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  • Australian inquiry into 2020 mine explosion finds miners faced “unacceptable level of risk”

    15 June 2021

    An inquiry into the May 2020 explosion at Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia has found that production continued despite knowledge that the gas management systems were unable to cope with the rate of production. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry report found that methane gas levels in the mine exceeded regulated levels 27 times in the lead up to the explosion which seriously injured five people....

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  • Australian miners left “fuming” as mining giant restarts coal mine following 2020 explosion

    23 April 2021

    Workers at mining giant Anglo American’s Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland, Australia have been left “fuming” as a result of the company’s decision to restart operations following an explosion in May 2020 which seriously injured five people. According to Reuters news agency, a union official has said that Anglo American has not kept workers informed about the plans to restart the mine, a claim disputed by the company....

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  • Meat processing company fined £176,000 for ammonia leak

    26 February 2021

    A meat processing company in New Zealand has been fined $337,500 (£176,000) after an ammonia leak in February. The leak at the Silver Fern Farms plant in Hawera on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island contaminated a local stream, killing scores of fish and eels....

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  • Five people injured in fertiliser factory blast in New Zealand

    12 October 2020

    Five workers were hospitalised after an explosion at a fertiliser factory in New Zealand on October 6. The blast happened in Dunedin on New Zealand’s south eastern coast at a factory belonging to Ravensdown....

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  • Personal air sanitisers are an explosion hazard on planes, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority warns

    03 September 2020

    New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned that personal hand sanitisers being promoted as blocking bacterial or viral airborne infections are an explosion risk on aircraft. The sanitisers involve substances which can cause a chemical reaction to occur that poses an explosion risk, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reports....

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Calls for Australian energy giant to pay out A$200m to clean up decaying FPSO it operated until 2016 14 August 2020

An Australian government review has recommended that past owners of offshore production sites should be made liable for remediation costs after they have sold a site. The review came after calls were made for energy giant Woodside Petroleum to pay around A$200m (£109m) to clean up an FPSO in the Timor Sea which it owned until 2016....

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Calls for Chevron gas project in Australia to be shut down after cracks found in critical components 28 July 2020

Energy giant Chevron is facing calls to shut down its Gorgon natural gas project on the west coast of Australia after thousands of cracks, some measuring up to one metre long and 30 millimetres deep, were discovered on critical components. The Gorgon gas project comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day....

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Australian mine closed again a month after explosion, safety concerns raised at three mines 09 June 2020

Workers at three Anglo American underground coal mines in Queensland have raised concerns over safety and the management of dangerous gases following last month’s explosion at the Grosvenor coal mine in Moranbah which injured five workers. Workers have now been banned from going underground at the Grosvenor mine after rising gas levels heightened fears of another explosion....

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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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