Oil refinery shuts down

06 Aug Oil refinery shuts down

Royal Dutch Shell has suspended the loading of oil products from its massive Pernis refinery in the Dutch port of Rotterdam after a fire caused the shut down of most of its production.

Firefighters took more than six hours to bring the blaze, thought to have been started by a short circuit, under control and there were no casualties.

However, it was predicted the closedown of a refinery with a capacity to refine more 400,000 barrels of crude oil a day would create an increase in the prices of diesel, jetfuel and gasoline in northwest Europe.


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