Oil refinery shuts down

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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