Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Shell’s biggest oil refinery 'mostly shut' after Singapore fire (photo)

A major fire at Shell’s biggest oil refinery — which processes 500,000 barrels of oil a day and one-third of Singapore’s oil — has forced the company to shut down most of its units.

Smoke billows from Royal Dutch Shell's Pulau Bukom offshore petroleum complex in Singapore at dusk Thursday. (TIM CHONG - REUTERS)
Firefighters are still working to completely extinguish the fire but say it is now contained. The refinery and an associated petrochemical plant are on Bukom, an island three miles offshore.

“We believe it was an accident,” the company said in a statement. “A full investigation will be conducted once the fire is put out.”

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