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North Sea Transition Authority boosts technology use with knowledge-sharing contract 08 November 2022

Oil and gas production will be boosted and net zero targets supported thanks to a new partnership between the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and an online platform encouraging the innovative use of technology across the UK Continental Shelf, the regulator has said....

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Energy crisis drives $73bn spend on green hydrogen projects, new study says 21 October 2022

The war in Ukraine and resulting energy crisis has spurred over $70 billion (£62.9bn) of fresh investment in green hydrogen projects in just a few months. A new report published by Carbon Tracker also found that fossil fuel-produced hydrogen has become uneconomic as gas prices soar, meaning $100 billion of ‘dirty’ hydrogen assets could become stranded by 2030....

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Equinor releases third quarter 2022 safety results 21 October 2022

Equinor released its third quarter safety results on October 21 which show an improvement in serious incident development compared to its second quarter reporting. The personal injury frequency during the past 12 months is flat. No incidents with major accident potential have been recorded in the third quarter....

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BP announces $4 billion acquisition of renewable natural gas producer 21 October 2022

In a move that will expand and accelerate the growth of its strategic bioenergy business, BP announced that it has agreed to acquire Archaea Energy Inc., a producer of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the US. The agreed acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and Archaea shareholder approval, will be for $3.3 billion (£2.9bn) in cash, as well as around $800 million (£717m) of net debt....

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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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Weapons factory explosions kills three, injures three 17 October 2022

An explosion at a plant belonging to Bulgarian arms manufacturer Arsenal killed three people on October 4. The incident, which happened at a facility in the town of Kazanlak, also left three people injured after a blast occurred in a pyrotechnics storage area....

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IAEA projections for nuclear power growth increase for second year amid climate, energy security concerns 30 September 2022

For a second successive year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised up its annual projections of the potential growth of nuclear power during the coming decades, reflecting a shift in the global debate over energy and the environment amid growing concerns over energy security and climate change....

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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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Norway warns of threats posed by unidentified drones to offshore platforms 27 September 2022

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has warned operators on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) to be vigilant after the regulator was given several notifications concerning unidentified drones/aircraft flying close to offshore installations....

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Switzerland confirms proposed location for £18 billion nuclear waste storage site 15 September 2022

On September 12, Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA) announced the favoured location for an £18.1 billion (20 billion Swiss franc) underground nuclear waste storage site. The location, an area north of Zurich near the border with Germany, was chosen due to its geology that would enable it to store nuclear waste for the next 200,000 years....

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