Grenfell legacy sees other high rises threatened by cold

Residents of dozens of London’s high-rises are at risk of freezing after dangerous insulation cladding was removed but not replaced following the Grenfell disaster. That’s according to Fuel Poverty Action, which says so far only one building has had its insulation replaced. It claims there has been little recognition the cold can pose a threat […]

Fire halts part of Europe’s largest oil refinery

Royal Dutch Shell has temporarily shut down most units at its oil refinery in the Netherlands after a fire at an electricity switch station. No one was injured and the source of the blaze at the Pernis facility in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest oil refinery, has yet to be determined. The fire at the facility – […]

Experts advise further insulation and cladding tests

A panel of experts have suggested large scale insulation and cladding tests to help landlords make decisions on measures they may need to put in place to make their buildings safe. It follows the fire at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which led to at least 79 deaths. The tests will help establish how different types […]

‘No nuclear risk’ after fire at EDF plant in France

There are no casualties and no risk of contamination after a fire occured at a nuclear power plant in northern France. EDF said the fire at Flamanville 1 was in a “non-nuclear area” in an engine room and was immediately brought under control. Production unit 1 was disconnected automatically from the power grid following the […]

London fire station EV charge points go live

Electric vehicle (EV) charge points at selected London Fire Brigade stations will go live today. They will be available across 71 fire stations and five other brigade sites. Nine will be available to the public in areas including Croydon, East Ham and Edmonton. They can be used via a smartphone by registering for access which […]

US Governor says nuclear plant fire created oil slick

A New York nuclear plant has had a transformer fire and leaked oil into the Hudson River. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed the oil discharge at Indian Point but “exactly how much, we don’t know” he said. He revealed the initial fire which broke out over the weekend, had been put out but the heat from the transformer […]

Taiwan nuclear reactor ‘shut down after fire’

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in Taiwan has reportedly been forced to shut down after a fire broke out yesterday. Reports claim the fire at the 951MW Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County was caused by a short-circuited transformer. It was said to have been put out by the plant’s own firefighters […]

Scorched plant Didcot back online

Didcot B gas plant has made a speedy return to service after it was struck by fire a week ago. No one was injured in the fire which raged last Sunday, engulfing one of the cooling towers. However it did not affect the generating units themselves and this morning module 5 began exporting around 50% […]

Fire-hit Didcot power plant due back by Wednesday

The fire-ravaged gas power plant Didcot B could be back up and running by Wednesday, a spokesperson for npower confirmed today. More than 20 fire engines were called to the blaze at the Oxfordshire power station a week ago. A spokesperson for the supplier told ELN: “We hope to get it online by Wednesday… Obviously this […]

Dramatic fire at Didcot power plant

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