Singapore civil defence returns management of fire site to Shell

02 October 2011 11:28  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said on Sunday it has handed over the management of the site that was affected by a fire at Shell Chemical’s refinery on Bukom Island back to the company.

“SCDF will begin to gradually scale down its resources starting from 09:00 [Singapore time, 01:00 GMT] today [2 October 2011], in preparation to move into the recovery phase which will be managed by Shell,” it said.

Singapore's English-language daily The Straits Times reported online that 50 firemen and 18 vehicles from SCDF have stayed on the island.

The 500,000 bbl/day refinery caught fire on 28 September and it took until late on 29 September to extinguish it.

The company, which has said it deeply regrets the incident, said on Friday it was in the process of shutting down the refinery, and possibly some downstream units as well.

The refinery on Bukom is Shell's largest in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity.

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By: Tahir Ikram
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