BP closes UK oil yards due to driver shortage, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil company BP said on Thursday it had temporarily closed some of its service stations in Britain after its ability to transport fuel from refineries was hit by a shortage of truck drivers throughout industry.

“We are having fuel supply issues at some of our UK retail locations and have unfortunately seen a handful of locations temporarily shut down due to a lack of unleaded and diesel grades,” BP said. in a statement Thursday.

BP, which has around 1,200 branded stations across the UK, said it was taking action to address the problem.

“We continue to work with our carrier supplier to minimize any future disruption and ensure effective and efficient deliveries to serve our customers,” he said.

BP said it was prioritizing deliveries to highway service areas, major highways and high-demand sites and sought to minimize the duration of “stockouts.”

ExxonMobil’s Esso said a small number of its 200 Tesco Alliance retail locations in the UK were also affected.

“We are working closely with all parts of our distribution network to optimize supplies and minimize any inconvenience to customers,” he said in a statement.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent forecourts that make up 65% of UK service stations, said the problems appeared to be limited to London and the south-east of England and appeared to be temporary.

“According to the latest data from the BEIS (commercial department), fuel demand is still only 92% of pre-pandemic levels, so we believe that there should be sufficient stock in refineries and delivery terminals across the UK, ”PRA’s Gordon Balmer said.

The driver shortage has also caused widespread disruption in the UK food industry.

The trucking industry has said it needs 90,000 more drivers to meet demand after Brexit made it harder for European workers to drive in Britain and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented new workers to qualify.

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