Fire halts part of Europe’s largest oil re­fin­ery

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

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’.

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