Shell Bukom refinery blaze put out

30 Sep 2011

Firefighters have finally managed to tackle a blaze that had been raging for two days at a Royal Dutch Shell oil refinery in Singapore.

A statement on the Shell website said the fire, which engulfed part of its facility in Bukom island on Wednesday, had now been extinguished.

Following the blaze, the company closed down a number of its units and evacuated most of its workers from the site.

The refinery, which produces 500,000 barrels of oil per day, is three miles off the mainland.

There were no injuries reported in the incident and Shell said the air quality in the area is being monitored on a regular basis.

It is working with the Singapore Civil Defence Force to track fuel vapour concentrations and said it would shut down all refinery units if needed.

Copyright Press Association 2011



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