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More charges filed in Shell fuel heist

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A logo sits on display at a Royal Dutch Shell Plc gas station in south London. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

More charges have been filed in an alleged multi-million dollar oil theft from energy major Shell.

Police originally detained 17 men and seized $2.29million and a 12,000-deadweight-tonne tanker in relation to the alleged theft from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery.

Nine Singaporeans were originally charged over the theft and two Vietnamese nationals were charged with receiving stolen goods, transferred from Pulau Bukom to a small oil tanker named Prime South (IMO: 9452804).

A total of 14 people have since been charged. Additional charges were brought against nine of the suspects today. The charges include two more instances of them conspiring to misappropriate gas oil at their company’s Bukom manufacturing site.

If convicted of these charges, they could be jailed for up to 15 years and subjected to a fine.

Bukom is the largest wholly owned Shell refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity.

Previously a Shell spokesperson said: “Shell Singapore (Shell) is fully cooperating with the Singapore Police Force as it investigates suspected product theft from the Pulau Bukom Manufacturing site. Shell reported a suspected theft to the authorities after we became aware that we may have been the victim of a crime.

“The arrests made by authorities include a limited number of Shell employees. All Shell employees are expected to comply with our Code of Conduct and to uphold the highest standards of ethical behaviour. Breaches are not tolerated and carry serious consequences, up to and including dismissal.

“We won’t comment further on the ongoing investigation. Our priority remains the safe operations of our site and care for employees and customers. We anticipate a short delay in the supply operations at Bukom, but at this point we expect to continue to meet our contractual supply obligations to customers.”

Police originally detained 17 men and seized $2.29million and a 12,000-deadweight-tonne tanker.

Nine Singaporeans were originally charged over the theft and two Vietnamese nationals were charged with receiving stolen goods, transferred from Pulau Bukom to a small oil tanker named Prime South (IMO: 9452804), Reuters reported.

Bukom is the largest wholly owned Shell refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity.

The refinery on Bukom island, is located 5.5 km to the southwest of Singapore. It has a processing capacity of 500,000 barrels per day.

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