General Interest news briefs, Sept. 13

Iran, Russia to produce liquefied hydrogen; accident kills worker on Veslefrikk B platform.

Iran and Russia have agreed to set up a liquefaction plant to produce liquefied hydrogen, according to Faramarz Golshani, managing director of the Iranian New Energies Organization. Golshani told the Iranian News Agency the plant was part of a scheme to replace fossil fuels with new environmentally friendly energies. He said the liquefied hydrogen could be used as fuel for diesel engines of heavy-duty vehicles. Golshani said Iran had launched 4-year studies on replacing fossil fuels with new energy sources and setting up solar energy and wind power plants.

An accident on the Maersk Seeker vessel claimed the life of a 32-year-old Danish man Sept. 11. The Seeker vessel was participating in the replacement of an anchor chain on Statoil SA's semisubmersible Veslefrikk B production platform. The man was hit on the head by the chain and suffered serious cranial injuries. "All the relevant authorities have been notified, and we've appointed an internal committee of inquiry to investigate the causes of this accident," said Brian Bjordal, a Statoil senior vice-president.

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