Skikda (Algeria)

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Region
Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
19:09 19 Oct 2017

Coordinates
36.88964 N, 6.91053 E

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Skikda is a port city located in north-eastern Algeria on the Gulf of Stora (ancient Sinus Numidicus), part of Mediterranean Sea. The city covers a total area of approx 52 km2 (20 ml2) and has a population of around 250,000 people.

  • Skikda is the capital city of Skikda Province and District. The landscape is forested and hilly, with high ridges on both the eastern and western sides of the city.
  • Oil refining, petrochemical and natural gas industries were developed during the 1970s and pipelines have been constructed for the transportation. The railroad station and Skikda city hall (neo-moorish style palace) were designed by Le Corbusier (1887-1965).
  • Skikda is the terminus of Constantine-Skikda railway line. Skikda Airport serves the city, though the airport is now unused.
  • Historically, Skikda city is famous for its seaport, described in 1911 by German publisher Baedeker as featuring "the youngest Algerian seaport." The city has Algeria's 3rd largest commercial port after Algiers and Oran. It also has a petrochemical terminal port and a fishing port in Stora. There are also many beaches along the Mediterranean coastline. 
  • On February 15, 1989 the Dutch tanker MV Maassluis was anchored outside the port of Skikda, waiting to dock the following day at the terminal, when ship's anchors did not hold and the vessel smashed on the port's pier-head. The disaster killed 27 of all 29 people onboard.
  • On January 19, 2004 fire and explosion at Skikda LNG facility murdered 29 people and caused US$940,000,000 worth of damage. This accident incapacitated 3 LNG trains and impacted approx 2% of the liquefaction capacity of the world. The explosion was preceded by ingestion of a leak of cold hydrocarbon into boiler of westernmost LNG line, which caused the explosion of the boiler. According to 2014 Marsh report into the largest industrial disaster in the world, Skikda explosion is ranked number 3 in hydrocarbon industry.

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