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Explosion and fire at Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) -1% premarket following reports of explosions and fire at a Shell chemical plant in the Netherlands.
  • The cause of the blast is unknown, though the local mayor said there appeared to have been a leak of benzene.
  • The factory makes oil-based chemicals for use in products ranging from car components to insulation materials.
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