Shropshire Star

Petrol station begins rationing after fuel refinery damaged by Storm Babet

At least one petrol station in the region has begun rationing fuel after floods caused by Storm Babet damaged infrastructure at a fuel refinery.

A tanker leaving Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port

Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, provides fuel products for a number of service stations in Shropshire, Herefordshire and the wider area.

Following Storm Babet, damage to the refinery has led to a reduction in fuel products available to the refinery's customers, including numerous petrol stations in the area.

A spokesman for Essar Oil, which runs Stanlow Refinery, said Storm Babet had caused localised flooding along the River Gowy and Mill Brook in Cheshire including on the Essar Stanlow Refinery site.

He added that while the damage is not affecting production, "some infrastructure assets associated with the transfer of finished products have been temporarily taken out of service and are in the process of being inspected and recommissioned".

"This has reduced product availability for our customers but we are working around the clock to restore full supply as soon as possible."

One garage in the area has already begun rationing fuel following the shortage caused by the issues at Stanlow.

Griffiths Garage in Leintwardine, which is supplied by Stanlow Refinery, is limiting the amount of fuel to its customers to 30 litres.

Announcing the rationing on Facebook on Tuesday, the petrol station said: "We need to introduce a dispensing limit on both unleaded and diesel."

The statement continued: "We’re very sorry for the trouble. Signage is going up shortly. An outage of diesel is likely later today, this is due to flooding disruption making arranging resupply tricky."