collapse of another....

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US coal company facing $102,000 fine after causing risk of “catastrophic explosion” 05 September 2022

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Francisco, Indiana coal mine violated mandatory safety standards when it continued to operate an energised drill during a methane inundation, creating the risk of a catastrophic explosion....

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Closure of UK coal plant to be delayed to prevent blackouts 30 August 2022

The closure of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire, UK is set to be delayed as part of the government’s efforts to prevent electricity blackouts this winter. The National Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) is nearing an agreement with operator Uniper to keep operations at the site online....

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Mining company fined £3.6 million after electricians sustain burns in UK 09 August 2022

A mining company has been fined after two electricians suffered severe burns in separate incidents. The owners of Boulby Mine in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland were fined £3.6 million and ordered to pay costs of £185,000 after an investigation by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)....

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Record clean energy spending is set to help global energy investment grow by 8% in 2022 04 July 2022

Global energy investment is set to increase by 8% in 2022 to reach $2.4 trillion (£1.98tn), with the anticipated rise coming mainly in clean energy, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Although encouraging, the growth investment is still far from enough to tackle the multiple dimensions of today’s energy crisis and pave the way towards a cleaner and more secure energy future, the IEA says....

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Coal mine explosion kills 12 people in Colombia, three remain missing 07 June 2022

An explosion at a coal mine in northeastern Colombia killed 12 people on May 30. One miner died in hospital shortly after the blast while 14 others became trapped underground. An extensive search and rescue operation was conducted in the days following the incident which led to the discovery of 12 bodies. As of June 7, three people remain missing....

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