Fire halts part of Europe’s largest oil refinery
A fire on Sunday in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam forced the closure of Europe’s largest refinery run by Anglo-Dutch company Shell.
“The fire started last night in a high-voltage power station at the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam,” a Shell spokesman told AFP.
“Several units are stopped and for security reasons we are burning off the gas that remained inside them,” the spokesman added.
Shell has not confirmed local media reports that the fire may have been caused by a short circuit. Instead the company said it would ‘wait to know more about the circumstances of the incident’.