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  • INEOS announces over €2 billion investment in green hydrogen production

    19 October 2021

    INEOS announced on October 18 that it is to invest more than €2 billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen across Europe. Its first plants will be built in Norway, Germany, and Belgium with investment also planned in the UK and France....

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  • Fire forces closure of key UK electricity cable as prices hit record high

    16 September 2021

    A fire at a facility in Kent in the early hours of September 15 has forced the shutdown of a key electricity cable that imports power from France into the UK. In a statement, National Grid said that a fire at its IFA interconnector site in Sellindge, between Ashford and Folkestone, had been evacuated and that emergency services were in attendance. The shutdown of the cable comes as the UK experiences record high market prices for wholesale energy....

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  • Construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline completed, Gazprom says

    10 September 2021

    Russian energy company Gazprom has announced that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed on September 10. The pipeline, which will transport gas from Russia to Germany, has caused controversy with critics saying it will increase Western Europe’s reliance on Russian gas....

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  • First interim report into July chemical explosion that killed seven in Leverkusen reveals likely cause

    07 September 2021

    The first interim report on the investigation into the July 27 explosion at a chemical waste incineration plant in Leverkusen, Germany says that a chemical reaction was likely to have been the cause. The Cologne District Government made the announcement at a meeting of the City Council of Leverkusen on August 30, citing the first interim report on the investigation into the causes behind the incident....

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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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