Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Major UK oil refinery in Cheshire evacuated after fire



Firefighters tackled a blaze at a major UK oil refinery where all staff were evacuated.
 
The fire broke out at a Shell-owned chemical plant on the same site as the Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.


Essar Oil UK, which operates the refinery and chemical plant, say that 900 employees and 500 contractors work on the site which supplies 16% of all road transport fuels.


All staff have been accounted for and the fire has now been extinguished.


Flames and a column of thick black smoke were seen after the blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon.





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