Fire halts part of Europe’s largest oil refinery

Royal Dutch Shell has temporarily shut down most units at its oil refinery in the Netherlands after a fire at an electricity switch station. No one was injured and the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Royal Dutch Shell has temporarily shut down most units at its oil refinery in the Netherlands after a fire at an electricity switch station.

No one was injured and the source of the blaze at the Pernis facility in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest oil refinery, has yet to be determined.

The fire at the facility – which has the capacity to refine around 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day – started late Saturday and was extinguished by Sunday.

A Shell spokesman said: “At around 22:30 on July 29, Shell Pernis experienced a power outage due to a fire in a power supply system. Shell Pernis has decided to shut down most of its units in a safe and prompt manner and this has resulted in flaring. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

“All appropriate agencies were notified and we continue to keep the local community informed. There were no injuries associated with this incident.”