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EU and US sign LNG deal to cut reliance on Russia 26 March 2022

The European Union and United States signed a deal on March 25 that will see the US supply an additional 15 billion cubic metres (bcm) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in 2022, with expected increases going forward. The announcement was made as President Joe Biden met with EU leaders to discuss ways to curb Europe’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels following its invasion of Ukraine....

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Europe’s largest nuclear power plant hit by shelling in Ukraine 07 March 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on March 4 that the site of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, had been shelled by Russian forces and a fire had erupted. Fortunately, the blaze did not affect “essential” equipment, the IAEA said, and there was no reported change in radiation levels....

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International Atomic Energy Agency provides updates on Ukraine’s nuclear facilities following Russian invasion 01 March 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has provided several daily updates in recent days on the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors following the Russian invasion of the country which began on February 24. Ukraine has four nuclear power sites with a total of 15 reactors and is also the location of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant....

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BP and Equinor exit Russia after attack on Ukraine 28 February 2022

BP announced on February 27 that it will exit its 19.75% shareholding in Rosneft and that two BP-nominated directors will also resign from the Russian oil company’s board with immediate effect. In a similar move, Equinor also announced on February 28 that is has decided to stop new investments in Russia, and to start the process of exiting Equinor’s Russian Joint Ventures....

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Coal mine blast leaves one dead, eight injured in Georgia 01 February 2022

One miner was killed and eight others were injured by an explosion at a coal mine in the town of Tkibuli in western Georgia on January 30. The injured workers were all rushed to hospital in the country’s capital Tbilisi where three of them were reported to be in critical conditions....

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Germany’s energy regulator says Nord Stream 2 won’t be online in first half of 2022 17 December 2021

Germany’s energy regulator, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), has said that its decision on certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline won’t be made before July 2022. The certification process for the pipeline was stopped in November after BNetzA told the Swiss-based operator – whose majority owner is Russia’s Gazprom – to set up a German subisidiary in order to comply with European law....

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Methane data falsified at coal mine where deadly blast killed 51, Putin says 03 December 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the country’s mining industry that those who fail to comply with safety regulations would be punished according to the law, harshly. Putin made the comments during a televised meeting with officials on December 2 following the Listvyazhnaya coal mine explosion in Russia’s Kemerovo Region that killed 51 people on November 25....

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Coal mine explosion kills 51, injures dozens in Russia 26 November 2021

An explosion killed 51 people and injured 49 at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Russia’s Kemerovo Region on November 25. There were 285 miners in the mine when the incident occurred with 46 of them being killed by the explosion. Five rescuers also died from suffocation after entering the mine to recover bodies and help trapped miners....

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Mine explosion kills six, injures two in Kazakhstan 08 November 2021

An explosion at a coal mine in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region killed six people on November 7. The incident happened at the Abai coal mine, operated by ArcelorMittal Temirtau....

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Fire and explosions kill 16 people at Russian gunpowder plant 22 October 2021

An explosion in a gunpowder workshop killed 16 people on October 22 in the Ryazan Region of Russia. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said that “violations in the technological process" had led to the fire breaking out....

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