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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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Lebanese government resigns in wake of explosion that killed 220 and injured over 6,000 11 August 2020

The Lebanese government resigned on August 10 following the deadly August 4 blast at the Port of Beirut which has so far killed 220 people and injured over 6,000. A series of protests led to Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigning along with his entire cabinet. Meanwhile, details have emerged about the events leading up to the blast, including how Diab and Lebanon's President were warned in July about the possibility of a devastating explosion at the port....

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Explosion in Beirut kills 220, injures over 6,000 05 August 2020

An explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 220 people and injured over 6,000 on August 4 with 110 people still missing as of August 10. The significant blast sent shockwaves through the city, destroying buildings and overturning cars, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, 150 miles (241km) away....

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Time is running out to prevent catastrophe worse than Exxon Valdez in Yemen, says UN 21 July 2020

The UN Security Council has warned that war-torn Yemen and the wider Red Sea region face an unprecedented environmental catastrophe if United Nations experts are unable to gain access to the ageing – and now leaking – offshore oil storage vessel FSO Safer. The vessel contains around 181 million litres of oil and was found to be an explosion and oil spill risk in July 2019 but remains caught up in Yemen’s ongoing civil war....

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Pipeline fire injures 17 people in Egypt 20 July 2020

A large fire broke out along an oil pipeline in Cairo on July 14, injuring 17 people. The blaze happened after an oil leak from the Shuqair-Mostorod pipeline which runs alongside a motorway in a suburb of the Egyptian capital city....

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World’s largest green hydrogen project will supply 650 tonnes of carbon-free hydrogen per day 17 July 2020

A $5 billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy has been announced and will be built in NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s planned smart city in the northwest of the Kingdom. The hydrogen facility will be co-owned by three partners – Air Products, ACWA Power, and NEOM....

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