New UK hydrogen gas network trial cleared by HSE

The HyDeploy project will blend up to 20% of hydrogen with the normal gas supply in part of Keele University’s private gas network

Could your home be at risk of fire from dodgy cables?

Dangerous, fire-starting cables could allegedly have been installed in homes and businesses across the UK. As much as 11 million metres of the non-compliant cables are said to have been brought to the UK market by Atlas Kablo, a Turkish firm that has now ceased trading, according to a BBC investigation. The Health and Safety […]

Energy firm fined £80k for oil and gas release

A Hampshire-based energy company has been fined £80,000 for releasing natural gas and crude oil. Humbly Grove Energy’s main activity is the injection of natural gas into depleted underground oil reservoirs for storage. During a maintenance operation in February 2014, around 145kg of gas was released into the atmosphere, together with some crude oil into […]

Botched pool boiler spells court sentence for installer

A 75-year-old gas installer from Essex was slapped with a suspended prison sentence and 150 hours of community service last week for botched gas work on a swimming pool. William Saint from Chelmsford, was prosecuted after several failed attempts to install a gas boiler at a home in Brightlingsea. He did the work but the […]

Total gets green light to restart North Sea gas field

Oil and gas firm Total has been given clearance to resume production at its Elgin gas platform (pictured) nearly a year after a major leak was found. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gave the go-ahead and said it has “accepted the safety case” for the Elgin installation. Located 150 miles east of Aberdeen, the […]

Fire ‘still raging’ at UK’s biggest coal mine

A huge underground fire is “still raging” at the UK’s largest working coal mine, casting serious doubts on whether it will be able to re-open in future. The major blaze first began as a smaller fire on Friday afternoon prompting all staff at the Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire to be evacuated. The fire continues […]

Gulf of Mexico-style leaks continue to drop

The number of offshore oil and gas leaks which caused the major blowout at BP’s Macondo rig in 2010 is continuing to drop, new safety statistics revealed today. The total number of major and significant hydrocarbon releases in 2011/12 fell to 52 compared to 73 last year, the lowest releases for the last ten years, […]

Public ‘find it hard to trust government on nuclear’ say MPs

The public don’t fully trust the government when it comes to nuclear power and shale gas. That’s according to MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee who have concluded the public don’t see the Government as an “impartial” source of information about risks linked to the energy sources. The MPs suggest the UK Government’s […]

UK nuclear has no “serious” weaknesses

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has confirmed the UK’s non-power generating nuclear facilities are safe after “robust and challenging” stress tests were carried out. The tests were requested last year by chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman following last year’s accident at the Fukushima plant in Japan. Mark Foy, a senior inspector at the Office for […]

BP shuts down small oil leak off Shetlands

BP shut down oil production at an oil field around 200km to the west of the Shetlands on Sunday. The British oil producer confirmed the leak was caused by a hairline fracture to a fitting on a subsea pipeline on the Foinaven Field. BP said in a statement: “The Coastguard, Police, HSE and DECC were […]