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Petrol Crisis MkII?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Horace Goes Skiing, 19 Apr 2008.

  1. Horace Goes Skiing

    Horace Goes Skiing New Member

    Spotted this story hidden away on the BBC News website:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7356235.stm

    Grangemouth is an enormous oil refinery and supplies most of Scotland and a big chunk of Northern England too - the article says it could be out of action for weeks "effectively shutting down much of the North Sea's oil and gas production"! :becool:

    Another boom in cycle commuting on the horizon?
     
  2. Will1962

    Will1962 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    It also made the scottish broadsheets, but most people seem to have missed it:

    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/uk/Four-days39-fuel-left-as.3999598.jp

    http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/new...to_fuel_supplies_after_refinery_shut_down.php

    I filled my car up earlier today, so I have enough to last me about two months :becool:

    Will
     
  3. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Just had to ring Mrs. tdr1nka who is up in Durham with the van to let her know. She'd spotted a hike in the price of diesel yesterday so we're
    going to buy veg oil in bulk tomorrow.
     
  4. I filled up last week and it'll do me for a month or two easy, perhaps longer.
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Shame - I ride a bike these days.... never mind eh....
     
  6. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Make sure that you keep a spare fuel filter and relevant tools handy, and that you know how to change it. SVO can drag a lot of gunk with it and clog your filter.

    You probably know this already, right?
     
  7. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Thank you, yes we're all prepped and we also try to keep the mix 50/50 alternating and never run the tank less than 1/4 full. :becool::thumbsup:

    Still if this does turn into a fully fledged fuel crisis, I'll wager the Police will start dipping diesel tanks.:thumbsdown:
     
  8. I think all this stuff is being four star 'pon us...
     
  9. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Deisel be hard days ahead..
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    You two are a pair of fuels. :becool:
     
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Car full fuels though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. I cycled to the supermarket tonight I was able to go straight in but there was a mini jam at their filling station. :smile:
     
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I had to zigzag through the cars in the petrol queue on my way to the recycling bin at my local supermarket this afternoon.
    I suppose they are filling up their tanks in order to avoid panic buying which is what the BBC said might happen.:biggrin:
    Hey! Just a minute have I got that right?
     
  14. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    PANIC!!!
    Oh wait i dont drive :biggrin:
     
  15. I used to work at the Grangemouth refinery and I know guys that are still there. When BP sold the whole complex (except Kinneil) to Ineos employees where given assurances that pensions etc would be OK however this doesn't seem to be the case so that is what the planned industrial action is about. I assume there will still be a skeleton staff on duty for health and safety reasons for the duration of the strike as with a refinery its not just a flick of a switch to turn off. However I can foresee pretty quick government intervention as Grangemouth being shutdown will pretty soon have a knock-on effect on North Sea production, and the last thing any oil company wants to do is shut down a platform as it costs big bucks in lost production and hassle in restarting production. Therefore the oil companies will put pressure on the government who in turn will put pressure on Ineos to get things sorted ASAP.

    As for panic buying - haven't seen any round here. However the car has 3/4 of a tank and I'm cycling to work and back for the next 3 days