Update @1830hrs: Fire at Pulau Bukom Manufacturing Site
Oct 02, 2011
SCDF has formally handed over the pump-house area, the site of the fire, back to Shell and begun a phased withdrawal of its fire-fighting team since this morning. They will maintain a small presence on Bukom to support Shell and will fully withdraw once the situation is stable.
Lee Tzu Yang, Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore said, “This handover is an important step towards bringing the situation back to normal at the refinery.
Following the handover, we have commenced an investigation, supported by experts and together with the relevant authorities to establish the cause. Once completed, we will be applying any learnings to avoid such an occurrence in future."
He added, “We confirm that Force Majeure has been declared on some of our customers. We continue to be in discussions with our customers to address their supply of product needs and to minimize any potential impact to them.
We wish to thank everyone involved in this effort for their tireless commitment in fighting the fire together with us over the past few days. We are also deeply appreciative of the tremendous support and assistance rendered to us by our industry partners and the Singapore government."
Damage was contained to the vicinity of the pump-house, in an area 50 metres by 150 metres.
Note to Editors: Daily updates on the incident will cease after today.
Please contact Serene Loo, Media Manager, Shell Singapore for media queries.