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Victoria-wide diesel shortage

Diesel production problems at Shell's Geelong refinery causes a diesel shortage Victoria-wide. The company will work over the weekend to reinstate production.

December 7, 2012 2:34pm

A Victoria-wide diesel shortage is causing trouble for district residents reliant on the fuel.

Shell Australia spokesperson Paul Zennaro said the diesel shortage was due to diesel production problems at Shell’s Geelong refinery.

‘‘The company expects this will cause disruption to diesel availability at retail sites,’’ Mr Zennaro said.

‘‘Shell apologises to customers, but the company is doing all it can to fix this situation.’’

The supply shortage comes at a bad time for farmers, many of who are in busy production phases and use diesel in their machinery.

Echuca hay contractor, harvester and laserer Steve McKee said only a few outlets in Echuca still had the fuel and Bendigo had almost completely run out.

‘‘It’s going to make things very hard,’’ Mr McKee said.

‘‘(If) you can’t get fuel, you can’t operate.’’

Mr Zennaro said the company would work over the weekend to reinstate production.

For more read tomorrow's Shepparton News. 

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