American companies can again do business with the Isla refinery in Curacao, despite United States sanctions against the Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA. The Curacao government owns the refinery and leases it to PdVSA, NOS reports
Jos van Winsen, director of the Shell refinery in Pernis, Rotterdam, offered his apologies on Tuesday for two major incidents at the refinery over the past days. "We are extremely sorry, this is not what we are", Van Winsen said to RTV Rijnmond.
Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.
A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.
After years of living under a haze of waste gases from the Isla refinery in the middle of Willemsad, Curacao, residents now also have to deal with a strange green substance covering the Wishi neighborhood.
A large-scale fire raged at the Shell site in Moerdijk, Brabant last night after an explosion in a disused reactor. Mayor Jac Klijs reports that two people have been injured. According to the municipality, the area is now safe, and the fire has been put out.