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Mine explosion injures five people in Australia 06 May 2020

An explosion at a mine in Queensland, Australia injured five workers on May 6. The incident happened at Anglo American’s Grosvenor Coal Mine in Moranbah which is in central Queensland’s Bowen Basin....

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Australia sets aside A$300 million to kickstart hydrogen projects 04 May 2020

On May 4, the Australian government set aside A$300 million (£154 million / US$191 million) for hydrogen projects as the country aims to develop its hydrogen industry by 2030. The government released a statement saying that it is backing Australia to become a world leader in hydrogen production and exports by establishing the A$300 million ‘Advancing Hydrogen Fund’....

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Shell and PetroChina invest in Australian gas project 21 April 2020

Australian integrated coal seam gas (CSG) company, Arrow Energy, announced on April 17 that it had sanctioned the first phase of its Surat Gas Project (SGP) in southern Queensland, with construction set to begin this year. Arrow is owned 50/50 by Shell and PetroChina, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNOOC)....

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Australian bushfires slow coal production as hot and windy conditions set to return 21 January 2020

Australia’s largest mining company, BHP Group, has said that the poor air quality caused by the country’s bushfires in recent months has impacted coal production in the country. The mining giant said that smoke and dust had reduced air quality at its coal mines in New South Wales (NSW) so much that operations may be constrained further in the second half of 2020....

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Concrete pump explosion injures four on Australian construction site 22 October 2019

Police and other emergency services were called to a skyscraper under construction in Melbourne after an incident involving a concrete pump resulted in multiple injuries on October 19....

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Seven killed in China coal mine blast 06 August 2019

Seven people were killed in a coal mine gas explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province, local authorities said on August 2. The explosion happened at a coal mine in Liangyan Town near the city of Bijie. ...

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Australian offshore regulator orders shutdown of Timor Sea FPSO vessel 12 July 2019

On July 11, Australian offshore safety regulator NOPSEMA issued a prohibition notice to Upstream Production Solutions (UPS) as service provider and Northern Oil & Gas Australia (NOGA) as operator of the Northern Endeavour floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the Timor Sea to halt all production and cease all operations immediately....

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New Zealand experts reopen mine eight years after fatal blast 21 May 2019

On May 21, mining experts re-entered a coal mine closed for more than eight years after one of New Zealand’s worst industrial disasters killed 29 men, the government said, looking to investigate the cause and retrieve the remains of victims. Safety concerns prompted the previous government to rule out re-entry....

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Viva Energy faces fine for 2016 leak from fuel storage facility into Sydney Harbour 18 March 2019

Viva Energy, one of Australia's largest energy companies, has been fined A$100,000 for an oil spill in Sydney Harbour that took more than six months to clean up. The leak, at the Gore Bay fuel storage, resulted in about 800 litres of fuel oil spilling onto nearby land, with about 500 litres of that entering the waters at Gore Cove, near Greenwich....

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Solomon Islands face ecological disaster after oil spill from grounded cargo vessel 04 March 2019

Three weeks after a cargo ship ran aground in a storm off the Solomon Islands in the West Pacific, urgent efforts are being made to mitigate the effects of a large oil leak from the vessel on the world's largest raised coral atoll. An estimated 75 tonnes of oil have escaped from the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Solomon Trader, out of 600 tonnes on board. ...

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