17 Men Arrested in Biggest Oil Theft at Shell Refinery in Singapore

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On Tuesday, 11 men were charged in a Singapore court in connection with a large-scale oil theft at Shell’s biggest refinery, while police said they were investigating six other men arrested in a weekend raid.

On January 8, Shell stated, “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.”

The investigation began after Shell contacted the authorities in August 2017, police said in a news release. After “extensive investigations and probes,” the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department and Police Coast Guard launched a series of simultaneous raids across Singapore, which led to the arrests.

Shell confirmed on Tuesday that eight of the 11 men charged were current or former employees at Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd.

The company said in a statement, “Shell Singapore (Shell) can confirm that eight of the 11 men charged in court on 9 January 2018 are current or former Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd employees.

Shell reported a suspected product theft to the authorities after we became aware that we may have been the victim of a crime following an internal investigation. We continue to cooperate fully with the Singapore Police.

All Shell staff are expected to comply with our Code of Conduct and to uphold the highest standards of ethical behaviour. We will learn from this so we can continue to improve.

We cannot comment further as this is an ongoing investigation.”

Sea News, January 10