Shell UK to be prosecuted over Bacton terminal blast

Shell UK is to be prosecuted in connection with an explosion and fire at a Norfolk gas terminal in 2008.

The Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive are bringing a joint prosecution against the energy giant.

Shell UK will face charges over breaches of environmental and health and safety legislation at Norwich Magistrates' Court on 20 January 2011.

It follows an explosion and fire at the Bacton Gas Terminal in February 2008.

The fire broke out in a water treatment plant at the Shell UK base in Paston Road and there was an explosion.

There were no casualties.

Norfolk Fire Service said 10 crews dealt with what they described as "a major incident".

The terminal, operated by several energy companies, houses gas processing plants and the Interconnector system feeding gas between Britain and Europe.

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