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ADIPEC confirms expanded programme for world’s largest oil and gas technical conference 29 September 2017

Organisers of the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), hosted by ADNOC, have confirmed the event’s technical conference, already the world’s largest for oil and gas professionals, will see a significant increase in scope for 2017 to include the downstream industry for the first time....

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One dead, 3 injured in explosion at Kurdish steel plant 28 September 2017

An explosion at the Sulaimani Steel Factory in Bazian, Kurdistan, northern Iraq, has killed one Nepali worker and wounded three others. The inured Nepalis were rushed to hospital, according to a local police source....

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Israel gas supply affected by closure of Tamar offshore field after leak 25 September 2017

Israel's natural gas supply was interrupted from September 22 after a leak was detected on the Tamar platform causing all production from the field to be shut down. Tamar, 20 kilometres off the coast of Ashkelon, began production in 2013 and is Israel's primary source of natural gas, as well as supplying gas exports to Jordan. So far it has produced more than 1 trillion cubic feet....

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Iranian group suspected of hacking Saudi aviation and petrochemical industries 22 September 2017

A new report by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, claims that a group of hackers targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the US and South Korea, is suspected of working in Iran for its government. Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries, briefed journalists on the report in Dubai on September 20....

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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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