Fire at Shell refinery extinguished after 2 days

Fire at Shell refinery extinguished after 2 days

11:13 PM, 29th September 2011
Fire at Shell refinery extinguished after 2 days
Fire at Shell refinery in Pulau Bukom, Singapore. (C) Reuters

PULAU BUKOM, SINGAPORE: A major fire at Shell’s biggest oil refinery was finally extinguished on Thursday after raging for two days. Most of the facility was shut down as firefighters battled the fire. The plant produces 500,000 barrels per day and is the company’s biggest crude distillation site in the world. It also produces one-third of fuel-market Singapore’s oil. Shell announced on Thursday night that the fire had been extinguished but added there were traces of fuel vapour.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had said there had been a “surge” in the fire at the manufacturing facility but the blaze was still contained in a specific area.

“We believe it was an accident. A full investigation will be conducted once the fire is put out,” the company said in a statement.

“Shutting down the entire refinery will take two days,” said Martijn van Koten, Vice President for Manufacturing Operations, Shell. On the other hand, Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman, Singapore, Shell told reporters at a press meet that the company may also shut a linked chemical complex.

“Having a safety focus, we are going through a progressive shutdown of the refinery,” said van Koten speaking to reporters.

Shell had earlier informed that the fire broke out on Wednesday at its refinery in Pulau Bukom, an islet five kilometre off Singapore and prompted the evacuation of non-essential staff.

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