Extra supplies come in as strike at Scottish refinery continues

FuelLondon - Extra fuel supplies continued to be shipped to Britain Monday to prepare for possible shortages caused by a strike of oil workers at the Grangemouth refinery on the east coast of Scotland.

Hundreds of workers who started a strike over the planned ending of pension schemes stayed away from the plant for a second day Monday. The 48-hour walkout is due to end early Tuesday.

Two fuel tankers have already been unloaded at the refinery, with a further seven shipments expected over the next few days, including from the Netherlands and Sweden. They are due to deliver a total of 65,000 tons of fuel.

There had been fears of fuel shortages, but no panic buying has set in and the government has assured the population that fuel will not run out.

The strike also closed the Forties oil pipeline, operated by British Petroleum (BP), which provides 30 per cent of Britain's daily North Sea oil output. (dpa)