In Europe stopped work large oil refinery

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

Europe's biggest oil refinery will remain shut for another couple of weeks after a power station on the site was hit by a huge fire, oil giant Shell said Tuesday.

Shell halted the loading of oil products from the refinery after the fire and reported a hydrogen fluoride leak on Monday evening. Nobody was injured. Firefighters brought the fire under control by around 6:00 am (0400 GMT/UTC).

It takes "hours, or even several days" each time that operations are closed down or restarted, he said.

In other emergency procedures Shell burned off excess gases at the plant, a process known as flaring. Information not confirmed by Shell, which "expects to know more about the circumstances of the incident".

Shell was not yet able to determine the damage on Sunday, or when the refinery would return to full function. After this, the fire broke out Shell shutters Europe's largest refinery with flames and smoke. The outage caused prices for diesel fuel to spike in Europe, which is already experiencing a tighter diesel market due to a refinery fire in Germany and decreasing inventories. He declined comment on the financial implications of the shutdown.

The refinery is so large it covers an area as large as 800 football fields.

- Spot prices in South Korea, Asia's top naphtha importer by volumes, were in discounts last month for cargoes scheduled for first half August to first-half September delivery.

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