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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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  • Sinopec's first green bond issuance

    14 April 2021

    On April 2, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation successfully issued a "green bond" for the first time. The equity-funded carbon neutral bond issuance scale is 1.1 billion yuan (£122m) and the issuance period is 3 years. The raised funds will be used in the company's green projects such as photovoltaics, wind power, and geothermal. This is also the first carbon neutral bond issued by a domestic oil and gas company in China....

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  • Power plant explosion kills six people in China

    08 April 2021

    An explosion killed six people at a power plant in eastern China on April 7. The incident happened while workers were carrying out welding tasks on a tank in Chuzhou city of Anhui province....

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  • Sinopec announces intention to become China's largest hydrogen energy company

    29 March 2021

    In 2020, Sinopec announced that it would build China's largest hydrogen energy company. During the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, Sinopec will accelerate the development of new energy business with hydrogen energy as its core, and vigorously promote the rapid development of the entire hydrogen energy industry chain in the two major areas of hydrogen energy transportation and hydrogen-based refining....

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  • Refinery fire injures five in Indonesia, hundreds evacuated

    29 March 2021

    An oil refinery fire in West Java, Indonesia on March 29 injured five people and forced the evacuation of hundreds of local people. The blaze at Indonesian state oil company Pertamina’s Balongan refinery burnt through the night and could be seen from several miles away....

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Tianjin builds China's first smart energy town 23 March 2021

On March 16, Tianjin took a lead in building China’s first "ecological livable" and "intensive industrial" smart energy towns, and released the white paper "Tianjin Smart Energy Town". The town will play a major role as a demonstration and in advancing China's carbon peak and carbon neutral goals....

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China increases efforts to explore and develop shale oil 01 March 2021

The National Energy Administration of China recently held the 2021 shale oil exploration and development promotion meeting in Beijing to summarise the progress of the previous shale oil exploration and development work, study the next stage of research targets, work priorities and main measures, and make every effort to accelerate the development of shale oil exploration and development....

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Dust explosion kills three, critically injures five others in Singapore 26 February 2021

A combustible dust explosion killed three people and critically injured five others in Tuas, Singapore on February 24. In all, 10 people were initially injured by the explosion, however three people died from their injuries on February 25. Five people remain in hospital in critical conditions while two others have been released....

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Fatal Chinese gold mine explosion in January caused by illegal storage and use of explosives, 45 people arrested 25 February 2021

A gold mine explosion in east China's Shandong province on January 10 was caused by the illegal storage and use of explosives, as well as improper operations, Chinese state media has reported. The blast left 22 workers trapped around 2,000 feet (600 metres) underground. In total, 10 of the miners died while 11 others were rescued after two weeks. One miner remains unaccounted for....

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Second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month kills six, injures four in China's Shandong province 18 February 2021

An explosion at a gold mine in China’s Shandong province killed six people and injured four others on February 16. The blast, Shandong’s second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month, has prompted a local government campaign to close all unsafe mining facilities....

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