Fears of fuel shortages have been eased after shipments were restarted at Coryton oil refinery in Essex.
Administrators have signed a deal with customers to allow oil to be shipped from the site, which supplies 20% of south-east England’s fuel.
Drivers had been urged not to stock up on fuel after the plant’s Swiss owner Petroplus said it would file for bankruptcy on 24th January.
The future of the 500 people who work at the refinery is still unclear.
The number of staff includes 350 contractors.
While deliveries have started again, a spokeswoman for administrators PRML could not confirm if the shipments were running at full capacity.
‘The priority for administrators was to continue operating the refinery,’ she adds.
‘Clearly, now that this arrangement has been agreed with the customers, they can carry on with business as usual.’
As well as refining oil for use as fuel, the Coryton site – which is one of eight refineries in the UK – also imports fuel from other countries which has already been refined.