BP, Shell, Esso, Texaco, Morrisons and Tesco issue latest statements on the fuel supply crisis

Some of the country’s largest fuel suppliers have issued updated statements on the current situation with supply issues.

Large queues were seen at forecourts across Nottinghamshire again on Tuesday, September 28, as many motorists were wondering just how long it would take for the situation to get back to normal.

Here’s the latest from some of the largest suppliers and retailers.

A spokesperson for Shell said: “We are working hard to ensure supplies for customers. Since Friday we have been seeing a higher than normal demand across our network which is resulting in some sites running low on some grades.

“We are replenishing these as quickly as we are able to.”

ExxonMobil, which operates the UK’s largest refinery, said that there was no shortage of fuel commenting that it has an extensive underground pipeline network supplying its fuel distribution terminals.

A spokesperson for the company said: “All those operations continue as normal, with fuel production at Fawley refinery unaffected and with strong supply to our distribution terminals. Despite the challenges faced on forecourts, the production and supply of fuels to our terminals is unaffected.

“Our advice is for motorists to stick to their normal buying patterns.

When asked about Esso and Tesco Alliance sites, that’s Esso forecourts with a Tesco Express shop, the spokesperson said: “The majority of the 1,200 Esso branded sites in the UK are owned and operated by a number of independent retail companies – these companies are responsible for arranging supplies of Esso fuel from the supply terminal to their service stations.

“As regards our own operations, a number of our 200 Tesco Alliance sites are impacted in some way. We are working closely with all parties in our distribution network to optimise supplies and minimise any inconvenience to customers. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.



Esso on the A52 at Bingham
Esso on the A52 at Bingham

Morrisons, which has stores with petrol stations, including Gamston, Netherfield and Bulwell, has been witnessing some very busy forecourts said: “It is a rapidly moving situation and we are working hard with our suppliers to ensure we can continue to keep our pumps open and serve our customers.”

Many of the firms we spoke to said that they had been encouraging consumers not to buy more fuel than usual to maintain supply at pumps. Pictures shared on social media over the past few days have shown customers filling jerry cans.

Retailers have asked customers to maintain normal shopping habits.

In a statement from BP issued on Friday, the firm said that it “apologised for any inconvenience” caused by the lack of supply. The firm hasn’t issued further comment but explained in its original comment: “We are experiencing some fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen some sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades.

“These have been caused by some delays in the supply chain which has been impacted by the industry-wide driver shortages across the UK and there are many actions being taken to address the issue.

“We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise any future disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries to serve our customers. We are prioritising deliveries to sites with largest demand and seeking to minimise the duration of stock outs.”

Another large fuel supplier, Texaco, was asked for its response to the shortages but said that it wasn’t commenting on the issue.

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