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Economics/Energy/Environment /Disaster Skikda’s LNG plant explosion is due to gas leak in one pipe Algiers, (AAI) - The preliminary results of the inquiry opened further to  the accident occurred in the Skikda ’s plant of gas liquefaction revealed  that the cause is not due to the defective state of the boiler but to a  liquid gas leak in one pipe, Chakib Khelil Minister of energy and mining  announced outside the seminar " mining and environment - symbiosis for a  sustainable development " organized this Tuesday at Aurassi hotel. The Minister added that the board of inquiry and two other teams of experts  who are studying the accident causes to estimate it would elaborate the  results of the inquiry. " The decision which will be taken will take time ",  the Minister estimated. This is a timeline of the accident and the damage it caused GO TO THIS SITE FOR SOME BREATH TAKING PICTURES OF THIS. RECENT NEWS...  January 19, 2004 LNG BLAST   Story Still Unfolding ...

 LNG Explosion In Algeria Industrial Zone Death Toll Currently:   27 Workers Injured:  74 Blast Felt Miles Away Port was designed to load only small LNG Tankers for short distances Cause: Possibly "Defective Boiler" Which Had Earlier Received "Superficial  Repairs" Facility Destroyed Fires Raged For 8 Hours

BBC NEWS Four killed in Algeria gas blast Monday, 19 January, 2004, 21:35 GMT Full Story:

ABSTRACTS:     An explosion at a natural gas complex in Algeria has killed at least  four people and injured about 60 others. The blast took place at a  state-owned liquefied natural gas unit in the industrial zone of the  north-eastern coastal town of Skikda.     The blast, which happened at 1840 (1740 GMT), on Monday is thought to  have been an accident, officials said.     Algeria is a major oil and gas producer and has one of the world's  largest natural gas reserves.     "We're still fighting the fires but we have yet to determine the cause  of the explosion," a civil defense official in Skikda told Reuters news  agency.     Those injured in the explosion were taken to hospitals in the region.     One witness told Reuters the explosion was felt miles away.     "Everyone in the building rushed out, all windows were blown out,"  another witness, who lived near to the refinery, told state radio.     The Algerian Energy and Mines Minister, Chakib Khelil, has gone to the  scene.     Published: 2004/01/19 21:35:52 GMT January 20, 2004 Blast at Algerian liquefied natural gas plant Kills at least 20 people Full Story:

ABSTRACTS:      At least 20 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in a huge  explosion that destroyed a liquefied natural gas plant in Skikda, eastern  Algeria, reports said Tuesday.      The director of health for the region told Algerian radio that a fire  broke out at 18:40 on Monday after the very powerful blast ripped through an  area of the plant where many workers were stationed. The fire was still  blazing at early Tuesday.      Algeria's Minister of Energy and Mines Chakib Khelil, who was on the  scene, told state radio that the three liquefaction units had been destroyed  in the incident, the reason for which was not yet known. (      © Copyright Al-Bawaba.Com 2004 gln nlg gnl

 Algeria blast to hit LNG exports, importers calm Reuters, 01.20.04, 8:19 AM ET Full Story:   By Margaret Orgill ABSTRACTS:     LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A huge explosion at the Skikda liquefied  natural gas (LNG) plant in Algeria will hit the country's gas exports to  southern Europe but importers played down the impact on Tuesday saying they  had plenty of alternative suppliers.      The blast ripped through the Skikda LNG plant, one of two in Algeria,  late on Monday killing at least 23 people and shutting down all activity at  the oil and gas refining complex...     A port agent said the explosion, the worst accident at an LNG site in  nearly 30 years, also badly damaged a berth at the nearby port where LNG  tankers are loaded.     The port at Skikda is designed to load small LNG tankers and is used for  short-distance exports to southern Europe rather than for shipments across  the Atlantic, Andrew Flower, an independent gas analyst and former LNG  director at BP, told Reuters.     "Skikda can only take small ships. They normally ply across the  Mediterranean to Italy, Spain and France," Flower said... Reuters At least 27 dead in Algeria blast, refinery shut January 20, 2004 By Zohra Bensemra Full Story:;:400d65e8:2f1f10da5ee06141?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4165226

ABSTRACTS:     SKIKDA, Algeria (Reuters) - At least 27 workers died when a gas plant  blew up at Algeria's largest refinery complex on the Mediterranean coast and  brought its key oil and gas activities to a halt, officials said on Tuesday.     The powerful blast and consequent fires devastated the vast  petrochemical site in the port city of Skikda, 500 km east of the capital  Algiers on Monday evening...     It was the worst LNG accident since 1975 when about 40 people died in an  explosion in Staten Island, U.S., according to Andrew Flower, an independent  gas consultant... 21 January 2004 0044 hrs (SST) Algerian gas plant explosion kills 27, injures 72 Full Story:

ABSTRACTS:     ALGIERS : At least 27 people were killed and 72 injured when a huge  explosion, apparently caused by a defective boiler, ripped through a  liquefied natural gas plant near the eastern Algerian port of Skikda, a  government minister said.     Health Minister Mourad Redjimi gave the new casualty figures on national  radio, revising upwards from 23 the number of people killed in the country's  worst industrial accident since independence in 1962.     The blast, which occurred at 6:40 pm (1740 GMT) on Monday, had been  caused by a "defective boiler", an official in charge of security at the  Skikda complex said.     The official, whose name was not given, said in a radio interview that  shortly before the explosion he had heard "bizarre, abnormal noises coming  from a boiler."     He said specialists had filed a report "more than a year ago" indicating  that the boiler in question was defective. "Superficial repairs" had been  carried out on the boiler, he said.     A foreman in a storage depot at the complex had told the radio earlier  that he heard "strange noises and abnormal vibrations coming from a boiler  and valves before the explosion..."     A woman living close to the plant, about 10 kilometres (six miles)  outside Skikda, said: "There was a heavy blast and everything started to  shake and the windows of my apartment were blown out."     Speaking haltingly, she said the complex was engulfed in smoke and  flames. "We all ran out, we helped the handicapped and the old people," she  said, adding: "Many of them were in shock and the children were crying."     A local official, in charge of health in the Skikda region, told state  radio that a fire at the plant had been brought under control early Tuesday  after raging for almost eight hours.

MOBILE REGISTER 1/21/04 More bodies found at LNG blast scene At least 27 dead at facility similar to terminals proposed for Mobile Bay Full Story: Staff, wire reports ABSTRACTS:     Searchers discovered 10 more bodies at a liquefied natural gas complex  in Algeria leveled by an explosion, raising the death toll to at least 27,  an official said Tuesday. Seventy-four people were injured and rescuers said  as many as a dozen workers were believed missing...     Information available from the Halliburton Co. of Texas shows that the  oil construction giant had in recent years revamped the Algerian facility to  the latest performance standards...     Industry officials and some government officials have said that such  facilities have a spotless safety record, could not explode, and would pose  little risk to surrounding communities. But in recent months, the Mobile  Register has reported that government officials have sometimes used faulty  studies to make their case to the public...     LNG industry officials maintained that the accident in Algeria should  not affect how the public perceives LNG terminals in the United States.     "I would not make a direct link between the accident and any U.S. site,  Mobile included," said ExxonMobil spokesman Bob Davis in Houston. "As tragic  as the Algerian accident is, I don't think it negates the outstanding  40-year safety record of LNG in the world."     Davis said that the Algerian facility is "one of the oldest LNG  facilities in the world, vintage 1970s. I think certainly from our point of  view, the technology on these facilities has advanced substantially in that  30-year period."     But a Halliburton Co. Web site states that its engineering branch, KBR,  updated the entire Skikda terminal as recently as 1999. The Web site touts  the project as a model of modern American workmanship.     "Halliburton Company is pleased to announce that its recently completed  Liquefied Natural Gas Revamp Project at Skikda, Algeria, has passed all its  performance tests," reads the company press release announcing the project's  completion. "KBR's work included extensive revamp of the three LNG trains  and associated utilities and