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  • Fire breaks out at warehouse containing 900 metric tons of lithium batteries

    20 February 2024

    A fire broke out at a battery recycling facility containing around 900 metric tons of lithium batteries in southern France on 17 February. The blaze started at a warehouse owned by recycling company SNAM in the town of Viviez, north of Toulouse....

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  • Germany announces €16 billion plan to subsidise first 10GW of hydrogen-ready power plants

    06 February 2024

    The German government announced on 5 February that it will be subsidising gas power plants that are capable of switching to hydrogen with a reported €16 billion (£13.7bn). The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany (BMWK) made the announcement as part of its effort to supplement intermittent renewables such as wind and solar, as well as to accelerate the country’s decarbonisation plans....

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  • Denmark’s 1GW green hydrogen production facility receives approval

    17 January 2024

    H2 Energy Europe has announced that it has received environmental approval for its large-scale green hydrogen production facility in Esbjerg, Denmark. This achievement marks a milestone for the project, bringing it closer to a Final Investment Decision (FID)....

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  • Two workers die in separate incidents at Northvolt battery gigafactory

    31 December 2023

    Two people have died in separate incidents in the last two months at Swedish battery developer and manufacturer Northvolt’s gigafactory in Skellefteå, Sweden. A 25-year-old Northvolt employee died on 15 December after suffering burns from an explosion on a production line in early November. On 14 December, a man in his 60s working for construction company NCC also died at the site following an incident involving a crane....

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  • Dutch energy company plans new hydrogen plant in port of Rotterdam

    20 November 2023

    Dutch energy company Eneco has submitted planning application for the construction of the ‘Eneco Electrolyzer’, a green hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam’s Europoort industrial area. Eneco is working with Mitsubishi on the project which is aiming to help industrial customers make their processes and products more sustainable....

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“Greenwashing”: industry now able to provide independent proof for environmental claims 14 November 2023

With accusations of greenwashing increasing, industry has urgently needed independent proof that environmental and sustainability claims have been established based on agreed methodology and best practice....

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Air Products to build Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant 13 November 2023

Air Products has announced that it will build, own and operate a state-of-the-art carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The facility is expected to be on-stream in 2026, and the resulting "blue" hydrogen product to serve ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and additional customers via Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network system. It will be the largest blue hydrogen plant in Europe once operational....

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Dust explosion damages silo at fish factory in Norway 07 November 2023

A dust explosion at a facility operated by salmon farmer Mowi damaged a silo storing fishmeal at the company’s plant in Bjugn, Norway on 1 November. A fire, which briefly broke out following the explosion, burnt itself out before firefighters arrived at the fish feed factory which is one of the world’s largest....

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Explosion at Bulgarian ammunition manufacturer kills one, injures two 06 November 2023

An explosion at Bulgaria’s largest armaments factory, Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi (VMZ) EAD, killed one worker and injured two others on 25 October. The incident at the facility in the town of Sopot, 40 miles (65km) north of Plovdiv, occurred during the handling of explosives in a workshop at the site, officials said....

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Equinor publishes third quarter 2023 safety results 23 October 2023

Equinor has published its latest safety performance results covering the third quarter of 2023. The statistics show the oil major’s positive safety trend continues. The number of serious incidents per million hours worked is still declining at the end of the third quarter, measured over the past 12 months, the company said....

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