LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – A fire hit Shell’s 141,000-barrel-per-day Wesseling refinery in Germany on Sunday, but was extinguished the same day, Shell said on Monday.
The refinery itself was still running, though production at some units could be impacted. A Shell spokesman declined to comment on where specifically the fire broke out or which units might be affected.
No workers were injured, and the company is performing an investigation into the fire.
A Shell spokeswoman on Monday confirmed a fire did break out at a furnace within the group’s refinery and petrochemical site in Wesseling, Germany, on Sunday 10 May but would not comment on the operational status of the affected units.
“Yesterday at 2:20pm [13:20 GMT] a fire broke out in a furnace in the Wesseling site of Rhineland Refinery, with strong smoke emissions. Nobody has been injured,” the spokeswoman said.
“The fire was extinguished 9:11pm. Air quality checks conducted by the professional fire brigade were negative,” the spokeswoman added.
Local media reports said the fire had broken out at the olefins cracking unit.
“We do not comment on the operational status of affected units,” the spokeswoman said, “but to make it clear: [there is] no total shutdown of the Wesseling site.”
The cracker has the capacity to produce 260,000 tonnes/year of ethylene, according to ICIS data.