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  • Three miners killed, two critical after Turkish coal mine explosion

    22 November 2018

    Three miners were killed and two injured after an underground explosion in Turkey’s Black Sea region early on November 21. The blast, thought to have been caused by methane, took place at an unlicensed mine in Kilimli in the northern province of Zonguldak. The two injured miners are in critical condition, according to hospital sources quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu....

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  • Russian research laboratory linked to cyber attack on Saudi petrochemical plant

    25 October 2018

    A series of cyber attacks in 2017, using so-called Triton malware specifically engineered to interact with Schneider Electric's Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers, has been traced to a Russian research laboratory in Moscow, according to cybersecurity group FireEye. One attack almost caused an explosion at a Saudi petrochemical plant....

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  • Environmentalists protest over planned Israeli offshore gas plant

    03 September 2018

    Thousands of people attended a rally in Tel Aviv on September 1 to oppose plans for a gas processing facility to be built 10 kilometres from the Israeli coast. Environmentalists, local authorities and NGOs are waging a campaign to have the platform moved 125 kilometres off the coast, citing environmental and public health concerns....

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  • Three missing after explosion on board Indian oil tanker off Oman

    15 August 2018

    Three sailors are missing and one has suffered burn injuries after a blast on the oil tanker MT Desh Vaibhav on August 14, according to a statement from the vessel’s owner, Shipping Corporation of India. SCI said the vessel was off Oman and bound for Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when the explosion occurred in one of its cargo tanks....

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  • Oil storage explosion in central Iran kills two

    24 July 2018

    An explosion at an Iranian oil storage facility in the central industrial zone of Khomein on July 20 killed two people and wounded another, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. An oil purifier unit in the Khomein facility caught fire around noon which caused a blast in which two people were killed, the deputy governor of Iran’s Markazi province told Tasnim....

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Egypt chemical depot blast injures 12 13 July 2018

Egyptian state news agency MENA said 12 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion at a storage facility belonging to a petrochemicals company outside Cairo airport on July 13. The  minister of civil aviation, Younis al-Masri, said air traffic at the airport was unaffected by the explosion....

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One killed, six injured in Iranian refinery fire 02 July 2018

An explosion and fire at the Abadan refinery and petrochemical complex on June 28 killed one and injured a further six, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. One of the injured is reported to be in critical condition. The Abadan refinery is Iran's oldest crude processing facility and is situated in the country’s oil-rich Khuzestan Province....

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Blast at Turkish explosives plant kills one 28 May 2018

A blast at a state-owned explosives factory in the Elmadag district on the outskirts of the Turkish capital Ankara killed one worker and injured four others, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on May 24....

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Cyber attack on Saudi chemical plant could have caused explosion 19 March 2018

A cyber attack against a petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia could have caused serious physical damage, according to news reports. The attack, which was detected last August, appears to have been designed to shut down safety controllers, which could have caused an explosion at the plant. In the event, the attack failed due to a flaw in the coding of the malware....

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Iranian oil tanker on fire in East China Sea - 32 crew missing 09 January 2018

On January 9, the stricken Iranian tanker Sanchi was still ablaze some 160 nautical miles off China’s coast near Shanghai three days after fire broke out on the vessel after a collision with a grain carrier. Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to douse the flames and locate its missing crew. ...

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