Rogaland has enoughstores of petrol and diesel to last until mid-June. Fuel companies say there isno need to stock up for now.
According to NorskeShell head of communications Lillian Aasheim, the company’s large fuel storagefacility in Tanager is also well stocked. It can secure the region’s petrol,diesel, and jet fuel supplies for more than two weeks to come.
She adds that thecurrent boat pilots’ strike means that larger tankers of between 5,000 and30,000 gross registered tonnage will not be able to moor there.
“Nevertheless, we aresimultaneously working with other solutions, using smaller tankers that don’trequire a pilot on board,” Ms Aasheim tells Aftenbladet.
Shortage in other parts of Norway
The situation forother parts of Norway, such as central Østlandet, is slightly more difficult,however, as industrial action amongst pilots in the Oslofjord area alreadystarted last week.
“There may be ashortage of petrol, diesel, and jet fuel at the end of next week,” says KnutHansen, head of communications at Statoil Retail Fuel.
He points out thatthe boat pilots’ strike is now affecting new deliveries of fuel to Norway’slargest storage facility on Sjursøya near Oslo.
A large part of fueland diesel supplies to Norway’s pumps and tank depots is produced at Statoil’sMongstad oil refinery.
“Production isproceeding as normal for now,” Statoil press spokesperson Morten Eek informsthe paper.
Applied for exemptions
At the same time, theboat pilots’ strike means shipments of refined products has ceased.
“Statoil has applied for exemptions for tanker traffic to and from Mongstad,Sture, Tjeldbergodden, and Melkøya,” he says.
The strike will not affect the largesttankers over 30,000 tonnes because pilots are transported aboard by helicopter.“Nonetheless, unions have still notgiven us an answer regarding larger-sized tankers,” Mr Eek concludes, addingthat no dispensation or a continued strike will lead to Mongstad only beingable to produce storage supplies for another few days.