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Grangemouth Refinery Unaffected by Truckers Strike, Ineos Says

Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland will operate as normal even if BP Plc’s tanker drivers based in the area go on strike for three days beginning Feb. 22 in a dispute over pensions.

BP is “one of a number of companies” that employ drivers to take oil products from the plant, Richard Longden, a spokesman for Ineos Group AG, which owns the facility through its Petroineos venture with PetroChina Co., said today by telephone from Geneva. He declined to comment on how much fuel is transported by the affected truckers. The facility can process 210,000 barrels of crude a day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Tanker drivers employed by BP deliver aviation fuel to airports in Scotland as well as diesel and gasoline to retail stations in the region, according to Tony Trench, an official at Unite, the U.K.’s largest labor union, whose members include those workers.

“We are continuing to hold discussions with our partners on potential contingency plans in order to minimize disruption to our passengers,” an official from Edinburgh Airport Ltd. said today in an e-mailed statement. The airport receives all of its fuel from Grangemouth, the person said, asking not to identified because of company policy.

BP said in a statement yesterday that it was working to “minimize any potential disruption” that the strike could cause.

To contact the reporter on this story: Konstantin Rozhnov in London at krozhnov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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