Diesel production ramps up at Shell
UPDATE: DIESEL will soon be available at Shell servos in Victoria with the companies Geelong Refinery starting production yesterday and imports coming in.
A spokesman said told Big Rigs it was now just a matter of getting deliveries to service stations as production had started and diesel was being imported into the state.
But highway stocks, where truckies refuelled, would be prioritised he said.
The spokesman said there would be shortages while some sites waited or delivery, but production would be "ramped up" over the next 24 hours.
In a statement Shell Australia apologised to customers for the disruption to diesel availability at Shell branded service stations in Victoria.
The problem was caused by diesel production disruption at the Geelong Refinery.
The company expects diesel availability at Shell branded service stations to improve over coming weeks as the company increases deliveries - but it will take time for deliveries to reach all parts of the state.
Shell has also quarantined diesel for emergency services, and has made arrangements to get the diesel to areas where it may be needed.
VICTORIAN truckies are fuming about a diesel fuel shortage caused by drought-breaking rain and an early harvest. -->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->-->
And industry insiders say motorists should also expect shortages of unleaded petrol in the period leading up to Christmas.
Belford Petroleum's general manager Alan Smith said his Griffith-based fuel distribution company would run out of supplies by Monday.
"We're two weeks early with the wheat harvest and we've got enough diesel until Monday, but we're not waiting with bated breath for supplies," he said.
"We've been hearing the rumours about diesel fuel shortages for a while and we've found out today that Mobil was out of product."
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