Channel NewsAsia: Fire at Shell manufacturing site

Channel NewsAsia reported on the fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom offshore petroleum complex at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Reuters, the ethylene cracker is operating normally. Shell initially said that the fire at been contained in the late afternoon, but later on said that the fire had intensified again.

Fire at Shell manufacturing site

SINGAPORE: A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at the manufacturing site of oil company Shell on Pulau Bukom.

A spokesperson from Shell said the fire started at about 1.15pm.

The fire has been contained. No injuries were reported.

The rest of the site’s operations were not affected.

Shell said safety is a top priority and it’s working closely with the authorities to investigate the incident.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force sent two fire engines, two fire bikes, one Red Rhino and eight support vehicles when it was alerted at 1.18pm.

When its firefighters arrived at the scene, Pulau Bukom’s in-house firefighting team was already fighting the fire with eight water jets. SCDF sent two more large water jets for the operation.

It said the fire was brought under control in about one hour.

The 500,000-barrels-a-day refinery is Shell’s largest refinery in the world, in terms of crude distillation capacity. This makes Singapore a key regional supply and trading centre for the Group in the East.

Some 90 per cent of Bukom’s products are exported to countries in the region and beyond.

Image taken from Gerard Stolk en route

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