The incident at the Leuna plant near
Total said there could be individual delays in deliveries,
but that the company’s own network was being supplied. A fuel barge broker said
demand is rising to send replacement supplies via canal from
Read also: 'There is no fuel strike'
The halt, and the ensuing disruption, show how difficult it
can be for oil companies to replace supplies when refineries halt unexpectedly.
Last year, a strike by workers in
"Several HEM gas stations are affected,” Marion Menken, a spokeswoman for Deutsche Tamoil, said by email. The company is working to restore supplies but it’s "facing delays because of significantly longer routes and that’s why it’s possible that individual stations may not be able to offer certain fuels for a short period of time.”
The fire at the Leuna refinery, which services about 1,300
stations in the region, broke out on May 17 when the site was in maintenance.
The refinery was opened in 1997. It handles about 12 million tons of crude
annually, according to industry group MWV, which said disruption is limited to
a few outlets in the
BP Plc’s Aral has only a “handful” of its 2,500 outlets in
Chemical producers in Leuna close to the refinery are looking for alternative supply of feedstock as a result of the extended outage, according to Martin Naundorf, head of public relations for InfraLeuna GmbH, which owns and operates the city’s chemical park that employs 9,000 workers and generates 12 million tons of products annually.
Repairing the Leuna refinery will take the remainder of the month, according to Total. The company has set up "alternative options" for gas stations in the region but can’t rule out local delays to deliveries, it said by email.
There’s no supply bottleneck in the region but “only a major logistical effort,” Burkhard Reuss, head of corporate communications at Total Deutschland GmbH, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.