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Yemen rebels to allow UN repair mission on decaying oil tanker to proceed 27 November 2020

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have reached an agreement to allow a United Nations mission to inspect and repair an abandoned, decaying oil tanker that has the potential to cause a major humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. The UN said on November 24 that a repair mission to the stranded FSO Safer could begin by late January or early February....

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Missile causes explosion at Saudi oil storage facility 25 November 2020

A missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels caused an explosion at a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 23. No one was injured in the attack on Saudi Aramco’s North Jeddah Bulk Plant which caused damage to an oil storage tank....

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Factory explosion kills two, injures two in Israel 17 November 2020

A suspected gas explosion killed two workers and injured two others at a metalwork factory in Ashdod, Israel on November 16. According to local media, a preliminary investigation determined that workers had been welding a gas tank when the blast occurred....

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Israel fines Noble Energy-Chevron £850,000 after offshore rig violates discharge permit 16 November 2020

On November 15, Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection imposed a fine of NIS 3,783,276 (£850,000 / $1.1m) on Noble Energy Mediterranean, which was recently acquired by Chevron. The company violated conditions of its discharge permit for the Leviathan gas production platform into the Mediterranean Sea....

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Explosion at petrochemical plant injures one in Iran 26 October 2020

An explosion and fire injured one person at a petrochemical plant in southwest Iran on October 23. The incident happened at the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex, one of Iran’s largest petrochemical sites....

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Coal mine explosion kills one, injures three in Turkey 13 October 2020

An explosion in a coal mine killed a worker and seriously injured three others on October 13 in central Turkey. The incident happened at a coal mine in the district of Iskilip in Turkey’s central Çorum province....

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Six countries formally establish eastern Mediterranean gas forum 22 September 2020

On September 22, six east Mediterranean states signed a charter giving formal status to a Cairo-based gas forum seeking to promote gas exports and cooperation between the countries. The East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) comprises Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and the Palestinian National Authority....

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Heat wave blamed for series of explosions at military facility in Jordan 15 September 2020

A series of explosions at a military facility near Jordan’s capital city Amman has been blamed on a heat wave currently occurring in the middle eastern country. The blasts happened on September 11 in the city of Zarqa, north east of Amman, at an old ammunition depot that stored unusable mortar shells....

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Report says Israeli gas rig staff failed to comprehend seriousness of leak that could have caused “large loss of life” 07 September 2020

A new report published by Israel’s Energy Ministry says that staff working on an offshore natural gas rig failed to understand the seriousness of a gas leak in May which could have caused a “large loss of life” had it ignited. The investigative report into the Leviathan rig was ordered after a series of malfunctions occurred in the first few months after it began commercial operations in January 2020....

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Spanish chemical plant to become world’s first to operate on 100% renewable power 21 August 2020

A SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) chemical plant in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power, following the signing of a major agreement. The polycarbonate facility is planned to be fully operational in 2024....

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