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North Sea oil platforms closed after leak detected

The Brent pipeline network in the North Sea, which services up to 27 oil fields, has been temporarily closed following the detection of a leak in one on the platforms off Shetland, Cormorant Alpha.
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Russian petrochemical giants eye PE, PP markets

The two largest petrochemical companies in Russia, Sibur and Nizhnekamsk, have been claiming the title of leader on the country's petrochemical market over the past few years and it looks like their battle will continue in 2013.
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Scottish researchers introduce new food processing technology

A new technology that can increase the shelf-life of food products by up to three times the normal period of time, while preserving their freshness and nutritional qualities, has been developed by Scottish researchers from Queen Margaret University.
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EU chemicals industry faces gloomy 2013

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has made a downward revision of its projection for Europe's chemicals output in 2012, the organization has announced.
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UK to introduce new offshore oil and gas production rules

The British government is introducing new rules that aim to increase safety standards and environmental care in the UK's offshore oil and gas industry.
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Gazprom presses ahead with South Stream, asks EU for special status

The South Stream pipeline project that will see Russian natural gas flow to Eastern and Central Europe carried by pipes laid under the Black Sea and across the Balkans is moving ahead.
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US senator introduces bill to facilitate LNG exports to Europe

The U.S. is looking into ways to play a more important role in the European natural gas market by lifting the limitations on liquefied natural gas deliveries to its transatlantic allies and helping them become less dependent on Russian natural gas.
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European container glass industry records growth in 2012

The first half of 2012 was marked by growth for the European glass packaging industry, as production volumes increased to meet growing demand both on the European market and globally.
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UK government lifts ban on fracking but tightens controls

The British government has decided to lift the restrictions on extracting gas from shale rocks using the method of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.
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Operations halted at pharmaceutical plant after discovery of potential explosives

A pharmaceuticals factory in Wales has been closed following the discovery of potentially explosive chemicals on site.
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