Wednesday, October 31, 2007

UK - Oil refinery blast

Fire at Petroplus on Wednesday morning

An oil refinery to the east of London is the subject of a fire investigation following a massive explosion this morning. Residents near the Coryton refinery were rocked when part of the facility erupted in flames sending vast quantities of black smoke into the air. Ten fire appliances were sent to the incident, and 50 firefighters tackled the blaze which started at 11:30 GMT. The Swiss oil company Petroplus, which bought the Coryton Refinery from BP in May 2007, is responsible for loading about 700 tankers a day to meet 22% of the UK's forecourt demand. The company said fuel supplies would not be disrupted and that there were no injuries reported. [BBC Essex / Sky News - Pictures / Sky News / Basildon Ev Echo].

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