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Deadly #Wildfires In #NewSouthWales, #Australia


Worker flown to #hospital after #fire breaks out on #NorthSea #Oil and #Gas Platform

Tern Alpha platform. Pic: Taqa

Tern Alpha platform. Pic: Taqa

The “small fire” started on the Taqa-operated Tern Alpha installation, 105 miles north-east of Shetland, at around 2pm yesterday.

A crew member on board sustained an arm injury in the incident and was airlifted to the Gilbert Bain hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Their family has been informed.

Taqa said the fire was quickly extinguished while production was shut down on the Tern Alpha.

The operator said a full investigation is underway although the cause of the incident is not yet known.

Taqa said production on the platform is expected to be safely resumed today.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: “HSE was notified of the incident on the Tern Alpha oil platform, and is assisting Taqa with their investigation.”

Taqa performed a muster of all workers after the fire broke out who were all accounted for and have since been stood down.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard was contacted just after 14:15 (14th October) by the Tern Alpha platform requesting assistance after a crew member required medical attention.

“The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter based at Sumburgh was sent. Lerwick and Sumburgh Coastguard rescue teams were also sent to assist in transferring the person to the ambulance service.”

The Tern Alpha was constructed in 1988 and can accommodate up to 175 workers at a time.

It serves as a production and drilling facility for the Tern, Kestrel, Hudson, Falcon and Cladhan fields

Abu Dhabi-headquartered Taqa operates a number of fields in the UK North Sea, including a 100% operated stake in the Tern, Kestrel, Eider, Cormorant North, South Cormorant, Falcon and Pelican Fields.

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#Wildfires spread through parts of #Lebanon, #Syria

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Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said.

A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds intensified the fires that began a day earlier in mostly pine forests around the country and three provinces in neighboring Syria. There were no reports of fatalities from the fires — among the worst to hit Lebanon in years.

Fire crews were overwhelmed by the flames in the Mount Lebanon region early Tuesday, forcing the Interior Ministry to send riot police with engines equipped with water cannons to help. Two small aircraft were sent from the nearby Mediterranean island of Cyprus to help put out the flames.

“Your planes are now fighting fires in Lebanon as we speak here,” Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said during a visit to Cyprus.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said if the fires turn out to be intentional those behind it “will pay a price.” Hariri added that an investigation will be opened to know what caused the fires.

In Damour, a coastal village south of Beirut, more than a dozen charred cars w on the side of a road. Most of the homes nearby escaped the damage.

The state has been widely criticized by residents because Lebanon bought three aircraft several years ago to be used in extinguishing fires but they have been parked at Beirut’s airport with no money to maintain them.

As the fires raged overnight, a correspondent burst into tears while live on TV, saying she could hear people scream for help inside their homes but no one could reach them.

Interior Minister Raya El Hassan said Greece would send two aircraft in response to a request from Lebanon, adding that Jordan has also expressed readiness to send assistance to Beirut.

In neighboring Syria, fires spread in the coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus, as well as the central province of Homs, but authorities there brought all the fires under control.

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