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June 20, 2011

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Shell’s “neglect of basic maintenance” costs it £1.2million

Energy giant Shell UK must pay £1.24 million in fines and costs following an explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk.

The explosion blew the concrete roof off a buffering plant inside the terminal, which hurled concrete and metal debris across the site and sucked a nearby drain out of the ground. Nobody was seriously injured during the incident, which happened on 28 February 2008.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the blast occurred inside a water-treatment plant at the site. Investigators identified the cause of the explosion as a leak of highly flammable hydrocarbon liquid into a concrete storage tank in the water-treatment plant. Once the contaminated water entered the tank it was heated by an electric heater, which raised the surface temperature significantly and caused the explosion.

Investigators from the HSE and the Environment Agency (EA) also found that there was an unauthorised release of 850 tonnes of firewater and fire-fighting foam into the North Sea during the incident. €

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12 years ago

Shell profits for the first three months of the year were $4.9bn (£3.2bn) – up 49% on the same period last year.
Shell said higher energy prices and growth in its business had helped boost profits from “low levels” seen at the end of last year.
Profits for the last three months of 2009 were $1.2bn.
Those poor results prompted Shell to announce plans to cut 2,000 jobs before the end of 2010, helping to cut a planned $1bn in costs.
They really will feel this ludicrously low fine, NOT!