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New Kuwait oil spill reported off southern coast 20 September 2017

Another oil spill was reported on September 19 in the Ras al-Zour area, where the Kuwait National Petroleum Company is building the Middle East’s largest refinery. This is the latest in a series of unexplained leaks off the Gulf State in recent months, with another reported in the same area last month and another, at Abu Fatira, measured at over a nautical mile in length....

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ADIPEC Increases CEO Line-up for Global Business Leaders Conference 14 August 2017

Delegates at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) will have more opportunities than ever to hear some of the oil and gas industry’s most powerful executives speak in open-invite conference sessions, after organisers confirmed they will increase the number of Global Business Leader panels for 2017....

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Explosion and blaze at Israeli munitions factory injures one 20 June 2017

An explosion and fire at an arms development site in central Israel left one person injured on June 1. The incident, at the Israeli Military Industries factory in Ramat Hasharon near Tel Aviv, was caused by an explosion on a production line according to an initial investigation reported in the Times of Israel....

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Ship fire in Sharjah kills one, injures four 15 May 2017

One crew member was killed and four others suffered burns after a fire broke out on a vessel transporting a petroleum products at Al Hamriyah port on May 13, Sharjah Civil Defence said. A massive explosion started the fire and the vessel broke into two, Gulf News reported, with 16 evacuated from the crippled vessel.  The explosion also damaged buildings nearby....

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Coal mine explosion in northern Iran kills at least 35 04 May 2017

The Iranian Fars news agency said on May 4 that the death toll in a coal mine explosion the previous day at Azadshahr in Golestan province in northern Iran had reached at least 35. The provincial director general of disaster management said 22 dead bodies had been recovered, and that some of the dead were rescuers who had gone into the mine to help victims of the initial explosion....

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Proposed US budget targets EPA, regulation and environment initiatives 21 March 2017

On March 16, President Donald Trump's administration published its budget plans, which involve reducing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31% and eliminating 3,200 of its employees (19% of the workforce). Other major themes include reducing funding for enforcing regulations, water and air pollution clean-up initiatives, toxic waste site remediation and promoting energy-efficient appliances....

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Saudi Aramco oil pipeline leak kills one, injures three 21 February 2017

Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco said that one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the country on February 19. The company said in a statement that an emergency response team managed to contain the leak in Abqaiq, 37 miles southwest of the company's main Dharan compound....

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Iran fears oil plant fires could be due to hacking 23 September 2016

AP says in one of its Big Story reports that a series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking having played a role, with authorities saying that viruses have contaminated equipment at several of the affected complexes. This follows the targeting of the country’s nuclear uranium enrichment facilities by the Stuxnet virus in 2010....

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Gas pipeline explosion in Iran kills one, injures three 08 August 2016

A gas pipeline explosion in southern Iran has killed one person and injured three others, the IRNA press agency reported on August 6. The blast happened at a gas pressure boosting station in Shul village, near the town of Genaveh in the southern province of Bushehr, and was extinguished after five hours....

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Fire at Saudi petrochemical plant kills 12 18 April 2016

Twelve people were killed and 11 others were injured with six in a critical condition after fire broke out in a petrochemical factory in Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial area, Jubail, state news agency SPA reported. The incident took place in an area that was under construction and during routine maintenance at Jubail United Petrochemical Company plant....

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