Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Boom boom shake the room

Well, I was either woken up by the explosion or was already awake (probably due to dogs) and heard it. I thought I had felt it but I was quite dozy. I thought it was a small earthquake of the variety we get in England every ten years or so.

Buncefield is a name familiar to me as many years ago I wrote the software that BP used to schedule oil deliveries by tanker. Well, lots of people wrote the software, but I wrote the actual algorithm that assigned orders to vehicles in a particular order (for a while, there was a previous algorithm and probably later ones but it was used for a few years at least).

If I recall correctly, Buncefield was actually quite a small terminal so either it has expanded (which I doubt) or the news stories are exaggerating its importance, thereby encouraging people to panic buy. In general the big terminals are at the coast or on river estuaries, and the biggest inland one near London used to be Esso's West London terminal. I can't find any useful data on the web however....

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