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  • South Africa’s largest coal-fired power plant suffers explosion just one week after coming online

    17 August 2021

    An explosion caused extensive damage at South Africa’s newest and largest coal-fuelled power plant on August 8, just one week after the plant had come fully online. No injuries were reported in the incident at the Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in the northeast of the country....

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  • Tanker explosion kills one person, injures another in South Africa

    04 June 2021

    A man was killed while cleaning the inside of a tanker in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa on May 29. The incident happened on the premises of a cleaning services company in Cliffdale....

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  • Engen to convert “financially unsustainable” Durban refinery into import terminal

    27 April 2021

    Engen has announced that it will be converting its 120,000 barrel-per-day Durban refinery into an import terminal. Engen began to consider the refinery’s future in October before a December explosion closed the plant. Repairs have been estimated to cost as much as 800 million Rand (£39.1m), however Engen has said global product supply surplus and depressed demand were the primary reasons behind the company’s decision....

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  • Asphalt tank explosion leaves six dead in Tunisia

    16 March 2021

    An explosion in an industrial area of Gabès, south east Tunisia killed six people on March 14. One person was also injured by the blast....

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  • Military base explosion kills 98, injures 615 in Equatorial Guinea

    09 March 2021

    The death toll following a series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea on March 7 has risen to 98, the country’s health ministry has said. In a statement, the ministry said that of the 615 people injured, 316 have been discharged and 299 remain in care in the various hospitals in the coastal city of Bata....

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Explosion kills three workers at ArcelorMittal plant in South Africa 23 February 2021

Three workers were found dead at an ArcelorMittal steel plant in South Africa following an explosion on February 17. The bodies of the workers were discovered under rubble after a portion of a 90m stack at one of the site’s coke batteries failed and fell onto a control room....

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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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