Fire at Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellemsere Port

22/08/2018 - 14:16

Oil Sites Road, Ellesmere Port.

Fire engines attended from Two from Ellesmere Port, Powey Lane, Chester, Widnes and Northwich

Firefighters have been called to reports of a fire at Stanlow Oil Refinery in Oil Site Road, Ellesmere Port. All staff have been accounted for and have been evacuated.  Crews are working with onsite firefighters to extinguish the fire which is believed to be in a manufacturing building within the plant. 

Update 15:30:

Firefighters are liaising with onsite staff and the incident is confined to the site. Crews are using a ground monitor and a handheld monitor to extinguish pockets of fire.
Crews are liaising with the Environment Agency and are managing the water being used at the scene.
This will be updated when more information becomes available.

Essar statement:

the statement below has been issued by Essar:

Earlier this afternoon a fire occurred at the SHOP chemical plant.
Both the site emergency services and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance to deal with the incident.
All personnel have been accounted for. Refinery operations at Stanlow remain unaffected.

Update at 17:50

Shortly after 2pm today emergency services received reports of a fire within the SHOP chemical plant at the Stanlow site in Ellesmere Port.

Crews from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service along with onsite firefighters from Essar quickly brought the fire under control and it was fully extinguished within three hours.

The fire caused a large plume of smoke above the site, which has now dispersed. Fire crews remain at the site.

The incident was confined to the manufacturing area of the site and did not affect the refinery.  All staff within the affected area were evacuated as a precaution and there were no reports of any injuries.

Inspector Richard Reeves from Cheshire Police said: “We understand that this incident may have caused alarm to the local community and we would like to reassure people that it has not affected the wider area and there are not believed to be any risks to the public.”

Essar updated statement

“Earlier this afternoon a fire occurred at the SHOP chemical plant, close to the Manchester Ship Canal. 

“Both Stanlow’s own site Emergency Services Team and the Cheshire County Fire Service attended to deal with the incident.  All personnel on the SHOP unit were quickly accounted for.  The fire has now been extinguished.

“Operations and production of fuels and other products from Stanlow Refinery have not been affected.

 “All supplies to customers are normal.”



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Last updated: Wednesday 22 August 2018