The blast at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port on 14 November 2013 caused more than 20m of damage. No-one was injured. Operators Essar Oil UK Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act. As well as the fine the firm was also ordered to pay almost 58,000 legal costs. 'Three key failings' The Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, said problems started during the start-up of its main distillation unit when extremely flammable hydrocarbons were allowed to enter an unignited furnace. The heat from another

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