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Fuel Levels ‘Good’ as U.K. Tanker Drivers Start Strike, BP Says

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc, which employs about 40 striking tanker drivers that make deliveries from Scotland’s only oil refinery, said fuel inventories among its clients are at “good” levels.

BP has been working this week to minimize disruption from the three days of industrial action, said Mark Salt, a spokesman in London. The 210,000 barrel-a-day Grangemouth refinery is operating normally, David East, a spokesman for Ineos Group AG, which owns the facility through its Petroineos venture with PetroChina Co., said today by phone.

BP’s drivers went on strike today in a dispute over pensions and pay, according to Unite, the U.K.’s largest labor union. The company accounts for about 22 percent of all fuel deliveries from the refinery, Salt said today by phone. BP is one of seven tanker operators from the plant, he said.

The Ineos refinery is located west of Edinburgh. The city’s airport, which receives all its fuel from Grangemouth, expects to operate normally this weekend, an official at Edinburgh Airport Ltd. said today by phone, asking not to identified because of company policy.

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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