Shell’s Pernis Refinery in Rotterdam Suffers Major Fire

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On Saturday, July 30, Shell’s Pernis refinery in Rotterdam suffered a severe fire. Experts have concluded the fire was caused by short-circuiting in a high voltage station. The fire was extinguished Sunday morning, July 31, with no reported injuries.

As of August 1, Shell had declared force majeure on supplies of solvents from the Pernis facility in Rotterdam, the largest refinery in Europe, with approximately 60 factories. The majority of the units remain shutdown, and could remain that way for upwards of 2 weeks. A company spokesperson indicated that operations were anticipated to restart “at the earliest in the second half of August.”

The force majeure affects a number of solvents, including MEK, IPA, Styrene, among others.

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