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Major Fire at Shell Rotterdam Refinery Extinguished

Major Fire at Shell Rotterdam Refinery Extinguished

The fire that broke out last night at Shell Pernis in Rotterdam has been extinguished.

Pernis is the largest refinery in Europe with about sixty factories.

Part of the refinery remains shut down because the electricity is cut.

The fire was caused by short-circuiting in a high voltage station.

According to a security spokesman the flames cover a wide area. This is due to the fact that the company flares out gases released by the refining of oil as part of the safety procedure.

There is no indication that harmful substances have been released.

However, soot particles are being emitted into the air.

Shell is assessing the damaging today.

It is not yet known when the entire refinery can be  put back into operation.

Flaring is expected to last all day.

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