A fuel syndicate suspected of stealing fuel from Singapore Shell Bukom has been uncovered in an operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department and Police Coast Guard on Monday.
Police arrested a total of 17 men and seized SGD $3.05 million ($2.29 million) in cash and a 12,000 dwt tanker in the operation; a limted number of Shell employees are included in the arrest.
“Shell is fully cooperating with the Singapore Police Force as it investigates suspected product theft from the Pulau Bukom Manufacturing site,” it said.
“Shell reported a suspected theft to the authorities after we became aware that we may have been the victim of a crime.
“We anticipate a short delay in the supply operations at Bukom, but at this point we expect to continue to meet our contractual supply obligations to customers.
“Breaches are not tolerated and carry serious consequences, up to and including dismissal.”
According to Shell, the Pulau Bukom manufacturing site is part of Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (SEPL) and supplies products to the various Shell businesses in Singapore.
The facility supports the oil major’s global oil products businesses of marine (bunker fuels), aviation (jet fuel), lubricants and LPG; 90% of Bukom's products are exported to countries in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
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