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  • Fuel tanker explosion on Afghanistan-Iran border injures at least 60, extinguished after three days

    16 February 2021

    A fuel tanker explosion at a border crossing in western Afghanistan injured around 60 people on February 13. The incident happened in the province of Herat on the Iranian border and was eventually extinguished on February 16 after firefighters from both Afghanistan and Iran fought the blaze....

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  • Vacuum tanker explosion kills two, injures one in Kuwait

    11 January 2021

    Two people were killed in a vacuum tanker explosion on January 8. The force of the blast blew the tanker 30 metres down a road and caused injuries to a third person....

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  • Explosive-laden boat causes explosion on oil tanker in Saudi Arabia

    15 December 2020

    A fuel transport ship suffered an explosion while docked at the Jeddah terminal in Saudi Arabia on December 14 after it was struck by an “external source”, shipping firm Hafnia said. No one was injured in the incident and no damage was sustained to port facilities....

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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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