Several Killed in Kenya Gasoline Pipeline Fire
A hellish scene is being reported from Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, where spilled fuel from a broken gasoline pipeline owned by Kenya Pipeline Company burst into flames. The fire was isolated to an impoverished slum sector in the city and resulted in more than 75 confirmed deaths and over 100 injuries.
Kenya’s poor reportedly flocked to the scene of the ruptured pipeline to collect the gasoline flowing into the streets when flames erupted in a 300-yard radius around the leak. Shacks and people were set ablaze. Several burn victims jumped into the nearby river for relief, and charred bodies are now found floating down the waterway.
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Red cross officials have confirmed that 75 are dead, but fear that more are likely to be discovered. Many of the dead include children, and an informal youth education center reportedly went up in flames with children inside.
Local hospitals have been treating burn victims, but have already run out of blood for transfusions.
"This is a terrible accident," said Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who visited the wounded in hospital. Odinga claims the government would cover medical expenses for the injured and pay compensation to the surviving families of the dead. He also said he had visited the offices of the state-owned Kenya Pipeline Company, who operate the pipeline. "There will be a proper investigation," he added. "What I've seen is shocking, terrible. This I think is one of the worst disasters that has happened here in this country in the oil sector."
A similar event occurred just two years ago in Kenya, where an overturned tanker exploded while people attempted to collect spilled fuel. Over 120 were killed in that incident.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.