Giant explosion at oil company Shell, Moerdijk, The Netherlands

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There has been a giant explosion at the oil company Shell. The Shell Company which is located in the Netherlands, Moerdijk seems to be having a lot of difficulties as the fire and smoke is still spreading towards the Dutch city Barendrecht. The People in Moerdijk and Barendrecht are advised to keep their windows closed. Around 23:00, there were two huge explosions heard at Shell Moerdijk. Immediately afterwards there was a huge fire. This chemical plant is one of the largest Shell complexes in Europe.

Terror attack

There are no clear reasons on why the explosion happened in The Netherlands, Moerdijk. The Shell Company has not released any statement yet.

So it is unclear if it was an terror attack or an awful accident.

Reactor exploded

The major of Moerdijk reported that it might have been a reactor which has exploded. There are currently 4 wounded people.

Pictures Moerdijk Explosion Shell

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has a alerting system which is called AlertNL. It took the AlertNL service one hour to give out the Shell Moerdijk alert.

The alert explains that people should stay inside and should close their windows.

ethylbenzene has been leaked

Ethylbenzene is an organic compound with the formula C6H5CH2CH3. It is a highly flammable, colorless liquid with an odor similar to that of gasoline. This monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbon is important in the petrochemical industry as an intermediate in the production of styrene, the precursor to polystyrene, a common plastic material.


The firefighter raised the ‘grade’ of the fire to GRID3.

moerdijk fire shell
fire shell

 The Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell Moerdijk burning
Royal Dutch Shell Moerdijk burning

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Shell moerdijk

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Not the first time

A couple of years ago, a report got leaked which claimed that the Shell Company in The Netherlands is not secure. The report was broadcasted on Dutch television.


Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. With around 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories, Shell helps to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

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