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Nigeria road tanker explosion kills nine 29 June 2018

An oil tanker exploded in Lagos, Nigeria, late on June 28, killing at least nine people and injuring four, according to the state’s rescue agency. Adesina Tiamiyu, chief of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said in a statement that 54 vehicles were also burned in the explosion on the busy Otedola bridge....

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Oil pipeline attacks threaten survival of Nigerian economy 29 May 2018

The Nigerian economy may be on the verge of collapse over the spate of force majeure incidents, usually caused by attacks on oil company pipelines, according to the Lagos-based Daily Sun. With oil accounting for more than half of government revenue and 90% of export income, government programmes will be seriously compromised if revenues continue to shrink in the face of attacks on oil infrastructure....

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South African mining companies agree $400m compensation for silicosis 04 May 2018

Mining companies have agreed a 5bn rand ($400m) compensation deal for tens of thousands of South African miners who contracted deadly lung diseases while working underground. The miners contracted silicosis, an incurable lung disease caused by inhaling dust from gold-bearing rocks. ...

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South African gold miners die in earthquake 04 May 2018

Four miners were killed and three others reported missing underground after an earthquake hit the Masakhane gold mine west of Johannesburg, the Sibanye-Stillwater company said on May 4. Thirteen miners were initially trapped about 2.6km below the surface but rescuers managed to get several of them out, a company spokesperson said....

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Libya oil output drops by around 85,000 b/d after attack on pipeline 24 April 2018

Libya's crude oil production was cut by around 85,000 b/d after an attack on a pipeline supplying the Es Sider oil terminal, state-owned National Oil Corporation said on April 22. NOC said the fire from the explosion at the pipeline from Al-Zidah to Es Sider was soon extinguished and repairs were expected to be completed within a few days....

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Two killed in Egypt gas explosion 03 April 2018

Two workers died and nine others were injured on March 31 in an explosion caused by a gas leak at a construction site in Al-Jalala, Egypt. A security source confirmed that the accident took place after a bulldozer ruptured a Gasco natural gas pipeline at the site. The injured were taken to Suez General Hospital....

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NNPC says third of Nigeria’s oil production lost to pipeline theft in 2016 19 February 2018

Nigeria National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) Group Managing Director Dr Maikanti Baru claimed in late 2017 that about 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil were lost in 2016 due to pipeline theft and sabotage. This brought Nigeria’s production down to 1.3 million bpd, against a target of 2.2 million for the period....

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Spate of gas explosion incidents reported in West Africa 05 February 2018

According to Pulse, four people have reportedly been killed and many others injured in a gas station explosion in Edo state, in south central Nigeria. In a similar incident two weeks ago, a gas plant in Magodo, Lagos State, also exploded leaving two dead and many others injured....

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Tanker with 22 crew goes missing in pirate-infested African waters 05 February 2018

A Hong-Kong managed tanker with a crew of 22 and a cargo of 13,500 tonnes of petrol is missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost off Benin on February 2, owners Anglo-Eastern said in a statement. The cause of the loss of communication with the vessel, the Marine Express, was unknown and a search was under way with help from Nigerian and Beninese authorities, the company said....

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Ghanaian tanker drivers blame high propane content in LPG as cause of recent explosions [Updated] 17 October 2017

According to GhanaWeb, the Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Truck Drivers is blaming the high propane content in gas from the Atuabo processing plant as the cause of recent gas explosions during discharge at filling stations in the country. The most recent explosion, at Atomic Junction in a suburb of Accra on October 7, killed seven and injured at least 132....

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