Electrical Substation Erupts In Flames, Refinery Shut Down

Damage is being assessed after an electrical substation at the Shell Oil refinery in Convent caught fire, prompting an uncontrolled shutdown of the facility.

The fire started around 8 p.m. and was later extinguished. No injuries have been reported.

Employees worked overnight to get the plant back up and running while an investigation into the cause of the fire got underway.

WBRZ News 2 reports:

Shell released this statement regarding the incident late Tuesday evening:

"Shell’s Convent Refinery experienced an electrical fire September 26 at approximately 8pm. The fire caused a power interruption at the site. Shell initiated its emergency response plan, which included immediately deploying personnel to respond to the incident.

All site personnel have been accounted for and there were no injuries associated with this incident. The community will notice elevated flaring during this process.  All appropriate agencies were notified."

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