Shell confirms fires at Wesseling refinery, downstream unit affected

24 August 2017 12:21 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Two fires at Shell’s Rhineland refinery in Wesseling, Germany, in the early hours of Wednesday morning were quickly extinguished by the site’s fire brigade, according to a statement from Shell.

The first fire, which broke out at a crude oil distillation plant, according to local news reports, was caused by a scaffolding plane catching fire. Sections of the unit are currently undergoing planned inspections, according to Shell, and it was shut down as a precaution in the wake of the fire.

A second fire broke out on a pipe connection at a downstream plant, which was also brought under control quickly. Shell declined to comment on which product the plant produces when asked for a comment.

The company did confirm that no people were harmed in the incident.

By Niall Swan