Europe's largest oil refinery will be shut down for at least two weeks

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The Pernis refinery (not pictured) is located in the Netherlands (Source: Getty)

Europe's largest oil refinery will not start running for at least two weeks following a fire, Royal Dutch Shell said today.

The oil major shut down most production at Pernis, the 404,000 barrel per day (bpd) oil refinery in the Netherlands, after a fire at a high-voltage electricity switch station on Saturday caused a power outage.

"We expect to restart our operations at the earliest in the second half of August," a spokesperson said.

"We regret the impact this may cause for our customers, and we are doing everything we can to minimise impact."

Shell stopped loadings of oil products from the Rotterdam refinery yesterday and reported a hydrogen fluoride leak.

Last week, Shell reported its second-quarter profits surged by 245 per cent, exceeding analyst expectations, as it works to reshape its portfolio.

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