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  • Chemical park explosion kills two person in Germany, five people still missing and 31 injured

    27 July 2021

    An explosion at an industrial park in Leverkusen, Germany killed two people and injured 31 others on July 27. The incident happened at Chempark, an industrial park for several chemical companies including Bayer and Lanxess. Five people remain missing with the park's operator saying the hope of finding them alive is dwindling....

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  • Energy majors submit bids for Scottish offshore wind leasing

    20 July 2021

    Several energy majors have submitted bids to build offshore wind projects off the coast of Scotland, the first round of seabed leasing in Scottish waters for over a decade. BP, Equinor, Orsted, Shell, and RWE are among those which submitted bids as part of Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind Leasing that will grant property rights for new large-scale offshore wind project development, including floating wind for the first time....

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  • Research project for the use of hydrogen in aviation starts in Hamburg

    09 July 2021

    A new development platform has been launched in Hamburg in order to test new hydrogen technology from as early as 2022. Funded by the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will work with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and Hamburg Airport over the next two years to design and test extensive maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology....

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  • Explosion kills one, injures five at Romania’s largest crude oil refinery

    05 July 2021

    An explosion and fire at Romania’s largest crude oil refinery killed a worker and injured five others on July 2. The incident occurred at the Petromidia refinery on the Black Sea coast. The company which operates the refinery, Rompetrol Rafinare, said the explosion occurred inside the diesel hydrotreating unit....

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  • Serious regulation breaches identified from investigation into December 2020 incident at Equinor plant

    29 June 2021

    The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway (PSA) announced on June 24 that it had completed its investigation into the December 2020 incident involving a turbine breakdown and subsequent fire at Equinor’s Tjeldbergodden methanol plant. The regulator said serious breaches of the regulations were identified, and that Equinor has now been given an order....

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Oil company fined £400,000 for North Sea platform gas leak 22 June 2021

Offshore oil company Apache has been fined £400,000 after it failed to provide written safety procedures for the depressurisation of an oil well, which led to the release of more than 1000kg of hydrocarbon gas at their Beryl Alpha production installation in the North Sea....

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Series of explosions cause large fire at Serbian munitions factory 07 June 2021

A series of explosions at a military munitions factory in Serbia caused a significant fire on June 4. No one was hurt in the incident, however the explosions forced the evacuation of the local area while 60 employees rushed to get away from the plant....

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Distillery blast injures eight in Greece 04 June 2021

Eight people suffered injuries after an explosion at a distillery near Larissa in central Greece on May 28. According to reports, none of the injured were in critical conditions although they were said to have suffered burns and were experiencing breathing difficulties....

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Wood processing plant explosion injures eight in Lithuania 04 May 2021

An explosion at a wood processing facility in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda injured eight people on May 3. A building collapsed during the incident and 28 people were evacuated from the Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) facility....

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£3 million nuclear robotics contract is first tranche in LongOps UK-Japan deal 20 April 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH separate contracts totalling £3 million to supply robotic manipulator arms to its RACE research facility. The £3M contract stems from the £12M UK-Japanese robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research, called "LongOps", announced in January this year....

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