ERJ staff report (DS)
Bukom Island, Singapore -- A fire has been burning for two days at Shell's refinery on Bukom Island, five km away from the Singapore mainland. Shell said the fire is now extinguished, but fuel vapours remain around the site. Fire-fighting personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Shell remain on standby on Bukom.
The source of the fire are remnant light fuel components within the specific area where the fire originated. The smoke observed is from hydrocarbons that are not fully combusted.
Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site (Bukom) is the largest Shell refinery globally in terms of crude distillation capacity (500,000 barrels per day). It is also home to a global-scale Butadiene Extraction unit (155,000 tonnes per annum).
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Fire-related newsfeed from Shell Singapore