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Results of UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round announced 18 September 2023

On 15 September, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced the list of companies which have been awarded licences following the UK’s first-ever carbon storage licensing round. A total of 14 companies have been awarded 21 licences in depleted oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers which cover around 12,000sq km – an area equivalent to the size of Yorkshire....

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Gas-related accident kills 10, injures three in China 15 September 2023

A burst of high-pressure gas killed 10 workers and injured three others at a workshop in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region on 7 September. The incident happened at a site in the city of Ordos operated by Ordos Yiding Eco-Agriculture Development, a wholesaler of coal and manufactured products, Chinese state media said....

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Hazardex Awards 2024 -- Call for Nominations now open! 15 September 2023

The nomination period for the industry's most prestigious accolades is now OPEN! The ceremony, which will take place following a Gala Dinner at Hazardex Live 2024 on 28 February, will consist of five categories. Entry is free, and this is the ideal opportunity to reward those companies and individuals you think are most deserving of recognition for innovative products, systems and services. Nominate now!...

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Explosion kills six at Iranian coal mine 14 September 2023

An explosion in a coal mine killed six people in northern Iran on 3 September. Iranian state media reports that several miners became trapped underground after the blast with search and rescue efforts being carried out overnight....

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Eight injured in processing plant explosion just two weeks after fire at same facility 11 September 2023

An explosion at a US corn processing plant near the city of Decatur, Illinois left eight workers with injuries on 10 September. The incident happened at agricultural origination and processing company Archer-Daniels-Midland’s (ADM) East plant and comes just two weeks after a fire at the same facility injured two firefighters....

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UK manufacturer fined £200,000 after workers injured by explosion 11 September 2023

A manufacturing company in West Yorkshire, England has been fined £200,000 after workers were injured by an explosion. Three workers at Weir Minerals Europe Limited sustained burns while operating a furnace at the firm’s site on Halifax Road in Todmorden on 25 February 2020....

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Explosion at metal factory kills four, injures at least 30 in Brazil 11 September 2023

Officials have said that an explosion at a metal plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo killed four workers and injured dozens more on 1 September. The facility was completely destroyed by the blast resulting in a lengthy and difficult search and rescue operation....

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North Sea Transition Authority expected to take on role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator 11 September 2023

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is expected to take on the role of offshore hydrogen transport and storage regulator following the conclusion of a consultation on the proposal. The move is intended to support the industry by enabling pioneering projects to obtain the necessary licences and consents and move quickly into operation....

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UK will struggle to meet ambitious 2030 CCUS targets, research firm says 11 September 2023

According to energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, only a handful of countries have policy and regulation ready to adopt CCUS today and the UK is one of them. However, the firm's analysis finds that the UK target to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of CO2 by 2030 looks very challenging with some companies not able to progress projects due to a slowdown in the negotiations for government funding....

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Offshore Europe 2023 opens with focus on accelerating the energy transition 05 September 2023

To mark the opening of the 2023 SPE Offshore Europe, attendees heard from a panel of leading industry figures and the UK’s Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. Hazardex Editor Alistair Hookway attended the event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and heard from the speakers as they discussed what a pivotal time it is for the industry as the the energy value chain comes together in Aberdeen to help drive decarbonisation and forge ahead to meet the UK’s net zero goals....

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