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BP Says It's Temporarily Closed Some UK Sites Due to Lack of Diesel, Unleaded Supply Problems

© AP Photo / Charles DharapakFILE - In this Oct. 25, 2007 file photo, the BP (British Petroleum) logo is seen at a gas station in Washington. BP will spend $7 billion to buy exploration rights to areas in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and Canada owned by Devon Energy
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2007 file photo, the BP (British Petroleum) logo is seen at a gas station in Washington. BP will spend $7 billion to buy exploration rights to areas in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Brazil and Canada owned by Devon Energy - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.09.2021
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BP's Head of Retail Hanna Hofer stated that the corporation has "two-thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations", adding that the amount is "declining rapidly".
According to a statement from BP, it has to "temporarily" close some of its 1,200 branded petrol stations in Britain due to the "industry-wide driver shortages across the UK".

"We are experiencing some fuel supply issues at some of our retail sites in the UK and unfortunately have therefore seen a handful of sites temporarily close due to a lack of both unleaded and diesel grades... We continue to work with our haulier supplier to minimise disruption and to ensure efficient and effective deliveries", the company noted.

As a result, most BP gas stations in the UK will not be restocked for one-and-a-half days a week. However, the stations on motorways will be prioritised and restocked as usual.
The heavy goods vehicle sector has been facing serious problems with recruitment, caused by the pandemic and Brexit issues. Per industry bodies, there is a shortfall of about 100,000 qualified lorry drivers in the country.
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Other sectors have also been affected by the lack of drivers: supermarket chain Tesco warned that the country may face panic buying right before Christmas amid shortages of some products and urged the government to find a swift solution to the problem, even asking the authorities to temporarily waive visa restrictions and encourage workers from abroad.
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