Coordinates : 51°45′49.33″N 0°25′26.33″W / 51.7637028°N 0.4239806°W / 51.7637028; -0.4239806 For the explosion and fire in 2005, see Buncefield fire . Oil Storage and filling point, four months before the 2005 fire
BUNCEFIELD OIL DEPOT is operated by Hertfordshire Oil Storage Ltd
(HOSL) and officially known as the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal.
It is an oil depot located on the edge of
Hemel Hempstead to the north
* 1 Construction and operation * 2 References * 3 See also * 4 External links
CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
Some local residents remember that the site was used during the
second World War to provide fuel for the bombers at
The expanded site was opened in 1968 after a pipeline was constructed
to link two Shell refineries in Stanlow in the North West of England
Ellesmere Port in
Before the fire, which devastated over a quarter of the site, the
terminal was the fifth largest oil depot in the UK with pipelines to
In March 2008 BP announced it will soon be restarting some operations at the site with the storage and supply of aviation fuel to Heathrow. BP must comply with more than 50 safety conditions including refurbished tanks and an improved alarm system.
The site consists of a northern and a southern portion, with the southern being used by BP and the northern portion being divided into 3 sectors; HOSL West, the BPA area, and HOSL East. Texaco, Total and Shell use HOSL West and HOSL East, while the BPA area is occupied by facilities of the British Pipeline Agency (BPA), mostly for aviation fuel. HOSL West was the main site in the northern portion of HOSL, and was used for storage of a variety of fuels excluding aviation fuel and kerosene , which are stored at BPA. The fire destroyed most of HOSL West and the BPA area.
* ^ A B "Terminal key part of oil network". BBC News. 11 December 2005. Retrieved 12 December 2005. * ^ "Massive blaze rages at fuel depot". BBC News. 11 December 2005. Retrieved 11 December 2005. * ^ "Buncefield to reopen". Hemel Hempstead Today. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008. * ^ "Enlarged Map - Buncefield oil depot". BBC News. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2005.
* "\'Symbolic\' UK fuel protests continue". BBC News. 9 September 2000. Retrieved 2005-12-11.