The British-Dutch petrochemical company Royal Dutch Shell reported higher than usual demand for fuels. As a result, there has been a shortage of certain types of fuel in parts of the UK.
– We are working hard to ensure the continuity of supplies for customers. Since Friday, we have been recording higher than average demand at our filling stations, which has led to the depletion of stocks of certain types of fuel. We replenish them as soon as possible, said a Shell spokesman.
The fuel crisis in Great Britain
The British government and the oil companies say there is no need to panic and that the gasoline and diesel stocks are sufficient. However, they add that the lack of tanker drivers makes it difficult to transport fuel from refineries to gas stations.
The Ministry of Transport announced on Saturday about the plan to issue 5,000. short-term visa for truck drivers.
According to representatives of the transport industry, the UK is short of approx. 100,000 jobs. truck drivers. After Brexit, around 25,000 people left the UK. drivers, and the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the process of obtaining qualifications by new employees in the transport industry for almost a year.
At the weekend, due to “unprecedented demand”, it operates nearly 350 stations the EG Group chain has introduced a gasoline purchase limit up to £ 30 per customer. The BP concern announced the temporary closure of some stations. Problems with the availability of fuel at its stations were also reported by ExxonMobile.
As reported on Sunday by the journalists of the “Guardian”, the government is considering the implementation of the planned several years ago in the event of a no-deal Brexit “Operation Escalin”. It assumes the use of 80 military tanks for the transport of gasoline throughout the country. It would take up to three weeks for this solution to be fully operational.
Another proposed solution to defuse the crisis is a temporary loosening of the regulations on trade relations between oil companies and retail fuel distributors, the daily describes.
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