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Shell contains Singapore fire

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Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday that it had contained a fire at its worldwide largest refinery in Singapore and shut down neighboring units as a precaution.

The fire at the Pulau Bukom refinery, about 5 kilometers southwest from Singapore’s mainland, started Wednesday afternoon and flared up again in the evening.

Some company firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and minor injuries, but “no one was seriously hurt,” Shell said in a statement.

All staff had been accounted for and nonessential staff had been evacuated, it added.

Shell said the fire had been contained within an area of approximately 150 meters by 50 meters.

“We believe it was an accident,” the statement said.

The Bukom site is Shell’s largest refinery globally in terms of crude distillation capacity with 500,000 barrels per day, according to the company Web site.

It said 90 percent of Bukom’s products were exported to countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.



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