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  • Nigeria gas tanker explosion kills dozens

    12 September 2018

    At least 35 died and hundreds were injured after a tanker exploded at a petrol station in northern Nigeria's Nasarawa state, the country's emergency agency said. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official said on September 10 the accident happened at a petrol station along the Lafia-Makurdi road linking the capital city of Abuja with northern and southern Nigeria....

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  • Eight killed in South Africa munitions plant explosion

    04 September 2018

    At least eight people were killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory at Somerset West near Cape Town on September 3, according to a fire and emergency services spokesperson. Firefighters are continuing to search for others believed to be trapped. The plant is jointly-owned by German and South African companies and manufactures munitions and explosive products....

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  • Four killed in Zimbabwe grain silo explosion

    30 August 2018

    On August 28 a large silo explosion and fire at the Grain Marketing Board grain storage depot in Lion’s Den, Zimbabwe, killed four workers and left three with injuries, local media reported. A statement by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said initial indications pointed to a possible electrical fault exacerbated by combustible gases....

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  • Shell says major Nigerian pipeline still shut after leak

    21 August 2018

    Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has recovered over 95% of the oil from two spills that took place this year, although the pipeline that carries crude to the coast for export remains closed, the company said on August 20. The Trans Ramos pipeline, which carries crude oil to the  Forcados export terminal, closed in late April following two leaks in Bayelsa State and Delta State....

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  • One killed, 17 injured in Kenya nut factory explosion

    20 August 2018

    One person has died and 17 others were injured after a boiler exploded at the Jungle Nuts Holdings factory in Thika, Kenya, on August 17. Two of the injured employees are in critical condition. The company processes cashew and macadamia nuts and fruits for export....

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New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk off West Africa 24 July 2018

The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents. A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In total, 69 vessels were boarded, with 23 attempted attacks, 11 vessels fired upon and four vessels hijacked. ...

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Mine safety becomes major political issue in South Africa after latest fatal incidents 20 July 2018

South Africa will tighten its mine safety regulations to hold mine operators accountable for deaths in the industry, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on July 16. Safety is a huge issue in South Africa’s mining sector and recent incidents have brought the matter to the top of the government’s list of concerns. ...

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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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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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