Home / International / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
BP shutting down major British oil pipeline ahead of strike
Adjust font size:

Energy giant British Petroleum (BP) was shutting down a pipeline carrying nearly half of Britain's oil late Saturday ahead of a 48-hour strike over pension issues.

The Forties Pipeline System was due to completely shut down by 6:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) Sunday, BP said.

The pipeline carries an average of 700,000 barrels per day, nearly half the country's daily output of 1.5 million barrels. One-fifth of Britain's gas supply also relies on the Forties system.

About 1,200 workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery in central Scotland planned to start the strike on Sunday over pension issues, one of a series of labor disputes to hit Britain as the global economy weakens.

The planned strike has already led to the closure of a major refinery and has prompted some panic fuel buying. And it is the first to close a British refinery in more than 70 years.

Industry lobby group Oil & Gas UK called on the government to intervene in the issue.

The strike is now affecting some 80 companies and their operations which are in no way connected to or involved in this dispute, the group said.

The government said there will be no overall shortage of fuel but accepts that there may be some local supply problems.

"There is plenty of petrol and diesel in Scotland to meet demand during this period of time, but of course there is going to be challenge if people change the way that they consume fuel," British Energy Secretary John Hutton said.

Talks to resolve the dispute collapsed earlier this week. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the strike was unnecessary and called for new negotiations.

(Xinhua News Agency April 27, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
- BP eyes China's coal to liquids business
- Sinopec, BP to raise acetate output at Chongqing facility
- BP to Quadruple Capacity of Xi'an Solar Energy Facility
- BP Builds Industrial Lubricant Plant in China
- BP Signs Solar Energy JV with China's SunOasis
- BP-Sinopec 'Expansion a Success'
Most Viewed >>
- China arms trade conforms to laws, int'l obligations
- Extradition treaties with Australia, France set
- Teachers' strike disrupts schools across Britain
- Foreign Minister meets the press
- South-South cooperation opens new vista for world economic growth
> Korean Nuclear Talks
> Reconstruction of Iraq
> Middle East Peace Process
> Iran Nuclear Issue
> 6th SCO Summit Meeting
- China Development Gateway
- Foreign Ministry
- Network of East Asian Think-Tanks
- China-EU Association
- China-Africa Business Council
- China Foreign Affairs University
- University of International Relations
- Institute of World Economics & Politics
- Institute of Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies
- Institute of West Asian & African Studies
- Institute of Latin American Studies
- Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
- Institute of Japanese Studies