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Bloomberg: Fire Doused at Shell’s Bacton Gas Terminal in England (Update2)

By Alexander Kwiatkowski and Grant Smith

Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) — Firefighters doused a blaze at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Bacton terminal in the U.K., which handles gas flowing from the North Sea into Europe’s biggest gas-consuming country.

A fire erupted in the water-treatment plant at Shell’s terminal, according to a recorded message by the Norfolk Fire Service press office today. Ten fire engines attended the incident, which the message described as “very large-scale.” No chemicals are believed to be involved, according to the message.

The fire has now been put out, according to a Shell spokeswoman.

“Shell U.K. can confirm that a fire in the wastewater system has occurred at the Bacton gas plant, 18 miles northwest of Norwich,” spokeswoman Dawn Flett said by telephone. “The fire has been extinguished and the plant has been shut down safely.” All personnel on site have been accounted for, she said.

Within-day U.K. gas prices rose on the APX exchange, trading at 64 pence a therm at 7:14 p.m. local time, compared with about 52.5 pence before the blaze was reported. A therm is 100,000 British thermal units.

Shell’s Bacton terminal processes gas from the U.K. North Sea and also handles supplies from the Balgzand-Bacton Line that links the Netherlands and the U.K., according to Shell’s Web site. Exxon Mobil Corp. is a part-owner of the terminal, according to Shell.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski in London at [email protected] ; Grant Smith in London at [email protected]

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