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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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Oil refinery explosion in South Africa kills two, injures six 02 July 2020

An explosion at an oil refinery in Cape Town, South Africa killed two people and injured six others on July 2. The blast happened in the early hours of the morning and caused a fire to break out at the plant which is operated by a Glencore subsidiary....

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Tanker blast kills four in Nigeria 22 June 2020

Four people were killed on June 21 near Lagos, Nigeria after several explosions involving four vehicles. The first explosion involved a collision between two petroleum tankers which caused a fire to spread to another tanker carrying natural gas....

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Five people sentenced to death for pipeline explosion in Egypt 30 March 2020

A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced five people to death for their role in an oil pipeline explosion that killed nine people and injured 13. The explosion in November 2019 happened near Itay al-Baroud in the northern province of Bahira, a village located halfway between Cairo and Alexandria. The pipeline transports oil between the two cities....

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