Reuters. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is shutting down its Pulau Bukom refinery in Singapore to get a fire that broke out on Wednesday under control, a senior company official told reporters.
Shell is shutting more units in the vicinity of the area where the incident happened, Martijn van Koten, vice president for manufacturing operations told reporters on Thursday, and it may take two days to complete the shutdown. The fire could have started during maintenance work, he said. Only essential staff remain on site.
|Pulau Bukom aerial overview. Click to enlarge.|
Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site (Bukom) is the largest Shell refinery globally in terms of crude distillation capacity (500,000 barrels per day). It is also home to a world-class Ethylene Cracker Complex (800,000 tonnes per annum) and a Butadiene Extraction unit (155,000 tonnes per annum).
Bukom is situated on an island 5.5 km southwest of Singapore. It forms part of a group of southern islands that have been identified for petrochemical and other industrial manufacturing.