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Future of South Africa’s second largest refinery unknown as cost of repairs estimated at £40 million 09 February 2021

The cost to conduct repairs on an Engen refinery in Durban after a December 2020 explosion has been estimated to be around 800 million Rand (£39.1m). The estimation came from an oversight visit conducted by the country’s Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries which said the refinery would remain closed until the refinery submits an investigation report and preventative measures to the relevant authorities....

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Two workers die in incident aboard FPSO offshore Ivory Coast 15 January 2021

Two people died in an incident onboard an FPSO on January 14, the owner of the production vessel has said. BW Offshore said in a statement that an incident occurred while work was being performed in a cargo tank onboard the FPSO Espoir Ivoirien operating on the Espoir field offshore the Ivory Coast....

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Explosion at ExxonMobil facility kills one and seriously injures another in Nigeria 04 January 2021

A fire and explosion at an ExxonMobil facility in Nigeria killed an employee and injured another on December 13. The incident happened at the Qua Iboe Terminal on the country’s southern coast. Local news reports that the explosion happened while the two employees were lighting a gas flare....

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South Africa chemical factory explosions injure 13, two critically 15 December 2020

A fire and several explosions at a chemical factory in Durban, South Africa injured 13 people on December 8. Over 100 workers were evacuated from the factory and two of the injured are reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries....

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Fire and explosion forces South Africa’s second largest refinery to shutdown 07 December 2020

An explosion and fire at the 120,000 barrel per day refinery operated by Engen in Durban forced operations to shutdown on December 4. Nobody is reported to have been injured in the incident at South Africa’s second largest refinery....

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Libya’s crude oil production exceeds one million barrels a day following months of civil war 10 November 2020

Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on November 7 that it had managed to raise production rates of crude oil above one million barrels a day, the first time this has happened since January due to the civil war in the country....

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Gas tanker explosion kills at least 28 in Nigeria 24 September 2020

A gas tanker explosion killed at least 28 people on September 23 in Lokoja, central Nigeria. The blast happened after the tanker crashed into several other vehicles. Students from a nearby primary school are thought to have been killed in the incident....

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New evidence contradicts official explanation of March 2020 explosion that killed 23 in Nigeria 22 September 2020

A BBC documentary has uncovered new evidence that contradicts the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) official explanation of an explosion that killed 23 people in March. At the time, the NNPC said the blast was caused by a truck crashing into gas cylinders near one of its pipelines, however new evidence from BBC Africa Eye shows a leak from an NNPC pipeline was to blame....

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Uganda and Tanzania sign agreement to build $3.5bn oil pipeline 18 September 2020

Tanzania and Uganda signed an agreement on September 13 to allow for the construction of a 989 mile (1,445km) long crude oil pipeline from Uganda's oil fields to Tanzania's port of Tanga on Africa's eastern coast. The pipeline will cost around $3.5bn to construct....

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Oil facility blast kills seven in Nigeria 09 July 2020

An explosion at the Gbetiokun oil field in Nigeria’s Niger Delta killed seven people on July 7. The blast happened while workers were installing a ladder on a platform, the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said....

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